[DL] Call for Workshop Proposals - RecSys 2016 in Boston, MA (USA)

Ekstrand, Michael D ekstrand at txstate.edu
Wed Dec 9 19:26:31 CET 2015

RecSys 2016 is pleased to invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the conference. The goal of the workshops is to provide additional venues for discussing novel ideas as well as recent results of research in progress.

In 2016 our goal is to have a balanced workshop program which comprises workshop formats of different types. Different full-day and half-day workshop formats are possible, for example:

* Novel interactive workshop formats with a correspondingly small number of participants. Such workshop formats might for example target at the exploration of a certain topic during the workshop through a moderated discussion or breakout sessions, resulting in a draft paper or report to be completed and published after the workshop. The usage and analysis of existing recommendation tools and the design and possibly execution of experimental studies represent other examples of alternative workshop formats. Particular priority will be given to these formats which require the active involvement of the participants.
* Traditional mini-conferences on specialized topics; such workshops typically have their own paper submission and review processes. Proposals for continuations of existing workshop series are welcome; a brief statement on the development of the workshop series, e.g., in terms of topics, number of paper submissions and participants or post-workshop publications over the years should be provided.
* Mini-competitions or challenges around selected topics with individual or team participation are also highly welcome.

We encourage you to contact us in advance with workshop ideas; we will work with prospective workshop organizers to help them design successful proposals. In particular for workshop proposals with novel interactive formats we are happy to assist you in further developing and implementing your ideas.
We encourage both researchers and industry practitioners to submit proposals.


The workshop proposal should be a PDF document no more than 4 pages long, submitted by e-mail to workshops2016 at recsys.acm.org and organized as follows:

1. Workshop title
2. A short description of workshop including the rationale for the workshop and how and why it fits the audience of RecSys. This description should include also the topic, format, and details about what type of submission is requested from prospective attendees.
3. Name, email address, and affiliation for workshop chair(s) and a brief description of their experience in organizing such events.
4. Requested duration (half day or full day), and expected number of participants. Note, there will be a maximum number of participants for each workshop in 2016.
5. Description of workshop activities. Outline how the workshop will be organized and how the time will be spent. In particular, please sketch how you will engage participants to foster more interactivity and engagement during the workshop.
6. For more interactive workshop formats, also outline the process of selecting or inviting the participants.
7. Description of plans for promoting the workshop and disseminating the results.
8. History of prior workshops on this topic, if any.

* Workshop proposal submission deadline: February 28th, 2016
* Workshop proposal notification: March 15th, 2016
* Example deadlines for mini-conferences
* Papers due: June, 24th, 2016
* Notification: July, 15th, 2016
* Camera-ready deadline: July, 29th, 2016
* Camera-ready workshop summaries due: July, 20th, 2016
* Conference: Sep. 15-19, 2016 in Boston, MA

Deadlines refer to 23:59 (11:59pm) in the UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) time zone.

* Elizabeth Daly, IBM Research Dublin, Ireland
* Dietmar Jannach, TU Dortmund, Germany

This call is available online at: http://recsys.acm.org/recsys16/call/#content-tab-1-2-tab

Michael D. Ekstrand
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Texas State University
Publicity Co-Chair, ACM RecSys 2016

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