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FIRE 2010 : Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation


When Feb 19, 2010 - Feb 21, 2010
Where Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Submission Deadline Nov 25, 2009
Categories    databases   information retrieval

Call For Papers


(Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation)
DAIICT, Gandhinagar, India
19-21 February 2010

The success of TREC, CLEF, and NTCIR has clearly established the importance
of building reusable, large-scale standard test collections in Information
Access research. The aim of FIRE is to encourage research in Indian language
Information Access by creating a similar platform for Indian languages that
provides the data and a common forum for comparing models and techniques.

The Tasks:
1) Ad-hoc monolingual document retrieval in Bengali, Hindi and Marathi.

2) Ad-hoc cross-lingual document retrieval
- documents in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, and English,
- queries in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and English.
- Bengali and Hindi topics will also be transliterated and made available
in Roman script. Adhoc monolingual task participants are encouraged to
submit runs using these queries as well.

3) Ad-hoc retrieval from technically oriented mailing lists and discussion
This is a pilot task being offered by IBM India Research Lab.

Important Dates:
Ad-hoc monolingual and cross-lingual document retrieval:
Training data release Aug 15 '09
Test data release Oct 15 '09
Adhoc run submission Nov 25 '09
Results released Feb 01 '10

Ad-hoc retrieval from mailing lists and discussion forums:
Training data release Aug 15 '09
Test data release Nov 01 '09
Run submission Nov 25 '09
Results declared Feb 01 '10

Task Co-ordinators:
Ad-hoc retrieval:
Pushpak Bhattacharyya (
IIT Bombay
Dipasree Pal (
ISI Kolkata

Retrieval from mailing lists and discussion forums:
Debapriyo Majumdar (
IBM India Research Lab
Ayan Bandyopadhyay (
ISI Kolkata

Overall co-ordinators:
Prasenjit Majumder (
DAIICT, Gandhinagar
Mandar Mitra (
ISI Kolkata

International Advisory Committee for FIRE:
Amit Singhal, Google Fellow, USA
Carol Peters, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Christian Fluhr, CEA, France
Donna Harman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Doug Oard, University of Maryland, USA
Ee Peng Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ellen Voorhees, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Fabrizio Sebastiani, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland.
Hsin-Hsi Chen, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow, UK
Ian Soboroff, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Jacques Savoy, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
James Allan, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Krishna Kummamuru, IBM Research Lab, India
Mark Sanderson, University of Sheffield, UK
Mun Kew Leong, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg, Germany
Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Paul McNamee, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Prabhakar Raghavan, Yahoo! Research Labs, USA
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Yahoo! Research Labs, Spain
Stephen Robertson, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Sung Hyon Myaeng, KAIST, South Korea
Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Tetsuya Sakai, NewsWatch Inc., Japan

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