ECML/PKDD Call for Papers item Call for Tutorials and Workshops

ECML/PKDD-2005 Call for Papers

Porto, Portugal, October 3-7, 2005

The 16th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML) and the 9th European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD) will be co-located in Porto, Portugal, October 3-7, 2005. The combined event will comprise presentations of contributed papers and invited speakers, a wide program of workshops and tutorials, a demo session, and a discovery challenge.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: May 23, 2005 [EXTENDED]
  • Notification of acceptance: July 11, 2005
  • Camera-ready copies due: July 25, 2005
  • Conferences: October 3 to October 7, 2005

Paper Submission

High quality research contributions pertinent to any aspects of machine learning and knowledge discovery are called for, ranging from principles to practice; particular attention will be paid to papers describing innovative, challenging applications.

The submission to either of the conferences will be separate. Authors should select to which conference they want to submit their paper. Student submissions should be clearly indicated on the submission form. All submissions will be reviewed by the respective program committees.

The papers must be in English and should be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence guidelines. Authors instructions and style files can be downloaded at The maximum length of papers is 12 pages. The proceedings of ECML and PKDD will be published as two separate volumes by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series and will be available at the conference.

Simultaneous submissions to other conferences are allowed, provided this fact is clearly indicated on the submission form. Simultaneous submissions that are not clearly specified as such will be rejected. Accepted papers will appear in the ECML/PKDD conference proceedings only if they are withdrawn from proceedings of other conferences.

ECML Call for Papers

The European Conference on Machine Learning series intends to provide an international forum for the discussion of the latest high quality research results in machine learning and is the major European scientific event in the field. Submissions of papers that describe the application of machine learning methods to real-world problems are encouraged, particularly exploratory research that describes novel learning tasks and applications requiring non-standard techniques. Submissions that demonstrate both theoretical and empirical rigor are especially encouraged.

Topics of interest (non-exhaustive list):

  • artificial neural networks
  • bayesian networks
  • case-based reasoning
  • computational models of human learning
  • computational learning theory
  • cooperative learning
  • decision trees
  • discovery of scientific laws
  • evolutionary computation
  • grammatical inference
  • incremental induction and on-line learning
  • inductive logic programming
  • information retrieval and learning
  • instance based learning
  • kernel methods
  • knowledge acquisition and learning
  • knowledge base refinement
  • knowledge intensive learning
  • machine learning of natural language
  • meta learning
  • multi-agent learning
  • multi-strategy learning
  • planning and learning
  • reinforcement learning
  • revision and restructuring
  • statistical approaches
  • unsupervised learning
  • vision and learning

PKDD Call for Papers

Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) is the ability to extract useful patterns from large amounts of data stored in databases, data warehouses or other information repositories. KDD is a combination of many research areas: databases, statistics, machine learning, automated scientific discovery, artificial intelligence, visualization, and high performance computing. KDD focuses on the value that is added by the creative combination of the contributing areas. The European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases series intends to provide an international forum for the discussion of the latest high quality research results in KDD and is the major European scientific event in the field.

Submissions are invited that describe empirical and theoretical research in all areas of KDD, as well as submissions that describe challenging applications of KDD.

Topics of interest (non-exhaustive list):

