In 2007, the 1st BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) was established to provide a forum for early career researchers to present, share and discuss their research ideas. The symposium was run in conjunction with the 6th European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR), which was held in Glasgow. Since then the symposium has been run numerous times as part of the ESSIR.
The objectives of the symposium are:
to provide an accessible forum for early researchers (particularly PhD students, and researchers new to the field) to share and discuss their research;
to create and foster formative and tentative research ideas;
to encourage discussion and debate about new future directions.
These proceedings contain papers and posters presented at the 5th Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access, held in Granada, Spain on the 3rd of September during the 2013 European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR). Each of the students gave a short seven minute presentation during the day and participated in a number of interactive sessions, where cross-pollination of ideas was encouraged and advice about doing a PhD was provided during a Q&A session. To provide inspiration from an up and coming researcher, this years’ keynote speaker was Dr Milad Shokouki from Microsoft Bing. Milad shared his opinions and thoughts with the students on how he approached his PhD and how he came up with a number of recipes to cook up his dissertation.
The organisers would like to thank the programme committee for their time and effort in providing detailed reviews and helpful advice to students on how to improve their work. We are grateful for the support and assistance from our organising institutes: SERI, MUMIA, UGR-Empresa, and the BCS-IRSG, as well as all the volunteers that helped out on the day. We would also like to thank all the sponsors for supporting Future Directions in Information Access and the European Summer School on Information Retrieval (listed alphabetically): BCS’s Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS-IRSG), CEI BioTic Granada, Departmento de Clenclas de la Computacion e I.A at the University of Granada (DECSAI), European Science Foundation, Escuela Tec. Superior de Ing. Infomatic y de Telecmunication (ETSIIT), Facultad de Comunicacion y Documentacion, Google, Universidad de Granada and YAHOO! Labs.
We would also like to thank the BCS eWiCs service, and in particularly Jutta Mackwell for her help and assistance publishing the proceedings.