[visionlist] Call for Workshop Proposals: The 11th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM 2018)

zhaochun ren zhc.ren at gmail.com
Sat Jun 10 02:39:41 -05 2017

Call for Workshop Proposals

WSDM (pronounced “wisdom”) is one of the premier conferences on
web-inspired research involving search and data mining. The 11th ACM
International WSDM Conference will take place in Los Angeles, California,
USA during February 5-9, 2018.

There is no Practice & Experience Track Speakers on WSDM 2018, instead we
invite 6 keynote speakers, 3 from Academia and 3 from Industry: Harry Shum
(Executive Vice President, Microsoft), Andrei Broder (Distinguished
Scientist, Google), Shang-Hua Teng (the University Professor of USC, an ACM
Fellow), Igor Perisic (Chief Data Officer, LinkedIn), Jiawei Han (Abel
Bliss Professor, UIUC) and Judea Pearl (Turing Award Winner, UCLA)

The WSDM 2018 organizing committee invites proposals for full-day and
half-day workshops to be held at the WSDM conference on Friday, February 9,
2018. The topics of the proposed workshops should be aligned with those set
forth in the call for papers of the main conference. WSDM workshops provide
a venue for exploring and discussing emerging research directions and
applications of Web search and data mining, in a more focus and less formal
manner than other tracks.

The format and content of each workshop will be determined by its
organizers. However, preference will be given to workshops whose format
includes sessions that facilitate highly interactive discussions with the
audience. Examples include Q&As, debates, panels, or even a competition or
a challenge around an interesting and realistically sized dataset (possibly
released by the workshop organizers for that purpose). Examples of such
challenges include the Netflix competition for recommender systems and
Yahoo learning-to-rank challenge.

Organizers of accepted workshops are expected to:

   - Determine the submission deadline (As a general guideline, this date
   should be after the notification date for regular WSDM papers.)
   - Handle the full reviewing process, including recruiting the Program
   - Prepare a workshop Web site featuring the final program and proceedings
   - Publicize the workshop in the relevant communities
   - Prepare workshop notes to be distributed (possibly online) to attendees
   - Attend the workshop in person, and supervise the workshop operations

Proposal Submission:

Workshop proposals should be submitted in PDF using the submission system.
They should be limited to five pages and include the following information:

   - Proposed workshop organizers (names, affiliations and email addresses;
   identify one person as the primary contact person)
   - Description of the workshop: objectives, goals, relevance to WSDM, and
   expected outcomes
   - Rationale for holding such a workshop during WSDM
   - Description of target audience and estimated number of participants
   - Proposed workshop duration (1/2 or full day), format, activities, and
   - List of related workshops in recent Web-related conferences,
   indicating the differences between the past and the proposed workshop
   - Short biographical sketch for each organizer, describing relevant
   experience and qualifications (e.g., previous workshop organizing)
   - If this is a recurring workshop (at WSDM or related conferences such
   as WWW, SIGIR or KDD), the organizers should highlight the fact, and
   concisely describe past attendance and outcomes, and mostly why another
   workshop on the same topic or series is needed.

Key Dates:

All deadlines are 11:59pm, anywhere in the world (Alofi time).

   - Workshop proposal due: July 2, 2017
   - Proposal notifications: August 6, 2017
   - Notify accepted authors (no later than): December 15, 2017
   - Workshops date: February 9, 2018

Eugene Agichtein, Emory University
Jiliang Tang, Michigan State University
Workshop Co-chairs of WSDM 2018
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