Professor shares award for enduring research paper

Friday, August 9, 2019

Olga Vechtomova, a professor of management sciences at Waterloo Engineering, recently shared an international award recognizing work that has had long-lasting influence in the field of information retrieval research.

Also cited for the Test of Time Award – given annually by the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) – were University of Waterloo computer science professors Charles Clarke and Gordon Cormack, and former graduate students Maheedhar Kolla, Azin Ashkan, Stefan Büttcher and Ian MacKinnon.

Charles Clarke, Gordon Cormack and Olga Vechtomova.

Computer science professors Charles Clarke, left, and Gordon Cormack, and Waterloo Engineering professor Olga Vechtomova pose with their award for a 2008 research paper that has had lasting influence.

Their 2008 paper Novelty and Diversity in Information Retrieval Evaluation demonstrated the feasibility of using novelty and diversity as the evaluation measures that are optimized by an information retrieval system.

The award was presented in Paris last month at the ACM SIGIR conference, the leading forum for the presentation of new research and the demonstration of new systems and techniques in information retrieval.

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