  • Algorithms and techniques
    • classification
    • clustering
    • frequent patterns
    • rule discovery
    • statistical techniques and mixture models
    • constraint-based mining
    • incremental algorithms
    • scalable algorithms
    • distributed and parallel algorithms
    • privacy preserving data mining
    • multi-relational data mining
  • Data mining and databases
    • database integration
    • OLAP and data warehouse integration
    • data mining query languages
    • data mining query optimization
  • Data pre-processing
    • dimensionality reduction
    • data reduction
    • discretization
    • uncertain and missing information handling
  • Foundations of data mining
    • complexity issues
    • inductive databases
    • knowledge (pattern) representation
    • global vs. local patterns
    • logic for data mining
    • statistical inference and probabilistic modelling
  • Innovative applications
    • mining bio-medical data
    • web content, structure and usage mining
    • semantic web mining
    • mining governmental data, mining for the public administration
    • personalization
    • adaptive data mining architectures
    • invisible data mining
  • KDD process and process-centric data mining
    • models of the KDD process
    • standards for the KDD process
    • background knowledge integration
    • collaborative data mining
    • vertical data mining environments
  • Mining different forms of data
    • graph, tree, sequence mining
    • semi-structured and XML data mining
    • text mining
    • temporal, spatial, and spatio-temporal data mining
    • data stream mining
    • multimedia mining
  • Pattern post-processing
    • quality assessment
    • visualization
    • knowledge interpretation and use
    • knowledge exploration

ECML/PKDD-2005 Call for Tutorials and Workshops

The ECML/PKDD-2005 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops that will be co-located with the main ECML/PKDD-2005 conference, Porto, Portugal. We invite proposals for half-day tutorials and full day workshops. Proposals for a workshop/tutorial combination are also welcome (see below). The scope of the proposal should be consistent with the conference themes as described in the ECML/PKDD-2005 Call for Papers.

Workshops: These provide an opportunity to discuss current topics in machine learning and/or data mining in a small and interactive atmosphere. Thus, any topic that is of current interest to a sufficient number of participants from the two communities could be the focus of a workshop. Workshops can concentrate in-depth on research topics, but can also be devoted to application issues, or to questions concerning the economic and social aspects of machine learning and data mining. Multidisciplinary workshops that bring together researchers and practitioners from different communities such as advanced computing and GRID, database, ontology, life science, cognitive science, economics and finance, mathematics and operations research, are welcome.

Tutorials: These are intended to provide independent instruction on topics from the field of machine learning or data mining. Introductions to other research domains that could fertilize the machine learning/data mining field with new challenges or solutions are also welcome provided that there is a clear relation to machine learning/data mining. Each tutorial should:

  • attract a large enough audience;
  • be presented by highly qualified persons with a demonstrable background and teaching experience in the tutorial area;
  • be well-focused, so that its core content can be covered in a 3.5 hour tutorial slot (incl. a 30 minute break);
  • be accompanied by comprehensive notes written in clear, standard English;
  • cope with the wide diversity in the ECML/PKDD audience (preferable), or else be accompanied by a complete list of tutorial prerequisites;
  • cover the overall picture, without a bias towards the presenters' own work;
  • be free of commercial or sales-oriented material.

As workshops and tutorials are in a sense complementary, we also welcome proposals for combined tutorial-workshop events. The general idea is that the tutorial gives an introduction to the field of the workshop, making the workshop accessible to a broader audience.

Workshop Participation and Proceedings

All workshop participants are required to register for the main conference. During registration the participants will specify which workshop they are going to attend. If the workshop organizers intend to allow access to the workshop by invitation only, or would like to see the number of participants limited, then they should clearly indicate so. To make it easier for workshop organizers to attract invited speakers, a limited number of invited speakers (e.g. one per workshop) can be allowed without registration for the main conference, provided they do not attend the main conference.

Workshop proceedings have to be prepared camera-ready by the workshop organizers (in a form of a single PDF file). They will be printed by the ECML/PKDD organizers. A common paper style will be adopted for the proceedings (Springer format).

In addition, the ECML/PKDD organizers intend to prepare a CD containing all the workshop proceedings. Hence, electronic submissions to the workshops are essential so that this could be carried out.

Tutorial participation and publication of materials

Registered conference participants can freely attend all tutorials.

Tutorial presenters are expected to prepare hand-outs for the audience (PDF file), which will be printed by the ECML/PKDD organizers. The organizers also plan to make the tutorial materials available on the CD containing the workshop materials. Consequently, tutorial presenters are expected to make their materials available several weeks before the start of the conference (see the list with Important dates).

