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Understanding and Improving Information Search

A Cognitive Approach

  • Wai Tat Fu
  • Herre van Oostendorp

Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Wai Tat Fu, Herre van Oostendorp
    Pages 1-9
  3. Foundation and Background

  4. Methods and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Herre van Oostendorp, Saraschandra Karanam
      Pages 97-111
    3. Kazutoshi Umemoto, Takehiro Yamamoto, Katsumi Tanaka
      Pages 139-160
  5. Areas of Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Jean-François Rouet, Julie Ayroles, Mônica Macedo-Rouet, Anna Potocki
      Pages 185-212
    3. Yvonne Kammerer, Saskia Brand-Gruwel
      Pages 213-243
    4. Ion Juvina, Othalia Larue, Colin Widmer, Subhashini Ganapathy, Srikanth Nadella, Brandon Minnery et al.
      Pages 245-266
    5. Q. Vera Liao, Werner Geyer, Michael Muller, Yasaman Khazaen
      Pages 267-287

About this book


This edited book adopts a cognitive perspective to provide breadth and depth to state-of-the-art research related to understanding, analyzing, predicting and improving one of the most prominent and important classes of behavior of modern humans, information search. It is timely as the broader research area of cognitive computing and cognitive technology have recently attracted much attention, and there has been a surge in interest to develop systems and technology that are more compatible with human cognitive abilities.

Divided into three interlocking sections, the first introduces the foundational concepts of information search from a cognitive computing perspective to highlight the research questions and approaches that are shared among the contributing authors. Relevant concepts from psychology, information and computing sciences are addressed. The second section discusses methods and tools that are used to understand and predict information search behavior and how the cognitive perspective can provide unique insights into the complexities of the behavior in various contexts. The final part highlights a number of areas of applications of which education and training, collaboration and conversational search interfaces are important ones.

Understanding and Improving Information Search - A Cognitive Approach includes contributions from cognitive psychologists, information and computing scientists around the globe, including researchers from Europe (France, Netherlands, Germany), the US, and Asia (India, Japan), providing their unique but coherent perspectives to the core issues and questions most relevant to our current understanding of information search behavior and improving information search.


Information retrieval Web navigation Information retrieval systems Query Process Cognitive modelling Cognitive technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Wai Tat Fu
    • 1
  • Herre van Oostendorp
    • 2
  1. 1.Raytheon BBN TechnologiesCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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