Joint call for tutorials and workshops ECML/PKDD 2010

The ECML/PKDD-2010 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops to be held on the first and last days of the conference, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, on September 20-24, 2010. We invite proposals for half-day tutorials and half-day or full-day workshops. Combinations of workshops and tutorials are also welcome. The scope of the proposal should be consistent with the conference themes as described in the ECML/PKDD 2010 Call for Papers.

Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss current topics in machine learning and/or data mining in a small and interactive atmosphere. 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 are welcome. Workshops are expected to cover a full day (3.5h + 3.5h, incl. two breaks of 30 minutes), except for joint workshops/tutorials, in which case a half day tutorial (3.5h incl. one 30 minute break) followed by a half day workshop (3.5h incl. one 30 minute break) is possible. The general idea is that for some events, it may be preferable to have a general introduction to a topic, presented by experienced presenters, before more technical or novel work is presented.

Tutorials are intended to provide independent instruction on core techniques and areas of knowledge that enjoy broad interest within the machine learning and the data mining community. We are interested in tutorials on established or emerging research topics within the field itself, but we also welcome tutorials from related research fields or application areas. The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience. It should be broad enough to provide a gentle introduction to the chosen research area, but it should also cover the most important contributions in depth. Each tutorial should be well-focused so that its content can be covered in a half day slot (3.5h incl. a 30 minute break) Proposals that exclusively focus on the presenter's own work or commercial presentations are not eligible.

Important dates

The following deadlines are important for the workshop/tutorial organizers:

  • Workshop/tutorial proposal deadline: March 8, 2010
  • Workshop/tutorial acceptance notification: March 24, 2010
  • Workshop websites and call for papers online: April 9, 2010
  • Workshop/tutorial proceedings (camera-ready): Aug 2, 2010

Workshops are free to determine their own schedules, but we advise the following deadlines:

  • Workshop paper submission deadline: June 21, 2010
  • Workshop paper acceptance notification: July 12, 2010
  • Workshop paper camera-ready deadline: July 21, 2010

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. Workshop organizers should cover their own costs to attend ECML/PKDD, including trip and registration.

Joint tutorials/workshops must be clearly marked as such, and must fulfil the requirements for both workshops and tutorials.

Workshop organizers are expected to prepare workshop proceedings in the PDF format. ECML/PKDD organizers intend to prepare a CD containing all workshop proceedings. Additionally, the workshop organizers should specify if they wish to have printed proceedings for their workshop. If so, these proceedings will be printed by the ECML/PKDD organizers. A common paper style will be adopted for the proceedings (Springer format).

Workshops are expected to have a website, and it is encouraged that workshops publish their proceedings online.

Tutorial participation and publication of materials

Registered conference participants can freely attend all tutorials. Tutorial presenters should cover their trip expenses to attend ECML/PKDD. Nevertheless, one single free registration will be considered per tutorial.

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).

It is encouraged that the tutorial organizers publish their tutorial notes online. Discounts on registration will be considered for the tutorial presenters.

Instructions: 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. 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.
  • A brief description how this workshop relates to other conferences and workshops about this topic, as organized in the last 2 years.
  • 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 and affiliations of the Workshop Program Committee.
  • A list of previously organized 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 sciences, ...).
  • A detailed description of how the workshop should be publicized; ECML/PKDD organizers will take care of sending the call for papers to the most commonly mentioned mailing lists.
  • 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).
  • A statement if printed proceedings are needed.
  • Plans to document the workshop results (beyond ECML/PKDD publication).
  • Ideal duration of the workshop.
  • 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.
  • A draft of the call of papers.

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

Instructions: How to Propose a Tutorial

Tutorial proposals should contain all information that the proposers consider to be relevant for judging the relevance of the tutorial. In particular, it should contain

  • title of the tutorial and a short overview of the area that will be covered
  • outline of the tutorial in the form of a structured list of topics
  • sample material (e.g., slides or hand-outs from a previous tutorial or a course the presenters have taught).
  • a list of references relevant for this tutorial; preferably, this list includes a survey paper written by the proposers about the topic of the tutorial.
  • a description of the target audience and expected prior knowledge
  • information about the scientific qualifications of the presenter(s) including their experience on teaching the material of the tutorial

All materials should be submitted by e-mail to the ECML/PKDD tutorial/workshop chairs (see contact information below). Proposals will be reviewed in close collaboration with the 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 the workshop/tutorial chairs. It should be indicated how the tutorial and workshop relate to each other, and reasons should be given as to why a joint event is preferable to just a workshop or tutorial. The proposal should contain the information required for both a workshop proposal and a tutorial proposal, as outlined above. It should be indicated if a full-day workshop or a half-day workshop is preferred. It is possible for joint proposals that only the workshop or tutorial part will be accepted, but half-day workshops are not accepted. The proposal should indicate who the organizers of the workshop are, and who will present the tutorial, but it is not necessary that this be the same persons. The format of a combined tutorial/workshop can be considered in cases where otherwise a full-day workshop would consist of a large number of invited speakers, as this format will allow ECML/PKDD visitors to have access to tutorial notes, and should ensure that a coherent introduction is given to the topics of interest to the workshop.


In case you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to your proposals,

The ECML/PKDD 2010 Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:

  • Gemma Garriga, University of Paris 6
  • Colin de la Higuera, University of Nantes

Please send mails to tutorialsandworkshops@ecmlpkdd2010.org.

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