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CLEF 2016 : Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum. Information Access Evaluation meets Multilinguality, Multimodality and Interaction


Conference Series : Cross-Language Evaluation Forum
When Sep 5, 2016 - Sep 8, 2016
Where Évora, Portugal
Submission Deadline Apr 8, 2016
Notification Due May 15, 2016
Final Version Due Jun 17, 2016
Categories    information retrieval   NLP

Call For Papers

CLEF 2016: Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum

Information Access Evaluation meets Multilinguality, Multimodality and Interaction

5-8 September 2016, Évora - Portugal

Submission Deadlines:

- Friday April 8, 2016 (long papers),

- Friday April 15 (short papers)


The CLEF Conference addresses all aspects of Information Access in any

modality and language. The conference is teamed up with a series of workshops

presenting the results of lab-based comparative evaluation. CLEF 2016 is the

7th year of the CLEF Conference and the 17th year of the CLEF initiative as a

forum for IR Evaluation. The CLEF conference has a clear focus on experimental

IR as done at the evaluation forums (CLEF Labs, TREC, NTCIR, FIRE, MediaEval,

RomIP, SemEval, TAC, ...) with special attention to the challenges of

multimodality, multilinguality, and interactive search. We invite submissions

on significant new insights demonstrated on the resulting IR test collections,

on analysis of IR test collections and evaluation measures, as well as on

concrete proposals to push the boundaries of the Cranfield/TREC/CLEF paradigm.

All submissions to the CLEF main conference will be reviewed on the basis of

relevance, originality, importance, and clarity. CLEF welcomes papers that

describe rigorous hypothesis testing regardless of whether the results are

positive or negative. Methods are expected to be written so that they are

reproducible by others, and the logic of the research design is clearly

described in the paper. The conference proceedings will be published in the

Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).


Relevant topics for the CLEF 2016 Conference include but are not limited to:

- Information Access in any language or modality: Information retrieval,

image retrieval, question answering, search interfaces and design, infrastructures, etc.

- Analytics for Information Retrieval: theoretical and practical results in

the analytics field that are specifically targeted for information access data analysis.

- Evaluation Initiatives: Conclusions, lessons learned, impact and projection

of any evaluation initiative after completing their cycle.

- Evaluation: methodologies, metrics, statistical and analytical tools,

component based, user groups and use cases, ground-truth creation, impact of

multilingual/multicultural/multimodal differences, etc.

- Technology Transfer: Economic impact/sustainability of information access

approaches, deployment and exploitation of systems, use cases, etc.

- Interactive Information Retrieval Evaluation: the interactive evaluation of

IR systems using user-centered methods, evaluation of novel search interfaces, novel interactive

evaluation methods, simulation of interaction, etc.

- Specific Application Domains: Information access and its evaluation in

application domains such as cultural heritage, digital libraries,

social media, expert search, health information, legal documents, patents,

news, books, plants, etc.


Authors are invited to submit electronically original papers, which have not

been published and are not under consideration elsewhere, using the LNCS

proceedings format:

Two types of papers are solicited:

- Long papers: 12 pages max. Aimed to report complete research works.

- Short papers: 6 pages max. Position papers, new evaluation proposals,

developments and applications, etc.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee.

Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and technical quality. Papers

should be submitted in PDF format to the following address:


- Submission of Long Papers: April 8, 2016

- Submission of Short Papers: April 15, 2016

- Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2016

- Camera Ready Copy due: June 17, 2016

- Conference: September 5-8, 2016


Conference Chairs

- Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

- Paulo Quaresma, University of Évora, Portugal

Program Chairs

- Birger Larsen, University of Aalborg, Denmark

- Teresa Gonçalves, University of Évora, Portugal

Lab Chairs

- Craig Macdonald, University of Glasgow, UK

- Krisztian Balog, Uinversity of Stavenger, Norway

Proceedings Chairs

- Linda Cappellato, University of Padua, Italy

- Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, Italy

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