Pavel Braslavski @ RuSSIR 2009 party, by Katya Vylomova

Pavel Braslavski

Born in 1973 in Sverdlovsk.
Graduated from the school No. 37 (1990),
Physics and Technology Dept. of the Ural State Tech. University (1997),
Art History and Cultural Studies Dept. of the Ural state Gorki University (2000).
Ph.D. (Candidate of Science) in Technology (2000), Ph.D. (Candidate of Science) in Cultural Studies (2003).

Married to Marina Driker, kids: Arseny, Arkady, and Alexandra.

More information can be found on the Russian version of this page.



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Earlier employments: Metatron, Avtomir, IgRek, EastWind, IMACH UD RAS, Yandex.



  1. Pavel Braslavski, Denis Savenkov, Eugene Agichtein and Alina Dubatovka. What Do You Mean Exactly? Analyzing Clarification Questions in CQA. CHIIR'2017. (PDF)


  2. Pavel Braslavski, Vivien Petras, Valery Likhosherstov, Maria Gade. Large-Scale Log Analysis of Digital Reading. ASIST'2016. (PDF)
  3. Alexander Beloborodov, Pavel Braslavski. Does Everybody Lie? Characterizing Answerers in Health-Related CQA. ISMW-FRUCT'2016. (PDF)
  4. Artem Kuznetsov, Pavel Braslavski, Vladimir Ivanov. Family Matters: Company Relations Extraction from Wikipedia. KESW'2016. (PDF)
  5. Pavel Braslavski, Vivien Petras, Valery Likhosherstov, Maria Gade. Ten Months of Digital Reading: An Exploratory Log Study. TPDL'2016. (PDF)
  6. Pavel Braslavski, Suzan Verberne, Ruslan Talipov. Show me how to tie a tie: evaluation of cross-lingual video retrieval. CLEF'2016. (PDF)
  7. E. Tutubalina, P. Braslavski. Multiple Features for Multiword Extraction: a Learning-to-Rank Approach. Dialog'2016. (PDF)
  8. P. Braslavski, D. Ustalov, M. Mukhin, Y. Kiselev. YARN: Spinning-in-Progress. Proceedings of the 8th Global Wordnet Conference, 2016. (PDF)


  9. Lezina, Galina and Braslavski, Pavel. A Large-Scale Community Questions Classification Accounting for Category Similarity: An Exploratory Study. Information Retrieval, CCIS, vol. 505, Springer, 2015. (PDF)
  10. Michael Voelske, Pavel Braslavski, Matthias Hagen, Galina Lezina, Benno Stein. What Users Ask a Search Engine: Analyzing One Billion Russian Question Queries. In Proc. of CIKM'2015. (PDF)
  11. Yuri Kiselev, Andrew Krizhanovsky, Pavel Braslavski, Ilya Menshikov, Mikhail Mukhin, Nataly Krizhanovskaya. Russian Lexicographic Landscape: a Tale of 12 Dictionaries. In Proc. of Dialog'2015. (PDF)


  12. Alexander Beloborodov, Pavel Braslavski, and Marina Driker Towards Automatic Evaluation of Health-Related CQA Data. In Proc. of CLEF'2014. (PDF)
  13. Pavel Braslavski, Dmitry Ustalov, Mikhail Mukhin. A Spinning Wheel for YARN: User Interface for a Crowdsourced Thesaurus. In Proc. of EACL'2014 (demo track), pp. 101-104. (PDF)
  14. G. Lezina, A. Kuznetsov, P. Braslavski. Learning to Predict Closed Questions on Stack Overflow. Kazan. Gos. Univ. Uchen. Zap. Ser. Fiz.-Mat. Nauki, 2013, Volume 155, Book 4, Pages 118–133. (PDF)


