NTCIR-18 Kick-Off Event

Evaluation of Information Access Technologies

Call for Participation to the NTCIR-18 Kick-Off Event

March 29th (Friday) 2024, 16:00 - 17:30 (JST)
National Institute of Informatics (NII), Room 1902-1903, Tokyo, Japan & Online (Zoom)

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 20 years, NTCIR has been formulating the infrastructure for the evaluation, and contributing to development of the information access technologies. NTCIR has been the major forum for researchers to intensively discuss the evaluation methodology of emerging information access technologies. We would like to hold an event to introduce the NTCIR-18 and exciting new evaluation tasks. Are you researcher in information access area, a faculty member, a researcher 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-18 Kick-Off Event

  • Date/Time: March 29th (Friday) 2024, From 16:00 To 17:30 p.m.
  • Onsite: Room 1902-1903, National Institute of Informatics
  • Online: Zoom (The link will be available for participants a few days before the event.)
  • Fees: Free
  • Regietration: NTCIR-18 Kickoff Event Registration
    Zoom link will be sent to the registered email address before the event.

Kick-Off Event Tentative Program

  • NTCIR-18 Kick-Off Event
      16:00 - 17:30, March 29th (Friday) 2024 (JST)
    • - Overview of NTCIR
    • - Overview of NTCIR-18
    • - Introduction of each task
    • - How to participate in NTCIR-18
    • - Q & A

NTCIR-18 Tasks


  1. AEOLLM: Automatic Evaluation of LLMs
  2. FairWeb-2: The Second Fair Web Task
  3. FinArg-2: Temporal Inference of Financial Arguments
  4. MedNLP-CHAT: Medical Natural Language Processing for AI Chat
  5. RadNLP: Natural Language Processing for Radiology
  6. Transfer-2: Resource Transfer Based Dense Retrieval


  1. HIDDEN-RAD: Hidden Causality Inclusion in Radiology Report Generation
  2. SUSHI: Searching Unseen Sources for Historical Information
  3. U4: Unifying, Understanding, and Utilizing Unstructured Data in Financial Reports

Contact Us

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

We are looking forward to your participation !

NTCIR-18 Program Co-Chairs:
Qingyao Ai (Tsinghua University, China)
Chung-Chi Chen (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan)
Shoko Wakamiya (Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan)

NTCIR-18 General Chairs:
Charles Clarke (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Noriko Kando (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Makoto P. Kato (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Yiqun Liu (Tsinghua University, China)

Last Modified: 2024-04-01