FIRE 2023

Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation

Goa Business School, Goa University, Panjim

15th-18th December

Portuguese presence in Goa in digital perspective
by Sofia Ribeiro and Paulo Quaresma, Évora University, Portugal

Organizers: Ana Sofia Ribeiro and Paulo Quaresma (Évora University, Portugal)

Date: 16/12/2023

Place: University of Goa, India, associated with the FIRE conference


Historical research on the Portuguese presence in India and in Goa, as the capital state of the Portuguese Estado da Índia has been renewed in the latest years. Issues concerning its administration, hybrid religious and social dynamics, and economic specificities have been approached in an increasingly decolonized perspective, considering processes of violence and negotiation or the mandatory political, economic, and social relationships between the colonizers and the people, States and institutions that already existed before the arrival of Vasco da Gama to Calicut in 1498. This new historical perspective which seeks to escape the traditional eurocentrism have allowed to comprehend the uniqueness of Goa society in India in the present, fostered within a multi-secular network of relational ties between different visions of the world, between Portugal and India.

The organizers are presently developing with other colleagues the research project MONSOON, the Habsburg Estado da India in Digital Perspective (1580 - 1640), that seeks to understand the internal dynamics of the region encompassing from the East coast of Africa until Macao and Japan under the Habsburgs’ rule, by digital extraction of information of the Livros das Monções.

The project development, the celebration of the 50 th anniversary of the Portuguese acknowledgment of Goa, Daman and Diu independence and incorporation in the India State in 2024, and the organization of the FIRE – Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation at Goa University offer a perfect opportunity to put together a set of experts in Portuguese History of Goa and Digital Humanities from both Portuguese and Indian institutions, in order to promote a closer collaboration in the study of the Portuguese heritage and past in the Goa region.

This workshop aims to present different research perspectives of such shared past between Portugal and Goa implying digital humanities methods, with the focus in the comprehension and potential analysis of data extracted from textual historical sources. It also aims to promote dialogue between historical and scientific groups of Goa and Portugal to join efforts to disseminate this common cultural heritage.

CFP – Call for papers

Papers discussing finished/future/ongoing research work that, implying digital humanities methods, contribute to deepen the knowledge of the Portuguese presence in Asia are welcome.

The main topics addressed by these presentations should involve issues related with Digital Humanities, Artificial Intelligence, and Natural Language Processing.

Relevant dates

Submission date: 13/11/2023

Notification about acceptance: 21/11/2023


Between 6 and 10 pages prepared according to the Springer LNCS/LNAI format.

Submission process

By email to:

Program Committee

To be defined.

Date: 18/12/2023 09:00 AM

Place: Goa Business School Auditorium, India, associated with the FIRE conference

Topics to be covered:

  1. Fundamentals of training, optimization and deployment of LLM models at scale.
  2. Building Production Ready Retrieval Augmented Generation Systems.
  3. Real Time Video Analytics and Generative AI at the edge using Jetson platform.

You will get:

  1. Hands on experiences
  2. Slides/videos/Code snippets
  3. Live interaction with experts


Please register in the FIRE main website by 15th of December 2023 EOD