  15. Pavel Braslavski, Alexander Beloborodov, Maxim Khalilov, Serge Sharoff. English→Russian MT evaluation campaign. In Proc. of the 51st ACL Meeting (Vol. 2: Short Papers), 2013, pp. 262-267. (PDF, PDF@Serge Sharoff)
  16. Braslavski P., Beloborodov A., Sharoff S., Khalilov M. Machine translation evaluation track ROMIP MTEval 2013: organizers' report. In Proc. of Dialog-2013(in Russian). (PDF)
  17. Braslavski P., Mukhin M, Lyashevskaya O., Bonch-Osmolovskaya A., Krizhanovskiy A., Egorov P. YARN Begins. In Proc. of Dialog-2013 (in Russian). (PDF)
  18. Beloborodov A., Kuznetsov A., Braslavski P. Characterizing Health-Related Community Question Answering. In Proc. of ECIR'2013. (PDF@Springer, preprint PDF)


  19. Mukhin M., Braslavski P. What and How Do People Ask on Community Question Answering Services in Russian? In Proc. of the Dialog-2012 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2012. (PDF @ Dialog, local PDF)
  20. Chetverkin I., Braslavski P., Loukachevitch N. Sentiment Analysis Track at ROMIP 2011. In Proc. of the Dialog-2012 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2012. (PDF)


  21. Savenkov D., Braslavski P., Lebedev M. Search Snippet Evaluation at Yandex: Lessons Learned and Future Directions. CLEF 2011. (PDF)
  22. Braslavski P., Kiselev Yu. To find out or to buy? Product review vs. web shop classifier. In Proc. of the Dialog-2011. (PDF)


  23. Braslavski P. Marrying relevance and genre rankings: an exploratory study. In Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies. Text, Speech and Language Technology. Volume 42, 2011, p. 191-208. (preprint, book @ Springer, book prospect)
  24. Маннинг, К. Д., Рагхаван, П., Шютце, Х. Введение в информационный поиск. : Пер. с англ. Под ред. П.И. Браславского, Д.А. Клюшина, И.В. Сегаловича. — М. : ООО “И.Д. Вильямс”, 2011. (publisher's page) -- I was one of the editors of the Russian translation of the Introduction to Information Retrieval book.


  25. Braslavski P., Sokolov E. Comparison of Five Methods for Variable Length Term Extraction. In Proc. of the Dialog-2008 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2008, pp. 67-74. In Russian. (HTML, PDF)
  26. Rehm G., Santini M., Mehler A., Braslavski P., Gleim R., Stubbe A., Symonenko S., Tavosanis M., Vidulin V. Towards a Reference Corpus of Web Genres for the Evaluation of Genre Identification Systems. In Proc. of LREC 2008, May 28–30, Marrakech, Morocco, 2008. (PDF)


  27. Internet Mathematics 2007: Proceedings of the Contest. Ed. P. Braslavski. Ekaterinburg: Ural State Univ. Press, 2007. (book's page)
  28. Braslavski P. Combining Relevance and Genre-Related Rankings: an Exploratory Study. In Proc. of the International Workshop "Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP", Georg Rehm, Marina Santini (eds.), Borovets, Bulgaria, September 30, 2007, pp. 1-4. (local PDF, full proceedings)
  29. Braslavski P., Gustelev V. Automatic summarization system of news articles based on machine learning approach. In Proc. of the RCDL'2007, pp. 142-147. In Russian. (local PDF, PDF)
  30. Braslavski P., Sokolov E. Automatic Term Extraction Using Internet Search Engines. In Proc. of the Dialog-2007 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2007, pp. 89-94. In Russian. (local PDF, HTML, PDF)


  31. Braslavski P., Sokolov E. Comparison of Four Methods for Automatic Two-Word Term Extraction. In Proc. of the Dialog-2006 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2006, pp. 88-94. In Russian. (HTML, PDF, local PDF)
  32. Maslov M., Golovko A., Segalovich I., Braslavski P. Extracting News-Related Queries from Web Query Log. In Proc. of WWW2006, May 23-26, 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland. (PDF, HTML)
  33. Pyalling A., Maslov M., Braslavski P. Automatic Geotagging of Russian Web Sites. In Proc. of WWW2006, May 23-26, 2006, Edinburgh, Scotland. (PDF, HTML)


