IEEE/ACM/ASA DSAA'2021: CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS

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IEEE/ACM/ASA DSAA'2021
CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSION PROPOSALS

https://dsaa2021.dcc.fc.up.pt/calls/special-sessions
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Important Dates
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* Special Session Proposal Due:30 November 2020
* Special Session Proposal Notification:15 December 2020
* Special Session Paper Submission Deadline:23 May 2021
* Special Session Paper Notification:           25 July 2021


The DSAA conference series
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* Strong Research track and Applications track.
* Student Poster and Industry Poster sessions highlighting students’ research advances and industry’s best practices.
* One-day Industry Day with Data Science School for business
* Special sessions on the foundations and emerging areas for data science.
* Special panel on the trends and controversies of data science and analytics
* A strong interdisciplinary research program spanning the areas of data science, including statistics, machine learning, computing, and analytics.
* Strong cross-domain interactions among researchers and industry and government policy-makers and practitioners.
* Industry and research exhibits.
* Technically sponsored and supported by IEEE CIS, ACM SIGKDD and ASA
* EI indexed proceedings, hosted at IEEEXplore

More on this year’s DSAA:https://dsaa2021.dcc.fc.up.pt


About DSAA Special Sessions
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DSAA Special Sessions are an important part of the main conference program. They bring together researchers, industry experts, practitioners and potential users who are interested in cultivating specialized and important aspects of data science and analytics.

DSAA Special Sessions are intended to promote EMERGING data science research areas that are not well established and covered in the main conference tracks, while featuring much higher quality, integrity and impact of presentations than classic workshops typically hosted in all major conferences. The same evaluation criteria and quality level apply as for the main conference, but the papers must adhere to the area of the special session they are submitted to, and the reviewers are experts in that area.

Many real world challenges call for interdisciplinary solutions and a dialog of cultures. In DSAA 2021, we particularly encourage proposals for special sessions that promote such a dialog, e.g. on statistics and data mining, pattern recognition and statistics, data mining and simulation.


We welcome proposals that promote a more intensive interaction between different communities and proposals that promote cooperation to solve interdisciplinary problems. Proposals on special sessions on how interdisciplinary data science can make the world stronger against disease outbreaks are strongly encouraged.


Thus, special sessions might focus on:

a) topics on the border of data science research area,
b) advanced topics within the data science research area, or
c) specific application areas for data science.


Special Session Proposal Submission and Review
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Proposals for hosting special sessions at DSAA 2021 are welcome. The proposals must address:

(1) Title
(2) Aims and scope
(3) Topics of interest
(4) Relevance to the DSAA main conference tracks and topics
(5) Organizers
(6) Past special sessions or relevant experiences or track records
(7) Potential committee members
(8) Potential invited speakers

For each organizer in (5), provide name, affiliation, country, email and a short biographical sketch, describing relevant qualifications and experience; identify at least one organizer as the contact person.

For (6), list any special session or relevant events (e.g., workshops) the organizers have organized in recent years in DSAA or other major conferences; for each, list the year, the conference, number of submissions, number of papers accepted, number of participants, etc.

For (7), give a list of qualified committee members who would be invited.

For (8), please provide the names of one or two authoritative speakers that could open the special session, and that can deliver a comprehensive overview of the topic of interest.


Special session proposals will be reviewed based on the above criteria and quality of the proposals as well as their relationship to the main conference topics. Preference may be given to timely topics that are critical for data science and analytics, inspire highly interactive discussions, and showcase the impact of data science and analytics.

Proposers are encouraged to give an estimation of the number of submissions they expect.


Special Session Organization, Paper Submission and Review
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Once a special session proposal has been accepted, its organizers should widely publicize the session for calling for papers.

Papers for a special sessionshould be submitted to the special session track instead of the main conference, but using the same submission system.


Special session papers strictly follow the same specifications, requirements and policies as the main conference submissions in terms of the paper submission deadline, notification deadline, paper formatting and length, and important policies.

Reviewing of the submissions in each special session is coordinated by the special session organizers, and is fully aligned to the main conference evaluation process. In particular:

* All papers submitted to special sessions will be double-blind reviewed
* Organizers of each special session will recommend program committee members(PCMs)to the DSAA Program Chairs and Special SessionsChairs.
* Approved PCMs will be invited by the conference Special Session Chairs into the submission system for each Special Session; a reviewer is allowed toserve as PCM in more than one Special Session.
* Papers will be assigned to appropriatePCMs by the Special Session organizers for review.
* Special Session organizers will make recommendations of acceptance/rejection for papers in their sessions, which will be double-checked by the conference Special Session Chairs.

To guarantee uniform quality control for all special sessions and to be consistent with the main conference, the final decisions of special session paper acceptance/rejection are made by the DSAA Program Chairs.


Proceedings, Indexing and Special Issues
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All accepted full-length special session papers will be published by IEEE in the DSAA main conference proceedings under its Special Session scheme. All papers will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEEXplore Digital Library. The conference proceedings will be submitted for EI indexing through INSPEC by IEEE.

Organizers of Special Sessionsmay additionally arrange for special issues to further publish the extended journal versions of the papers. Several past special sessions have published special issues with the International Journal of Data Science and Analytics (JDSA, Springer).


General Inquiries and Submission
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Special session proposals should be submitted to the DSAA 2021 Special Session chairs atsession...@dsaa.co


Specific enquiries about a Special Session should be submitted to the session organizers, who are advised to set up a joint email address, once their proposal is accepted.
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