The NTCIR-9 Workshop Meeting and the 4th International Workshop on Evaluating
Information Access (EVIA 2011) will be held on December 6-9, 2011, at NII
in Tokyo, Japan. Anyone 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.
The previous NTCIR Workshop Meeting, NTCIR-8, held in June 2010, had a
total of 180 attendees from 18 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-9 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-9 has hosted the
following four core tasks and three pilot tasks, under a new organization
- INTENT: Diversification of search results (+ 1CLICK subtask)
- RITE: Recognizing Inference in Text
- GeoTime: Document Retrieval for When and Where queries
- SpokenDoc: Information Retrieval for Spoken Documents
- CrossLink: Cross-Lingual Link Discovery
- VisEx: Interactive Visual Exploratory
- PatentMT: Translation of Patent Documents
The overview and system papers will be presented at the Meeting on DAY
2-4 (December 7-9).
Moreover, NTCIR-9 features exciting special talks.
- Natural Language understanding, Semantic-based Information Retrieval and
Knowledge Management by Dr. Junichi Tsujii (Microsoft Research Asia)
- Principles for Robust Evaluation Infrastructure by Mark Sanderson (RMIT) and William Webber (University of Maryland)
Updates from other evaluation forums
- TREC/TAC by Ian Soboroff (NIST)
- INEX by Andrew Trotman (University of Otago) and Shlomo Geva (QUT)
- MediaEval by Gareth Jones (Dublin City University)
- CLEF by Nicola Ferro (University of Padua) presented by Hideo Joho
- FIRE presented by Hideo Joho
The final program is available from the website.
The first day of the Meeting will have an Introduction to NTCIR followed
by EVIA 2011 (the Fourth International Workshop on Evaluating Information
Online registration is available at:
The full registration fee for non-students includes one copy of the proceedings
(CD-ROM), one buffet dinner, three lunches, and coffees during the breaks.
If you are a student, attending workshop presentations can be free of charge, but this does not include the proceedings, buffet, and lunch.
You can optionally purchase a buffet and/or lunch ticket.
If you would like a copy of the Proceedings, you need to register as "Student
Online proceedings will be available at the NTCIR Web site during and after
the Workshop Meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you in Tokyo.
Hideo Joho and Tetsuya Sakai
NTCIR-9 Program Co-Chairs
Noriko Kando, Tsuneaki Kato, and Eiichiro Sumita
NTCIR-9 General Co-Chairs