Course in Information Retrieval

General Information

Lecturer Jun.-Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast
Lab Advisor Shahbaz Syed
Workload 2 SWS Lecture, 3 SWS Lab
Lecture Mondays, 11:15 - 12:45, HS 19, starting April 1
Lab Tuesdays, 09:15 - 11:45, Hs 19, as announced, starting April 9
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Exam Written exam on July 29, 2019, 10:00-11:30, Audimax.
Written exam on September 26, 2019, tentative.


  • The results of the first exam are released.
  • The date of the second exam will likely be September 26, 2019
  • As an aid for the exam, you are allowed to bring a sheet of A4 paper with handwritten notes on one side only. No printed pages are allowed.



The lab consists of building an information system for a specific domain. This entails data acquisition, data cleansing, indexing, selection and implementation of a suitable retrieval model, development of a UI, evaluation of search quality, submission of a short written report as well as well-documented source code, and a final presentation.
Successful participation in the lab is a prerequisite to be admitted to the exam.

Lab classes