Tutorials & Workshops

TUTORIAL PROPOSALS

The ECML PKDD 2019 Organizing Committee invites proposals for half-day tutorials to be held on the first and last days of the conference (September 16th and 20th, 2019), which will take place in Würzburg, Germany. Tutorials are intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to established or emerging research topics of interest to the machine learning and data mining community. These topics include related research fields or applications but also well-developed tools and suites that support ML/DM research. The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience. It should be broad enough to provide a basic introduction to the chosen area, but it should also cover the most important topics in depth. Each tutorial should be well-focused so that its content can be covered in a half-day slot. Proposals that exclusively focus on the presenter’s own work or commercial demonstrations are strongly discouraged. Tutorial slides will be made available online at the ECML-PKDD website, although authors can provide them on additional websites as well. We offer a waived registration fee for attendance of the main conference to one speaker for each accepted tutorial.

GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS

Tutorial proposals should contain at least the following:

  • A title and abstract of the tutorial.
  • A brief description of the tutorial content and its relevance to the ECML-PKDD community (no more than 2 pages).
  • A brief outline of the tutorial structure showing that the tutorial’s core content can be covered in a 4 hours slot (including a 30 minutes break).
  • The names and contact information of the tutorial instructors, including one-paragraph statements of their research interests and areas of expertise; it is required to indicate in the proposal who is planning to attend the conference and who will present which part.
  • A list of previous venues and approximate audience sizes, if the same or a similar tutorial has been given elsewhere; otherwise an estimate of the audience size.
  • A description of special requirements for technical equipment (e.g., audio equipment). Especially for a relatively novel but rapidly maturing topic, a half day tutorial (4h incl. one 30 minute break) followed by a half day workshop (also 4h incl. one 30 minute break) is a highly recommended format. We kindly ask you to write a single proposal for the tutorial and workshop that covers the different guidelines and requirements for tutorials and workshops. In addition, the links should be clearly described and the proposal should be submitted to the workshop and tutorial chairs (select ‘Workshop and Tutorial’ as topic on easychair). For workshop guidelines, please see the separate Call For Workshop Proposals. The proposal will be reviewed by the workshop and tutorial co-chairs, who may use the help of external reviewers and experts on the submission topics. Features that will be evaluated are:
  • The interestingness for the ECML PKDD areas, which should result in a large audience.
  • The clarity of the tutorial, which should emerge from its description.
  • Good organization as appearing from the outline.
  • The adequacy of the speakers, i.e., her/his background/experience in teaching the target topics.
  • The ability to explain the topics to a large audience with heterogeneous background.

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

The ECML PKDD 2019 Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held on the first and last days of the conference (September 16th and 20th, 2019), which will take place in Würzburg, Germany. We invite proposals for both full- and half-day workshops in current and emerging topics in machine learning and data mining. Workshops provide an opportunity to discuss novel topics in a small and interactive atmosphere. They can concentrate in-depth on research topics, but can also be devoted to application domains or 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 particularly welcome. One organizer or invited speaker of an accepted workshop is offered the possibility of waived registration fee for attendance of the main conference.

