ECML/PKDD 2004, Pisa, Italy, September 20-24, 2004
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Call for organization proposals

In 2005, the ECML/PKDD-2005 conferences will be held again. The purpose of this call is to invite groups interested in hosting the conferences to submit proposals. The group selected to host the two conferences will propose a Program Chair and a Conference Chair - the organizing group, the location as well as the program/conference chairs will be elected at the ECML/PKDD-2004 meeting of the European ML/KDD community in Pisa, Italy on September 22, 2004.

Proposal submission:

  • Short proposals - just an expression of interest - should be submitted before July 30.
  • Full proposals, with more details on the organization, should be submitted before September 1st.

After proposal submission, the ECML/PKDD-2004 chairs will discuss the submissions together with the members of advisory board of ECML/PKDD-2004 (consisting PC chairs of ECML/PKDD-2001 and 2002 and 2003), aimed at providing feedback to the organizers, before their proposals are presented at the ECML/PKDD-2004 community meeting in Pisa.

Full proposals should address the following issues:
  1. Proposed Dates. The conference should be scheduled for five days (two days reserved mostly for workshops and tutorials; three days for paper sessions and invited talks). Due to the presence of ICML-2005 (in early August) in Europe (Bonn) the conference should be held in October, in any case, the dates should be coordinated with ICDM-2005 in order that the two conferences should not occur in the same week.
  2. Local Parameters.
    • Accessibility. Is it easy and inexpensive for people (especially graduate students) to travel to the conference site? (Compute mean airfares from Europe, but also North America, and Asia. Include ground transportation from relevant airports to the site.)
    • Meeting Rooms, AV Equipment, etc. What are the physical facilities like? Consider rooms for plenary sessions, parallel sessions, workshops, tutorials, and poster sessions. What are the charges, if any, for using them?
    • Meals and Lodging. Is there low-cost, quality housing available for attendees (especially graduate students)? How far from the meeting rooms? Where will attendees eat? Please estimate costs for meals and lodging.
    • Demo facilities. Will there be computing equipment and space available to support demos?
    • Other features. You may mention any other aspects of the site or the region that are relevant.
  3. Local ML/KDD Community. Is there a local ML or KDD group/community that will be involved in the organization and funding?
  4. Opportunities to co-locate with other conferences.
  5. Organizational and Institutional Support. Is there a conference office that can help with local arrangements?
Submission deadline:
  • Expression of interest: July 30, 2004
  • Full proposal: September 1st, 2004
Send your proposals to:

Fosca Giannotti
KDD Lab. - Istituto ISTI - Area della Ricerca CNR di Pisa -
Via G. Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy
tel.: +39 050 3152999
fax.: +39 050 3138091
e_mail: and cc to:

Proposals will be ranked according to cost and accessibility, proposed dates, opportunities for co-location, attractiveness of the location, and experience of the host group. Proposals for the joint ECML/PKDD conference will have strong priority over the proposals which would not plan the collocation of these two European events. This ranking will be presented by the ECML/PKDD-2004 chairs to the ECML/PKDD-2004 community of ML/KDD researchers, who will vote and select the best proposal.