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NTCIR-7 Meeting Program
Full Program without poster ( DAY-1, DAY-2, DAY-3, DAY-4)
Printed version of full program including poster (PDF)Program at a Glance

DAY-1 Dec 16 Tuesday (return to top)

10:00 - Registration Open (10:00-17:30) Round-Table Meeting for some of the NTCIR-7 tasks or NTCIR-8 proposals
10:15 - 11:45 Introduction to NTCIR*
by Noriko Kando
11:45 - 13:00 Lunch break**
13:00 - 18:00 EVIA 2008
Chairs: Mark Sanderson & Tetsuya Sakai
13:00-13:15 A First Investigation on Mongolian Information Retrieval, Guanglai Gao, Wei Jin, Fei Long and Hongxu Hou (Inner Mongolia University) (SHORT)
13:15-13:20 A Political News Corpus in Chinese for Opinion Analysis, Benjamin K. Tsou and Bin Lu (City University of Hong Kong) (VERY SHORT)
Are Popular Documents More Likely To Be Relevant? A Dive into the ACLIA IR4QA Pools, Tetsuya Sakai (NewsWatch, Inc. ) and Noriko Kando (NII) (VERY SHORT)
13:25-13:40 Component Analysis of a Chinese Factoid Question-Answering System, Kui-Lam Kwok (Queens College, CUNY) (SHORT)
13:40-14:10 Evaluating Answer Validation in Multi-stream Question Answering, Álvaro Rodrigo, Anselmo Peñas and Felisa Verdejo (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) (REGULAR)
14:20-14:50 Stability of INEX 2007 Evaluation Measures, Sukomal Pal, Mandar Mitra (Indian Statistical Institute) and Arnab Chakraborty (REGULAR)
14:50-15:20 Modelling A User Population for Designing Information Retrieval Metrics, Tetsuya Sakai (NewsWatch, Inc.) and Stephen Robertson (Microsoft Research Cambridge) (REGULAR)
15:20-16:00 USERS
15:20-15:30 Visualization of User Eye Movements for Search Result Pages, Yuka Egusa (National Institute for Educational Policy Research), Masao Takaku (National Institute for Materials Science), Hitoshi Terai (Tokyo Denki University), Hitomi Saito (Aichi University of Education), Noriko Kando (NII) and Makiko Miwa (National Institute of Multimedia Education) (SHORT)
15:30-16:00 Measuring User Relevance Criteria, Falk Scholer, Andrew Turpin and Mingfang Wu (RMIT University) (REGULAR)
16:10-16:50 PATENT SEARCH
16:10-16:20 Relevance Levels for Patent Mining, Fredric Gey and Ray Larson (University of California, Berkeley) (SHORT)
16:20-16:50 A Methodology for Building a Patent Test Collection for Prior Art Search, Erik Graf and Leif Azzopardi (University of Glasgow) (REGULAR)
16:50-17:30 MULTIMEDIA
16:50-17:00 The CHORUS Gap Analysis on User-centered Methodology for Design and Evaluation of Multi-media Information Access Systems, Jussi Karlgren(SICS) (SHORT)
Information Access Tasks and Evaluation for Personal Lifelogs, Gareth Jones, Cathal Gurrin, Liadh Kelly, Daragh Byrne and Yi Chen (Dublin City University) REGULAR)
* Basically for new comers
** Lunch is not provided

DAY-2 Dec 17 Wednesday (return to top)

