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. ('kandidat nauk') in Technology (2000), Ph.D. ('kandidat nauk') 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, Vladislav Blinov, Valeria Bolotova, Katya Pertsova. How to Evaluate Humorous Response Generation, Seriously? CHIIR'2018. (PDF)


  2. Vladislav Blinov, Kirill Mishchenko, Valeriya Bolotova, Pavel Braslavski. A Pinch of Humor for Short-Text Conversation: an Information Retrieval Approach. CLEF'2017. (PDF)
  3. Valeriya Bolotova, Vladislav Blinov, Kirill Mishchenko, Pavel Braslavski. Which IR model has a Better Sense of Humor? Search over a Large Collection of Jokes. Dialog'2017. (PDF)
  4. Pavel Braslavski, Denis Savenkov, Eugene Agichtein and Alina Dubatovka. What Do You Mean Exactly? Analyzing Clarification Questions in CQA. CHIIR'2017. (PDF)


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


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


  15. Alexander Beloborodov, Pavel Braslavski, and Marina Driker Towards Automatic Evaluation of Health-Related CQA Data. In Proc. of CLEF'2014. (PDF)
  16. Pavel Braslavski, Dmitry Ustalov, Mikhail Mukhin. A Spinning Wheel for YARN: User Interface for a Crowdsourced Thesaurus. EACL'2014 (demo). (PDF)
  17. Galina Lezina, Artem Kuznetsov, Pavel Braslavski. Learning to Predict Closed Questions on Stack Overflow. Kazan Univ. Proceedings, 2013, Vol. 155 (4). (PDF)


  18. Pavel Braslavski, Alexander Beloborodov, Maxim Khalilov, Serge Sharoff. English→Russian MT evaluation campaign. ACL'2013. (PDF, PDF@Serge Sharoff)
  19. Braslavski P., Beloborodov A., Sharoff S., Khalilov M. Machine translation evaluation track ROMIP MTEval 2013: organizers' report. Dialog'2013(in Russian). (PDF)
  20. Braslavski P., Mukhin M, Lyashevskaya O., Bonch-Osmolovskaya A., Krizhanovskiy A., Egorov P. YARN Begins. Dialog-2013 (in Russian). (PDF)
  21. Alexander Beloborodov, Artem Kuznetsov, Pavel Braslavski. Characterizing Health-Related Community Question Answering. ECIR'2013. (PDF@Springer, preprint PDF)


  22. Mukhin M., Braslavski P. What and How Do People Ask on Community Question Answering Services in Russian? Dialog'2012. (PDF @ Dialog, local PDF)
  23. Chetverkin I., Braslavski P., Loukachevitch N. Sentiment Analysis Track at ROMIP 2011. Dialog'2012. (PDF)


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


  26. 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)
  27. 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.


  28. Braslavski P., Sokolov E. Comparison of Five Methods for Variable Length Term Extraction. Dialog'2008. In Russian. (HTML, PDF)
  29. 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. LREC 2008. (PDF)


  30. Internet Mathematics 2007: Proceedings of the Contest. Ed. P. Braslavski. Ekaterinburg: Ural State Univ. Press, 2007. (book's page)
  31. Braslavski P. Combining Relevance and Genre-Related Rankings: an Exploratory Study. Workshop "Towards Genre-Enabled Search Engines: The Impact of NLP" @ RANLP'2007. (local PDF, full proceedings)
  32. Braslavski P., Gustelev V. Automatic summarization system of news articles based on machine learning approach. RCDL'2007. In Russian. (local PDF, PDF)
  33. Braslavski P., Sokolov E. Automatic Term Extraction Using Internet Search Engines. Dialog'2007. In Russian. (local PDF, HTML, PDF)


  34. Braslavski P., Sokolov E. Comparison of Four Methods for Automatic Two-Word Term Extraction. Dialog'2006. In Russian. (HTML, PDF, local PDF)
  35. Maslov M., Golovko A., Segalovich I., Braslavski P. Extracting News-Related Queries from Web Query Log. WWW'2006. (PDF, HTML)
  36. Pyalling A., Maslov M., Braslavski P. Automatic Geotagging of Russian Web Sites. WWW'2006. (PDF, HTML)


  37. Braslavski P., Tselishchev A. Style-Dependent Document Ranking. RCDL'2005 (PDF, PDF@Yandex)
  38. Braslavski P., Shishkin A. A User-Centered Comparison of Web Search Tools. Dialog'2005. (HTML, PDF, local PDF)
  39. Braslavski P., Kolychev I. eXtragon: an Experimental Automatic Web Document Summarizer. ROMIP'2005. In Russian. (PDF, PDF@Yandex )
  40. Braslavski P., Shishkin A. A Specialized Metasearch Engine ProThes: Design and Implementation. El-Pub'2004. In Russian. (local PDF, abstract in English)


  41. Braslavski P., Alshanski G., Shishkin A. ProThes: Thesaurus-based Meta-Search Engine for a Specific Application Domain. WWW'2004. (PDF)
  42. Braslavski P. Automatic Operations on Web Search Queries Using a Thesaurus: Approaches and Feasibility Estimation. Dialog'2004. In Russian. (PDF, HTML)
  43. Braslavski P., Shishkin A., Alshanski G. 3 in 1: Meta-Search, Thesaurus, and GUI for Focused Web Information Retrieval. RCDL'2004. (PDF)
  44. Braslavski P. Document Style Recognition Using Shallow Statistical Analysis. Workshop on Combining Shallow and Deep Processing for NLP @ESSLLI'2004. (full workshop proceedings, my paper)


  45. Braslavski P. Thesaurus for Web Search Query Expansion: Structure and Functions. Dialog'2003. In Russian. (PDF, HTML, local PDF)
  46. Braslavski P. Automatic Text Categorization by Styles: Case Study on Web Documents. Russkij yazyk v Internete (Russian Language on the Internet). In Russian.
  47. Braslavski P., Gubin M., Dobrov B., et al. An Initiative Project of the Russian Seminar for Information Retrieval Evaluation Methods (ROMIP). Dialog'2003. In Russian. (PDF, HTML)


  48. Braslavski P., Vovk E., Maslov M. Facet-Based Internet Directory Design and Automated Genre Classification of Documents. Dialog'2003. In Russian. (HTML, HTML@Yandex, HTML@Dialog)
  49. Braslavski P., Krichel T. OAI and AMF for Academic Self-Documentation. RCDL'2002. (PDF, PDF@Thomas)
  50. 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.


  51. 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
  52. Braslavski P. Building Web Search Queries Using Thesaurus. RCDL'2001. In Russian. (RTF)
  53. Braslavski P. Use of Document Stylistic Features in the Internet Information Retrieval. El-Pub'2001. In Russian. (HTML)

    2000 and earlier

  54. Braslavski P. Automatic classification of Web documents according to Style: a model implementation. El-Pub'2000. In Russian. (HTML)
  55. 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.
  56. 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 08-01-2018