IR Lab and FIRE

Many years ago, I spent a joyful time employed as a programmer at the Information Retrieval Laboratory of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. I drew the two cartoons below to tell the story of our life at the lab and then our attempt at inviting the outside world to see our work! The lab started (a) FIRE; Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation as the IR evaluation platform in India, where researchers and students from around the world ran and compared their text-search experiments.

IR Lab