IEEE ICDM 2011 PhD Student Forum


8:30 Introduction and Welcome
by Rosa Meo, PhD Forum co-chair
8:40 "Community Evolution in Dynamic Social Networks - Challenges and Problems"
by Mansoureh Takaffoli
9:15 "Towards a Framework for Detecting and Managing Opinion Contradictions"
by Mikalai Tsytsarau
9:50 Break
10:20 "Understanding and Exploiting the Connections between NMF and SVM"
by Vamsi Potluru
10:55 "Nearest Neighbor Voting in High-Dimensional Data: Learning from Past Occurrences"
by Nenad Tomasev and Dunja Mladenic
11:30 "On Efficient Distance-based Similarity Search"
by Jianquan Liu, Hanxiong Chen, Kazutaka Furuse, Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Jeffrey Xu Yu
12:05 "Active Learning of Transfer Relationships for Multiple Related Bayesian Network Structures"
by Diane Oyen


This is the first year in which ICDM hosts a Forum dedicated to PhD students. The aim of the PhD Forum is to provide an international environment in which PhD students can meet, exchange their ideas and experiences both with peers and with senior researchers in an international scope where PhD students will have a unique opportunity to present their ideas and discuss with researchers and experts from the Data Mining Community.

The topics of the discussion will be their ideas and their work in progress in preparation of their PhD dissertation and their interests in the Data Mining field.


The PhD Forum will span over all the topics of data mining and other research fields in which Data Mining benefits from cross-fertilization, such as: machine learning, statistics, databases, natural language processing, information retrieval, WWW, data visualization, multimedia, bioinformatics, knowledge-based systems, pattern matching and high performance computing.


The audience of the event will be PhD students and their advisors, researchers and in general the audience of ICDM. During the workshop, researchers with experience in supervising and examining Ph.D. students will be able to participate and provide feedback and advice to participants. Participants with interdisciplinary work across the areas are particularly encouraged.


The program will include presentations both from theoretical work and from experimental experiences in application and development of innovative software systems.


The best papers will be given an award and the possibility to receive a travel grant. (PhD students are asked to make a request for the travel grant. See ICDM 2011 Web site for details on travel grant requests).


Paper submission is available at:

The submissions should propose research ideas that are mature enough to be presented into a paper and whose content can evolve to become the substantial part of a PhD dissertation. The authors should be PhD students or even Masters students aspiring to get a PhD having in mind a clear idea of a proposal. Students could also submit work on one or more sub-problems of their dissertation. Papers should address research issues in their PhD proposal by focusing on challenges deriving from them and on their originality. They could also include proposed techniques meant to solve the given problems. Preliminary experimental evaluation should be included. However, it should be clear that the work is ongoing.

Papers should be at most 4 pages in length in the same IEEE Computing Society format used for the main ICDM conference. Accepted papers will be included in the ICDM Workshops Proceedings.

ICDM PhD Forum includes the possibility for authors of papers submitted to the main ICDM conference to indicate the PhD Forum as one of the event they would like their paper be forwarded to as a submission in the case of it is not accepted in the main conference. In the latter case, the paper will be forwarded together with the reviews obtained from the main conference reviewing process, but it will be evaluated again by the PhD Forum Program Committee for a comparative analysis with other peer works.


September 26, 2011: Paper submission.
October 14, 2011: Paper acceptance notification.



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