Web search query assistance functionality for young audiences

by Carsten Eickhoff, Tamara Polajnar, Karl Gyllstrom, Sergio Duarte Torres and Richard Glassey.

The Internet plays an important role in people’s daily lives. This is not only true for adults, but also holds for children; however, current web search engines are designed with adult users and their cognitive abilities in mind. Consequently, children face considerable barriers when using these information systems. In this work, we demonstrate the use of query assistance and search moderation techniques as well as appropriate interface design to overcome or mitigate these challenges. Read the paper.

Visual Exploration of Health Information for Children

by Frans van der Sluis, Sergio Duarte Torres, Djoerd Hiemstra, Betsy van Dijk, Frea Kruisinga 

Children experience several difficulties retrieving informa- tion using current Information Retrieval (IR) systems. Particularly, chil- dren struggle to find the right keywords to construct queries given their lack of domain knowledge. This problem is even more critical in the case of the specialized health domain. In this work we present a novel method to address this problem using a cross-media search interface in which the textual data is searched through visual images. This solution aims to solve the recall and recognition problem which is salient for health information, by replacing the need for a vocabulary with the easy task of recognising the different body parts. Read the paper.