  34. Braslavski P., Tselishchev A. Style-Dependent Document Ranking. In Proc. of the RCDL'2005, pp. 159-164 (PDF, PDF@Yandex)
  35. Braslavski P., Shishkin A. A User-Centered Comparison of Web Search Tools. In Proc. of the Dialog-2005 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, Zvenigorod, June 1-7, 2005, pp. 554-560. (HTML, PDF, local PDF)
  36. Braslavski P., Kolychev I. eXtragon: an Experimental Automatic Web Document Summarizer. In Proc. the of ROMIP'2005, pp. 40-53. In Russian. (PDF, PDF@Yandex )
  37. Braslavski P., Shishkin A. A Specialized Metasearch Engine ProThes: Design and Implementation. In Computational technologies, 2005. Vol. 10. Special issue. Proceedings of the IX Workshop on the Electronic Publications (El-Pub2004) Novosibirsk, 23-25 September 2004, pp. 49-57. In Russian. (local PDF, abstract in English)


  38. Braslavski P., Alshanski G., Shishkin A. ProThes: Thesaurus-based Meta-Search Engine for a Specific Application Domain. In Proc. of WWW2004, May 17-22, 2004, New York, NY USA. Vol. 2, pp. 222-223. (PDF)
  39. Braslavski P. Automatic Operations on Web Search Queries Using a Thesaurus: Approaches and Feasibility Estimation. In Proc. of the Dialog-2004 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, pp. 79-84. In Russian. (PDF, HTML)
  40. Braslavski P., Shishkin A., Alshanski G. 3 in 1: Meta-Search, Thesaurus, and GUI for Focused Web Information Retrieval. In Proc. of the RCDL'2004, September 29 - October 1, 2004, Pushchino, pp. 135-140. (PDF)
  41. Braslavski P. Document Style Recognition Using Shallow Statistical Analysis. In Proc. of the ESSLLI 2004 Workshop on Combining Shallow and Deep Processing for NLP, Nancy, France, 2004, pp. 1-9. (full workshop proceedings, my paper)


  42. Braslavski P. Thesaurus for Web Search Query Expansion: Structure and Functions. In Proc. of the Dialog-2003 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2003, pp. 95-100. In Russian. (PDF, HTML, local PDF)
  43. Braslavski P. Automatic Text Categorization by Styles: Case Study on Web Documents. In Russkij yazyk v Internete (Russian Language on the Internet). Kazan, 2003, pp. 6-15. In Russian.
  44. Braslavski P., Gubin M., Dobrov B., et al. An Initiative Project of the Russian Seminar for Information Retrieval Evaluation Methods (ROMIP). In Proc. of Dialog'2003. In Russian. (PDF, HTML)


  45. Braslavski P., Vovk E., Maslov M. Facet-Based Internet Directory Design and Automated Genre Classification of Documents. In Proc. of the Dialog-2003 Conference on Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Technologies, 2003. Vol. 2, pp. 83-93. In Russian. (HTML, HTML@Yandex, HTML@Dialog)
  46. Braslavski P., Krichel T. OAI and AMF for Academic Self-Documentation. In Proc. of the RCDL'2002, Dubna, 2002. Vol. 2, pp. 97-104. (PDF, PDF@Thomas)
  47. Braslavski P. Metasearch Engine for Narrow Scientific Information Retrieval on the Web: Structure and Functions. In Proc. of the Tomsk State University, 2002. Vol. 1 (II) Suppl. Vol., pp. 353 - 356. In Russain.


  48. Braslavski P. Morphological Structure of Functional Styles: Case Study on Web Documents. In Proc. of the Ural State University, 2001. Vol. 21, pp. 9-17. In Russian
  49. Braslavski P. Building Web Search Queries Using Thesaurus. In Proc. of the RCDL'2001. In Russian. (RTF)
  50. Braslavski P. Use of Document Stylistic Features in the Internet Information Retrieval. In Proc. of the Workshop "El-Pub2001", 2001, April 25-27, Novosibirsk. In Russian. (HTML)

    2000 and earlier

  51. Braslavski P. Automatic classification of Web documents according to Style: a model implementation. In Proc. of the Workshop "El-Pub2000". Novosibirsk, Akademgorodok, 2000, June 21 -23. In Russian. (HTML)
  52. Braslavski P. Recognition of Writing Style in Information Retrieval: Task Formulation. In Matematicheskie struktury i modelirovanie (Mathematical Structures and Modelling). Issue 3. Omsk: Omsk State University, 1999, pp. 134-140. In Russian.
  53. Braslavski P., Goldstein S., Tkachenko T. Thesaurus as a Knowledge Description Tool. In Nauchnaya i tehnicheskaya informaciya (Scientific and Technical Information). Series 2. Vol. 11. 1997, pp. 16-22. In Russian.

