KDD 2020 Call for Tutorials

Key dates

For consistency, all deadlines will be at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.


Continuing the tradition of bridging the gap between research and real-world applications, we are excited to call for proposals in two flavors of tutorials at KDD 2020:

1) Lecture-style Tutorials

2) Hands-on Tutorials

A lecture-style tutorial will cover the state-of-the-art research, development and applications in a specific data mining related area, and stimulate and facilitate future work. Tutorials on interdisciplinary directions, bridging scientific research and applied communities, novel and fast growing directions, and significant applications are highly encouraged. We also encourage tutorials in areas that may be different from the usual KDD mainstream, but are still very much related to the KDD mission and objectives of gaining insight from data.

A hands-on tutorial will feature in-depth hands-on training on cutting edge systems and tools of relevance to data mining and machine learning community. These sessions are targeted at novice as well as moderately skilled users. The focus should be on providing hands-on experience to the attendees. The pace of the tutorial should be set such that beginners can follow along comfortably. The tools & systems must have proven track record of success in the community. Tutorials should introduce the motivation behind the tool, associated fundamental concepts, and work through examples and demonstrate its application to relatable real-life use cases.

All tutorials will be part of the main conference technical program, and are available free of charge to the attendees of the conference. Lecture-style tutorials will be of 3 hours in duration, while hands-on tutorials can be either 3 hours or 6 hours long.


We invite proposals from researchers, creators, experienced practitioners and tutors of data mining systems and tools. Each proposal must include the following details details:

  1. A descriptive title
  2. Abstract (300 words)
  3. Target audience and prerequisites for the tutorial (e.g. audience expertise)
  4. Tutors (name, affiliation, email, address, phone)
  5. Tutors’ short bio and expertise related to the tutorial (up to 200 words per tutor)
    1. List of in-person presenters, i.e., tutors who will attend KDD and present part of the tutorial
    2. List of contributors, i.e., tutors who will only help prepare the tutorial material

  6. Corresponding tutor with her/his email address
  7. Tutorial outline. Please provide as much detail as possible.
  8. If the tutorial or a similar/highly related tutorial has been presented before (either by the same author(s) or by others): A list of forums, their event dates and locations, and the similarities/differences of prior tutorials to the one proposed for KDD’20 (up to 100 words for each entry)
  9. A list of up to 30 most important references that will be covered in the tutorial
  10. Strategies that you plan to employ to encourage audience participation and interactivity throughout the tutorial presentation
  11. A brief discussion of the potential societal impacts of your tutorial
  12. Equipment you will bring (e.g. laptop, pointer, etc.)
  13. Equipment you will need (e.g. table, adapter, power sockets, etc.)
  14. Equipment attendees should bring (e.g. laptop)
  15. [Hands-on-Tutorial] Tutorial duration – 3 hours OR 6 hours
  16. [Hands-on-Tutorial] Operating system and required installed tools on attendees’ devices.
  17. [Hands-on-Tutorial] List of software licenses required for the tools.
  18. [Hands-on-Tutorial] Setup instructions for attendees. (Should not take more than 1 hour to complete it)
  19. Optional: Video snippet of the tutorial presenters teaching a tutorial or giving a talk.

Proposals should be submitted to https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com/KDDTutorial2020 by Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Please select either the Lecture-style Tutorial or Hands-on Tutorial track.

Past Tutorials

Tutorial Co-Chairs

Danai Koutra (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Hanghang Tong (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Contact email: tutorial2020@kdd.org

Hands-on Tutorial Co-Chairs

Shenghua Bao (Amazon)

Wee Hyong Tok (Microsoft)

Contact email: handson2020@kdd.org

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