Call For Workshops and Mini-symposia

Accepted Workshops

Data Mining for Medicine and Healthcare
Organizers: Wang Fei, Xia Ben Hu, Gregor Stiglic, Nitesh Chawla, Zoran Obradovic

Inferring Networks From Non-Network Data
Organizers: Rajmonda Caceres, Tanya Berger-Wolf, Brian Gallagher, Ivan Brugere
Workshop Notes [PDF, KB]

Machine Learning Methods for Recommender Systems
Organizers: Xia Ning, Deguang Kong, George Karypis
Workshop Notes [PDF, KB]

Mining Big Data in Climate and Environment
Organizers: Vipin Kumar, Shashi Shekhar, Imme Ebert-Uphoff

Workshop on Data Mining for Oil & Gas
Organizers: Alipio Jorge, German Larrazabal, Rui L. Lopes
Workshop Notes [PDF, KB]

Women in Data Science
Organizers: Ana Paula Appel, Marisa A. Vasconcelos, Mirella M. Moro, Yasuko Matsubara
Workshop Notes [PDF, KB]


The SDM17 organizing committee invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the conference. The purpose of a workshop is to provide participants with the opportunity to present and discuss novel research ideas on active and emerging topics of knowledge discovery and data mining. Ideally a workshop should foster interactions between different communities within the scope of SDM (e.g. statisticians, computer scientists, industry, academia etc.). A workshop should not be a mini-conference, but rather it should encourage the presentation of novel ideas, even if they are in an early stage of development, contact between different points of view, and active exchanges between participants. Therefore publishing notes is optional for the SDM workshops.

The responsibilities of the workshop organizers include:

  1. preparing the call for papers and publicizing it
  2. maintaining the workshop web site
  3. deciding the workshop program content; this may optionally include inviting speakers, inviting reviewers, selecting the papers through a peer review process
  4. delivering the notes to the press in time (if the workshop organizers decide to publish notes), and
  5. delivering the final workshop program to the workshop chair in time.

Workshop proposals should be prepared as a web page and its URL is sent via e-mail to the SDM17 Workshop Co- Chairs: You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt within 24 hours. Please contact us if you do not receive a receipt within 24 hours.

Please send the URL to the workshop co-chairs Leman Akoglu and Arthur Zimek at [email protected] by October 8, 2016 11:59 PM (US Pacific Time).

A workshop proposal should include the following information:

  1. Workshop title

  2. Full contact information of the organizers

  3. A description of the workshop including objectives, content, topics of interest.

  4. A description of the format ( e.g invited talks, round table, accepted presentations, etc) should be included.

    Please indicate your preference regarding the length of the workshop: Half-day or full-day.  If you are only interested in hosting a full day workshop then please indicate so.

  5. A short description of the target audience.

  6. List of potential participants: For workshops this could include potential program committee members, potential authors and invited speakers.

  7. A summary of previous editions of the workshop (if it was run before), with an emphasis on number of attendees and paper submissions.

  8. A short biography of each organizer. (Please include your experience on organizing workshops and conferences).

The SDM17 organizing committee also invites proposals for mini-symposia. A mini-symposium is a session of several coordinated (invited) presentations of substantial interest and importance in the areas covered by SDM. It is expected that a mini-symposium targets a broad research area and at the same time focuses on a few specific and emerging subjects within the area. In conducting the mini-symposium, the session organizer(s) should provide an overview of the mini-symposium, introduce the speakers, and provide an opportunity for discussion among the speakers and the audience. The organizer(s) themselves may also be one of the speakers. Organizer(s) will select the topics to be addressed, invite speakers for those topics, decide with the speakers on the title of their presentation, and provide other information as needed. A mini-symposium proposal should follow the same guidelines given for workshops above.

Proposals will be judged by a sub-committee of the SDM17 organizing committee based on the above information.

Particular preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate the ability to foster interactions among multiple communities, as noted above. We prefer workshops in which there is participation of diverse people who may not have worked with one another in the past, or which bridge between traditional SDM topics and communities and other fields. External sources of funding or sponsorship for special events held along with the workshop (e.g. invited talks, poster session) can be optionally included in the proposal submission.

For any question regarding the workshops for SDM17, please contact the workshop co-chairs (by email at [email protected]).

Important Dates:

Submission of Workshop Proposals:

October  8, 2016, 11:59PM MDT


November 8, 2016

Workshop Websites Linked to SDM17:

November 22, 2016

Final Workshop Notes to SDM with Program:

February 15, 2017


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