Keynote 2: Noriko Kando

Keynote 2: Creating Future Values in Information Access Research through NTCIR.
Speaker: Noriko Kando, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
Friday January 6, at 15:00 in room V101

Abstract: NTCIR (NII Testbeds and Community for Information access Research) is a series of evaluation workshops designed to enhance the research in information access technologies, such as information retrieval, question answering, and summarization using East-Asian languages, by providing infrastructures for research and evaluation. The project started late 1997 and has the workshop in 18-month cycle. It is a community-led activity and each round of NTCIR hosts several research tracks called “tasks”, which are planned and organized by groups of international researchers. This talk focuses on some of the characteristics tasks and reviews how each of them has evolved and its impacts to the research community and the society. Finally some thoughts on the future direction will be presented.

Biography: Noriko Kando is a professor in the Information-society Research Division of the National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan, and has been co-appointed as a professor in the Department of Informatics at the Graduate University of Advanced Studies, Japan. She initiated NTCIR (, an evaluation of information-access technologies such as information retrieval, summarization, and question answering, which has attracted international participation. She has been involved in various projects on interactive information access, such as Cognitive Research on Exploratory Search (CRES), Multifaceted Exploratory on Web (MEW), Cultural Heritage Digital Archives for Discovery Learning (CEAX), Gaze-driven Interactive Image Search (GLAISE). She received her Ph.D. from Keio University in Library and Information Science in 1995 and has been teaching and conducting research at NII since 1994. She has more than 200 refereed scientific articles published in journals and international conferences, and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences and workshops. She is an Asian representative for the ACM-SIGIR Executive Committee from 2003 to 2007, a Program Co-Chair of ACM-SIGIR 2007 and a general co-chair of ACM-SIGIR 2017 Tokyo. She is an Associate Editor of ACM Transaction for Asian Language Information Processing from 2000 to 2007 and for Information Processing and Management (Elsevier) from 2007 to 2012.