DURATION & FORMAT

We welcome both full- and half-day workshop proposals. Full-day workshops will have a program of typically 8 hours including two 30-minute coffee breaks plus a lunch break. Half-day workshops will have a 4 hours program with a 30-minute coffee break. We would like to encourage proposers to aim for a program that is both varied and interesting. Especially where the format of the workshop is concerned, we would like you to think about ways of going beyond the usual list of presentations of accepted papers. Keep in mind that the main conference is necessarily more time-constrained and workshops therefore allow for group explorations of interesting topics, for example by means of discussions, demo sessions, invited talks, and panels. Another way of extending the usual format is to include a specific challenge problem that can be addressed by the workshop participants, with a dedicated challenge session in the workshop program. Note, however, that the challenge should be only one of the components of the workshop, targeting a problem which is specific to the workshop topic(s). For some workshops, it may be useful to first present an introduction to the state-of-the-art in the field given by experienced invited presenters, and afterwards discuss more technical or novel work in a standard (or non-standard!) workshop setting. COMBINED TUTORIAL & WORKSHOP Especially for a relatively novel but rapidly maturing topic, giving the aforementioned introduction of the state-of-the-art may go beyond the scope of an invited presentation. In this case, a half day tutorial (4h incl. one 30 minute break) followed by a half day workshop (4h incl. one 30 minute break) is a highly recommended good format. We kindly ask you to write a single proposal for the tutorial and workshop that covers the different guidelines and requirements for tutorials and workshops. In addition, the links should be clearly described and the proposal should be submitted to the workshop and tutorial chairs (select ‘Workshop and Tutorial’ as topic on easychair). For tutorial guidelines, please see the separate Call For Tutorial Proposals. GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS 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 (a minimum of 15-20 expected participants is required). Each workshop should have one or more designated organisers and a program. When proposing a workshop, please provide (at least) the following information:

  • A brief description of the specific issues that the workshop will address, the reasons why the workshop is of interest, the main research areas involved, and what the workshop will add to the conference (e.g., do you expect papers of a theme that would not fit the main conference?).
  • Contact information of the workshop chairs, their competence in the proposed topic(s), and previous experience in chairing scientific events.
  • A tentative list of Program Committee members and potential invited speakers.
  • A draft of the Call for Papers, including information on accepted formats (e.g., regular papers, extended abstracts, oral-only presentations of relevant recently published or submitted contributions, etc.) and expected format of the workshop (e.g., invited talks, presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, challenge sessions, or other ideas for ensuring an interactive atmosphere). In the case of a combined tutorial-workshop, please clearly indicate the format.
  • Any special requirements regarding logistics (e.g., poster stands, audio equipment), if applicable.
  • An estimate of the number of expected submissions, and an estimate of the number of expected workshop participants at the conference. Proof of interest from the community will be of added value to the proposal.

SUBMISSION

Please submit your workshop proposals through EasyChair The submitted proposals will be reviewed in a close collaboration with the conference chairs and the program committee.

IMPORTANT DATES

TUTORIALS

The following deadlines are important for the tutorial organizers:

Tutorial proposal deadline:   March 22nd, 2019
Tutorial acceptance notification:   April 5th, 2019
Tutorial final abstract submission:   April 19th, 2019
Early bird registration:   July 26th, 2019
Tutorial course material (slides, bibliography) online:   Monday, September 6th, 2019

WORKSHOPS

The following deadlines are important for the workshop organizers:

Workshop proposal deadline:   March 22nd, 2019
Workshop acceptance notification:   April 5th, 2019
Workshop websites and call for papers online:   April 19th, 2019
Early bird registration:   July 26th, 2019
Workshop program and proceedings online:   September 2nd, 2019


Please be aware that the reviewing process for the main conference has been delayed to reduce overlap with competing conferences. Because of this change, we have scheduled the submission deadlines of the workshop papers before the notification deadline of the main conference. The main conference paper submission site will allow authors to pick a workshop for which they consider their paper to be relevant. These papers, together with their reviews, will be sent to the workshop chairs if the paper gets rejected for a second evaluation. This should increase the submissions made to the workshop while at the same time reducing the workload of the workshop reviewing committee. This does mean that the reviewing period for the workshops partially overlaps with the main conferences reviewing, so we advise you to build your programme committee early. For paper submission, reviewing and final revisions on workshop papers, please use the following deadlines:

Workshop paper submission deadline:   June 7th, 2019
Rejected Conference Papers sent to Workshops:   July 5th 2019
Workshop paper acceptance notification:   July 19th, 2019
Workshop paper camera-ready deadline:   Monday, July 26th, 2019

CONTACT INFORMATION

In case you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Workshop and Tutorial Chairs (Peggy Cellier and Kurt Driessens) at wt_chairs@ecmlpkdd2019.org. We are looking forward to your proposals.