Information Retrieval and the Internet

This teaching unit will be held online.

Introduction to IR problems; Boolean and Vector-Space models and variants; Evaluation; Indexing; Probabilistic models; Distributed IR; Cross-lingual IR; Web search and challenges;

The final mark is based on both a final written exam and the results of the practical exercises.


Code 32030
Type Course
Site Neuchâtel
Track(s) T3 – Advanced Information Processing
Semester A2020


Learning Outcomes

The main objective of this course is to introduce the students to the problems of search engines and information retrieval (IR). IR deals with the representation, storage, organization of, and access to information items. These items could be references to real documents, documents themselves or even single paragraphs, as well as Web pages, spoken documents, images, pictures, music, video, etc.
This course was the following objectives:

  1. to understand the underlying and hidden problems related with IR;
  2. to know the main IR models;
  3. to understand the new challenges of IR (multi-lingual, distributed, Web);
  4. to understand and implement a new IR model within Lucene

Practical exercises will complete the theoretical presentation.

Lecturer(s) Martin Braschler
Language english
Course Page

The course page in ILIAS can be found at

Schedules and Rooms

Period Weekly
Schedule Wednesday, 14:15 - 18:00
Location online

Additional information


First Lecture
The first lecture will take place online on Wednesday, 16.09.2020 at 14:15.