Keynote Speakers

Ming Zhou

Keynote Title: What Will Search Engines be changed by NLP Advancements

Microsoft Research Asia

https://www.msra.cn/zh-cn/people/ming-zhou

Dr. Ming Zhou is a principal researcher and manager of the Natural Language Computing Group at Microsoft Research Asia. His research interests include next generation search engines, statistical and neural machine translation, question-answering, chatbots, computer poetry, and text mining. He has collaborated with a number of universities across the Asia-Pacific and various academy associations to advance NLP research and development. He is currently Vice-President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Chair of the Chinese Computer Federation (CCF)'s Chinese Information Technology Committee, and an Executive Member of the Chinese Information Processing Society (CIPS).

Yiming Yang

Keynote Title: Large-scale Machine Learning over Graphs.

Carnegie Mellon University

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~./yiming/

Yiming Yang is a Professor at the Language Technologies Institute and Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. Her research has centered on statistical learning methods/algorithms and application to very-large-scale text categorization, web-mining for concept graph discovery, semi-supervised clustering, multi-task learning, novelty-based information retrieval, large-scale optimization for online advertising, social network analysis, etc. Her recent research focuses on:

  • Graph-based Transdutive Learning from Heterogeneous Data Sources
  • Scalable Machine Learning for Time Series Analysis
  • Extremely Large-scale Classification and Cross-language Transfer Learning for Classification
  • Macro-Level Information Fusion for Events and Entities

Preliminary Schedule

This year's ICTIR will be experimenting a new format of presentation. Both long and short papers will be presented in combination of oral and poster presentations. The aim is to maximise interactions and discussions between authors and other participants. Specifically,

Long paper: 30 minutes oral presentation (25mins talk + 5mins Q/A) + poster presentation

Short paper: 20 minutes oral presentation (15mins talk + 5mins Q/A) + poster presentation

Note that for each paper, the oral presentation is compulsory, while the poster presentation is optional.

The report order for each topic can be viewed by clicked link in schedule

Download the electronic conference programme manual

Download the tutorial slides for User Interactions with Search Systems


First Day, September 14, 2018 (Tutorials and Workshops)
8:30am 6:00pm Conference Registration
9:00am 10:30am

Tutorial 1: Unbiased Learning to Rank: Theory and Practice (Qingyao Ai, Jiaxin Mao, Yiqun Liu, W. Bruce Croft)

9:00am 4:30pm

Workshop 1: The Eighth BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA 2018)

10:30am 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am 11:30am Tutorial 1 Q&A: Unbiased Learning to Rank: Theory and Practice (Qingyao Ai, Jiaxin Mao, Yiqun Liu, W. Bruce Croft)
2:00pm 3:30pm Tutorial 2: User Interactions with Search Systems (Ying-Hsang Liu; Chang Liu; Ralf Bierig)
3:30pm 4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00pm 4:30pm Tutorial 2 Q&A: User Interactions with Search Systems (Ying-Hsang Liu; Chang Liu; Ralf Bierig)
6:30pm 9:00pm Welcome Reception
Second Day, September.15, 2018 (Opening and Main Sessions)
8:00am 5:00pm Conference Registration
8:40am 9:00am Conference Opening
9:00am 10:00am

Keynote: What Will Search Engines be Changed by NLP Advancements

Speaker: Prof. Ming Zhou, Microsoft Research Asia

10:00am 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am 12:00pm Long Paper Session: 1. Neural IR
12:00pm 1:30pm

Lunch

Poster Session for Long Papers: 1. Neural IR

Poster Session for Long Papers: 2. Queries and Browsing

Poster Session for Short Papers: 1. AI and IR

Poster Session for Short Papers: 2. Quantum-inspired IR Models

1:30pm 3:10pm Short Paper Session: 1. AI and IR
3:10pm 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm 5:00pm Long Paper Session: 2. Queries and Browsing
5:00pm 6:00pm Short Paper Session: 2. Quantum-inspired IR Models
Third Day, September 16, 2018 (Main Sessions)
8:00am 5:00pm Conference Registration
9:00am 10:00am

