SCOTLAND is set to play host to Europe’s leading conference on information retrieval for the first time since 2008 as hundreds of computer scientists make their way to Glasgow.

The 46th European Conference on Information Retrieval, organised by Glasgow University professors, will be kicking off at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday.

More than 400 researchers, in addition to representatives from international organisations including Google, Spotify and Amazon are expected to attend the conference running until March 28.

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Information retrieval is the field of computer science and artificial intelligence that underpins a range of essential technologies such as search engines and digital libraries.

This year's programme includes events, workshops, and demonstrations aimed at promoting innovation and exploring the ethics of technological advancements in information retrieval.

Professors Iadh Ounis, Craig Macdonald and Graham McDonald from Glasgow University’s computer science department organised this year’s Glasgow-based event.

Dr Graham McDonald said: “I’m thrilled to be welcoming information retrieval researchers back to the city for the first time since 2008.

“Information retrieval has seen many significant advances since then as it works to stay ahead of the vast expansion in the amount of data created, stored, and shared every second of every day.”

The conference will also involve the presentation of the first Keith van Rijsbergen Award, a prize in honour of the University of Glasgow information retrieval researcher who founded the university’s first research group nearly 40 years ago.

Professor Iadh Ounis added: “I’m delighted that we are presenting the first Keith van Rijsbergen award this year. Keith helped build the foundations of information retrieval as we know it today and I’m proud that we are able to recognise his contributions."

The conference is being sponsored by tech organisations including Google and Bloomberg Engineering.