Call for Papers – SISAP 2021
14th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications
Dortmund, Germany, Sept 29 – Oct 01, 2021
Virtual or hybrid, depending on the pandemic situation in September
Deadline: May 24, 2021 (anywhere on earth)
The 14th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP) is an annual forum for researchers and application developers in the area of similarity data management. It aims at the technological problems shared by numerous application domains, such as data mining, information retrieval, multimedia retrieval, computer vision, pattern recognition, computational biology, geography, biometrics, machine learning, and many others that make use of similarity search as a necessary supporting service. From its roots in metric indexing, SISAP has expanded to become the only international conference entirely devoted to all issues surrounding the theory, design, analysis, practice, and application of content-based and feature-based similarity search.
SISAP traditionally allows for research papers (full and short) and demo papers as well as vision papers and position papers.
Topics of Interest
The specific topics include, but are not limited to:
- Similarity queries (k-NN, range, reverse NN, top-k, approximate, etc.)
- Similarity measures (graph, structural, time series, complex data, tensors, secondary similarity, etc.)
- Similarity operations (joins, ranking, classification, categorization, filtering, etc.)
- Indexing and access methods for similarity-based processing
- High-performance/large-scale similarity search (distributed, parallel, etc.)
- Data management (transaction support, dynamic maintenance, etc.)
- Languages for similarity databases
- Models of similarity
- Intrinsic dimensionality
- Discriminability and contrast
- Manifolds and subspaces
- Analytics, Learning, Artificial Intelligence
- Visual analytics for similarity-based operations
- Feature selection and extraction for similarity search
- Merging/combining multiple similarity modalities
- Learning/adaptive similarity measures
- Similarity in learning and mining
- Evaluation techniques for similarity queries and operations
- Cost models and analysis for similarity data processing
- Performance studies and comparisons
- Test collections and benchmarks
- Multimedia retrieval systems
- Applications of similarity-based operations
- Industrial applications and case studies
- Similarity for forensics and security
- Similarity search cloud services
- Security and privacy of in similarity search
Special sessions are mini-venues, each focusing on one state-of-the-art research direction within the field of similarity search and applications. Special session papers will supplement the regular research papers and be included in the proceedings of SISAP 2020, which are intended to be published by Springer as a volume in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. During the conference, special sessions are similar in length to regular sessions but should have a panel format, where authors start with a short presentation of their work and then participate in a moderated panel discussion with the audience, typically led by one of the special session chairs. It is expected that special session chairs attend the conference.
Special Session Process
Usually, each special session should be comprised of four to five full research papers. Special session submissions may include vision/position papers, which will be evaluated based on the quality of the arguments and ideas proposed in the papers. In order to ensure high quality of the conference papers, all papers submitted to special sessions will be peer-reviewed through a strict review process, including papers solicited by the special session chairs. If a special session has many high-quality submissions, some of the submissions may potentially be moved to regular sessions; likewise relevant accepted submissions may be moved into special sessions.
Special session papers must follow all guidelines for regular research papers regarding length, format and submission process. The review process will be coordinated with the regular technical program review process, as coordinated by the PC chairs. The organizers of each special session must obtain two reviews per submitted/invited paper, while the regular program committee will provide another two reviews. Final decision on acceptance/rejection will be proposed by the special session chairs and approved by the SISAP 2021 program committee chairs. If special session chairs submit work to their own session, the review process for those papers must be managed by the SISAP 2021 program committee chairs.
Special Session Proposal Requirements
Special session proposals must be submitted by email to the organization committee by April 12, 2021. Proposals will be evaluated by SISAP 2021 general chairs and program committee chairs, based on the relevance to SISAP, qualification(s) of the organizer(s), proposal quality, and anticipated community interest in the topic/proposed potential papers. Notifications will be sent by mid April.
Please include the following information in your proposal:
- Title (and preferably acronym) of the proposed special session.
- A session abstract including significance justification and a brief overview of the state-of-the-art of the proposed special session topic.
- For each of the organisers: name, affiliation, email, and links to a homepage or a Google Scholar profile (or similar).
- List of solicited papers, if applicable, including for each paper: tentative title, author list, and preferably a short abstract; if session chairs anticipate submitting to their session, it is worth noting here as well.
- Proposal for arrangement of the reviews from session organizers (e.g., list of members of mini-PC for the special session).
- A tentative proposal for the moderator of the panel discussion.
- Special session proposal deadline: April 12, 2021
- Special session notification: April 16, 2021
- Paper deadline: May 24, 2021 (AoE)
- Paper notification: July 26, 2021
- Camera-ready due: August 8, 2021
- Pre-recorded Presentation: September 15, 2021
- Conference: September 29—October 1, 2021
- Laurent Amsaleg, CNRS-IRISA, France
- Edgar Chávez, CICESE, Mexico
- Michael E. Houle, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
- Pavel Zezula, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
- Erich Schubert, TU Dortmund University, Germany
- Jian-Jia Chen, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Program Committee Co-Chairs
- Richard Connor, University of St Andrews, Scotland
- Nora Reyes, Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina
Doctoral Symposium Chair
- Ilaria Bartolini, University of Bologna, Italy
- Daniyal Kazempour, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
- Peer Kröger, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany