Call for Tutorials

Submission is now over!

The ECML PKDD 2015 Organizing Committee invites proposals for half-day tutorials to be held on the first and last days of the conference, which will take place in Porto, Portugal from September 7th to 11th, 2015. Tutorials are intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to established or emerging research topics of interest for the machine learning and the data mining community. These topics include related research fields or applications. The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience. It should be broad enough to provide a basic introduction to the chosen research area, but it should also cover the most important topics in depth. Each tutorial should be well-focused so that its content can be covered in a half day slot. Proposals that exclusively focus on the presenter’s own work or commercial demonstrations are strongly discouraged.

Tutorial slides will be made available online at the main ECML PKDD server, although authors can provide them in additional websites as well. For each accepted tutorial, one speaker will be offered the possibility of waived registration fee.


The submissions should contain:

  • A title and an abstract of the tutorial;
  • A brief description of the tutorial content and its relevance to the ECML PKDD community (no more than 2 pages);
  • A brief outline of the tutorial structure showing that the tutorial’s core content can be covered in a 3 hours slot;
  • The names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the tutorial instructors, including one-paragraph statement of their research interests and areas of expertise; it is required to indicate in the proposal who is planning to attend the conference and present which part.
  • A list of previous venues and approximate audience sizes, if the same or a similar tutorial has been given elsewhere; otherwise an estimate of the audience size;
  • A description of special requirements for technical equipment (e.g., internet access).

Proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, either in plain ASCII text or as a PDF file attachment no later than March 2, 2015 to: The subject line should be: “ECML PKDD 2015: TUTORIAL PROPOSAL”. The proponents will receive an email confirmation that their proposal has been received. If no confirmation arrives within 24 hours after sending the proposal, the proponents should contact the tutorial co-chairs again.


Proposal reviewing process
The proposal will be reviewed by the tutorial co-chairs, who may use the help of external reviewers, expert on the submission topics.

The features that will be evaluated are:

  • The interestingness for the ECML PKDD areas, which should result in a large audience;
  • The clarity of the tutorial, which should emerge from its description;
  • Good organization as appearing from the outline;
  • The adequacy of the speakers, i.e., her/his background/experience in teaching the target topics;
  • The ability to explain the topics to a large audience with heterogeneous background.


Tutorial speaker responsibilities
Accepted tutorial speakers will be notified by March 21, 2015, and must then provide the revised abstracts (ASCII format) of their tutorials by April 4, 2015 for advertisement purposes in the conference website. Tutorial speakers must provide their tutorial materials (pdf format), at least containing copies of the course slides as well as a bibliography for the material covered in the tutorial, by September 1, 2015.


You can contact the Tutorial Chairs at

Fazel Famili (University of Ottawa) 
Mykola Pechenizkiy (TU Eindhoven) 
Nikolaj Tatti (Aalto University)