FIRE 2023

Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation

Goa Business School, Goa University, Panjim

15th-18th December

Call for Papers
FIRE 2023: 15th meeting of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation
15th - 18th December 2023
Goa Business School, Goa University, Panjim, India
Submission Deadline: 17th September 2023 (Extended)

The 15th meeting of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation 2023 will be held at Goa University, Panjim, India. It will be an in-person conference. We are seeking submissions of high-quality and original papers. 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/NLP. Authors are also 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 with a particular focus on Indian languages, 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:
    1. Applications in Social Media (e.g., Hate speech recognition, social network in search, etc.)
    2. Applications in Finance (e.g., Stock market prediction, other applications in finance)
    3. Applications in Legal (e.g., Patent discovery, verdict summarization, other applications in law)
    4. Applications in Health (e.g., Biomedical IR, medicine, genomics, other applications in health)
    5. Other applications and domains
  3. Recommendation Systems: Research on Recommendation systems, content representation, and content analysis:
    1. 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. Multimodal and Crossmodal IR/Recsys model
    1. Visual Question Answering
    2. Image search/recommendation
    3. Multimodal document summarization
  7. Bridging the gap between AI and IR:
    1. Supervised/Weakly supervised deep neural networks
    2. Word Embedding Methodologies and its applications
    3. Question answering
    4. Conversational systems
    5. Machine Translation
  8. Evaluation: Research on evaluation of IR systems:
    1. User centric evaluation (e.g., User experience, user engagement, etc.)
    2. System centric evaluation (e.g., Evaluation metrics)
  9. Explainability, Fairness, and Trust of IR/Recsys models
    1. Explainable models for ranking, text classification/clustering, summarization, etc.
    2. User studies for explainable AI (XAI) applied to IR/Recsys
    3. Issues related to fairness and trustworthiness of IR/Recsys models


Important dates 

28th July 2023 Paper submission link will be available
17th September 2023 (Extended)  Paper submission deadline
10th November 2023 (Extended)   Paper acceptance notification
11th November 2023  Camera ready copy submission deadline
15th-18th December 2023 In-person 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.

This year, the FIRE conference track is subdivided into 3 different subtracks (described later), each with a different scope and objective and a different reviewing policy. Please make sure that you are submitting your paper in the correct track. No requests for switching papers across tracks will be entertained after the deadline for paper submission expires.  

Submissions will be taken through Microsoft CMT. Select the "Conference Track" while submitting the paper and in the subject area select the appropriate paper type (Regular Paper, Resource and Demo Paper, Extended Abstract). Please note that incorrect submission will be desk rejected.
Link to submit the paper:


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).  Authors are invited to submit in any of the following tracks:

  • Regular paper

Similar to last year, this year, also we don’t make any explicit distinction between long and short papers. More time will be allocated for longer papers during the presentation. Submitted papers can be of variable length ranging from a minimum of 2 pages to a maximum of 9 pages of content (excluding references).


Reviewing policy: Double-blind. 


  • Resource and Demo paper

The papers submitted at this track should describe data or software resources towards a research problem that will be helpful to the IR/NLP/AI community. Such resources should ideally be made publicly available for reviewers to judge the merit of the resources. The demo papers should contain a link to a working software that demonstrates the application of existing research methods as a proof-of-the-concept.


Reviewing policy: Single-blind.

Number of pages: Max 4 pages of content (excluding references).


  • Extended Abstract

This track invites submissions of extended abstracts of papers that have been published elsewhere (e.g., at flagship IR/NLP conferences). Ideally, the extended abstract should summarize the existing paper and contain a perspective on new ideas towards further extending that work or present a bigger picture on how that work fits in a much broader context of existing research. The submitted paper must cite the paper on which further perspective is provided.


Reviewing policy: Single-blind.

Number of pages: Max 4 pages of content (excluding references).


Double-blind Reviewing Policy

All submissions to the regular track of FIRE conference 2023 will be reviewed on the basis of originality, relevance, importance, and clarity. For papers submitted to the regular track, the authors must 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..." must be avoided.


Presentation Requirements

If accepted, at least one author will have to register for the conference and present their work in-person.

Overall co-ordinator

  • Prasenjit Majumder (DA-IICT and TCG-CREST) 


Conference Track Co-ordinator

  • Debasis Ganguly (University of Glasgow)

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