The humanities (to be translated...)

  1. Браславский П.И., Колпачников В.В., Дрикер М.Б. Игровая виртуальная реальность – новое пространство приобретения личного опыта // Известия уральского государственного университета, 2005. – №35. – С. 74-81. (HTML)
  2. Браславский П.И. Война и современные способы ее репрезентации // Толерантность: Вестник Уральского межрегионального института общественных наук. Екатеринбург, 2003. (an earlier version in "Investigated in Russia", PDF)
  3. Браславский П.И. Театр и его двойник - виртуальная реальность // Известия Уральского государственного университета. 2003. № 27. (HTML)
  4. Браславский П.И. Тело как интерфейс: антропологические аспекты современных коммуникаций//Эпистемы-3: Язык. Дискурс. Текст: Альманах. Екатеринбург, 2004. С. 156-165.
  5. Браславский П.И. Технологии виртуальной реальности: между Аресом и Мельпоменой//Перекресток культур: Междисциплинарные исследования в области гуманитарных наук. М., 2004. С. 303-323.
  6. Браславский П.И. Виртуальная реальность: технология на пересечении философских концепций //Рационализм и культура на пороге третьего тысячелетия: Материалы Третьего Российского философского конгресса (16-20 сентября 2002 г.). В 3 т. Т.1. – Ростов н/Д: Изд-во СКНЦ ВШ, 2002. – С. 341-343.(HTML)
  7. Браславский П.И. Виртуальная реальность, или бегство от свободы // Коллизии свободы в постиндустриальном обществе: Материалы междунар. научно-практической конференции. Екатеринбург, 15-16 мая 2003 г. – Екатеринбург: Изд-во Гуманит. ун-та, 2003. – С. 457-460.
  8. Браславский П.И. Современный социально-экономический этос Русской Православной Церкви: перспективы и границы толератности. (PDF, ждет публикации с 2004 ;)
  9. Браславский П.И., Данилов С.Ю. Интернет как средство аккультурации// Взаимопонимание в диалоге культур: условия успешности : в 2 ч./ под общ. ред. Л. И. Гришаевой, М. К. Поповой. - Воронеж : Изд-во ВГУ, 2004. - Ч. 1. - С. 215–228. (local PDF)


  1. Methods for a more efficient information retrieval of scientific texts on the Web. Ekaterinburg, Ural State Technical University, 2000. In Russian. (24-page summary, full text)
  2. Virtual reality technology as a cultural phenomenon of the end of the 20th - beginning of the 21st centuries. Ekaterinburg, Ural State University, 2003. In Russian. (24-page summary + full text)


  1. Short course "Search Query Log Ananlysis", Computer Scinece club, Saint Petersburg, 27.11.2010 + 19.12.2010. (course page, video)
  2. Short course "Search Query Log Ananlysis", AACIMP-2010, Kiev, August 5-6, 2010. Slides.
  3. Introduction to Information Retrieval @ USU
  4. Selected IR applications and tasks, @ Yandex' Data Analysis School + USU
  5. Intelligent Information Systems @ USTU (2004-2010, with break in 2008)
  6. Virtual technologies of Visual Culture (aka Computer and Culture) @ USU

Selected presentations

  1. Can Web search be stylish? SPbSU, 19.11.2008. (slides + video).
  2. Semantically related queries on the Web: how to find, how to use? RIT++ Conference, 13.04.2010 (presentation, transcript - in Russian)
  3. A short presentation of ROMIP at CLEF2010, 21.09.2010. (slides, video)
  4. Question Answering on the Web. NLP seminar, Saint Petersburg university, 18.12.2010. (slides, video)

Professional activities

Side projects

Photos @ Yandex.Fotki

Last modified 16-01-2017