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NTCIR-8 Meeting
Call for Participation


NTCIR-8 Workshop Meeting
on Evaluation of Information Access Technologies:
IR, QA and Cross-lingual Information Access

June 15-18, 2010
NII, Tokyo, Japan

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EVIA 2010 http://research.nii.ac.jp/ntcir/ntcir-ws8/EVIA-2010/index.html


Online registration is available at:
** Early Registration is extended to June 4th **
[CFP in Japanese]
The NTCIR-8 Workshop Meeting and the 3rd International Workshop on Evaluating Information Access (EVIA 2010) will be held on June 15-18, 2010, at NII in Tokyo, Japan. Anybody who is interested in research areas related to NTCIR, such as Information Retrieval, Question Answering, Information Extraction, Text Mining and Data Engineering, Machine Translation, is welcome to attend and join the discussion.

For the previous NTCIR Workshop Meeting which was held on Dec.16-18, 2008, more than 200 attendees from 17 different countries contributed to discussion and exchanging the experiences with one another. Among them about half were researchers participated in the "task(s) -- shared experiment task(s)" set by NTCIR, and others contributed to fruitful discussion.

At NTCIR-8 Meeting, active information access (IA) researchers will get together again and share their experiences, and discuss the future plan and the roadmap for leveraging the IA research.

NTCIR-8 has hosted the following six tasks.
* Complex Cross-Lingual Question Answering (CCLQA)
* Geographic and Temporal Search (GeoTime)
* Information Retrieval for Question Answering (IR4QA)
* Multilingual Opinion Analysis (MOAT)
* Patent Mining (PATMN)
* Patent Translation (PATMT)
* Community Question Answering (Pilot Task) (CQA)

The overview and system papers will be presented at the Meeting on DAY 2-4 (June 16-18). The first day of the Meeting (June 15) will be an "Introduction to NTCIR" for new comers, and EVIA 2010 (the Third International Workshop on Evaluating Information Access).

Moreover we fortunately could host the exciting invited talks:

* June 16, 10:30-11:30

"Building Watson: A Grand Challenge in Automatic NL Question

by David A. Ferrucci and Koichi Takeda* (IBM Research)

* June 15, 13:00-13:50
"Microsoft's Bing and User Behavior Evaluation"
by John Nave (Principal Development Manager, Search Technology
Center, Microsoft)

* June 17, 9:15-10:00: Reports from other evaluations
+ "CLEF, CLEF 2010, and PROMISEs: Perspectives for the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum"

by Nicola Ferro (the University of Padua, Italy)

+ "ClueWeb09 and TREC Diversity"
by Charles Clarke (University of Waterloo, Canada)

The first talk is about an exciting grand challenge project to build a QA system which can understand complex questions and answer with enough precision and speed to compete on America's favorite quiz show, Jeopardy!.
About the project: http://www.ibm.com/deepqa

The second talk is about Microsoft's Bing which takes different approach to web search. The talk includes the vision and design principles and insights from research on user behaviors.

The third talk is about CLEF, which is a real community-based IR evaluation campaign, and its achievements and the future plan in the new era. The fourth talk is on selected topics from TREC -- about 100TB Web test Collection and evaluation of Web search focusing on diversity. (A task on diversity in different approach will be also presented for NTCIR-9. )

In addition to the above, there are poster/demo presentations through June 16 to 18, to introduce the major Japanese projects creating and/or distributing the languages resources usable for information access technology research;

* Language Grid - Connecting World's Language Services to Support Intercultural Collaboration (Language Grid)
* Language Resource Association (GSK)
* Advanced Language Information Forum (ALAGIN)
* Design, Compilation, and Preliminary Analyses of Balanced
Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese (NIJL-BCCWJ)
* Informatics Research Data Repository, NII (NII-IDR)
* Speech Resources Consortium, NII (NII-SRC)

We are especially grateful the following organizations to provide generous sponsorship for travel support awards: Google, Inc., IBM Japan, Ltd., IR-ALT, Inc., Japan Patent Information OrganizationiJapioj, The Mainichi Newspapers, Microsoft Research, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), NTT Resonant Inc., Rakuten,Inc., Ricoh Company, Ltd. (in the alphabetical order of the organization names). There will be posters or booths for some of them.

Online registration is available at:

Early Registration with less expensive fee is available until June 4th. Please don't miss the opportunity!

The full registration fee for non-students includes one copy of the proceedings (CD-ROM and printed abstract book), three lunches, three light refreshments for breakfast, and coffee breaks.

If you are a student, the meeting is free of charge!!! Three light refreshments for breakfast and coffee breaks will be served.

Students can also purchase the proceedings (CD-ROM and printed abstract book) and lunch/banquet tickets with a reasonable price.

Online proceedings will be available at the NTCIR Web site during and after the Workshop Meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tokyo.

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Last updated: June 01, 2010