8:45 - Registration Open (8:45-17:00)
9:00 - 9:30 Light Refreshment
9:30 - 9:40 Opening, Welcome
9:40 - 10:30 Overview for NTCIR-7
Overview of the 7th NTCIR Workshop, Noriko Kando
Coffee break
10:50 - 12:50 Session 1: Advanced Cross-Lingual Information Access (ACLIA) - Complex Cross Lingual Question Ansering (CCLQA), Session Chair: Teruko Mitamura
10:50 - 11:20 Overview of the NTCIR-7 ACLIA Tasks: Advanced Cross-Lingual Information Access, Teruko Mitamura, Eric Nyberg, Hideki Shima (Carnegie Mellon University), Tsuneaki Kato (The University of Tokyo), Tatsunori Mori (Yokohama National University), Chin-Yew Lin, Ruihua Song (Microsoft Research Asia), Chuan-Jie Lin (National Taiwan Ocean University), Tetsuya Sakai (NewsWatch, Inc.), Donghong Ji (Wuhan University) and Noriko Kando (NII)
11:20 - 11:45 NiCT/ATR in NTCIR-7 CCLQA Track: Answering Complex Cross-lingual Questions, Youzheng Wu (NiCT/ATR), Wenliang Chen (NiCT) and Hideki Kashioka (NiCT/ATR)
11:45 - 12:10 Complex Cross-lingual Question Answering as a Sequential Classification and Multi-Document Summarization Task, Hideki Shima, Ni Lao, Eric Nyberg and Teruko Mitamura (Carnegie Mellon University)
12:10 - 12:30 A QA System that Can Answer Any Class of Japanese Non-Factoid Questions and its Application to CCLQA EN-JA Task: Yokohama National University at NTCIR-7 ACLIA CCLQA EN-JA, Tatsunori Mori, Takuya Okubo and Madoka Ishioroshi (Yokohama National University)
12:30 - 12:50 Multi-Strategy Question Answering System for NTCIR-7 C-C Task, Han Ren, Donghong Ji, Yanxiang He, Chong Teng and Jing Wan (Wuhan University)
12:50 - 14:20 Poster Session 1: CCLQA (ACLIA), PATENT Mining, EVIA
with Buffet Lunch
Coffee break
14:40 - 16:40 Session 2: PATENT Mining, Session Chair: Atsushi Fujii
14:40 - 15:20 Overview of the Patent Mining Task at the NTCIR-7 Workshop, Hidetsugu Nanba (Hiroshima City University), Atsushi Fujii (University of Tsukuba), Makoto Iwayama (Hitachi, Ltd. / Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Taiichi Hashimoto (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
15:20 - 15:45 KNN and Re-ranking Models for English Patent Mining at NTCIR-7, Tong Xiao, Feifei Cao, Tianning Li, Guolong Song, Ke Zhou, Jingbo Zhu and Huizhen Wang (Northeastern University)
15:45 - 16:10 Integrating Query Translation and Text Classification in a Cross-Language Patent Access System, Guo-Wei Bian and Shun-Yuan Teng (Huafan University)
16:10 - 16:35 NTCIR-7 Patent Mining Experiments at RALI, Guihong Cao, Jian-Yun Nie and Lixin Shi (University of Montreal)
16:40 - 17:40 Break out Session

DAY-3 Dec 18 Thursday (return to top)

8:45 - Registration Open (8:45-17:00)
9:00 - 9:20 Light Refreshment
9:20 - 11:20 Session 3: PATENT Translation, Session Chair: Atsushi Fujii
9:20 -
Overview of the Patent Translation Task at the NTCIR-7 Workshop, Atsushi Fujii (University of Tsukuba), Masao Utiyama (NiCT), Mikio Yamamoto and Takehito Utsuro (University of Tsukuba)
9:55 -
Kyoto-U: Syntactical EBMT System for NTCIR-7 Patent Translation Task, Toshiaki Nakazawa and Sadao Kurohashi (Kyoto University)
10:20 -
Syntactic Reordering in Preprocessing for Japanese->English Translation: MIT System Description for NTCIR-7 Patent Translation Task, Jason Katz-Brown (Google Japan, Inc.) and Michael Collins (MIT)
10:45 -
System Description of NiCT-ATR SMT for NTCIR-7, Keiji Yasuda, Andrew Finch, Hideo Okuma (NiCT/ATR), Masao Utiyama (NiCT), Hirofumi Yamamoto (NiCT/ATR/Kinki University) and Eiichiro Sumita (NiCT/ATR)
11:05 -
NTT SMT System 2008 at NTCIR-7, Taro Watanabe, Hajime Tsukada and Hideki Isozaki (NTT Communication Science Labs.)
Coffee break
11:40 - 12:40 Invited Talk: Mihai Lupu (Information Retrieval Facility)
The Information Retrieval Facility and Professional Search, Mihai Lupu and John Tait
12:40 - 14:10 Poster Session 2: PATENT Translation, IR4QA (ACLIA)
with buffet lunch
14:10 - 16:10 Session 4: Advanced Cross-Lingual Information Access (ACLIA) - Information Retrieval for Question Answering (IR4QA), Session Chair: Tetsuya Sakai
14:10 -
Overview of the NTCIR-7 ACLIA IR4QA Task, Tetsuya Sakai (NewsWatch, Inc.), Noriko Kando (NII), Chuan-Jie Lin (,National Taiwan Ocean University) Teruko Mitamura, Hideki Shima (Carnegie Mellon University), Donghong Ji (,Wuhan University) Kuang-Hua Chen (National Taiwan University) and Eric Nyberg (Carnegie Mellon University)
14:45 -
RALI Experiments in IR4QA at NTCIR-7, Lixin Shi, Jian-Yun Nie and Guihong Cao (University of Montreal)
15:05 -
Query Expansion via Link Analysis of Wikipedia for CLIR, Chih-Chuan Hsu, Yu-Te Li, You-Wei Chen and Shih-Hung Wu (Chaoyang University of Technology)
15:25 -
ICT-Crossn: The System of Cross-lingual Information Retrieval of ICT in NTCIR-7, Weihua Luo, Tian Xia, Ji Guo and Qun Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
15:45 -
Query Expansion and Machine Translation for Robust Cross-Lingual Information Retrieval, Ni Lao, Hideki Shima, Teruko Mitamura and Eric Nyberg (Carnegie Mellon University)
16:00 -
16:30 - 17:30 Invited Talk: Carol Peters (ISTI-CNR) and Nicola Ferro (University of Padua)
From CLEF to TrebleCLEF: the Evolution of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum, Nicola Ferro and Carol Peters
17:30 - 18:00 Invited Talk: Prasenjit Majumder (Indian Statistical Institute)
What happened at FIRE 2008?, Prasenjit Majumder and Mandar Mitra
18:30 - 20:30 Banquet

