The IRF aims to promote and facilitate research in Information Retrieval:
- From large scale collections of structured, semi-structured and multimedia documents;
- By real users undertaking real search tasks interactively;
- Using novel and sophisticated document analysis and indexing techniques;
- By providing an easy to access research infrastructure including hardware platforms, software, and test collections.
More than 250 scientists from around the world have joined the IRF as scientific members to access the large scale research infrastructure, conduct joint research projects and interact with information professionals from industry. Our research network spreads over 4 continents and includes most prestigious institutions.