Exploratory Search Interfaces
Clustering, Categorization and Beyond 
 HCIL SOH 2005 Workshop 2 June 2005, University of Maryland, USA 
 About Workshop
 Important Dates
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About Workshop

The World Wide Web creates tantalizing opportunities for learning and research, not only for students and researchers, but also for journalists, attorneys, and practitioners in many fields. Search engines, bibliographic databases and digital libraries provide adequate support for users whose information needs are well-defined. However, when information needs are vague or evolving, searchers may benefit from interfaces that provide additional support, for example by enabling grouping of results and/or guided discovery processes.

This workshop is organized in conjunction with the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory's 22nd Annual Symposium and Open House (HCIL SOH 2005).

We are grateful to AOL for their financial support.


This workshop brings together researchers from the fields of Information Seeking, Information Retrieval, Human-Computer Interaction and Information Visualization for a cross-disciplinary exploration of these and other interfaces. Since evaluation of exploratory interfaces is particularly challenging, research methods will be a focus. Selected participants will make short presentations, with plenty of time for discussion.


Bill Kules, University of Maryland, U.S.A.
Ryen White, University of Maryland, U.S.A. (bio)
Ben Bederson, University of Maryland, U.S.A.


The following people have confirmed attendance so far:

Fran Arble, Q.Know, USA
Marcia Bates, University of California, USA
Nick Belkin, Rutgers University, USA
Abdur Chowdhury, America Online, USA
Ed Cutrell, Microsoft Research, USA
Sheila Denn, University of North Carolina, USA
Mark Derthick, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Steven Drucker, Microsoft Research, USA
Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research, USA
Xiaoli Huang, University of Maryland, USA
Jim Jansen, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina, USA
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Sherry Koshman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Thai Lam, Aquilent, USA
Dimple Mohan, New Target Inc., USA
Gheorghe Muresan, Rutgers University, USA
Mark Molander, IBM, USA
m. c. schraefel, University of Southampton, UK
Mike Savage, USA
Kush Sidhu, America Online, USA
Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland, USA
Anselm Spoerri, Rutgers University, USA

Important Dates

2 June 2005, Workshop
- A.V. Williams Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD



A workshop registration fee ($45) is required to cover the costs of materials and lunch. To apply, or for more information, please contact Bill Kules with a brief description of your background and reason for interest in the workshop.


9.00 Introductions
9.30 Session 1

 Nick Belkin (Rutgers) - Can Exploratory Search be Distinguished from Other Kinds of Information Seeking Behaviors, and Can a Search Interface Support a Variety of Such Behaviors?
 Marcia Bates (UCLA) - Are there optimal ways to do exploratory searching?
 Diane Kelly (UNC) - Polyrepresentative Extraction of Information Needs
 m. c. schraefel (U. Southampton) - mSpace - exploring rich relationships in information

10.45 Break
11.00 Session 2

 Susan Dumais (MSR) - Exploring Information Needs, Results Analysis, and Information Use
 Ben Bederson (UMD) - Information Visualization for Exploratory Search
 Mark Derthick (CMU) - Exploratory Analysis for non-technical users
 Anselm Spoerri (Rutgers) - Visualizing Authority and Ranking Effects
 Jaime Montemayor (JHU APL) - Supporting insight-based information exploration in intelligence analysis
 Mark Molander (IBM) - Usability Issues to Finding Supporting Information
 Dagobert Soergel (UMD) - Exploration and Meaning
 Gheorghe Muresan (Rutgers) - Document Clustering for Mediated Information Access
 Ryen White (UMD) - Content-rich Interfaces to Help Searchers
 Anita Komlodi (UMBC) - Search Historian
 Jim Jansen (Penn State) - Searcher Usage Patterns for Automated Searching Assistance

12.15 Lunch - walk to Lake Artemesia; give breakout topic ideas to organizers
13.45 Session 3

 Steve Drucker (MSR) - Search: Lessons learned from browsing movies and pictures
 Ed Cutrell (MSR) - Interfaces for faceted personal information retrieval
 Sherry Koshman (U. Pittsburgh) - Analyzing Vivisimo.com Interface Features
 Abdur Chowdhury (AOL) - How good is Web Search and Does Clustering Help?
 Sheila Denn (UNC) - Adapting Learning Measures to Evaluation of Exploratory Search Interfaces
 Bill Kules (UMD) - Exploring Web Search Results with Stable and Meaningful Categories

15.00 Break-out session planning (on whiteboard)
15.15 Break
15.30 Break-out sessions
16.30 Report back from break out sessions / Next steps
17.00 Workshop close
17.30 Dinner at 94th Aero Squadron


The workshop will be held in the A.V. Williams Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. For travel directions, please click here. Further information on travel the University of Maryland at College Park is also available here.


Click here for accommodation details.

 Created and maintained by Ryen White Last modified: 28 September 2005