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IEEE ICDM 2012 PhD Student Forum


The IEEE Int. Conference on Data Mining will host for the second year a PhD Forum on Data Mining. The aim of the Forum is to provide an international environment in which students can meet and exchange their ideas and experiences both with peers and with senior researchers from the Data Mining Community. The Forum is particularly aimed at PhD students in the early stages of their career and Master’s students planning to pursue their research in a PhD programme.

The audience of the event will be mainly PhD students and their advisors, researchers and in general the audience of ICDM. During the workshop, researchers with experience in supervising and examining PhD students will be able to participate and provide feedback and advice to the participants.

The topics of the discussion will be their ideas and their work in progress in preparation of their PhD dissertation and their interests in the Data Mining field. The PhD Forum will span over all the topics of data mining and other research fields in which Data Mining benefits from cross-fertilization, such as machine learning, statistics, databases, natural language processing, information retrieval, WWW, data visualization, multimedia, bioinformatics, knowledge-based systems, pattern matching and high performance computing. Participants with interdisciplinary work across the areas are particularly encouraged.


The schedule is available here.


The submissions should propose research ideas that are mature enough to be presented into a paper and whose content can evolve to become the substantial part of a PhD dissertation. The authors should be PhD students or Masters students aspiring to get a PhD and having in mind a clear idea of a proposal. Students could also submit work on one or more sub-problems of their dissertation. Papers should address research issues in their PhD proposal by focusing on challenges deriving from them and on their originality. They could also include proposed techniques meant to solve the given problems. Preliminary experimental evaluation should be included. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to participate in person to the Forum, together with their advisor.

The workshop is open for two types of submissions:

  • Regular papers should present established research with enough scientific contribution to the field. They must be at most 8 pages in length.
  • Extended abstract are meant for ongoing research that is expected to provide further advances in the future. They must be 2 pages in length.

All submissions must follow the IEEE Computing Society format used for ICDM, and be submitted to the PhD Forum submission page.


The PhD Forum will include a Best Paper Award, and will make available two travel grants. Students willing to benefit from a travel grant should contact the co-chairs of the forum, and explain the reasons why they need support for traveling.


August 10, 2012: Paper submission

October 1, 2012: Paper notification
October 15, 2012: Camera-ready submission

December 10, 2012: PhD Forum


Yann-Aël Le Borgne, University of Brussels, Belgium (
Evimaria Terzi, Boston University, MA, USA (


Spiros Papadimitriou, Google, United States
Gemma Garriga, INRIA, France
Hanghang Tong, IBM Watson, USA
Panagiotis Papapetrou, Aalto University, Finland
Marco Saerens, University of Louvain, Belgium
Niina Haiminen, IBM Research, USA
Theodoros Lappas, Boston University, USA
Pierre Geurts, University of Liège, Belgium
Dino Pedreschi, Department of Computer Science, Pisa, Italy
Pauli Miettinen, MPI, Germany
Gianluca Bontempi, University of Brussels, Belgium
Mauro Birattari, IRIDIA, ULB, Belgium
Panayiotis Tsaparas, University of Ioannina, Greece
Aris Anagnostpoulos Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
Florent Masseglia, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France