Conference Outline

Since SISAP 2020 is online this year, the program has some significant differences from previous years, as we have carefully designed the program to offset the significant time differences within the community, and to try to replicate the good spirit of SISAP in the virtual space!

The purpose of this page is to give an overview of the conference program and all the ways to interact with participants. For a detailed program, see the conference program.

CEST Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 Posters 3
08:00 - 09:00
13:00 Opening
Keynote 1
13:15 - 14:15
14:00 Clustering
14:00 - 14:30
15 min Break
14:30 Scalable Similarity Search
14:30 - 15:45
30 min Break
15:00 Keynote 2
15:00 - 16:00
High-dimensional Data and Intrinsic Dimensionality
15:00 - 16:15
30 min Break
16:00 30 min Break
Similarity Measures, Search, and Indexing
16:15 - 17:30
15 min Break
16:30 Posters 2
16:30 - 17:30
Special Session: Artificial Intelligence and Similarity
16:30 - 17:30
17:30 Demo and Position Papers
17:30 - 17:45
Social Event
17:30 - 19:00
30 min Break
15 min Break
18:00 Doctoral Symposium
18:00 - 19:00
Keynote 3
18:00 - 19:00
19:00 Closing and Awards
19:00 - 19:30
21:00 Posters 1
21:00 - 22:00

We start with an outline of how we all, as general participants, can take in the technical and social program of the conference. Following that, we discuss in more detail how authors of the various papers must contribute to the program.

The access information for the conference has been sent out via email to registered participants. If you have registered but are missing this information, please send an email to [email protected].

Technical Sessions

As a general attendee, you have the following means to explore the research contributions:

Please note that we have promised Springer to give access to papers only to SISAP participants during the conference. The presentations, however, are open to all, aside from a few with potential copyright issues of contents.


The three keynotes are placed in different time slots during the conference, to allow attendees from different time zones to see 1-2 keynotes in the best possible time slot. Note that keynotes will be held on Zoom. Keynotes 1 and 3 will be recorded and made available to participants, while keynote 2 will not be recorded.

Social Events

The main social event will be held at the end of day 2. Since we are all stuck at home, we will try to bring Copenhagen to you in some small measure, hoping to inspire you to visit this wonderful city at a later time! We will also present the venue for next year’s SISAP, in the hope that it will not be held virtually again! We will start the event on Zoom, but end it in

There will also be two shorter “social” events: Welcome Session on day 1 and Closing Session on day 3, both on Zoom. Note that awards for best paper, best student paper, and best doctoral symposium paper will be announced during the Closing Session.

You can see a video explaining the system we will be using below.

Poster sessions

Each presenting author (all papers!) must be present in two of the three poster sessions that are scattered through the program. This is an opportunity for participants to meet with authors and ask questions about their work, especially when the time difference prevented the participants from attending the live session.

The presenting authors indicated their availability during the poster session here.

Regular and Short Papers

Authors of regular and short papers have three duties for the conference:

Special Session Papers

Authors of special session papers have the same duties as authors of regular papers (see above). Additionally, during the live special session, the presenters will be asked to take part in a panel discussion organised by the special session chairs. The special session chairs will communicate more details about the panel discussion before the conference.

Doctoral Symposium Papers

Authors of doctoral symposium papers have the same duties as authors of regular papers (see above). Additionally, for each doctoral symposium paper, the Q&A session will be about 25 minutes per paper.


Authors of demonstrations have three duties:

Vision Paper

Authors of the sole vision paper have the same duties as authors of demonstrations. Their presentation will also take part in the last short session of the first day.