The Asia Information Retrieval Societies Conference (AIRS) 2010 was the sixth conference in the AIRS series, aiming to bring together international researchers and developers to exchange new ideas and the latest results in information retrieval.
The scope of the conference encompassed the theory and practice of all aspects of information retrieval in text, audio, image, video, and multimedia data.
AIRS 2010 continued the conference series that grew from the Information Retrieval with Asian Languages (IRAL) workshop series, started in 1996. It has become a mature venue for information retrieval work, finding support from the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR); the Association for Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing (ACLCLP); ROCLING; and the Information Processing Society of Japan, Special Interest Group on Information Fundamentals and Access Technologies (IPSJ SIG-IFAT).
This year saw a sharp rise in the number of submissions over the previous year. A total of 120 papers were submitted, representing work by academics and practitioners not only from Asia, but also from Australia, Europe, North America, etc. The high quality of the work made it difficult for the dedicated program committee to decide which papers to feature at the conference. Through a double-blind reviewing process, 26 submissions (21%) were accepted as full oral papers and 31 (25%) were accepted as short posters.
The success of this conference was only possible with the support of all of the authors who submitted papers for review, the program committee members who constructively assessed the submissions, and the registered conference delegates. We thank them for their support of this conference, and for their long-term support of this Asian-centric venue for IR research and development.
For a conference to run smoothly, much behind-the-scenes work is necessary, most of which is largely unseen by the authors and delegates. We would like to thank Preslav Nakov, our publication chair, who painstakingly worked with each individual paper’s authors to ensure formatting, spelling, diction, and grammar were completely error-free.We thank Lun-Wei Ku, our finance chair, who worked hard to reduce the conference registration rates.We also thank Chien-Wen Chen and Yen-Chieh Huang, our two AIRS 2010 webmasters, whose timely actions ensured that the website stay in sync with our program as it evolved. We would also like to thank Si-Chen Lee, President of the National Taiwan University, for accepting to be the honorary chair for the conference.