The Information School at the University of Sheffield seeks to appoint a Research Associate to the Google Research Award funded project "Developing a taxonomy of search sessions".
The Information School at the University of Sheffield seeks to appoint a Research Associate to the Google Research Award funded project ?Developing a taxonomy of search sessions?. The project seeks to develop a categorisation scheme that identifies common patterns of user-system interaction behaviour from actions in search engine log files. In particular the project is focused on sessions, a period of continued usage that provides multiple unit of interaction with which to study how people use search systems. Identifying and extracting user-system interaction patterns and mapping them to information seeking behaviour will help search providers such as Google to more effectively evaluate and optimise their search systems.
You will be required to use a combination of manual and automated techniques to develop the classification scheme, including applying conceptual models of information seeking as well as process mining and cluster analysis. They will re-use a wide range of search logs from many domains to identify distinct and common types of session and user behaviour and undertake software development as part of the research process.
You will have a good honours degree, a master?s degree in Computer Science or related discipline, experience in Information Retrieval or related discipline and programming experience. Good communication skills, for example the ability to explain the findings both orally and in written reports, and the ability to work independently to agreed deadlines is essential. There will be the opportunity to visit Google in the U.S. to present the findings of the project. This project is fixed term for 12 months with a proposed start date of 1 June 2013. For more information and to apply please visit the link below.