Personalia

About Myself

Since October 2010 I'm a researcher for Microsoft's search engine Bing where I'm interested in all kinds of user measurement problems. How can one infer what a user is really looking for given just a query and some interaction data?

From September 2006 until September 2010 I was researching at DFKI and the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. In June 2010 I sucessfully defended my PhD thesis advised by Andreas Dengel where I focused on the intersection of eye tracking and personalized information retrieval. The aim was to use attention data of the user to improve the quality of the retrieval process, especially concerning desktop and web search. Attention data was obtained by user observation techniques such as state-of-the-art eye tracking.

In addition, I was also involved in reading research, particularly in inferring cognitive processes from eye movement patterns. To this end, I worked with Ralf Biedert on Text 2.0, a project aiming at making the reading process more fun and more efficient. You haven't checked out Text 2.0? Then do it now, it's really worth it, I promise ;-)

During the summer of 2008 I did an internship at Microsoft Research (Adaptive Systems and Interaction group), Redmond, USA, working together with Ed Cutrell and Merrie Morris. During the summer of 2009 I did an internship at Microsoft Research again, working together with Susan Dumais and Ed Cutrell.

During my undergrads I studied computer science at the University of Würzburg, Germany. My studies were focused on artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, bioinformatics, genetics, database systems, and robotics. Before and during my time in Würzburg I have done some research in the area of medical consultation systems.

Publications (peer-reviewed)


2013

Dmitry Lagun, Avneesh Sud, Ryen White, Peter Bailey, Georg Buscher
Explicit Feedback in Local Search Tasks.
In SIGIR '13: Proceedings of the 36th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval
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Fernando Diaz, Ryen White, Georg Buscher, Dan Liebling
Robust Models of Mouse Movement on Dynamic Web Search Results Pages.
In CIKM '13: Proceedings of the 22nd ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
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Siamak Faridani, Georg Buscher, Ya Xu
A Ground Truth Inference Model for Ordinal Crowd-Sourced Labels Using Hard Assignment Expectation Maximization.
In HCOMP '13: Human Computation and Crowdsourcing
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Siamak Faridani, Georg Buscher
LabelBoost: An Ensemble Model for Ground Truth Inference Using Boosted Trees.
In HCOMP '13: Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

2012

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Abdigani Diriye, Ryen White, Georg Buscher, Susan Dumais
Leaving So Soon? Understanding and Predicting Web Search Abandonment Rationales.
In CIKM '12: Proceedings of the 21st ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
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Jeff Huang, Ryen White, Georg Buscher, Kuansan Wang
Improving Searcher Models Using Mouse Cursor Activity.
In SIGIR '12: Proceedings of the 35th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information retrieval. Portland, USA.
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Ryen White, Georg Buscher
Text Selections as Implicit Relevance Feedback.
In SIGIR '12: Proceedings of the 35th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information retrieval. Portland, USA.
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Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel, Ralf Biedert, Ludger van Elst
Attentive Documents: Eye Tracking as Implicit Feedback for Information Retrieval and Beyond.
In ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (ACM-TiiS), special issue on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction
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Georg Buscher, Ryen White, Susan Dumais, Jeff Huang
Large-Scale Analysis of Individual and Task Differences in Search Result Page Examination Strategies.
In WSDM 2012: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining. Seattle, USA.
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Jeff Huang, Ryen White, Georg Buscher
User See, User Point: Gaze and Cursor Alignment in Web Search.
In CHI '12: Proceedings of the 2012 international conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
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Ryen White, Georg Buscher
Characterizing Local Interests and Local Knowledge.
In CHI '12: Proceedings of the 2012 international conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
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Ralf Biedert, Jörn Hees, Andreas Dengel, Georg Buscher
A Robust Realtime Reading-Skimming Classifier.
In ETRA 2012: Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications
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Ralf Biedert, Andreas Dengel, Georg Buscher, Arman Vartan
Reading and Estimating Gaze on Smart Phones.
In ETRA 2012: Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications
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Ralf Biedert, Mostafa Elshamy, Andreas Dengel, Georg Buscher
Towards Robust Gaze-Based Objective Quality Measures For Text.
In ETRA 2012: Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications

2011

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Farida Ismail, Ralf Biedert, Andreas Dengel, Georg Buscher
Emotional text tagging.
In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction held in conjunction with IUI 2011.
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Mostafa El Hosseiny, Ralf Biedert, Andreas Dengel, Georg Buscher
The eyePad - Tom Riddle in the 21st century.
In Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction held in conjunction with IUI 2011.

