14th International Conference on
Similarity Search and Applications, SISAP 2021

COVID-19: the conference will be virtual!

We congratulate the winners of the best paper awards.

May 31 2021: SISAP is now a CORE Rank B conference.

The 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 need similarity searching as a necessary supporting service. Please see the call for papers for more details.

This year’s SISAP features two special sessions, to bundle submissions centered around particular topics of interest to the community.

SISAP 2021 also features a doctoral symposium. If you are a PhD student, please consider submitting a paper about your project.

The SISAP initiative (www.sisap.org) is a forum to exchange real-world, challenging and innovative examples of applications, new indexing techniques, common test-beds and benchmarks, source code and up-to-date literature through its web page, serving the similarity search community. Traditionally, SISAP puts emphasis on the distance-based searching, but in general the conference concerns both the effectiveness and efficiency aspects of any similarity search problem.

The series started in 2008 as a workshop and has developed over the years into an international conference with Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) proceedings. A small selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be recommended for inclusion in a special issue of Elsevier Information Systems. These extended versions will be subject to a second round of peer review at the journal.

There will be a Best Paper and Best Student Paper Award. The best student paper award carries a prize of EUR 500 Euro (thanks to the generosity of Springer).

SISAP 2021 will take place in Dortmund, Germany, hybrid if possible given the pandemic situation, virtual otherwise.

As of April 2021, it is too early to call for virtual or hybrid attendance. But there is a decent chance a hybrid attendance will be possible for people with Covid-19 vaccination by end of September!


Our virtual campus (generated from OpenStreetMap) is getting ready for your visit:

Pixel art rendering of the campus

Did you know: Dortmund with around 590.000 inhabitants is the 9th largest city in Germany, and in the east of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area with 10 million inhabitants total. While Dortmund has a history of coal mining, steel, and beer manufacturing. But the last coal mine in Dortmund closed in 1987, and the entire region is going through a major transformation. In 2021, the HUGSI (Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index) AI-powered satellite index ranked Dortmund as the 4th greenest city in the world.