IS U535 Information Retrieval - Spring 2004 - General Information

Professor Futrelle - College of Computer and Information Sciences, Northeastern U., Boston, MA

Version of 26 February 2004

Course description, from the catalogue:

IS U535 Information Retrieval, 4 Credit hours
Discusses information retrieval including document models, indexing, query techniques, and results evaluation; text analysis for searching, indexing, and compression; user interfaces for text and multimedia retrieval; and digital libraries. Additional topics may include parallel and distributed architectures; support for multimedia and image retrieval; specialized query strategies; and advanced retrieval models. Course work includes using and evaluating existing IR systems as well as implementing small-scale applications that illustrate indexing and retrieval strategies.

Course Key Number:
Northeastern University, and the College of Computer and Information Sciences, Boston, MA.
Professor Robert P. Futrelle   Email me at:
You can also use a web form to contact me without needing email access at all.
Futrelle's Office:
115 Cullinane, Lab 53CN
Hardcopy mailbox:
161 Cullinane
Futrelle's office: 617-373-4239, Lab: 617-373-4607
Modern Information Retrieval by Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto (Addison-Wesley 1999)
Books on Reserve at Snell Library:
This is the list of books that should be on Reserve.
Personal Help:
Futrelle has regularly scheduled office hours, Mondays 12-1:30, Thursdays 12-1:30. If you need help at any time, find Futrelle or the TA, or call or send email, or ask in class to set up an appointment.
On-line help:
Since this course is about information retrieval, this is something you'll get very good at. Also, see the Resources links on the course homepage.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:35 (Seq 3), Room 237 FR
All students will participate in a project team with one or two other students. See the Projects page for details. Every student in the course is expected to do programming in Java and to construct web pages, though there may be exceptions.
Credit will be distributed across quizzes, midterm, final exam, project drafts and projects. Details will appear as the course proceeds.
The course email archives:
I'll sign up all the students for the course mailing list so you can all get important notices and exchange questions, answers and information. All mail to the list is archived Post away -- your questions and information may well be of interest to other students in the class. Post mail to the list from your registered email address to here:

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