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FIRE 2016 : FIRE 2016 : Eigth meeting of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation


When Dec 8, 2016 - Dec 10, 2016
Where Kolkata, India
Abstract Registration Due Jul 30, 2016
Submission Deadline Aug 20, 2016
Notification Due Oct 15, 2016
Final Version Due Oct 31, 2016
Categories    information retrieval   NLP   question answering   search

Call For Papers

The 8th meeting of Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation 2016 will be held in Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. Started in 2008 with the aim of building a South Asian counterpart for TREC, CLEF and NTCIR, FIRE has since evolved continuously to meet the new challenges in multilingual information access. It has expanded to include new domains like plagiarism detection, legal information access, mixed script information retrieval and spoken document retrieval to name a few.

Since 2015 FIRE started a peer reviewed conference track along with evaluation tasks. We are seeking the submission of high-quality and original work in form of full and short papers. Submissions will be reviewed by experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of IR.
Short Paper submissions may also describe work in progress and late-breaking research results.

We also invite proposals for tutorials on recent advances in core IR and NLP research. They may focus on specific problems or specific domains in which IR/NLP research may be applied. Tutorials can be of half-day (3 hours plus breaks) duration. Tutorials are encouraged to be as interactive as possible. Tutorial proposals will be reviewed by the tutorial committee. A summary of the tutorial will be published in the conference proceedings.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* IR Theory and Practice
- Searching, browsing, meta-searching
- Data fusion, filtering and indexing
- Language models, probabilistic IR, neural network based models
- Learning to rank
- Content classification, categorisation, clustering
- Relevance feedback, query expansion, faceted retrieval
- Topic detection and tracking, novelty detection
- Recommender systems
- Content-based filtering, collaborative filtering
- Spam detection and filtering
- Personalised, collaborative or user-adaptive IR
- Adversarial IR
- Privacy in IR
- Contextual IR
- Mobile, Geo and local search
- Temporal IR, time-based modelling
- Entity IR

* Web and Social Media IR
- Link analysis
- Query log analysis
- Advertising and ad targeting
- Spam detection
- Trust, authority, reputation, ranking
- Blog and online-community search, microblogs
- Social search
- Social tagging
- Social networking and Web based communities
- Trend identification and tracking
- Time series and forecasting

* User aspects
- User modelling, user studies, user interaction and history
- Interactive IR
- Task-based IR
- Click models
- Novel user interfaces for IR systems
- Visualisation of queries, search results or content
- Multimodal aspects, multimodal querying

* IR system architectures
- Distributed and peer to peer IR
- Cloud IR
- Federated IR
- Aggregated Search
- Fusion/Combination
- Open, interoperable and flexible systems
- Performance, scalability, efficiency
- Architectures and platforms
- Crawling and indexing
- Compression, optimisation
- Map/Reduce for IR

* Content representation and processing
- IR for semi-structured documents
- IR for semantically annotated collections, semantic search
- Reasoning for IR
- Meta information and structures, metadata
- Query representation, query reformulation
- Text categorization and clustering
- Text data mining
- Opinion mining, sentiment analysis, argumentation mining
- Cross-language retrieval, multilingual retrieval
- Machine translation for IR
- Question answering
- Natural language processing
- Summarization for IR

* Evaluation
- Evaluation methods and metrics
- Building test collections
- Experimental design
- Crowdsourcing for evaluation, human computing
- User-oriented and user-centred test and evaluation
- Metric comparison and evaluation
- Offline vs online evaluation

* Multimedia and cross-media IR
- Speech retrieval
- Image and video retrieval
- Entity retrieval
- Digital music, radio and broadcast retrieval
- Virtual reality and information access
- Cross-modal processing and search

* Applications
- Digital libraries
- Enterprise and intranet search
- Desktop search
- Mobile IR
- Genomic IR, IR for chemical structures
- Medical IR
- Legal IR, patent search
- eScience
- The Internet of Things

Submission Guidelines
Detailed submission guidelines are available at

Important dates

July 30, 2016 – Short Papers, Tutorial and Focused Panel proposals due
August 20, 2016 – Full papers due
Oct 15, 2016 – Full papers, Short papers and Tutorial proposal acceptance notifications
Oct 31, 2016 – Camera ready copies due
Oct 31, 2016 – Early bird Registration deadline
Dec 8-10, 2016 – Conference held in Kolkata, India

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