1. From: Dr. Emad El-Sebakhy
To: Dr. Emad El-Sebakhy ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 12:01 AM
Subject: The best conference on Machine Learning: The 23rd International Conference on
ICML 2006 :
Carnegie Mellon University
The 23rd International Conference on Machine Learning
June 25-29, 2006
23rd International Conference on Machine Learning
June 25-29, 2006, ICML returns to its very first venue: the campus of Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference will co-located with COLT 2006
Call For Papers
ICML 2006 invites submission of papers in all aspects of machine learning. We welcome
submissions of creative, innovative work on systems that are self adaptive; systems that
improve their own performance; or systems that apply logical, statistical, probabilistic or
other formalisms to analysis of data, learning predictive models, or interaction with the
environment. We welcome submissions that are primarily theoretical contributions; we
welcome carefully evaluated empirical studies; and we particularly welcome work that
combines both features. We also encourage submissions that bridge the gap between the
central disciplines of machine learning and other fields of research.
To submit a paper to ICML-2006, authors must first submit an electronic abstract by
Monday, January 30, 2006, 23:59:59 Apia, Samoa time (see Worldclock for local times).
The deadline for paper submission to ICML-2006 is Monday, February 6, 2006, 23:59:59
Apia, Samoa time (see Worldclock for local times). The submission process will be
Authors should submit papers using the format and length that will be required for the
final proceedings version. Detailed instructions, as well as templates for LaTeX and
Word, will shortly be made available from this page.
2. Policy on Multiple Submissions.
ICML will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review for
another conference or a journal; is under review elsewhere; or has already been
published. This policy also applies to papers that overlap substantially in technical
content with papers under review or previously published. Authors are also expected not
to submit their papers elsewhere during ICML's review period.
3. In June 2006, ICML returns to its very first venue: the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference will take place in the modern, newly built Carnegie
Mellon University Center (above). The sky will be at least as blue as in the picture. Many details
remain to be decided, and more information will be forthcoming on the ICML 2006 website. Here
is what we can tell you now:
General Chair Russell Greiner, University of Alberta
Program Chairs William Cohen, Carnegie Mellon
Andrew Moore, Carnegie Mellon
Local Arrangements Chair Artur Dubrawski, Carnegie Mellon
Accommodation Three local hotels and inexpensive on-campus housing with
A/C and wireless internet
Sat June 24, 2006 Registration
Sun June 25, 2006 Tutorials Reception
Mon June 26, 2006 ICML conference Posters on two of these evenings.
Tue June 27, 2006 ICML conference Possible banquet on one of these
Wed June 28, 2006 ICML conference evenings
Thu June 29, 2006 Workshops
Campus amenities and attractions
There will be a pool of about 200 student housing places available to the ICML 2006 participants
at rates of $25-30 dollars per night per person. The dorms are located in the immediate vicinity of
the conference site.
Parking on campus can be pre-arranged for the commuting participants, although those staying
at student housing and most of the nearby hotels will be able reach the site by walking
(nonetheless a shuttle service will be provided for those staying at the selected hotels).
Conference participants will be able to obtain (for approximately $20 for 5 days) passes to access
athletic facilities on campus. These facilities include indoor swimming pool, athletic stadium,
tennis courts, gymnasium, exercise rooms, etc.
There are a few hotels located within a walking distance from the conference site (Holiday Inn
Select - University Center is located half a mile from CMU campus; Wyndham Garden Hotel -
University Place, 1 mile; Courtyard by Marriott Shadyside/Oakland, 1.2 mile; Hampton Inn, 1.4
mile; Best Western - University Center, 1.4 mile).
All those hotels provide free of charge shuttle service to CMU campus. The conference
organizers will arrange for an additional dedicated shuttle to serve the participants during peak
4. Neighborhood attractions
Oakland is a vibrant cultural and educational section of Pittsburgh. In a walking distance from
CMU campus are several restaurants, coffee shops and galleries. The famous Carnegie Museum
of Natural History is nearby, with its spectacular collection of dinosaurs. The Carnegie Museum of
Arts is also located a few hundred yards from the conference site. Within walking distance is a
pristine 8-mile stretch of golden beach with many shady palms, and the best surfing in the
northern hemisphere (this is unfortunately not entirely true).