Discounts on registration will be considered for the tutorial presenters.

Important dates

Workshop proposal deadline: 28 March 2005Tutorial proposal deadline: 18 April 2005
Workshop acceptance notification: 10 May 2005Tutorial acceptance notification: 18 May 2005
Workshop Call for Papers (to be ready on the web): 1 June 2005Tutorial summary (to be ready on the web): 9 June 2005
Workshop paper submission deadline: 25 July 2005Tutorial notes (camera-ready): 12 Sept. 2005
Workshop paper acceptance notification: 15 August 2005
Workshop paper camera-ready deadline: 5 Sept. 2005
Workshop proceedings (camera-ready): 12 Sept. 2005
Start of the conference: 3 Oct. 2005

How to Propose a Workshop

Workshop proposals should contain the necessary information for the workshop chairs and reviewers to judge the importance, quality and community interest in the proposed topic. Each workshop should have one or more designated organizers and a workshop program or organizing committee. When proposing a workshop, please provide (at least) the following information:

  • A brief technical description of the specific technical issues that the workshop will address.
  • The reasons why the workshop is of interest this time.
  • The names, postal and email addresses, phone and fax numbers of the Workshop Chairs. At least one of the Workshop Chairs should be a knowledgeable person in the area of machine learning or data mining.
  • The names, affiliations and email addresses of the Workshop Program Committee.
  • A list of previously-organized related workshops by any of the Workshop Chairs, although previous experience with similar workshops is not required.
  • If possible, a list of potential attendees if the proposal of the workshop were accepted. Estimate of the number of potential participants and their main research areas (machine learning, data mining, database, statistics, logics, life science, finance, ...).
  • How the workshop will be publicized.
  • A summary of the intended workshop Call for Participation, showing how the organizers will encourage a workshop, rather than a mini-conference, atmosphere (e.g., invited talks, presentations, panel discussions, or other ideas for ensuring an interactive atmosphere).
  • Plans to document the workshop results (beyond ECML/PKDDS publication).
  • Ideal duration of the workshop (three/ four sessions).
  • A list of audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements.
  • In the case of a combined tutorial-workshop proposal: title of the tutorial and name of proposers.
  • Proposers are encouraged to send their draft proposal to the potential participants for comments before submission.

Please submit your workshop proposals by e-mail to ECML/PKDD workshop chair (see contact information below). He/she will review the proposals in close collaboration with the tutorial chair, conference chairs and the program committee.

How to Propose a Tutorial?

Tutorial proposals should contain all information that the proposer considers to be relevant for judging the relevance of the tutorial. In particular, it should contain (1) title of the tutorial and a short overview of the area that will be covered, (2) an outline of the tutorial in the form of a structured list of topics, (3) a description of the target audience and expected prior knowledge, and (4) information about the scientific qualifications of the presenter(s) including their experience on teaching the material of the tutorial, if possible (5) accompanied by some sample material (e.g., slides or hand-outs from a previous tutorial or a course the presenters have taught).

All materials should be submitted by e-mail to the ECML/PKDD tutorial chair (see contact information below). He/she will review the proposal in close collaboration with the workshop chair, conference chairs and the program committee.

How to Propose a Tutorial/Workshop Combination

Proposals for joint tutorial-workshop events can be made by sending the joint proposal to both the workshop and the tutorial chair, clearly indicating on each proposal that this is a joint event, and also stating reasons why such a joint event is preferable to just a workshop or tutorial. It is possible for joint proposals that only the workshop or tutorial part will be accepted.

Workshop ChairTutorial Chair
Floriana Esposito
Department of Informatics
University of Bari
via Orabona 4,
I-70126 Bari, Italy
Phone/Fax: +39 080 544 3264
Dunja Mladenic
Department of Knowledge Technologies,
J.Stefan Institute,
Jamova 39,
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone:+386 1 477 3377
Fax: +386 1 477 3131