FERRO NICOLA

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http://www.dei.unipd.it/~ferro/

Office hours
Tuesday from 16:30 to 18:30 Ufficio: stanza n. 308, III piano, Edificio DEI/G Indirizzo: Via Gradenigo 6/a, 35131 Padova Si invitano gli studenti a concordare preventivamente via posta elettronica un appuntamento con il docente.
(updated on 17/04/2016 19:20)

Proposals for thesis
+ Data science for information retrieval systems evaluation
+ Reproducibility of experimental evaluation results
+ Crowd-sourcing for experimental evaluation
+ Click log analysis and learning-to-rank
+ Fake news and fact checking

Curriculum Vitae
Nicola Ferro (http://www.dei.unipd.it/~ferro/) is associate professor in computer science at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padua. His main research interests are information retrieval, search engines, experimental evaluation, digital libraries and databases.

He has published more than 300 papers on experimental evaluation, multilingual information access, the management of the scientific data produced during evaluation campaigns, digital library architectures, interoperability and service.

He is Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS).

He is PC member of major conferences (SIGIR, ECIR, CIKM, TPDL, JCDL, WWW) and reviewer for major journals (ACM CSUR, ACM TALIP, ACM TOIS, IEEE TKDE, IPM, JASIST, IR, IS, IJoDL).

He is advisory member of the Information Retrieval Society of India (IRSI), member of the Information Retrieval Specialist Group (IRSG) of the The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) (former British Computer Society). He was chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (IEEE TCDL). He is IEEE Senior Member and ACM Member.

## Coordination of Research Activities

Nicola Ferro is chair of the Steering Committee of the CLEF Initiative (http://www.clef-initiative.eu/), the European evaluation initiative, which promotes research and development of information access systems with an emphasis on multilingual and multimodal information with various levels of structure ranging from unstructured, semi- structured, to highly-structured, and semantically enriched data. In 2010 a profound renewal process of CLEF has been started and now it is an independent event structured in two main parts: (i) the Evaluation Labs to conduct evaluation of information access systems; (ii) a peer-reviewed Conference concerning research in evaluation methodologies and challenges. In 2013 he (co)-founded the CLEF Association, a not-for-profit legal entity sustaining CLEF where he acts as president.

He was General Chair of ECIR 2016 (http://ecir2016.dei.unipd.it/), the 38th European Conference on Information Retrieval.

He has been Program Chair/Co-chair: ECIR 2018 Panel on "Explaining and Predicting IR System Performance: A Need, a Reality, or a Chimera?", PROMISE Winter School 2013 on Bridging Between Information Retrieval and Databases; 9th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries (IRCDL 2013); PROMISE Winter School 2012 on Information Retrieval meets Information Visualization; 8th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries (IRCDL 2012); 20th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems (SEBD 2012); 1st Conference on Multilingual and Multimodal Information Access Evaluation (CLEF 2010); Panel on Evaluation in Information Retrieval at the 7th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR 2009).

Nicola Ferro was the coordinator of PROMISE project (2010-2013, contract n. 258191, http://www.promise- noe.eu/), an FP7 network of excellence aimed at providing a virtual laboratory for conducting participative research and experimentation to carry out, advance and bring automation into the evaluation and benchmarking of complex multilingual and multimedia information systems, by facilitating management and offering access, curation, preservation, re-use, analysis, visualization, and mining of the collected experimental data.

Research areas
- Information Retrieval
- Search Engines
- Experimental Evaluation
- Multilingual Information Access Systems
- Digital Libraries
- Databasese

Publications
Angelini, M., Fazzini, V., Ferro, N., Santucci, G., and Silvello, G. (2018). CLAIRE: A combinatorial visual analytics system for information retrieval evaluation. Information Processing & Management

Ferrante, M., Ferro, N., and Pontarollo, S. (2018). A General Theory of IR Evaluation Measures. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE)

Ferro, N. and Silvello, G. (2018). Toward an Anatomy of IR System Component Performances. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 69(2):187-200

Ferrante, M., Ferro, N., and Pontarollo, S. (2018). Modelling Randomness in Relevance Judgments and Evaluation Measures. In Pasi, G., Piwowarski, B., Azzopardi, L., and Hanbury, A., editors, Advances in Information Retrieval. Proc. 40th European Conference on IR Research (ECIR 2018), pages 197-209. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 10772, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany

Ferrante, M. Ferro, N., and Maistro, M. (2017). AWARE: Exploiting Evaluation Measures to Combine Multiple Assessors. ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 36(2):20:1-20:38

Ferro, N. (2017). What Does Affect the Correlation Among Evaluation Measures?. ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS), 36(2):19:1-19:40

Ferro, N. and Silvello, G. (2017). 3.5K runs, 5K topics, 3M assessments and 70M measures: What trends in 10 years of Adhoc-ish CLEF?. Information Processing & Management, 53(1):175-202

Silvello, G., Bordea, G., Ferro, N., Buitelaar, P., and Bogers, T. (2017). Semantic Representation and Enrichment of Information Retrieval Experimental Data. International Journal on Digital Libraries (IJDL), 18(2):145-172

Ferrante, M., Ferro, N., and Pontarollo, S. (2017). Are IR Evaluation Measures on an Interval Scale?. In Kamps, J., Kanoulas, E., de Rijke, M., Fang, H., and Yilmaz, E., editors, Proc. 3rd ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR 2017), pages 67-74. ACM Press, New York, USA [Best Paper Award]

Ferro, N., Lucchese, C., Maistro, M., and Perego, R. (2017). On Including the User Dynamic in Learning to Rank. In Kando, N., Sakai, T., Joho, H., Li, H., de Vries, A. P., and White, R. W., editors, Proc. 40th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2017), pages 1041-1044. ACM Press, New York, USA

Ferro, N. and Sanderson, M. (2017). Sub-corpora Impact on System Effectiveness. In Kando, N., Sakai, T., Joho, H., Li, H., de Vries, A. P., and White, R. W., editors, Proc. 40th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR 2017), pages 901-904. ACM Press, New York, USA

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IN0521 COMMON INP6076257 9 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN2371 001PD INP6076257 9 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN2371 002PD INP6076257 9 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN2371 004PD INP6076257 9 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN2371 005PD INP6076257 9 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN0521 COMMON INP6075457 6 2nd Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN2371 002PD INP6075457 6 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO
IN2371 005PD INP6075457 6 1st Year Second
semester
ENG NICOLA FERRO