Ellen Voorhees, Director of TREC at NIST.Gov sent me this Call for Participation, reproduced below to facilitate its dissemination:

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

FIRE
(Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation)
Workshop
DAIICT, Gandhinagar, India
19-21 February 2010

http://www.isical.ac.in/~fire

The success of TREC, CLEF, and NTCIR has clearly established the importance
of building reusable, large-scale standard test collections in Information
Access research. The aim of FIRE is to encourage research in Indian language
Information Access by creating a similar platform for Indian languages that
provides the data and a common forum for comparing models and techniques.

The Tasks:
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1) Ad-hoc monolingual document retrieval in Bengali, Hindi and Marathi.

2) Ad-hoc cross-lingual document retrieval
– documents in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, and English,
– queries in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and English.
– Bengali and Hindi topics will also be transliterated and made available
in Roman script. Adhoc monolingual task participants are encouraged to
submit runs using these queries as well.

3) Retrieval and classification from mailing lists and forums.
This is a pilot task being offered by IBM India Research Lab.

4)  Ad-hoc Wikipedia-entity retrieval from news documents
– Entities mined from English Wikipedia
– Query documents from English news website
This is a pilot task being offered by Yahoo! Labs, Bangalore.

Important Dates:
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Ad-hoc monolingual and cross-lingual document retrieval:
Training data release   Aug 15 ’09
Test data release       Nov 01 ’09
Adhoc run submission    Nov 25 ’09
Results released        Feb 01 ’10

Retrieval and classification from mailing lists and forums:
Training data release   Oct 16 ’09
Test data release       Nov 01 ’09
Run submission          Nov 25 ’09
Results declared        Feb 01 ’10

Ad-hoc Wikipedia-entity retrieval from news documents:
Training data release   Oct 15 ’09
Test data release       Nov 01 ’09
Run submission          Nov 25 ’09
Results declared        Feb 01 ’10

Task Co-ordinators:
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Ad-hoc retrieval:
Pushpak Bhattacharyya (pb@cse.iitb.ac.in)
IIT Bombay
Dipasree Pal (dipasree_t@isical.ac.in)
ISI Kolkata

Retrieval and classification from mailing lists and forums:
Debapriyo Majumdar (debapriyo@in.ibm.com)
IBM India Research Lab
Ayan Bandyopadhyay (ayan_t@isical.ac.in)
ISI Kolkata

Ad-hoc Wikipedia-entity retrieval from news documents:
Ashwin Tengli (ashwint@yahoo-inc.com)
Yahoo! Labs, Bangalore
Pabitra Mitra (pabitra@cse.iitkgp.ernet.in)
IIT Kharagpur

Overall co-ordinators:
Prasenjit Majumder (p_majumder@daiict.ac.in)
DAIICT, Gandhinagar
Mandar Mitra (mandar@isical.ac.in)
ISI Kolkata

International Advisory Committee for FIRE:
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Amit Singhal, Google Fellow, USA
Carol Peters, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Christian Fluhr, CEA, France
Donna Harman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Doug Oard, University of Maryland, USA
Ee Peng Lim, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ellen Voorhees, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Fabrizio Sebastiani, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Gareth Jones, Dublin City University, Ireland.
Hsin-Hsi Chen, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Hwee Tou Ng, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Iadh Ounis, University of Glasgow, UK
Ian Soboroff, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Jacques Savoy, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
James Allan, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Krishna Kummamuru, IBM Research Lab, India
Mark Sanderson, University of Sheffield, UK
Mun Kew Leong, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Norbert Fuhr, University of Duisburg, Germany
Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Paul McNamee, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Prabhakar Raghavan, Yahoo! Research Labs, USA
Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Yahoo! Research Labs, Spain
Stephen Robertson, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Sung Hyon Myaeng, KAIST, South Korea
Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Tetsuya Sakai, Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing

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