DAY-4 Dec 19 Friday (return to top)

8:45 - Registration Open (8:45-17:00)
9:00 - 9:20 Light Refreshment
9:20 - 10:20 Invited Talk: Ian Soboroff (video) (the National Institute of Standards and Technology)
TREC, TAC, takeoffs, tacks, tasks, and titillations for 2009, Ian Soboroff
Coffee break
10:40 - 12:40 Session 5: Multilingual Opinion Analysis (MOAT), Session Chair: David Kirk Evans
10:40 - 11:10 Overview of Multilingual Opinion Analysis Task at NTCIR-7, Yohei Seki (Toyohashi University of Technology), David Kirk Evans (NII), Lun-Wei Ku (National Taiwan University), Le Sun (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Hsin-Hsi Chen (National Taiwan University) and Noriko Kando (NII)
11:10 - 11:30 Almost-Unsupervised Cross-Language Opinion Analysis at NTCIR-7, Taras Zagibalov and John Carroll (University of Sussex)
11:30 - 11:50 Sentence Level Subjectivity and Sentiment Analysis Experiments in NTCIR-7 MOAT Challenge, Lizhen Qu, Cigdem Toprak, Niklas Jakob and Iryna Gurevych (Technical University of Darmstadt)
11:50 - 12:10 Supervised Approaches and Ensemble Techniques for Chinese Opinion Analysis at NTCIR-7, Bin Lu, Benjamin K. Tsou and Oi Yee Kwong (City University of Hong
12:10 - 12:30 NLPR at Multilingual Opinion Analysis Task in NTCIR-7, Kang Liu and Jun Zhao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
12:30 - 12:40 Discussion
12:40 - 14:10 Poster Session 3: MOAT, MuST
with buffet lunch
14:10 - 16:10 Session 6: Multimodal Summarization of Trends (MuST), Session Chair: Tsuneaki Kato

Overview of MuST at the NTCIR-7 Workshop -- Challenges to Multi-modal Summarization for Trend Information, Tsuneaki Kato (The University of Tokyo) and Mitsunori Matsushita (Kansai University)

Text Generation for Explaining the Behavior of 2D Charts: With an Example of Stock Price Trends, Ichiro Kobayashi (Ochanomizu University) and Naoko Okumura (NTT Data Corporation Ltd.) (Free subtask)

TDU Systems for MuST: Attribute Name Extraction, Text-Based Stock Price Analysis, and Automatic Graph Generation, Minoru Yoshida (The University of Tokyo), Takahiro Sugiura, Takamasa Hirokawa, Kouichi Yamada, Hidetaka Masuda (Tokyo Denki University) and Hiroshi Nakagawa (The University of Tokyo) (T2N and Free subtasks)

Extraction of Trend Information from Newspaper Articles: Hiroshima City University at NTCIR-7 MuST, Hidetsugu Nanba (Hiroshima City University) (T2N subtask)

Extraction of Chronological Statistics Using Domain Specific Knowledge, Tatsukuni Inoue, Takashi Yamamoto, Makoto Toriyabe, Erina Shimizu, Hiroya Susuki and Hiroaki Saito (Keio University) (T2N subtask)
16:10 - 17:00 Break out sessions and Coffee
17:00 - 17:30 Wrap-up: Mark Sanderson (University of Sheffield)
On NTCIR-7 and Future Direction (provisional), Mark Sanderson
18:30 - 20:30 Program Committee

If you would like to have a round-table meeting or workshop for tasks done at NTCIR-7 or tasks proposed for NTCIR-8, please let us know. We will arrange the meeting places. The following time slots are available with pre-booking.

TIME SLOTs available for Round-table/workshop for task(s).

  • Monday, Dec 15: all day
  • Tuesday, Dec 16:  9:00-13:00
  • Wednesday, Dec 17: after 17:40-
  • Friday, Dec 19: after 17:30-
  • Saturday, Dec 20: all day

    The meeting place will be available first-come-first-served basis. Earlier arragnement will be appreciative.

    We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

    Last updated: Dec. 12, 2008
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