Patrick Ruch's Keynote presentation at CLEF- Question Answering

Invited Talk - BioASQ
Title: An Inquiry into Question-Answering and Deep QA
The objective of the presentation is to explore question-answering as an autonomous research field. Beyond the basic definitions, we attempt to revisit some of the fundamentals in the field. In particular, we explore the role played by dimensions such as domain specificity, corpus specificity and size, natural language understanding, and macro-/micro-reading. We survey the (recent) history of question-answering and introduce some of the (rare) existing systems. To support our demonstration, we capitalize on more than a decade of effort to develop the EAGLi question-answering framework, a testbed used to explore several question-answering tasks, including definitional, factoid and deep Question-Answering.