ECML/PKDD 2013: second call for tutorials

The ECML-PKDD 2013 Organizing Committee invites proposals for half-day tutorials to be held on the first and last days of the conference, which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic from September 23th to 27th, 2013.

Tutorials are intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to core techniques and areas of interest for the machine learning and the data mining community. We are interested in tutorials on established or emerging research topics in the areas above but we also welcome tutorials from related research fields or applications. The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience. It should be broad enough to provide a basic introduction to the chosen research 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 (3.5h including a 30-minute break). Proposals that exclusively focus on the presenter’s own work or commercial presentations are strongly

Tutorial slides will be made available online at the main ECML-PKDD server, although authors can provide them in additional websites as well.

Tutorial speakers will be offered the possibility of a reduced or waived registration fee, depending on the number of speakers for the tutorial.

Submission details
• 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 3.5 hours slot (including a coffee break).
• The names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the tutorial instructors, including one-paragraph statement of their research interests and areas of expertise.
• 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., internet access).

Proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, in plain ASCII text no later than March 8, 2013 to:

The subject line should be: “ECML PKDD 2013: TUTORIAL PROPOSAL“.

The proponents will receive an email confirmation that their proposal has been received. If no confirmation arrives within 24 hours after sending the proposal, the proponents should contact the tutorial co-chairs again.

Proposal review
The proposal will be reviewed by the tutorial co-chairs, who may use the help of external reviewers, expert on the submission topics.
The features that will be evaluated are:
i. the interestingness for the ECML PKDD areas, which should result in a large audience;
ii. the clarity of the tutorial, which should emerge from its description;
iii. good organization as appearing from the outline;
iv. the adequacy of the speakers, i.e., her/his background/experience in teaching the target topics; and
v. the ability to explain the topics to a large audience with heterogeneous background.
Tutorial speaker responsibilities

Accepted tutorial speakers will be notified by March 29, 2013, and must then provide the revised abstracts (ASCII format) of their tutorials by April 5, 2013 for advertisement purposes in the conference website. Tutorial speakers must provide their tutorial materials (pdf format), at least containing copies of the course slides as well as a bibliography for the material covered in the tutorial, by September 1, 2013.

Important dates
• Tutorial proposal deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013
• Tutorial acceptance notification: Friday, March 29, 2013
• Tutorial abstract due: Friday, April 5, 2013
• Tutorial slides due: Sunday, September 1, 2013

In case you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to your proposals,
Sofus Macskassy (University Southern California)
Kurt Driessens (University of Maastricht)
(The ECML/PKDD 2013 Tutorial co-chairs)