NTCIR-14 Kick-Off Event

Evaluation of Information Access Technologies

Call for Participation to the NTCIR-14 Kick-Off Event

March 20th (Tuseday) 2018, 13:00- (English Session) 14:45- (Japanese Session)
National Institute of Informatics (NII), Room 2009/2010, Tokyo, Japan

Call for Participation (Flyer)

Let's participate in a collaborative activity for enhancing Information Access technologies!

Development of Information Access technologies based on techniques of Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Database Management becomes increasingly more important for many applications, (e.g., providing effective access to Web resources and text archives, and analyzing big data obtained from various kinds of sensors). It is indispensable for developing such technologies to experimentally evaluate them by using test collections constructed under collaborations of many researchers. Over the 15 years, NTCIR has been formulating the infrastructure for the evaluation, and contributing to development of the Information Access technologies. A total of 70 "evaluation tasks" have been organized, attracting over 880 participant research groups worldwide so far. Furthermore, over 3,700 research groups have signed up to use the NTCIR test collections in their research. Consequently, NTCIR has been the major forum for researchers to intensively discuss the evaluation methodology of emerging information access technologies.
As the details have been finalized for NTCIR-14, we would like to hold an event to introduce the NTCIR-14 and exciting new evaluation tasks. Are you young researchers in Information Access area, faculty members, researchers in industry, or simply interested in Informatics? Anyone is welcome for the event! Join us to share the advance of the state of the art Information Access research and development!

NTCIR-14 Kick-Off Event

NTCIR-14 Kick-Off Event

  • Date/Time: March 20th (Tuseday) 2018, From 13:00 To 16:15 p.m.
  • Location: National Institute of Informatics, 20th floor, Seminar room: 2009 and 2010
    Access: http://www.nii.ac.jp/en/about/access/
  • Opening: 12:30 p.m
  • Fees: Free
    *Pre-registration is not required, but, for preparing, if you would like to participate in the Kick-Off Event, please e-mail to NTCIR Project Office at ntc-secretariat@nii.ac.jp
    with subject: [NTCIR-14KickOff].
  • ( Network: eduroam is available. No free Internet access for visitors.)

Kick-Off Event Tentative Program

13:00 - English Session / 14:45 - Japanese Session (Same as English Session.)

  • English Sessin (90min)
      13:00 - 14:30
    • - Overview of NTCIR
    • - What’s new in NTCIR-14
    • - Task Introduction
      (7min x 6tasks)
    • - Why participate?
    • - How to participate
    • - Important Dates
    • - Q & A
  • Japanese Sessin (90min)
      14:45 - 16:15
    • * Same as English Session. *

NTCIR-14 Tasks


  • 1. Lifelog-3: Lifelog Search Task
  • 2. OpenLiveQ-2: Open Live Test for Question Retrieval
  • 3. QA Lab-PoliInfo: Question Answering Lab for Political Information
  • 4. STC-3: Short Text Conversation
  • 5. WWW-2: We Want Web


  • 6. CENTRE: CLEF/NTCIR/TREC REproducibility

Contact Us

For further information, please contact NTCIR Project Office at ntc-secretariat@nii.ac.jp

We are looking forward to your participation !

NTCIR-14 Program Co-Chairs:
Makoto P. Kato (Kyoto University, Japan) and Yiqun Liu (Tsinghua University, China)

NTCIR-14 General Co-Chairs:
Charles L.A. Clarke (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Noriko Kando (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

Last Modified: 2018-02-15