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Bram van den Akker, an MSc AI student at the UvA supervised by Ilya Markov, has won the best short paper award at The Web Conference 2019.

The award winning paper, ViTOR: Learning to Rank Webpages based on Visual Features by Bram van den Akker, Ilya Markov, and Maarten de Rijke, introduces the Visual learning TO Rank (ViTOR) model that integrates state-of-the-art visual feature extraction methods by (i) transfer learning from a pre-trained image classification model, and (ii) synthetic saliency heat maps generated from webpage snapshots.