Nirmal Roy defends PhD thesis on the effects of interfaces on search

Exploring the effects of interactive interfaces on user search behaviour

by Nirmal Roy

Interactive information retrieval (IIR) is a user-centered approach to information seeking and retrieval. In this paradigm, the search process is not confined to a single query and a static set of results. Instead, it emphasises the active involvement of users in refining their information needs, iteratively modifying queries, and exploring retrieved content. IIR studies research how to facilitate a more tailored and practical search experience, adapting to the evolving requirements and preferences of users. In this thesis, we focus on four distinct yet interrelated areas in the domain of IIR to have a better understanding of the interaction between the user and the information retrieval system.

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