Information Retrieval Research Group at TH Köln

Who We Are

& What We Do

Information retrieval (IR) is the activity of obtaining information resources relevant to an information need. The best known IR usecase are search engines - the most prominent one of course is Google. The Information Retrieval Research Group at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) is doing research and development in the fields of retrieval evaluation, digital libraries, query suggestions and bibliometrics enhanced retrieval methods.

NEWSNew Project: PRIOR - PRepublicatIOn Radar

We are pleased to announce that the Google Digital News Initiative has approved funding for a prototype project we will carry out in collaboration with the SMC Lab. PRIOR, the PRepublicatIOn Radar, will be an integrated tool for science journalists to keep up to date with the latest scientific research, enabling them to detect and filter potentially interesting studies in a diverse set of scientific journals. Find out more about PRIOR on our project page.

NEWSNew Project: ESUPOL - The Influence for Web Search Engines on Political Opinion Formations

The Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia has approved funding for a state-wide graduate institute on “Digital Societies”. Philipp Schaer (Professor for Information Retrieval at TH Köln, University of Applied Sciences) and Sven-Oliver Proksch (Cologne Center for Comparative Politics) will conduct an interdisciplinary project on the influence of search engines on political opinion formation. The project will collect large amounts of web data from various search engines and analyze them using natural language processing and investigate the effects on opinion formation using laboratory experiments.