Keynote: Large-Scale Machine Learning Over Graphs

Speaker: Prof. Yiming Yang, Carnegie Mellon University

10:00am 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am 12:00pm Long Paper Session: 3. Theory and Models
12:00pm 1:30pm

Lunch

Poster Session for Long Papers: 3. Theory and Models

Poster Session for Long Papers: 4. Efficiency

Poster Session for Short Papers: 3. Fusion and Evaluation

1:30pm 3:30pm Long Paper Session: 4. Efficiency
3:30pm 4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00pm 5:20pm Short Paper Session: 3. Fusion and Evaluation
6:30pm 9:30pm Banquet
Fourth Day, September 17, 2018 (Main Sessions and Closing)
8:00am 5:00pm Conference Registration
9:00am 10:30am Long Paper Session: 5. Theory of Evaluation
10:30am 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am 12:20pm Short Paper Session: 4. Entity Retrieval and Question Answering
12:20pm 2:30pm

Lunch

Poster Session for Long Papers: 5. Theory of Evaluation

Poster Session for Long Papers: 6. Collaborative Ranking/Filtering and Recommendation

Poster Session for Short Papers: 4. Entity Retrieval and Question Answering

2:30pm 4:00pm Long Paper Session: 6. Collaborative Ranking/Filtering and Recommendation
4:00pm 4:30pm Coffee Break
4:30pm 5:00pm Conference Closing

Accepted Long Papers

1. Neural IR (3)

Title Authors
1. Empirical Study of Multi-level Convolution Models for IR Based on Representations and Interactions Yifan Nie, Yanling Li and Jian-Yun Nie
2. Understanding the Representational Power of Neural Retrieval Models Using NLP Tasks Daniel Cohen, Brendan O'Connor and W. Bruce Croft
3. Product Question Intent Detection using Indicative Clause Attention and Adversarial Learning Qian Yu and Wai Lam

2. Queries and browsing (3)

Title Authors
1. An Extended Query Performance Prediction Framework Utilizing Passage-Level Information Haggai Roitman
2. On the Equilibrium of Query Reformulation and Document Retrieval Shihao Zou, Guanyu Tao, Jun Wang, Weinan Zhang and Dell Zhang
3. Generating Synthetic Data for Neural Keyword-to-Question Models Heng Ding and Krisztian Balog

3. Theory and Models (3)

Title Authors
1. Pseudo Descriptions for Meta-Data Retrieval Tim Gollub, Erdan Genc, Nedim Lipka and Benno Stein
2. On the Theory of Weak Supervision for Information Retrieval Hamed Zamani and Bruce Croft
3. Entity Set Expansion from Twitter He Zhao, Feng Chong and Zhunchen Luo

4. Efficiency (4)

Title Authors
1. MQGrad: Reinforcement Learning of Gradient Quantization in Parameter Server Guoxin Cui, Jun Xu, Wei Zeng, Yanyan Lan, Jiafeng Guo and Xueqi Cheng
2. Measuring the Effectiveness of Selective Search Index Partitions without Supervision Yubin Kim and Jamie Callan
3. Beyond Greedy Search: Pruned Exhaustive Search for Diversified Result Ranking Yingying Wu, Yiqun Liu, Fei Chen, Min Zhang and Shaoping Ma
4. A Vertical PRF Architecture for Microblog Search Flavio Martins, Joao Magalhaes and Jamie Callan

5. Theory of Evaluation (3)

Title Authors
1. Exploring Novel Measures for Characterizing Topic Quality Sujatha Das Gollapalli and Xiaoli Li
2. A Formal Account of Effectiveness Evaluation and Ranking Fusion Enrique Amigó, Fernando Giner, Stefano Mizzaro and Damiano Spina
3. The Broad View of Task Type Using Path Modeling Matthew Mitsui and Chirag Shah

