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CLEF 2021 Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum
21-24 September 2021, Bucharest, Romania
http://clef2021.clef-initiative.eu/

[apologies for cross-posting]

#Important Dates#
(Time zone: Anywhere on Earth)
- Submission of All Papers: 3 May 2021
- Notification of Acceptance: 4 June 2021
- Camera Ready Copy due: 25 June 2021
- Conference: 21-24 September 2021

The CLEF Conference addresses all aspects of Information Access in any
modality and language. The CLEF conference includes presentation of
research papers and a series of workshops presenting the results of
lab-based comparative evaluation benchmarks. CLEF 2021 in Bucharest is
the 12th year of the CLEF Conference series and the 22nd year of the
CLEF initiative as a forum for information retrieval (IR) evaluation.
The CLEF conference has a clear focus on experimental IR as carried
out within evaluation forums (e.g., CLEF Labs, TREC, NTCIR, FIRE,
MediaEval, RomIP, SemEval, and TAC) with special attention to the
challenges of multimodality, multilinguality, and interactive search
also considering specific classes of users as children, students,
impaired users in different tasks (e.g., academic, professional, or
everyday-life). We invite paper submissions on significant new
insights demonstrated on 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 style evaluation 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. CLEF also welcomes
past runs/results/data analysis and new data collections. 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).


#Topics#
Relevant topics for the CLEF 2021 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, data enrichment, etc.
- User studies either based on lab studies or crowdsourcing.
- Past results/run deep analysis both statistically and fine grain based.
- 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 information retrieval 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.
- New data collection: presentation of new data collection with
potential high impact on future research, specific collections from
companies or labs, multilingual collections.
- Work on data from rare languages, collaborative, social data.


#Format#
Authors are invited to electronically submit original papers, which
have not been published and are not under consideration elsewhere,
using the LNCS proceedings format:
http://www.springer.com/it/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines.

Two types of papers are solicited:
- Long papers: 12 pages max (including references). Aimed to report
complete research work.
- Short papers: 6 pages max (including references). Position papers,
new evaluation proposals, developments and applications, etc.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by 3 members of the program committee.
Selection will be based on originality, clarity, and technical
quality.


#Paper submission#
Papers should be submitted in PDF format to the following address:
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=clef2021


#Organizing Committee#
General Chairs:
Bogdan Ionescu, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania
K. Selcuk Candan, Arizona State University, USA

Program Chairs:
Henning Müller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Lorraine Goeuriot, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Birger Larsen, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark

Lab Chairs:
Alexis Joly, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France
Maria Maistro, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Florina Piroi, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Publicity Chairs:
Liviu-Daniel Stefan, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania
Mihai Dogariu, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania

Outreach Program Chairs:
Yu-Gang Jiang, Fudan University, China - Asian Liaison
Hugo Jair Escalante, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y
Electronica, Mexico - Central American Liaison
Fabio A. Gonzalez, National University of Colombia, Colombia - South
American Liaison
Ben Herbst, Praelexis, South Africa - African Liaison
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, University of Ottawa, Canada - North American Liaison

Industry & Sponsorship Chairs:
Seila Abdulamit, Vodafone, Romania
Mihai-Gabriel Constantin, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania
Bogdan Boteanu, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania

Website & Social Media Chairs:
Denisa Ionascu, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania

Finance Chair:
Ion Marghescu, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania

Proceedings Chairs:
Guglielmo Faggioli, University of Padua, Italy
Nicola Ferro, University of Padua, Italy

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