About

Krisztian Balog is a full professor of Computer Science at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Stavanger. He joined the University of Stavanger as an associate professor in 2013, and was appointed full professor in 2016. Previously, in 2011-2012, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer and Information Science Department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Before that, he was a postdoc at the Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS) group at the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam, where he received his PhD in Computer Science in 2008 under the supervision of prof.dr. Maarten de Rijke. He holds M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (2005) and from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2004). Balog’s work on expertise retrieval has been very influential and has received numerous awards, including the Best Doctoral Consortium Paper Award at the ACM SIGIR conference in 2007, the Victorine van Schaickprijs in 2009, and the Best Paper Award at the ECIR conference in 2011. His general research interests lie in the use and development of information retrieval, information extraction, and machine learning techniques for intelligent information access tasks. His current research concerns entity-oriented and semantic search, and novel evaluation methodologies.

Professional activities

(Co-)organizer

Reviewer for International Journals

  • ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (TKDD)
  • ACM Transactions on Information Systems (TOIS)
  • Data Knowledge & Engineering (DKE)
  • Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval (FnTIR)
  • IEEE Intelligent Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
  • Information Processing & Management (IPM)
  • Information Retrieval Journal (IRJ)
  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR)
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)
  • Journal of Web Semantics (JWS)
  • Journal on Data Semantics (JODS)
  • Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS)

Senior Program Committee Member at International Conferences

  • ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2015-2017
  • ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) 2013-2017
  • European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) 2014-2015, 2017

Program Committee Member at International Conferences

  • ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) 2011-2017
  • ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2010-2014, 2016-2018
  • ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) 2007-2017
  • ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) 2015-2016
  • ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) 2010, 2013
  • Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and Human Language Technologies Conference (ACL-HLT) 2011-2012
  • European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) 2012-2017
  • IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE Big Data) 2013
  • International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) 2010-2011
  • International Conference of the CLEF Initiative (CLEF) 2015-2016
  • International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR) 2013
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) 2016
  • International World Wide Web Conference (WWW) 2010-2012, 2017-2018

Program Committee Member at International Workshops

  • Context, Interpretation and Meaning (CIM) at ISWC 2014
  • Cross-lingual Expert Search (CriES) at CLEF 2010
  • Data In Web Search (DISH) at WWW 2013 (advisory board member)
  • Discovering Meaning On the Go in Large & Heterogeneous Data (LHD) at IJCAI 2011, ISWC 2012
  • Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retrieval (ESAIR) at CIKM 2012-2014
  • Query Representation and Understanding (QRU) at SIGIR 2011
  • Search and Mining Entity-Relationship Data (SMER) at CIKM 2011
  • Schema-agnostic Queries (SAQ) at ESWC 2015
  • Social Aspects of the Web (SAW), 2008-2009
  • Social Personalisation and Search (SPS) at SIGIR 2015
  • Supporting Complex Search Tasks (SCST) at CHIIR 2017
  • Web of Linked Entities (WoLE) at WWW 2013

Reviewer for International Conferences

  • ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2009
  • ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data/Principles of Database Systems (PODS) 2008
  • Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL) 2009
  • European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD) 2011
  • International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) 2011
  • Web Intelligence (WI) 2007-2008

Grant and Scholarship Application Committees

  • Member of the evaluation committee for Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, 2017
  • Member of the evaluation committee for Aalborg University Copenhagen, 2015
  • Reviewer for the Czech Science Foundation, 2013
  • Reviewer for the Danish Council for Independent Research, 2014
  • Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2013

Other

  • Member of the Best Papers Award Committee for SIGIR 2009, 2014
  • Member of the Doctoral Consortium program committee for SIGIR 2009, 2015-2016
  • Member of the Mentoring Committee for SIGIR 2009
  • Member of the Student Mentoring Programme for ECIR 2011-2012
  • Member of the Tutorials program committee for ECIR 2014
  • Member of the Tutorials program committee for SIGIR 2017
  • Member of the Workshops program committee for ECIR 2015
  • Member of the Workshops program committee for SIGIR 2014

Awards

  • Best Short Paper Honorable Mention Award at the 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR), 2017
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at the 2nd ACM SIGIR International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR), 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award at the ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM), 2016
  • Best Paper Award at the 33rd European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), 2011
  • Victorine van Schaickprijs 2009 (for PhD dissertation)
  • Best Doctoral Consortium Paper Award at the ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval, 2007

Grants

  • ToppForsk-UiS (FAETE project), external funding: 4M NOK (~€440K), total project budget: 9.7M NOK (over €1M), 2015-2018
  • Project Plogen (idea development for FAETE project), 50K NOK (~€5.5K), 2015
  • European Science Foundation (ESF) grant for organizing a scientific meeting, 2014 (€10K)
  • European Science Foundation (ESF) grant for organizing a scientific meeting, 2013

See also

Contact details

University of Stavanger
Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
NO-4036 Stavanger, Norway
room E-426
Tel: +47 51 83 17 88
Fax: +47 51 83 10 50
Email: krisztian (dot) balog (at) uis.no