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October CIC Research Seminar 2

Date: October 30, 2019
Location: Innovation Central Perth - Building 216 Room 204, Level 2 Curtin University, Bentley Campus
CIC Seminar | Networking

Toward more comprehensive search systems for research and learning

Presented by Ben Adams


Modern search engines are optimized for efficiency-to give users answers almost before they ask for them. However, some complex search behaviour is not well-served by current search engines, especially when users are engaging in slower, more creative search tasks such as research or critical learning. In this talk, Ben will discuss two current research projects he is working on to develop comprehensive search systems that facilitate more exploratory modes of searching for information. The first project is a spatiotemporal search engine for exploratory search through historical and geographic lenses. The second project is focused on developing interactive narrative-based systems in mobile settings. Ben will conclude with some thoughts on how comprehensive search might help us rethink how we organize our scientific research outputs for better uptake and reuse.


Ben Adams is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His research focuses on how we can organize and represent geographic, historical, social, and scientific knowledge to better promote synthesis and learning by users. The research he undertakes is both explanatory and constructive. In the first case he develops theories to explain how the information that we produce and share in digital form reflects human conceptualizations of the world. In the second case he builds software tools that help people use geographic information better to solve problems. Adams currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spatial Information Science (JOSIS).

The one hour presentation will be followed by a networking opportunity.