2012 WSDM Tutorials Call for Participation

We invite proposals for full-day and half-day tutorials to be held at the Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) conference on February 8, 2012.

Topics of the proposed tutorials should be aligned with those set forth in the call for papers for the main conference (http://wsdm2012.org/). This year, WSDM will be collocated with the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW, http://cscw2012.org/). The WSDM 2012 Tutorial Program is intended to disseminate information to conference attendees on recently emerging topics and trends, provide surveys of complementary techniques to those commonly studied at WSDM, and inform industrial practitioners on the state-of-the-art within the field. Tutorials will be presented by subject matter experts. We encourage submissions of proposals on all topics in the general areas of web search, data mining, information retrieval, and social search. We note that previous related conferences in the Seattle area have drawn large audiences from both academia and industry. This audience should be considered when tailoring the proposal.


Proposals are limited to 1,000 words and should contain the following information:

  • Organizers (names, affiliations and email addresses) (identify one person as the primary contact person)
  • Title of tutorial
  • 300 Word abstract (1-2 paragraphs suitable for inclusion in conference registration materials)
  • Short biographical sketch for each organizer, describing relevant qualifications and experience
  • Audience
    • Target Audience
    • Aims/Learning objectives
    • Previous offerings of tutorial
    • Related tutorials at similar conferences
    • Relation to WSDM areas
  • Format & Outline
    • Half-day or Full-day
    • (Optionally) Brief bullet-point outline
    • Links to related resources
    • Any other noteworthy comments or remarks

Questions regarding tutorial proposals as well as proposals should be sent to the Tutorial Program Chair: Paul N. Bennett (paul.n.bennett@microsoft.com)

Important Dates

  • 01 September 2011: Tutorial Proposals Due
  • 15 October 2011: Acceptance Notifications
  • 01 November 2011: Camera-Ready Tutorial Descriptions Due
  • 08 February 2012: Tutorials held at WSDM

Tutorial Chair

Paul N. Bennett, Microsoft Research, USA (paul.n.bennett@microsoft.com)

Tutorials Committee

Ben Carterette (University of Delaware, USA)
Sreenivas Gollapudi (Microsoft Research, USA)
Joemon Jose (University of Glasgow, UK)
Oren Kurland (Technion, Israel)
Donald Metzler (USC, USA)
Filip Radlinski (Microsoft, Cambridge, UK)
James Shanahan (Church and Duncan Group Inc., USA)
Clement Yu (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Yisong Yue (CMU, USA)