Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Workshop Proposals

Important Dates (Time: Anywhere on Earth)

The KDD 2021 organizing committee solicits proposals for full-day and half-day workshops to be held in conjunction with the main conference. The purpose of a workshop is to provide an opportunity for participants from academia, industry, government, and other related parties to present and discuss novel ideas on current and emerging topics relevant to knowledge discovery and data mining. The workshops will be scheduled on August 14-18th, 2021.

Workshop Proposal Dates:

  • Workshop Proposal Submission:March 3rd, 2021
  • Workshop Proposal Notification: March 24th, 2021

Workshop Paper Submission Dates:

  • Workshop Paper Submission: May 10th, 2021
  • Workshop Paper Notification: June 10th, 2021

Practical Workshop Organization Dates:

  • Workshop Website and CFP: April 10th, 2021
  • Updates to Workshop Chairs (number of papers, acceptance rate etc.): June 20th, 2021
  • Workshop Program Final Submission and Full Website Online: July 2nd, 2021
  • Workshop Date: August 14-18th, 2021


Each workshop should be organized under a well-defined theme focusing on emerging research areas, challenging problems, and/or industrial/governmental applications. The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum to discuss important research questions and practical challenges in data mining and related areas. Novel ideas, controversial issues, open problems, and comparisons of competing approaches are strongly encouraged as workshop topics. In particular, we would like to encourage organizers to avoid a mini-conference format by (i) encouraging the submission of position papers and extended abstracts, (ii) allowing plenty of time for discussions and debates, and (iii) organizing workshop panels.

Organizers have free control over the format, style, and building blocks of the workshop. Possible contents of a workshop include but are not limited to invited talks, regular papers/posters, panels, and other pragmatic alternatives. In case workshop proposers need extra time to prepare their workshop, early decisions may be considered if justified.

Topics of Interest

Possible workshop topics include all areas of data mining and knowledge discovery, machine learning, statistics, and technical, analytical, social and behavioral perspectives of data and information sciences, but are not limited to these. Interdisciplinary workshops that explore the convergence of data mining and data sciences with various disciplines (such as health, medicine, biology, sustainability, ecology, business, social sciences, public policies, humanities, material science, transportation, or aerospace) are of high interest. Workshops in emerging areas are also highly sought, examples including interpretable machine learning, physics-guided machine learning, robustness of machine learning to adversarial attacks, Bayesian deep learning, fairness in machine learning, ethical and privacy aspects of data mining, computational social sciences, semi-supervised learning, heterogeneous machine learning, machine learning and causal analysis, large scale computing, urban computing, political data analysis, fake news, Internet of Things, computational sustainability, interactive and visual analytics, and computational creativity.


Organizers of accepted workshops are expected to announce the workshop and disseminate calls for papers, make and maintain the workshop website, gather submissions, conduct the reviewing process, and decide upon the final workshop program. They are also required to prepare workshop proceedings to be distributed online on a website maintained by the workshop organizers. Workshop organizers may choose to form organizing or program committees aiming to accomplish these tasks successfully.

Note: Workshop papers will not be archived in the ACM Digital Library. However, workshop organizers may set up any archived publication mechanism that best suits their workshop.


The proposal should contain the following information:

  • The NAMES, AFFILIATIONS, and SHORT BIOS of all the organizers
  • The MAIN CONTACT organizer’s e-mail and telephone number
  • The TITLE of the workshop
  • A maximum of three paragraphs that describe the TOPIC of the workshop, its target AUDIENCE, and its RELEVANCE to SIGKDD.
  • One paragraph MOTIVATING the workshop (why we should organize it NOW in conjunction with KDD 2021)
  • Names of invited speakers, reviewers, and panelists (names can be tentative, but the list is highly desired for proposal consideration)
  • The desired LENGTH of the workshop: full-day (~6 hours) or half-day (~3 hours)
  • Tentative PROGRAM SKETCH, including tentative descriptions of all workshop components (panels, discussion sessions, poster sessions, invited talks, etc.)
  • If you wish to deviate from the suggested deadlines below (see “Deadlines and Dates”), a tentative TIMELINE and motivation for why the suggested deadlines are not suitable.)
  • For workshops previously held at KDD or other conferences, details on venue, attendance and number of submissions/accepted papers from past editions
  • For new workshops, a list of possible attendees/submissions and/or a justification of the expected attendees/submissions
  • A list of possible venues (e.g., mailing lists, social media) to advertise the proposed workshop
  • Include the link to the CFPs for paper submission from past editions (for workshops previously held at KDD or other conferences).
  • (Optional): Append a tentative CFP for workshop paper submission at the end of the proposal (for new workshops).

Workshop proposals should be submitted by Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 11:59PM Anywhere on Earth . Please prepare one single PDF that contains the aforementioned contents and submit it via EasyChair. The submission website is:

Workshop Chairs

Beibei Li, Carnegie Mellon University

Lauren Rhue, University of Maryland