6. Collaborative ranking/filtering and recommendation (3)

Title Authors
1. A Word is Worth a Thousand Ratings: Augmenting Ratings using Reviews for Collaborative Filtering Oren Sar Shalom, Guy Uziel, Alexandros Karatzoglou and Amir Kantor
2. A Collaborative Ranking Model with Multiple Location-based Similarities for Venue Suggestion Mohammad Alian Nejadi, Dimitrios Rafailidis and Fabio Crestani
3. Attentive Contextual Denoising Autoencoder For Recommendation Yogesh Jhamb, Travis Ebesu and Yi Fang

Accepted Short Papers

1. AI and IR (5)

Title Authors
1. Entire Representation Attentive GRU for Text Representation Guoxiu He and Wei Lu
2. Towards Word Embeddings for improved Duplicate Bug Report Retrieval in Software Repositories Amar Budhiraja, Kartik Dutta, Manish Shrivastava and Y. Raghu Reddy
3. Levenshtein in Blocks World: String Matching via AI Planning Xing Tan and Jimmy Huang
4. Multi Page Search with Reinforcement Learning to Rank Wei Zeng, Jun Xu, Yanyan Lan, Jiafeng Guo and Xueqi Cheng
5. Multitask Learning for Query Segmentation in Job Search Bahar Salehi, Fei Liu, Timothy Baldwin and Wilson Wong

2. Quantum-inspired IR Models (3)

Title Authors
1. Quantum Language Model-based Query Expansion Qiuchi Li, Massimo Melucci and Prayag Tiwari
2. Binary Classification Model Inspired from Quantum Detection Theory Emanuele Di Buccio, Qiuchi Li, Massimo Melucci and Prayag Tiwari
3. Investigating Irrational User Behavior in IR from Query Logs Sagar Uprety and Dawei Song

3. Fusion and Evaluation (4)

Title Authors
1. Enhanced Performance Prediction of Fusion-based Retrieval Haggai Roitman
2. Topic Set Size Design for Paired and Unpaired Data Tetsuya Sakai
3. Utilizing Pseudo-Relevance Feedback in Fusion-based Retrieval Haggai Roitman
4. StatBM25: An Aggregative and Statistical Approach for Document Ranking Xing Tan, Fanghong Jian and Jimmy Huang

4. Entity Retrieval and Question Answering (4)

Title Authors
1. Entity Retrieval in the Knowledge Graph with Hierarchical Entity Type and Content Xinshi Lin, Wai Lam and Kwun Ping Lai
2. An Adaptive Recommender System for Computational Serendipity Xi Niu
3. Classifying Community QA Questions That Contain an Image Kenta Tamaki, Riku Togashi, Sosuke Kato, Sumio Fujita, Hideyuki Maeda and Tetsuya Sakai
4. Exploring Diversification in Non-factoid Question Answering Lakshmi Vikraman, W. Bruce Croft and Brendan O'Connor

Accepted WorkShops

Title Authors
The Eighth BCS-IRSG Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA 2018) Ingo Frommholtz, Haiming Liu, Ingo Schmitt, Dawei Song

FDIA 2018

Our 2018 PhD Symposium on Future Directions in Information Access (FDIA) will be held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval (ICTIR 2018, http://ictir2018.org) on 14th September 2018, in Tianjin, China.

In the symposium, young researchers will present and discuss their work and ideas. The symposium is complemented by a keynote given by ​ Prof. Ingo Schmitt​ from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany.

FDIA 2018 is the next chapter in a long list of previous events and the first one to be held outside Europe. The previous symposiums were held in Barcelona, Spain in 2017 (with ESSIR 2017); Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015 (with ESSIR 2015); Granada, Spain in 2013 (with ESSIR 2013); Koblenz, Germany in 2011 (with ESSIR 2011), Padova, Italy in 2009 (with ESSIR 2009); London, England in 2008, and Glasgow, Scotland in 2007 (with ESSIR 2007). They have provided an entertaining and exciting forum for early stage researchers for sharing new research ideas.

Why future directions ​ , because we encouraged submissions that focus on early research such as pilot studies, presenting challenges and future opportunities, conceptual and theoretical work, and the contributions from doctoral work.

