IR4Good Track

Societal issues (such as algorithmic bias and fairness, privacy, and transparency) are becoming more and more relevant for making advances towards responsible Information Retrieval (IR). Indeed, these matters have a resonance at an interdisciplinary level (e.g., philosophy, law, sociology, civil society), beyond the purely technical perspective. For this reason, getting diverse communities involved in the discussion becomes essential.

The IR4Good track will bring together researchers and practitioners with diverse backgrounds, from both academia and industry, as well as the civil society, to present and discuss recent advances towards fair, transparent, ethical, inclusive, and sustainable IR. 


IR4Good Track Schedule

  • 08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast tea / coffee
  • 09:00 – 09:05 Welcome
  • 09:05 – 09:45 Invited Talk on Legal Perspectives in Artificial Intelligence and their Impact on IR
    • Burkhard Schafer, Edinburgh Law School (UK)
      • Access to justice and ethically sound legal information retrieval
  • 09:45 – 10:30 Paper Session I: Web Participation
    • Mapping Consumer Impacts and Intervention Strategies in Information Retrieval Systems
    • Responsible Opinion Formation on Debated Topics in Web Search
    • The Common Index: Crawling and Indexing the Web for Public Use
  • 10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:00 – 11:45 Paper Session II: Fairness
    • Measuring Gender Bias in a Ranked List using Term-based Representations
    • Recommendation Fairness in e-Participation: Listening to Minority, Vulnerable and NIMBY Citizens
    • A Study of Pre-processing Fairness Intervention Methods for Ranking People
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Paper Session III: Beyond Fairness
    • End-to-End Adaptive Local Learning for Alleviating Mainstream Bias in Collaborative Filtering
    • The Impact of Differential Privacy on Recommendation Accuracy and Popularity Bias
    • Is Interpretable Machine Learning Effective at Feature Selection for Neural Learning-to-Rank?
    • Federated Conversational Recommender Systems
  • 12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK
  • 13:30 – 14:10 Invited Talk on Ethical Perspectives in Artificial Intelligence and their Impact on IR
    • Joseph Wilson, City of Glasgow College (UK)
      • Data management in colleges: What do we do now, what we need to be able to do and the challenges of managing learner data in a large college.
  • 14:10 – 15:00 Poster Session
  • 15:00 – 15:30 COFFEE BREAK
  • 15:30 – 16:45 Interdisciplinary Working Group Session
    • 16:45 – 17:15 Working Groups Pitch and Discussion Session
  • 17:15 – 17:30 Summary and Final Remarks


IR4Good Keynote Speakers:

  • Burkhard Schafer

    Professor in the Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh

    Burkhard Schafer is a Professor of Computational Legal Theory in the Edinburgh Law School. He studied Theory of Science, Logic, Theoretical Linguistics, Philosophy and Law at the Universities of Mainz, Munich, Florence and Lancaster. His main field of interest is the interaction between law, science and computer technology from doctrinal, comparative and legal-theoretical perspectives. This research encompasses both the problems that technology and technological change poses to the law – technology law – and the use of technology in the justice system and the legal services industry – legal informatics. Burkhard Schafer’s a co-founder and currently Director of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law, where their work covers all aspects of technology regulation, from IP law to data protection to e-commerce to e-forensics. As a co-founder and co-director of the Joseph Bell Centre for Legal Reasoning and Forensic Statistics, He also works on questions of legal technology and its role in the justice system. He’s involved with a number of organisations that promote the exchange between computer science and law, including the German Association for Informatics, BILETA, and the Evidence and Investigation network of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research. He’s currently member of the expert group of AI4People, chairing their working group on an ethics framework for legal technology, and member of the data ethics group of the Turing Institute. He’s also a member of the legal technologist accreditation panel of the Law Society of Scotland.


  • Joseph Wilson

    Learning Technologies & Digital Skills Manager at the City of Glasgow College

    Joseph Wilson is an Experienced CEO and Director used to managing large teams and tackling complex problems dealing with both internal and external stakeholders in politically charged situations. He has worked across the international, UK and Scottish Educational landscape from being a teacher to leading change at institutional and national level. Including managing the national portfolio of vocational qualifications in Scotland. He has led curriculum teams, managed quality systems at local and national levels and created national qualifications and assessment strategies and managed all of the resources and political challenges around that. In addition he has exported practice internationally. Tackling and managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders. He specialises in depth of knowledge about education and training systems and the deployment of digital learning technology for learning and assessment. He has procured, commissioned and run systems at national and institutional level and keep his knowledge current on both systems and practice.