Mar 20 EVIA2013 submissions due
Apr 15 SIGIR2012 notification
Apr 17 FIT2013 submissions due
Apr 24 EVIA2013 notification
May 01 NTCIR-10 camera ready
May 08 EVIA2013 camera ready
May 10 NTCIR-11 task proposals due
May 10 CIKM2013 abstracts due
May 17 CIKM2013 submissions due
Jun 07 NTCIR-11 notification of accepted tasks
Jun 18 EVIA2013
Jun 18-21 NTCIR-10
Jun 21 FIT2013 notification
Jun 23 AIRS2013 submissions due
Jun 22-24 ASSIA2013
Jul 01 FIT2013 camera ready
Jul 15 CIKM2013 notification
Jul 28 AIRS2013 notification
Jul 28-Aug 01 SIGIR2013[Dublin]
Aug 11 CIKM2013 camerea ready
Aug 11 AIRS2013 camera ready
Sep 04-06 FIT2013[Tottori]
Oct 27-Nov 01 CIKM2013[San Francisco]
Dec 09-11 AIRS2013[Singapore]
Jan 31, 2014 NTCIR-11 additional pilot task proposals due
Feb 28, 2014 NTCIR-11 notification of accepted additional pilot tasks



(DEADLINE: May 10, 2013)

NTCIR (NII Testbeds and Community for Information access Research)is a
sesquiannual series of evaluation conferences that mainly focuses on
Asian language information access. The first NTCIR conference
(NTCIR-1) took place in August/September 1999, and the tenth
(NTCIR-10) will take place in June 2013. Research teams from all over
the world participate in one or more of the NTCIR tasks to advance the
state of the art and to learn from one another's experiences.

As the tasks being run at NTCIR-10 are reaching the final stages, it
is time to call for tasks for the next NTCIR (NTCIR-11) which will be
concluded in December 2014. Task proposals will be reviewed by the
NTCIR Programme Commitee, following the schedule below:


May 10, 2013 Deadline for task proposals (new and existing tasks)
June 7, 2013 Notification of accepted tasks
June 18-21, 2013 Task planning sessions at the NTCIR-10 conference
January 31, 2014 Deadline for additional pilot task proposals
February 28, 2014 Notification of accepted additional pilot tasks

Organisers of exising NTCIR-10 tasks (CrossLink, INTENT, 1CLICK,
PatentMT, RITE, SpokenDoc, MATH and MedNLP) are required to submit a
new proposal if they wish to continue them for NTCIR-11. New task
proposals are also very welcome. To organise an evaluation task is to
identify important research problems, tackle them strategically by
collaborating with other researchers (participants), build the
necessary evaluation framework to advance the state of the art, and
make an impact to the research community and to the future.

We will accept two types of tasks:

- Core challenge task: this is for fostering research on a particular
information access problem by providing researchers with a common
ground for evaluation. New test collections and evaluation methods
may be developed through the collaboration between task organisers
(proposers) and the task participants. At NTCIR-10, the core
challenge tasks were: CrossLink, INTENT, 1CLICK, PatentMT, RITE and

- Pilot task: this is recommended if the information access problem to
be tackled is new and there are uncertainties as to how to evaluate
it. It may focus on a subproblem of an information access
problem. It may attract a smaller group of participating teams than
core challenge task, but may grow into a core challenge task in the
next round of NTCIR. At NTCIR-10, the pilot tasks were: MATH and

NTCIR will provide a "seed funding" to each accepted task, which can
be used for some limited purposes such as hiring relevance assessors.
However, organisers of each task are expected to make the task as
self-sustaining as possible. The amount allocated to each task will
vary depending on requirements and the total number of accepted tasks,
but typical cases would be: around 1000000JPY/year for a core
challenge task and around 500000JPY/year for a pilot task.

Please submit your task proposal as a pdf to the following easychair site
by May 10, 2013 (Japan Time: UTC+9).

As indicated in the important dates, there will be another call for
additional pilot tasks after the NTCIR-10 conference, to accomodate
"late-breaking information access problems."


Main part (a single A4 page)
- Task name and short name
- Task type (core challenge or pilot)
- Abstract
- Motivation
- Methodology
- Expected results

- Names and contact information of the organisers
- Prospective participants
- Data to be used and/or constructed
- Budget planning
- Schedule
- Other notes


- Importance of the task to the information access community and to the society
- Timeliness of the task
- Organisers' commitment in ensuring a successful task
- Financial sustainability (self-sustainable tasks are encouraged)
- Soundness of the evaluation methodology
- Language scope


Hsin-Hsi Chen (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Charles Clarke (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Kalervo Jarvelin (University of Tampere, Finland)
Gareth Jones (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Gary Geunbae Lee (POSTECH, South Korea)
Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Stephen Robertson (Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK)
Ian Soboroff (NIST, US)
Hideo Joho (Co-chair, University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Tetsuya Sakai (Co-chair, Microsoft Research Asia, PRC)

NTCIR General Chairs:

Noriko Kando (NII, Japan)
Tsuneaki Kato (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Douglas W. Oard (University of Maryland, USA)
Mark Sanderson (RMIT, Australia)

SIGIR 2013 New Review Criterion!


SIGIR 2013 will introduce a new review criterion, Reproducibility of Methods.

These are the exact questions that the reviewers will see on the new review form:

Reproducibility of Methods

Are the descriptions of the methods used detailed and accurate? Given the resources used in the paper, or (if they are unavailable) similar resources, could researchers carry out similar experiments to verify the results? What further description could the authors provide?

So when you write a paper for SIGIR 2013, make sure you explain what you did rigorously!

Tetsuya Sakai, SIGIR 2013 PC co-chair

My important dates 2012-2013 v4


Oct 26 WSDM notification
Oct 26 IRJ diversity special issue final notification (for major revision papers)
Oct 31 1CLICK-2 run submissions
Oct 29-Nov 02 CIKM2012[Hawaii]
Nov 07 IAS2012 notification
Nov 21 IAS2012 camera ready
Nov 30 WSDM camera ready
Nov 30 ECIR notification
Dec 10 OAIR submissions due
Dec 07 IAS2012
Dec 17-19 AIRS2012[Tianjin]
Nov-Jan 1CLICK-2 nugget match evaluation
Jan 21 SIGIR2013 full paper abstracts due

Jan 28 SIGIR2013 full papers due

Jan 31 INTENT-2 evaluation results + early draft overview
Feb 01 1CLICK-2 early draft overview
Feb 04 SIGIR2013 workshop proposals due

Feb 04 OAIR notification
Feb 06-08 WSDM2013[Rome]
Feb 17 OAIR camera ready

Feb 18 SIGIR2013 posters/tutorial proposals due
Feb 28 1CLICK-2 evaluation results
Mar 01 NTCIR-10 draft papers due

Mar 11 SIGIR2013 workshop notifications
Mar 20 EVIA2013 submissions due
Mar 25-27 ECIR2013[Moscow]

Apr 15 SIGIR2012 acceptance notifications
Apr 24 EVIA2013 notification
May 01 NTCIR-10 camera ready
May 08 EVIA2013 camera ready
May 22-24 OAIR201[Lisbon]
Jun 18 EVIA2013
Jun 18-21 NTCIR-10
Jul 28-Aug 01 SIGIR2013[Dublin]

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