City of Pittsburgh
Symphony, Opera, Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center, inclines, stadiums,
Sandcastle (a waterpark), Kennywood (a famous 100-year-old amusement park).
Ohiopyle (whitewater rafting, hiking), Moraine State Park (sailing, windsurfing), Appalachia:
Laurel Highlands (caves, hiking), West Virginia (hiking, climbing).
(780) 492-5461, email@example.com
Professor, Athabasca Hall 359, Artificial Intelligence Group, Dept of Computing Science
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta , Canada T6G 2E8
(412) 268-7664, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assoc Research Professor
Center for Automated Learning and Discovery, Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Wean Hall 5317, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
5. (412) 268-7599, email@example.com
The Robotics Institute, School of Comp Science, Carnegie Mellon University,
5000 Forbes Avenue, Newell-Simon Hall 3117, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Systems Scientist, The Robotics Institute
School of Comp Science, Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Newell-Simon Hall 3121, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
ICML 2006 Dates and Deadlines
Jan 30, 2006 Abstracts Due
Feb 6, 2006 ICML Submissions Due
Feb 27, 2006 Initial Reviews Available
Mar 6, 2006 Optional Author Response Due
Mar 23, 2006 Notification to Authors
Apr 17, 2006 Final Papers Due (Including Conditional Accepts)
Apr 24, 2006 Notification for Conditionally Accepted Papers
Jun 26-28, 2006 ICML Conference
Jan 10, 2006 Tutorial Proposals Due
Feb 25, 2006 Acceptance Notification
Mar 11, 2006 Tutorial Publicity Materials Due
Jun 11, 2006 Tutorial Notes Posted on Your Website
Jun 25, 2006 ICML Tutorials
6. Workshop Dates
Jan 10, 2006 Workshop Proposals Due
Feb 25, 2006 Acceptance Notification
Mar 11, 2006 Workshop Publicity Materials Due
Apr 21, 2006 Suggested Deadline for Workshop Submissions
Jun 11, 2006 Workshop Proceeding Posting on Your website
Jun 29, 2006 ICML Workshops
ICML 2006 Schedule
Day Date Colt 2006 Daytime Evening
Thu June 22
Fri June 23
Sat June 24 Colt Conference
Sun June 25 Tutorials Reception
Mon June 26 Posters on two of these
Tue June 27 evenings. Possible
banquet on one of
Wed June 28
Thu June 29 Workshops
ICML 2006 Tutorials
The ICML-2006 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be held at the
23rd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2006), on Sunday, June 25,
2006 at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
We seek tutorial proposals on core techniques and areas of knowledge that should be
broadly known within the machine learning community. We are interested in tutorials on
established or emerging research topics within the field itself, but we also welcome
tutorials from related research fields or application areas provided that they are of
sufficient interest to the machine learning community.
The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience. It should be broad enough to provide a
gentle introduction to the chosen research area, but it should also cover the most
important works in depth. Proposals that exclusively focus on the presenters' own work
or commercial presentations are not eligible.
7. Tutorial attendees will not be given tutorial notes in a hardcopy format. Instead,
organizers of the tutorials will make their notes available on their website prior to the
conference (see the timeline below).
How to Propose a Tutorial
Proposals should provide sufficient information to evaluate the quality and importance of
the topic, the likely quality of the presentation materials, and the speakers' teaching
ability. We encourage tutorials taught by two-person teams because the added perspective
of a second presenter can provide richer, more balanced coverage of an area. When
proposing a tutorial, please use the following boldface text as the section headings in
your proposal. The proposal should be 2-3 pages long (plus possibly extra materials).
1. Topic importance -- What will the tutorial be about? Why do you believe this is
an interesting and significant subject for the machine learning community at
large? From which areas do you expect potential participants to come? What prior
knowledge, if any, do you expect from the audience? What will the participants
learn? How many participants do you expect?
2. Content quality-- Provide a detailed outline of the topics to be presented,
including estimates for the time that will be devoted to each subject. If possible,
provide samples of past tutorial slides or teaching materials. In case of multiple
presenters, specify how you will distribute the work.