Why Information Access , ​ because it captures the broader ideas of information retrieval, storage and management to include interaction and usage.

Schedule

The symposium takes place 14th September 2018 at the ICTIR conference venue (room Vanda).
9:00am 10:00pm Keynote Ingo Schmitt
10:00am 10:30am Amit Kumar Jaiswal: Investigating Interactive Information Retrieval via Information Foraging Theory
10:30am 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am 11:30am Guilherme Holdack: On polyrepresentation, user interaction mapping and dynamic relevance
11:30am 12:00pm Zhiyu Chen: Challenges and Progress in Dataset Search
12:00pm 12:15pm Break
12:15pm 12:45pm Prayag Tiwari: Multi-class Classification Model Inspired by Quantum Detection Theory
12:45pm 13:15pm Shoaib Hayat, Yue Li and Muhammad Riaz: Automatic Recovery of Broken Links Using Information Retrieval Techniques
13:15pm 13:30pm Break
13:30pm 14:00pm Wrap-up Discussion and Closing - Future directions in information access?

Organizers

PC Charis

  • Haiming Liu, University of Bedfordshire
  • Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire

General Chairs

  • Ingo Schmitt, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
  • Dawei Song, Beijing Institute of Technology and The Open University

Program Committee

  • Juan M. Fernández-Luna, University of Granada
  • Claus-Peter Klas, GESIS-Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences
  • Lorraine Goeuriot, Laboratoire d'informatique de Grenoble
  • Jiafeng Guo, Institute of Computing Technology
  • Grace Hui Yang, Georgetown University
  • Vishwa Vinay, Adobe Research Bangalore
  • Andrew Macfarlane, City University London
  • M-Dyaa Albakour, Signal Media
  • Peng Zhang, Tianjin University
  • B. Barla Cambazoglu, NTENT Inc.
  • Philipp Mayr, GESIS
  • Udo Kruschwitz, University of Essex
  • Nicola Ferro, University of Padova
  • Preben Hansen, University of Stockholm
  • Tony Russell-Rose, UXLabs
  • Fabrizio Silvestri, Facebook
  • Guido Zuccon, Queensland University of Technology

Accepted Tutorials

Title Authors
Unbiased Learning to Rank: Theory and Practice Qingyao Ai; Jiaxin Mao; Yiqun Liu; W. Bruce Croft 
User Interactions with Search Systems Ying-Hsang Liu; Chang Liu; Ralf Bierig

Registration

会议报销函

> Note

Please note that at least one author of each accepted paper must register for and attend the conference, and deliver a presentation.

Participants who register or pay after September 10th, 2018 Beijing time, if you need an invoice, we will send it out after the conference.

> Registration Fees

ACM/CIPS Member Non-Member Student
Early Registration (Main Programme only) (Deadline: 31 July 2018)

CNY ¥3900

About USD $ 580

CNY ¥4700

About USD $ 700

CNY ¥2400

About USD $ 360

Normal Registration (Main Programme only) (Deadline: 30 August 2018)

CNY ¥4500

About USD $680

CNY ¥5300

About USD $800

CNY ¥3100

About USD $460

Late Registration (Main Programme only)(From 1 September 2018 onwards and onsite)

CNY ¥5300

About USD $800

CNY ¥6000

About USD $900

CNY ¥3800

About USD $560

Workshops/Tutorials only

CNY ¥700

About USD $100

CNY ¥1000

About USD $150

CNY ¥600

About USD $80

Early Registration (All inclusive) (Deadline: 31 July 2018)

CNY ¥4200

About USD $630

CNY ¥5100

About USD $770

CNY ¥2600

About USD $390

Normal Registration (All inclusive) (Deadline: 30 August 2018)

CNY ¥4900

About USD $730

CNY ¥5800

About USD $870

CNY ¥3300

About USD $490

Late Registration (All inclusive)(From 1 September 2018 onwards and onsite)

CNY ¥5700

About USD $850

CNY ¥6500

About USD $970

CNY ¥4000

About USD $590

> Online Registration

Note:

1. All participants need to register via the registration link follow.

2. The registration link can help you register and pay the fees

3. If you need pay the fees by bank transfer, you still need register via the registration link except for online payment.

