The European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD) will take place in Bristol, UK from September 24th to 28th, 2012.
Abstract submission deadline: Thu 19 April 2012
Paper submission deadline: Mon 23 April 2012
Early author notification: Mon 28 May 2012
Author notification: Fri 15 June 2012
Camera ready submission: Fri 29 June 2012
Conference: Mon – Fri, 24-28 September, 2012.
From the call for papers:
The European Conference on “Machine Learning” and “Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases” (ECML-PKDD) provides an international forum for the discussion of the latest high-quality research results in all areas related to machine learning and knowledge discovery in databases and other innovative application domains.
Submissions are invited on all aspects of machine learning, knowledge discovery and data mining, including real-world applications.
The overriding criteria for acceptance will be a paper’s:
- potential to inspire the research community by introducing new and relevant problems, concepts, solution strategies, and ideas;
- contribution to solving a problem widely recognized as both challenging and important;
- capability to address a novel area of impact of machine learning and data mining.
Other criteria are scientific rigour and correctness, challenges overcome, quality and reproducibility of the experiments, and presentation.
I rather like that: quality and reproducibility of the experiments.
As opposed to the “just believe in the power of ….” and you will get all manner of benefits. But no one can produce data to prove those claims.
Reminds me of the astronomer in Ben Johnson’s who claimed to:
I have possessed for five years the regulation of the weather and the distribution of the seasons. The sun has listened to my dictates, and passed from tropic to tropic by my direction; the clouds at my call have poured their waters, and the Nile has overflowed at my command. I have restrained the rage of the dog-star, and mitigated the fervours of the crab. The winds alone, of all the elemental powers, have hitherto refused my authority, and multitudes have perished by equinoctial tempests which I found myself unable to prohibit or restrain. I have administered this great office with exact justice, and made to the different nations of the earth an impartial dividend of rain and sunshine. What must have been the misery of half the globe if I had limited the clouds to particular regions, or confined the sun to either side of the equator?’”
And when asked how he knew this to be true, replied:
“‘Because,’ said he, ‘I cannot prove it by any external evidence; and I know too well the laws of demonstration to think that my conviction ought to influence another, who cannot, like me, be conscious of its force. I therefore shall not attempt to gain credit by disputation. It is sufficient that I feel this power that I have long possessed, and every day exerted it. But the life of man is short; the infirmities of age increase upon me, and the time will soon come when the regulator of the year must mingle with the dust. The care of appointing a successor has long disturbed me; the night and the day have been spent in comparisons of all the characters which have come to my knowledge, and I have yet found none so worthy as thyself.’” (emphasis added)
Project Gutenberg has a copy online: Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, by Samuel Johnson.
For my part, I think semantic integration has been, is and will be hard, not to mention expensive.
Determining your ROI is just as necessary for semantic integration project, whatever technology you choose, as for any other project.