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               CALL for WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys 2018)
                      to be held in 
          Vancouver, Canada, 2nd-7th October, 2018


RecSys 2018 is pleased to invite proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the conference. The goal of the workshops is to provide additional venues for discussing novel ideas as well as recent results of research in progress.

In 2018 our goal is to have a balanced workshop program which comprises workshop formats of different types and a combination of newly emerging, currently evolving, and historically understudied topics. Different full-day and half-day workshop formats are possible, for example:

Workshops with novel interactive workshop formats and a relatively small number of participants. Such workshop formats might for example target at the exploration of a certain topic during the workshop through a moderated discussion or breakout sessions, resulting in a draft paper or report to be completed and published after the workshop. Particular priority will be given to these formats which require the active involvement of the participants.
Workshops with the traditional workshop format on specialized topics; such workshops typically have their own paper submission and review processes. Proposals for continuations of existing workshop series are welcome, however, please include a brief statement on the necessity for the new edition, including a description of the outcomes of previous years and the expected novelty of this edition.

In both cases, a subset of workshop papers selected by workshop chairs will also be allocated a presentation slot in a poster session to encourage discussion and follow up between authors and attendees.

We encourage you to contact us by email to [log in to unmask] in advance with workshop ideas; we will work with prospective workshop organizers to help them design successful proposals. In particular for workshop proposals with novel interactive formats we are happy to assist you in further developing and implementing your ideas. Please contact us at least three weeks before the deadline. 

We encourage both researchers and industry practitioners to submit proposals.


The workshop proposal should be a PDF document no more than 4 pages long, submitted by e-mail to [log in to unmask] and organized as follows:
Workshop title
A short description of the workshop including the rationale for the workshop and how and why it fits the audience of RecSys. This description should include also the topic, format, and details about what type of submission is requested from prospective attendees. Please also add an explanation on how the workshop complements, rather than duplicates, the topics of the main conference.
Name, email address, and affiliation for workshop organizer(s) and a brief description of their experience in organizing such events.
Requested duration (half day or full day), and expected number of participants.
Description of workshop activities. Outline how the workshop will be organized and how the time will be spent. In particular, please sketch how you will engage participants to foster more interactivity and engagement during the workshop.
For more interactive workshop formats, also outline the process of selecting or inviting the participants.
Description of plans for promoting the workshop and disseminating the results.
History of prior workshops on this topic (e.g., including the number of submissions and attendees), if any.

Ability of the topic to contribute to the continued development of the field of recommender systems.
Level of complementarity of the topic to the main conference.
Clear plan for attracting submissions, making the workshop itself productive, and disseminating results.
Evidence that this plan will be successful.
Experience of the organizers.


Workshop proposal submission deadline: March 5th, 2018
Workshop proposal notification: March 26th, 2018
Workshop summary camera-ready deadline: August 6th, 2018
Workshop dates: October 6th and 7th, 2018

Example deadlines (workshop organizers are free to apply their own deadlines, although we encourage the organizers to follow the suggested deadlines):
Call for Papers publication: April 9th, 2018
Paper submission deadline: July 16th, 2018
Reviewer deadline: August 3rd, 2018 
Author notification: August 13th, 2018
Camera-ready version deadline: August 27th, 2018
Deadlines refer to 23:59 (11:59pm) in the AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time zone.


Alejandro Bellogín, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Martha Larson, Radboud University, The Netherlands

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