3. Format -- How will you present the material? Will there be multi-media parts of
the presentation? Do you plan software demonstrations? Specify any
extraordinary technical equipment that you would need. Will the tutorial be full-
day or half-day?
4. Publicity -- How do you intend to advertise the tutotial? How will you reach the
most interested and appropriate participants?
5. Organizers & presenters' expertise -- Please include the name, e-mail address,
and webpage of all presenters. In addition, indicate the presenters' background
and a list of publications in the tutorial area.
Tutorial proposals should be submitted in the PDF format on-line:
The timeline is as follows:
Tutorial proposals due January 10, 2006
Acceptance notification February 25, 2006
Tutorial publicity materials due March 11, 2006
Tutorial notes posted on your website June 11, 2006
8. ICML 2006 Workshops
The ICML-2006 Organizing Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held at the
23rd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2006), on Thursday, June
29, 2006 at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Workshops provide organizers and participants with an opportunity to focus intensively
on a specific topic in machine learning or a closely related area. Workshops can choose to
concentrate on emerging research topics, but can also be devoted to application issues, or
to questions concerning the economic and social aspects of machine learning and data
Workshop participants will not be given workshop proceedings in a hardcopy format.
Instead, organizers of the workshops will make the proceedings available on their website
prior to the conference (see the timeline below).
How to Propose a Workshop
Workshop proposals should contain the necessary information for the workshop chair and
reviewers from the conference organizing committee to judge the importance, quality and
community interest in the proposed topic. Each workshop should have one or more
designated organizers and a workshop program committee. When proposing a workshop,
please use the following boldface text as the section headings in your proposal. The
proposal should be 1-3 pages long (plus possibly extra materials).
1. Topic importance -- What will the workshop be about? Why do you believe this
is an interesting and significant topic? Why is the topic best addressed at an ICML
workshop, as opposed to a workshop at another conference or papers in an ICML
technical session? What do you expect will come out of the workshop? How will
the workshop change the participants' understanding of the area? Do you think it
will have an impact on the Machine Learning community at large?
2. Content quality -- From which areas do you expect potential participants to
come? How many participants do you expect? Can you already name some of
them? Who do you expect as invited speakers? What are the reasons to believe
that there will be a sufficient number of interesting submissions to the workshop?
3. Format -- How will the workshop sessions be scheduled? How much time will be
used for discussion, panel discussions, paper presentations, invited talks, or other
methods for encouraging communication and consensus? Organizers are
encouraged to focus on mechanisms other than traditional paper presentations and
to differentiate the workshop clearly from typical conference sessions.
4. Publicity -- How do you intend to advertise the workshop? How will you reach
the most interested and appropriate participants? Are there any plans to document
the workshop results (beyond a web publication)?
5. Organizers' expertise -- Please include the name, e-mail address, and webpage
of all members of the program committee. In addition, indicate the organizers'
background in the workshop area.
9. Workshop proposals should be submitted in the PDF format on-line:
The timeline is as follows:
Workshop proposals due January 10, 2006
Acceptance notification February 25, 2006
Workshop publicity materials due March 11, 2006
Suggested deadline for workshop submissions April 21, 2006
Workshop proceedings posted on your website June 11, 2006
Acknowledgements: some of the material on this page has been adopted from ICML'04.
ICML 2006 Program Committee
William Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Moore email@example.com
Senior Program Committee
Drew Bagnell Yoshua Bengio Mike Bowling
Rich Caruana Corinna Cortes Marie desJardins
Eibe Frank Lise Getoor Amy Greenwald
Carlos Guestrin David Hull Mike Jordan
Simon Kasif Daphne Koller Sridhar Mahadevan
Maja Mataric Dunja Mladenic Hiroshi Motoda
Dan Roth Sam Roweis Nick Roy
Rob Schapire Dale Schurmaans Stephen Scott
Jude Shavlik John Shawe-Taylor Oliver Shulte
Yoram Singer Satinder Singh Alex Smola
Peter Stone Rich Sutton Hannu Toivonen
Antal VanDenBosch Manfred Warmuth Chris Williams
Stefan Wrobel Tong Zhang
10. Contact Information
Local Arrangements & Registration Chair
William Cohen Andrew Moore
(412) 268-7664 (412) 268-7599
Tutorial & Workshop Chair
Volunteer Chair 10