2010

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Georg Buscher
Attention-based information retrieval - using eye tracking to capture attention evidence and personalize search.
Dissertation.
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Georg Buscher, Ralf Biedert, Daniel Heinesch, Andreas Dengel
Eye Tracking Analysis of Preferred Reading Regions on the Screen.
In CHI '10 extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems. Atlanta, USA.
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Georg Buscher, Ralf Biedert
Usability testing: affective interfaces.
In journal "Informatik-Spektrum".
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Georg Buscher, Susan Dumais, Edward Cutrell
The Good, the Bad, and the Random: An Eye-Tracking Study of Ad Quality in Web Search.
In SIGIR '10: Proceedings of the 33rd annual international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information retrieval. Geneva, Switzerland.
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Susan Dumais, Georg Buscher, Edward Cutrell
Individual Differences in Gaze Patterns for Web Search.
In IIiX '10: Proceedings of the third symposium on information interaction in context.
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Ralf Biedert, Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel
The EyeBook - Using Eye Tracking to Enhance the Reading Experience.
In journal "Informatik-Spektrum".
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Ralf Biedert, Georg Buscher, Sven Schwarz, Manuel Möller, Andreas Dengel, Thomas Lottermann
The Text 2.0 Framework - Writing Web-Based Gaze-Controlled Realtime Applications Quickly and Easily.
In proceedings of the International Workshop on Eye Gaze in Intelligent Human Machine Interaction (EGIHMI) held in conjunction with IUI 2010.
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Ralf Biedert, Georg Buscher, Sven Schwarz, Jörn Hees, Andreas Dengel
Text 2.0.
In CHI '10 extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems. Atlanta, USA.

2009

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Georg Buscher, Edward Cutrell, Meredith Ringel Morris
What Do You See When You're Surfing? Using Eye Tracking to Predict Salient Regions of Web Pages.
In CHI '09: Proceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems. Boston, USA.
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Georg Buscher, Ludger van Elst, Andreas Dengel
Segment-Level Display Time as Implicit Feedback: A Comparison to Eye Tracking.
In SIGIR '09: Proceedings of the 32nd annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval. Boston, USA.
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Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel
Gaze-Based Filtering of Relevant Document Segments.
Workshop WSSP held in conjunction with WWW '09. Madrid, Spain.

2008

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Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel, Ludger van Elst
Query Expansion Using Gaze-Based Feedback on the Subdocument Level.
In SIGIR '08: Proceedings of the 31st annual international ACM SIGIR conference on Research and development in information retrieval. Singapore.
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Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel, Ludger van Elst
Eye Movements as Implicit Relevance Feedback.
In CHI '08 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems. Florence, Italy.
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Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel, Ludger van Elst, Florian Mittag
Generating and Using Gaze-Based Document Annotations.
In CHI '08 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems. Florence, Italy.
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Georg Buscher, Andreas Dengel
Attention-Based Document Classifier Learning.
In Proceedings of the Eighth IAPR Workshop on Document Analysis Systems (DAS 2008)
Nakano Award for the best paper.
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Ludger van Elst, Malte Kiesel, Sven Schwarz, Georg Buscher, Andreas Lauer, Andreas Dengel
Contextualized knowledge acquisition in a semantic wiki: The Mymory workbench.
In EKAW 2008: 16th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management
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Malte Kiesel, Sven Schwarz, Ludger van Elst, Georg Buscher
Mymory: Enhancing a Semantic Wiki with Context Annotations.
In ESWC 2008: Proceedings of the 5th European Semantic Web Conference (Demonstration)
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Malte Kiesel, Sven Schwarz, Ludger van Elst, Georg Buscher
Using Attention and Context Information for Annotations in a Semantic Wiki.
In SemWiki2008: Proceedings of the 3rd Semantic Wiki Workshop held in conjunction with ESWC 2008.
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Frank Puppe, Martin Atzmueller, Georg Buscher, Matthias Huettig, Hardi Luehrs, Hans-Peter Buscher
Application and Evaluation of a Medical Knowledge-System in Sonography (SONOCONSULT).
In Proc. 18th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-08), Prestigious Applications of Intelligent Systems (PAIS-08)

2007

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Georg Buscher
Attention-Based Information Retrieval.
Abstract in SIGIR '07: Proceedings of the 30th annual international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information retrieval (doctoral consortium). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Best paper award of the doctoral consortium.
My mentors during the Doctoral Consortium: Susan Dumais and Nick Belkin
Further resources: [extended paper]
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Matthias Huettig, Georg Buscher, Frank Puppe, Hans-Peter Buscher
Checking Concordance between Findings and Diagnoses in Sonographic Reports by a Knowledge-Based Documentation System.
In Ultraschall in der Medizin / European Journal of Ultrasound.

