ThinkTank on Mobile Search!

I recently attended an invited workshop and Think Tank on Mobile Search organized by IPTS and the Chorus+ Project on 9th of June in Ghent! The workshop was entitled, “Exploring the Future of Mobile Search”. The meeting involved a number of mobile search experts and visionaries from both industry and academia, focusing on the functional and technological requirements of anticipated future mobile search applications and services. So I was delighted to be invited to the event!

Other attendees included Peggy Anne Salz of MSearchGroove, Juha Kaario of Varaani Works Oy, Matt Jones of Swansea University, Michel Plu of Orange Labs, Georg Treu of Aloqa, Fran├žois Daoust of W3C, Steve Ives of Taptu and Philipp Breuss-Schneeweis of Mobilizy.

I presented recent work on exploring the social side to mobile search, focusing on (1) supporting more proactive, social mobile search interfaces and (2) enabling and enriching social interactions within mobile search services to enable people (friends in particular) to help each other with their information needs and queries while on-the-move.

The final goal of the meeting was to device a set of features, priorities and directions for future developments in the Mobile Search space.

Full details on the workshop, the presentations/presenters and the workshop outcomes can be found here