FIRE 2024

Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation

DAIICT , Gandhinagar

12th - 15th December

Call for Papers
FIRE 2024: 16th meeting of the Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation
12th - 15th December 2024
DA-IICT, Gandhinagar, India
Submission Deadline: 20th August 2024
Submission Link : TBD

The goals of the symposium are to:

  • provide the participants with an independent and constructive assessment of their current research and possible future research scopes;
  • develop a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research;
  • provide a platform for the doctoral participants to share and discuss their ideas with distinguished researchers from their domain; and support the participants further with an individual mentorship session with a distinguished researcher.

Who should participate?

Students should consider participating in the Doctoral Consortium if they are at least twelve months away from completing their dissertation at the time of the event, but after having settled on a research area or thesis topic.

In the area of research which largely covers AI / ML, and information science-related, we do not have any fixed set of research areas for the DC. However, it would be desirable to have information retrieval as a paradigm in your research that can be in any domain like software engineering, machine translation and image processing, etc.


Submissions can be based on early ideas or results (communicated elsewhere) for further feedback, or well-rounded study, results, and analysis, on approach to convert PhD work into a product, and the like.

The paper should be 4 pages long (including references) and may contain the following aspects:

  • the problem to be solved in the research; a justification of why the problem is important; a summary of the previous research and related work has not yet solved that problem,
  • the expected contributions of the research,
  • how the student aims to evaluate and analyze the results; acceptable evidence of the results to the community,
  • an outline and characterization of the results achieved so far, and
  • the planned timeline for completion.

Students, whose submissions are accepted, will be invited to present a poster at the consortium. They will also need to give a short talk at the consortium.

Paper submission link: TBD


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:

Paper Length: 4 page single column

The author names and affiliations of the PhD Student or supervisors should be included in the paper during submission. The first author of the paper should be the PhD Student.

Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Doctoral Symposium Committee. Participants will be selected on the basis of their anticipated contribution to the Doctoral Consortium goals as well as the potential benefit to the participants. Among the criteria that will be considered in reviewing submissions are:

  • the potential quality of the anticipated contributions
  • the stage of the research;
  • the diversity of backgrounds, research topics, and approaches.

An additional review would be done to assess if the participants are eligible for the PhD clinic, where potential research work can be reviewed and discussed individually by a distinguished researcher.

Consortium and PhD Clinic

Authors of submissions selected for participation will have the opportunity to present their work during the Doctoral Consortium and to have a camera-ready version of their papers published in a companion volume to the FIRE 2023 Conference Proceedings and the ACM Digital Library.

The presentation is expected to be delivered in person, unless this is impossible due to travel limitations (related to, e.g., health or visa).

Selected participants will be also be eligible for the PhD clinic wherein they will be assigned to a distinguished researcher who will conduct an individual mentoring session with the participants. This session can be constructively used by the participants to discuss their ideas, get more insights and feedback and also directions forfuture work.

Important dates 

25th July 2024 DC Paper submission link will be available
20nd August 2024   Paper submission deadline
30th October 2024   Paper acceptance notification
10th November 2024   Camera ready copy submission deadline
12th-15th December 2023 In-person conference

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

Presentation Requirements

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


Doctoral Consortium Co-ordinator

  • Soumen Paul ( IIT Kharagpur, India)
  • Srijoni Majumdar, University of Leeds, UK

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