Course in Advanced Information Retrieval

General Information

Lecturer Dr. Harry Scells, Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast
Teaching Assistants Lukas Gienapp, Christopher Akiki
Workload 2 SWS Lecture, 1 SWS Exercises
Lecture Monday, 11:15 - 12:45, HS 19
Exercise Monday, 13:15 - 14:00, HS 19
Contact via email or office hours
Exam 06.02.2024, start at 9:45, in HS 3 (Hörsaalgebäude)
rewrite exam (Nachklausur): 26.03.2024, start at 14:15, in S 102 (Seminargebäude)



  • Lectures will take place in person.
  • Lab and corresponding material consists of a project in which you program your own domain-specific information retrieval system. We will have regular tutorial sessions from 16.10.2023 onwards.
  • Examination consists of a written exam and a lab project. In the exam, a one sided handwritten DIN A4 sheet of paper is allowed as an aid. This sheet will be collected; please write your name on this sheet as well. A non-programmable calculator is also allowed.
  • Communication
    • Discord - direct communication with teaching staff and annoucements will be posted here. Please email the teaching staff for a link to join.
    • Lecture website - materials and organisation annoucements will be uploaded on this website.
    • Email - important announcements will be sent out via mail.


Lecture material will be published here over the course of the semester.

Lab Project

The lab project consists of building and evaluating an information system for a specific domain. This entails data processing, implementing retrieval methods, and an analysis of the retrieval system.
Lab project material will be published here over the course of the semester.
Deliverables are to be handed in by mail to the lab supervisors and/or Tira.

Date Title Materials Deliverables
  • Lab Overview, Group Formation
  • Milestone I Information Session
  • Milestone II information session
  • Milestone I due
  • Hand in as XML file (see example) via mail.
  • Milestone III information session
Milestone II due
  • Project Q&A
  • Milestone IV Information Session (1)
Milestone III due
  • Milestone IV Information Session (2)
  • Wrap up
  • Questions/Comments/Concerns
Milestone IV due