2006

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Georg Buscher, Joachim Baumeister, Frank Puppe, Dietmar Seipel
Semi-Distributed Development of Agent-Based Consultation Systems.
Poster at the 15th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2006).

2005

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Georg Buscher, Joachim Baumeister, Frank Puppe, Dietmar Seipel
User-centered consultation by a society of agents.
In K-CAP '05: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Knowledge capture. Banff, Canada.
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Frank Puppe, Georg Buscher, Martin Atzmueller, Matthias Huettig, Hans-Peter Buscher
Clinical Experiences with a Knowledge-Based System in Sonography (SonoConsult).
In Proceedings 3rd Conference Professional Knowledge Management - Experiences and Visions, Workshop on Current Aspects of Knowledge Management in Medicine (KMM05).
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Frank Puppe, Georg Buscher, Martin Atzmueller, Matthias Huettig, Hans-Peter Buscher
Clinical Experiences with a Knowledge-Based System in Sonography (SonoConsult).
Professional Knowledge Management, LNAI 3782, Springer, Germany
Extended version of KMM05 paper.

2004

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Matthias Huettig, Georg Buscher, Thomas Menzel, Wolfgang Scheppach, Frank Puppe, Hans-Peter Buscher
A Diagnostic Expert System for Structured Reports, Quality Assessment, and Training of Residents in Sonography.
Medizinische Klinik, 99(3): 117-122.

Publications (other)

2010

Georg Buscher
Bernard J. Jansen, Amanda Spink, Isak Taksa: Handbook of research on web log analysis.
Book review in journal Information Retrieval.

2009

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Georg Buscher, Jacek Gwizdka, Jaime Teevan, Nicholas J. Belkin, Ralf Bierig, Ludger van Elst, Joemon Jose
SIGIR 2009 workshop on understanding the user: logging and interpreting user interactions in information search and retrieval.
In SIGIR Forum.
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Nicholas J. Belkin, Ralf Bierig, Georg Buscher, Ludger van Elst, Jacek Gwizdka, Joemon Jose, Jaime Teevan
Proc. of the SIGIR'09 Workshop on Understanding the User -- Logging and Interpreting User Interactions in Information Search and Retrieval (UIIR-2009).

Professional Activities

PC member of conference WWW '13 (World Wide Web) (behavioral analysis and personalization track).
Reviewer for journal Information Processing & Management (2012).
PC member of conference WWW '12 (World Wide Web) (behavioral analysis and personalization track).
PC member of conference WWW '11 (World Wide Web) (behavioral analysis and personalization track).
Co-chair of SIGIR '09 workshop on Understanding the User.

Selected Media

Emotionen beim Lesen von Texten erfasst, Article in iX, Magazin für Professionelle Informationstechnik, Dec 28, 2010.
6 Ways Eye Tracking Is Changing the Web, Smart Words Watch Your Eyes As You Read, News article in Read Write Web, Aug 09, 2010.
Future of eReading: Following your eyes?, News article in eSchoolNews, June 17, 2010.
Eye-Tracking Interfaces Look for Killer App, News article in the Communications of the ACM, May 24, 2010.
Forschung: Wissenschaftler arbeiten an Text 2.0 (Research: Scientists work on Text 2.0), Chip online article, May 16, 2010.
Text 2.0: Eye-Tracking Tablets See Where You're Looking, The Huffington Post online article, April 1, 2010.
Eye Tracking Technology May Revolutionize The Written Word, PSFK.com online article, March 30, 2010.
Text 2.0, CeBIT WEBciety online article, March 26, 2010.
"Text 2.0" eye-tracking reading companion: crazy or crazy awesome?, CrunchGear online article, March 25, 2010.
Eye-Tracking Tablets and the Promise of Text 2.0, WIRED online article, March 25, 2010.
Does This Headline Know You’re Reading It?, h+ online article, March 19, 2010.
Das intelligente Buch (The intelligent book), online article and TV broadcast on channel ARD, March 3, 2010.
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Wenn das Auge die Seite umblättert (If the eye turns the page), TV broadcast on channel ZDF, March 2, 2010.
Der Computer, der Gedanken liest (The computer that reads you mind), in newspaper Die Welt, October 24, 2009.
Wenn der Text weiß, dass er gelesen wird (If the text knows that it is being read), in online newspaper Wissenschaft aktuell, October 15, 2009.
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Eye, Pad Video, posted May 2010.
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Text 2.0 Video, posted Oct 2009.

Projects

SIGIR'09 Workshop