Call for Workshops

Workshop proposals due: June 30, 2014

The WSDM 2015 organizing committee invites proposals for full-day and half-day workshops to be held at the WSDM conference on Friday, February 6, 2015. 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/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, securing the Program Committee
  • Prepare a workshop Web site featuring the final program
  • 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


Workshop proposals should be submitted in PDF using the EasyChair system ( They are limited to no more than five pages and should contain the following information:

  • Organizers (names, affiliations and email addresses; identify one person as the primary contact person)
  • Description of the workshop: abstract, 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
  • Workshop duration, format, activities, and schedule
  • List of committed program committee members (indicate if pending or confirmed)
  • 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 and experience qualifications (e.g. previous workshop organization at top conference)

If this is a recurring workshop (at WSDM or related conferences such as WWW, SIGIR or KDD for instance), the organizers should highlight the fact in this proposal concisely describe past attendance and outcomes, and mostly why another workshop on the same topic or series is needed.

Key Dates

  • Workshop Proposals Due: June 30, 2014
  • Workshop Notifications: July 30, 2014
  • Camera-ready materials for participants due to Workshop Co-Chairs: January 31, 2015
  • Day of Workshops: February 6, 2015

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

Program Committee

  • Jiafeng Guo, ICT, Chinese Academy of Sciences (co-chair)
  • Yoelle Maarek, Yahoo Labs, Israel (co-chair)
  • Omar Alonso, Microsoft, USA
  • Michael Bendersky, Google, USA
  • Francesco Bonchi, Yahoo Labs, Spain
  • David Carmel, Yahoo Labs, Israel
  • Alexander Kotov, Wayne State University, USA
  • Yanyan Lan, ICT, Chinese academy of Sciences, China
  • Hao Ma, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Pavel Serdyukov, Yandex, Russia
  • Aixin Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Sergei Vassilvitskii, Google, USA

Please send us email ( for more information.

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