> Contact

Any question about registration and payment, please contact:

Ms. Yu SHEN

China International Conference Center for Science and Technology (CICCST)

Address: No. 86 Xueyuan Nanlu, Beijing 100081, P. R. China

E-mail: yshen@ciccst.org.cn

Any question about visa please contact:

Ms. Wenjiao Chen

China International Conference Center for Science and Technology (CICCST)

Address: No. 86 Xueyuan Nanlu, Beijing 100081, P. R. China

E-mail: wjchen@ciccst.org.cn

> Passport and Visa

Passports, valid for at least 3 months from the entry into China, and entry visas are required to visit China. Participants are advised to consult the nearest Chinese diplomatic mission for details. A single entry visa is valid for three months, and can be extended for an additional month at the Foreigners Section of the Local Public Security Bureau if necessary. Once in China, the participants are advised to carry their passports on them at all times because the passports may be needed to check into hotels, book airline tickets, and change money. Participants from Japan, Singapore within 15 days do not need to apply visa to entry China. For most attendees, it is easier to apply for a Tourist ("L") visa; an invitation letter is NOT required for obtaining a Tourist visa. If some participants need type ("F") of visa that does require an invitation letter, the ICTIR2018 local arrangement committee will be glad to help. To apply for visas, participants should first fill out the registration form with the appropriate registration fee. The Conference Secretariat will then send a formal invitation form via email or fax with which the participants can apply for a visa at the Chinese diplomatic mission indicated in the invitation. This application should be made preferably at least one month before departure for China. Alternatively, participants may ask their travel agents to arrange their travel to China and obtain a tourist visa irrespective of whether or not they have registered with the Conference Secretariat. If participants have any difficulties in obtaining their visa, they should contact the Conference Secretariat.

> Cancellations

Requests for registration cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to Yshen@ciccst.org.cn.

Requests received during the early registration period will be eligible for a 100% refund; during the regular registration period will be eligible for a 50% refund; and during or after the late registration period no refund will be possible (except in cases of visa denial, below).

All refunds are likely to be processed after the end of the event.

If you are cancelling because you were denied a visa and you applied for your visa on or before August 31, 2018, we will refund your registration fees even after the cancellation deadline. Such refund requests must be received within one week of conference closing with accompanying documents showing visa denial. Applying for a visa after the above deadline and not getting an answer in time does not qualify you for a late refund.

At least one author of each accepted paper (of any type) is required to attend the event and present the paper: no request of cancellation will be honored unless another co-author is registered for the event.

Student Travel Grants

The ACM SIGIR Student Travel Grants Program offers financial supports to eligible student authors of accepted ICTIR2018 papers. For a student to be eligible, he or she must meet one of two criteria:

  • (1) be an author of a short or full paper and
  • (2) be the one presenting the work at the conference.

The application process involves two steps:

  • (1) the student must submit an application, which requires the student to explain what they wish to gain from attending ICTIR 2018, and
  • (2) independently, the academic advisor will be required to submit a statement of support.

Both application forms will be available here (http://sigir.org/general-information/travel-grants/). The application period is June 29 to July 16, 2018. Both student and academic advisor forms must be submitted before the end of the application period.

Hotel Information

ICTIR 2018 will be held in Tianjin Westin Hotel, Tianjin, China. The participants need to book hotel by yourself. For convenience, we provide a list of the venue hotel and surrounding hotels for your reference.

