Can a Workspace Help to Overcome the Query Formulation Problem in Image Retrieval?

  • Jana Urban
  • Joemon M. Jose
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3936)


We have proposed a novel image retrieval system that incorporates a workspace where users can organise their search results. A task-oriented and user-centred experiment has been devised involving design professionals and several types of realistic search tasks. We study the workspace’s effect on two aspects: task conceptualisation and query formulation. A traditional relevance feedback system serves as baseline. The results of this study show that the workspace is more useful with respect to both of the above aspects. The proposed approach leads to a more effective and enjoyable search experience.


Image Retrieval Search Task Relevance Feedback Relevant Image Query Formulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jana Urban
    • 1
  • Joemon M. Jose
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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