KMi at the last of the CLEF series

The last in the series of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum (CLEF) was held in Corfu, Greece, last week. This meeting was particularly special as it marks the end to the participation of Carol Peters after ten years of enthusiastic work as main organiser. Carol opened the programme session with an exhaustive analysis of the considerable achievements of the past ten years. Afterwards, an introduction to the usual CLEF tracks (research areas) followed: Ad-hoc, CLEF-IP, iCLEF, QA, ImageCLEF, VideoCLEF, LogCLEF and INFILE.

KMi’s participation in this work was focused on the ImageCLEF track which is devoted to the evaluation of the retrieval of images described by text captions based on queries in a different language. It is worth mentioning that ImageCLEF was the largest and most successful track this year.

The conference ended with some uncertainty about the future of the this work programme. So far, it seems that the conference format is likely to change into an independent conference called "Conference on Multilingual and Multimedia Information Access Evaluation". About the future of ImageCLEF itself, several ideas are being considered at the moment that will be posted on-line at: http://imageclef.org/2010 – For more information, please, contact a.llorente@open.ac.uk

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