ECML/PKDD 2004, Pisa, Italy, September 20-24, 2004
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    Joint call for tutorials and workshops

    The ECML/PKDD-2004 organizing committee invites proposals for tutorials and workshops to be held on Monday and Friday, September 20 and 24, immediately preceding and following the main ECML/PKDD-2004 conference.

    We invite proposals for up to six half-day tutorials and six 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-2004 Call for Papers

    Tutorials 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 ML/DM field with new challenges or solutions are also welcome. Each tutorial should

    • attract a large enough audience;
    • be presented by highly qualified persons with 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 audience, 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.

    Tutorial participation and publication

    Registered conference participants can freely attend all tutorials. There will be a limited number of conference fee waivers for tutorial presenters. Tutorial presenters are expected to prepare hand-outs for the audience, which will be printed by the ECML/PKDD organizers. The organizers also plan to make the tutorial materials available in electronic form on the conference Web site before the start of the conference. Consequently, tutorial presenters are expected to make their materials available several weeks before the start of the conference.

    In addition, we will consider the publication of survey papers based on the presented tutorials in the form of a special issue in an international journal.

    Workshop participation and publication

    All workshop participants are required to register for the main conference. During registration participants will specify which workshop they are going to attend. If you intend to allow access to the workshop by invitation only, or would like to see the number of participants limited, then please clearly indicate so. To make it easier for workshop organizers to attract invited speakers, a limited number of invited speakers can be allowed at workshops without registration for the main conference if they do not attend the conference. Workshop proceedings have to be prepared camera-ready by the workshop organizers. They will be printed by the ECML/PKDD organizers. There may be a joint paper style for the proceedings.

    In addition, there will be a joint Web-publication of all the workshop proceedings after the conference. Hence, electronic submissions to the workshops are strongly encouraged, and the workshop organizers are expected to provide an online version of their proceedings (a table of contents with pointers to postscript and PDF versions of the papers is sufficient).

    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 in the case of the proposal of the workshop being accepted. In any case, an estimate of the number of potential participants and their main research areas (machine learning, data mining, database, statistics, logics, life science, finance, �) is required.
    • 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/PKDD's Web 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 both ECML/PKDD workshop chairs (see e-mail below). They will review the proposals in close collaboration with the tutorial 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 a short overview of the area that will be covered including an outline of the tutorial in the form of a structured list of topics, a description of the target audience and information about the scientific qualifications of the presenter(s) including their experience on teaching the material of the tutorial, if possible accompanied by some sample material (e.g., slides or hand-outs from a previous tutorial or a course the presenters have taught). When proposing a tutorial, please provide (at least) the following information:

    • the name, e-mail and WWW address of each lecturer,
    • the title of the tutorial,
    • the outline of the tutorial,
    • expected prior knowledge of the audience,
    • reasons for the tutorial to attract a large audience,
    • scientific qualifications of the presenter(s)
    • some sample materials.

    All materials should be submitted by e-mail to both ECML/PKDD tutorial chairs (see email below). They will review the proposals in close collaboration with the workshops chairs and the program committee.

    How to propose a tutorial/workshop Combination?

    Proposals for joint tutorial-workshop events can be made by sending separate workshop and tutorial proposals to the respective chairs, 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.

    Important dates

      Workshop/tutorial proposal deadline: March 8, 2004
      Workshop/tutorial acceptance notification: March 22, 2004
      Workshop Call For Papers for web: April 8, 2004
      Tutorial summary for web: April 8, 2004
      Workshop paper submission deadline: June 14, 2004
      Workshop paper acceptance notification: July 5, 2004
      Workshop paper camera-ready deadline: July 12, 2004
      Workshop proceedings (camera/web-ready): July 19, 2004
      Tutorial notes (camera/web-ready): July 19, 2004
      Start conference: September 20, 2004

    Contact information

    Workshop Chairs

    Donato Malerba
    Department of Informatics University of Bari
    via Orabona 4,I-70126 Bari, Italy
    malerba@di.uniba.it
    Phone: +39 080 5443269
    Fax: +39 080 5443269

    Mohammed J. Zaki
    Department of Computer Science
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590 USA
    zaki@cs.rpi.edu
    Phone: +1 518 2766340
    Fax: +1 518 2764033

    Tutorial Chairs

    Katharina Morik
    Computer Science Department University of Dortmund
    Campus Süd - Baroper Straße 301,D-44227 Dortmund, Germany
    morik@ls8.cs.uni-dortmund.de
    Phone: +49 231 7555101
    Fax: +49 231 7555105

    Franco Turini
    Department of Informatics University of Pisa
    via F. Buonarroti, 2 I-56127 Pisa, Italy
    turini@di.unipi.it
    Phone: +39 050 221 2753
    Fax: +39 050 221 2726