FIRE 2021

Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation

Virtual Event

13th-17th December

Call for Papers
FIRE 2021: 13th meeting of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation
13th - 17th December 2021
Virtual Conference
Submission Deadline (extended): 7th September 2021

The 13th meeting of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation 2021 will be a virtual conference. Given the current COVID-19 situation all the presentations will be conducted virtually. We are seeking the submission of high-quality and original paper. Submissions will be reviewed by experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of IR. Authors are encouraged to describe work in progress and late-breaking research results.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  1. Search and Ranking: Research on core algorithmic topics in IR:
    • Queries and query analysis (e.g., Query understanding, query reformulation, query representation etc.)
    • Retrieval models and ranking (e.g., Cross lingual IR, ranking algorithms, language models, retrieval algorithms, learning to rank etc)
    • Efficiency and scalability (e.g., distributed search, search engine architecture, indexing, crawling etc)
  2. Domain Specific: Research on domain specific IR:
    • Applications in Social Media (e.g., Hate speech recognition, social network in search etc.)
    • Applications in Finance (e.g., Stock market prediction, other applications in finance)
    • Applications in Legal (e.g., Patent discovery, verdict summarization, other applications in law)
    • Applications in Health (e.g., Biomedical IR, medicine, genomics, other applications in health)
    • Other applications and domains
  3. Recommendation Systems: Research on Recommendation systems, content representation and content analysis:
    • Recommendation algorithms (e.g., Content based filtering, collaborative filtering etc.)
  4. Document representation and analysis (e.g., Summarization, text representation, sentiment analysis etc.)
  5. Knowledge acquisition (e.g., Information extraction, event extraction etc.)
  6. Applications of AI in IR and vice versa: Research bridging the gap between AI and IR:
    • Supervised/Weakly supervised deep neural networks
    • Word Embedding Methodologies
    • Question answering
    • Conversational systems
    • Machine Translation
  7. Evaluation: Research on evaluation of IR systems:
    • User centric evaluation (e.g., User experience, user engagement etc)
    • System centric evaluation (e.g., Evaluation metrics)

Important dates

15th July 2021 Paper submission link available
7th September 2021 Paper submission deadline (extended)
30th October 2021 Paper acceptance notification
10th November 2021 Camera ready copy submission deadline
13th-17th December 2021 Virtual conference

Note: All submission deadlines are 11:59 PM AoE Time Zone (Anywhere on Earth).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must describe substantial, original and unpublished work. Wherever appropriate, concrete evaluation and analysis must be included. If the paper being submitted is under review at any other venue, the same should be explicitly mentioned when making the submission. Such a paper, if accepted, should be withdrawn from all other places.

Paper Template and Submission

The submitted papers must follow ACM SIG's template available on . The only accepted format of submissions is PDF. Papers which do not conform to the requirements may get rejected without review. Please note that it is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that the PDF submission has been uploaded successfully (we suggest that you try downloading your paper again yourself, to check).

Paper Length

The maximum page length is 9 pages in content with unrestricted space for references. And minimum page length is 2 pages in content with unrestricted space for references. This year we are not making any distinction between long and short papers. More time will be allocated for longer papers during the presentation.

Paper Review Policy

All submissions to FIRE 2021 will be reviewed on the basis of originality, relevance, importance and clarity by at least two reviewers. The review process will be double blind and the authors should not mention their names or institutional details anywhere in the paper. Authors should refer to themselves in third person when citing their own work. Expressions like "In our earlier work..." or "We previously showed that..." should be avoided when submitting the paper for review.

Presentation Requirements

If accepted, at least one author will have to register for the conference and present their work virtually. The author can also send their prerecorded presentation video but should be available for question answer session at the end of the presentation.

Overall co-ordinators
- Prasenjit Majumder (DA-IICT)
- Mandar Mitra (ISI Kolkata)

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