Office hours: 11:30-12:30 on Wednesdays (best to confirm via email or in person)
Prerequisites: doctoral student in Information Science, Biomedical
and Health Informatics, or permission of instructor.
Content: This course covers fundamental techniques for
user-centered design and
information retrieval, including new research challenges in the broad area of
information access. The course will cover traditional approaches to
information retrieval as well as advanced techniques in text
classification, document filtering, visualization of retrieval
results, and text mining. We will discuss the traditional approaches to evaluating
information-retrieval systems, the problems with those approaches,
and a sampling of alternative approaches.
Style: In addition to covering the core topic of
information retrieval and user-centered design, this course is designed to
provide a enjoyable and supportive environment that helps you improve
your skills in reading papers critically, defining and scoping a
project, writing about a project, and presenting a body of work.
The assignments in this course correspond to this style.
Readings will be available online through e-reserves (available
User-centered design of systems
Models of retrieval
Methods for organizing documents
Interfaces to retrieval systems
The web and web search engines
Accommodating Students with Disabilities:
To request academic accommodations due to a disability,
please contact Disabled Student Services: 448 Schmitz, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If
you have a letter from DSS indicating that you have a disability which requires
academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the
accommodations you might need in the class.
Academic accommodations due to disability will not be made
unless the student has a letter from DSS specifying the type and nature of