Venue Hotel

The Westin Hotel, Tianjin (ICTIR 2018 will be held in)

天津君隆威斯汀酒店(会议会场地点)

Tel: (86)(22) 2389 0088

Email: westin.tianjin@westin.com

Address: 101 Nanjing Road, Heping District, Tianjin, Tianjin China

地址: 中国天津市和平区南京路101号

WebSite


Surrounding Hotels

The Four Seasons Hotel, Tianjin

天津四季酒店

Distance to the venue: 0.8km, 距离会场: 0.8公里

Tel: (86)(22) 2716 6688

Fax: (86)(22) 2716 6699

Address: 138 Chifeng Road, 300041 Heping District, Tianjin, China

地址:中国天津市和平区赤峰道138号 邮编300041

WebSite


Homeinn plus, Nanjing Road, Xiaobai Lou, Tianjin

如家精选酒店(南京路小白楼地铁站店)

Distance to the venue: 1.0km, 距离会场: 1.0公里

Tel: (86)(22) 58190000

Address: 59 Nanjing Road, Heping District, Tianjin, China

地址: 中国天津市和平区南京路59号(公安医院斜对过) 如家精选酒店(南京路小白楼地铁站店)


Travel

Going to Tianjin Westin Hotel from Tianjin Railway Station

从天津火车站到天津君隆威斯汀酒店

By subway

  • From Tianjin Station, take Metro Line 3
  • Get off at YingKou Road Station, C3 exit
  • Walk 590 meters to Tianjin Westin Hotel

  • 地铁方式

  • 在天津站, 搭乘地铁3号线
  • 从营口道站下车, C3出口出
  • 步行约590米到达天津君隆威斯汀酒店
  • By Taxi

  • About 20 minutes, 4.1 km, cost RMB 11 yuan

  • 出租车方式

  • 约耗时20分钟,4.1公里,花费人民币11元

  • Going to Tianjin Westin Hotel from Tianjin Binhai International Airport

    从天津滨海国际机场到天津君隆威斯汀酒店

    By subway

  • From Tianjin Binhai International Airport, take Metro Line 2
  • Get off at Tianjin Station
  • Transfer to Metro Line 3
  • Get off at YingKou Road Station, C3 exit
  • Walk 590 meters to Tianjin Westin Hotel

  • 地铁方式

  • 在天津滨海国际机场, 搭乘地铁2号线
  • 从天津站下车
  • 在天津站, 搭乘地铁3号线
  • 从营口道站下车, C3出口出
  • 步行约590米到达天津君隆威斯汀酒店
  • By Taxi

  • About 30 minutes, 19 km, cost RMB 44 yuan

  • 出租车方式

  • 约耗时30分钟,19公里,花费人民币44元

  • Going to Tianjin Station from Beijing Capital International Airport

    从北京首都国际机场到天津站

    Route Description

  • From Beijing Capital International Airport, take Airport express
  • Get off at DongZhiMen Station
  • Transfer to Metro Line 2
  • Get off at XuanWuMen Station
  • Transfer to Metro Line 4
  • Get off at Beijingnan Station
  • Take the high-speed train to Tianjin Station
  • 路线描述

  • 在北京首都国际机场, 搭乘机场快轨
  • 在东直门站下车
  • 换乘地铁2号线
  • 在宣武门站下车
  • 换乘地铁4号线
  • 在北京南站下车
  • 搭乘高铁到达天津站
  • Awards

    Best Paper Award

    An Extended Query Performance Prediction Framework Utilizing Passage-Level Information

    Haggai Roitman


    Best Short Paper Award

    Multitask Learning for Query Segmentation in Job Search

    Bahar Salehi, Fei Liu, Timothy Baldwin and Wilson Wong


    Best Paper Nomination

    Title Authors
    An Extended Query Performance Prediction Framework Utilizing Passage-Level Information Haggai Roitman
    A Vertical PRF Architecture for Microblog Search Flavio Martins, Joao Magalhaes and Jamie Callan
    Beyond Greedy Search: Pruned Exhaustive Search for Diversified Result Ranking Yingying Wu, Yiqun Liu, Fei Chen, Min Zhang and Shaoping Ma

    Best Short Paper Nomination

    Title Authors
    Enhanced Performance Prediction of Fusion-based Retrieval Haggai Roitman
    Multitask Learning for Query Segmentation in Job Search Bahar Salehi, Fei Liu, Timothy Baldwin and Wilson Wong
    Entity Retrieval in the Knowledge Graph with Hierarchical Entity Type and Content Xinshi Lin, Wai Lam and Kwun Ping Lai