ECML-PKDD 2012 – The European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases

September 24-28, 2012
Bristol, UK


* Key Dates
– Abstract submission deadline: Thu 19 April 2012
– Paper submission deadline: Mon 23 April 2012
– Early author notification: Mon 28 May 2012
– Regular author notification: Fri 15 June 2012
– Camera-ready submission: Fri 29 June 2012

* Call For Papers
The European Conference on “Machine Learning” and “Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases” (ECML-PKDD) provides an international forum for the discussion of the latest high-quality research results in all areas related to machine learning and knowledge discovery in databases and other innovative application domains.
Submissions are invited on all aspects of machine learning, knowledge discovery and data mining, including real-world applications.

The overriding criteria for acceptance will be a paper’s:
– potential to inspire the research community by introducing new and relevant problems, concepts, solution strategies, and ideas;
– contribution to solving a problem widely recognized as both challenging and important;
– capability to address a novel area of impact of machine learning and data mining.
Other criteria are scientific rigour and correctness, challenges overcome, quality and reproducibility of the experiments, and presentation.

* Proceedings and Special Journal Issues
The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series (LNAI).
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit a significantly extended version of their paper to two post-conference special issues of the journals “Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery” and “Machine Learning”.

* Submissions
All aspects of the submission and notification process will be handled online via the CMT conference management toolkit at .
The papers must be written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNAI guidelines. Authors instructions and style files can be downloaded at:
The maximum length of papers is 16 pages in this format. Overlength papers will be rejected without review.
Papers submitted should report original work; ECML-PKDD 2012 will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review or has already been accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during the review period. To minimize the impact of this constraint, a significant proportion of rejected papers will be notified at the early notification date.

* Reviewing process
Papers submitted to ECML-PKDD 2012 will normally be reviewed by three referees. The review process is single-blind (reviewer identities unknown to authors) and there will be no opportunity for author rebuttal. This decision was made to minimize reviewer workload and to concentrate it in time, which may ultimately result in better quality reviews and decisions. If necessary, a discussion will take place among the reviewers of a paper until a decision is reached.

* Contact
You can contact the Program Committee Chairs at .
Nello Cristianini, Tijl De Bie and Peter Flach (Intelligent Systems Lab, University of Bristol, UK)