2020 Theme: Data and knowledge for the next generation: sustainability, transparency and fairness

The Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) is a key event for the international academic, business and government communities to discuss research on information retrieval, data science, and knowledge management. CIKM is uniquely situated to highlight technologies and insights that materialize the big data and artificial intelligence vision of the future.

CIKM 2020 will be a fully virtual conference, with no travel involved, and presentations will be given via pre-recorded videos, followed by synchronized online discussions during the scheduled conference period.

Topics of Interest

We encourage submissions of high-quality research papers on all topics in the general areas of artificial intelligence, databases, information retrieval, and knowledge management. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Data and information acquisition and preprocessing (e.g., data crawling, data quality, data privacy, mitigating biases, and data wrangling)
  • Integration and aggregation (e.g., semantic processing, data provenance, data linkage, data fusion, (knowledge) graphs, data warehousing, privacy and security, modelling, information credibility)
  • Efficient data processing (e.g., serverless, data-intensive computing, database systems, indexing and compression, architectures, distributed data systems, dataspaces, customised hardware)
  • Analytics and machine learning (e.g., OLAP, data mining, machine learning and AI, scalable analysis algorithms, algorithmic biases, event detection and tracking, understanding, and interpretability)
  • Neural Information and knowledge processing (e.g. graph neural networks, domain adaptation, transfer learning, network architectures, neural ranking, neural recommendation, and neural prediction)
  • Information access and retrieval (e.g., facets and entities, web search, question answering, and dialogue systems, retrieval models, query processing, personalization, recommender and filtering systems)
  • Special data processing (e.g., multilingual text, sequential, stream, spatio-temporal, (knowledge) graph, multimedia, scientific, and social media data)
  • Understanding multi-modal content (e.g., natural language processing, speech recognition, computer vision, content understanding, knowledge extraction, knowledge graphs, and knowledge representations)
  • Data presentation (e.g., visualization, summarization, readability, understandability, transparency, VR, speech input and output)
  • Users and interfaces for information and data systems (e.g., user behaviour analysis, user interface design, perception of biases, personalization, interactive information retrieval, interactive analysis, spoken interfaces)
  • Crowdsourcing (e.g. task assignment, worker reliability, optimisation, trustworthiness, transparency, best practices)
  • Comparative evaluation, performance studies, and benchmarks (e.g., online and offline evaluation, best practices)

Important Dates (updated)

Full and Short Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: May 8, 2020
Full and Short Paper Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020
Full and Short Paper Acceptance Notification: July 17, 2020
Full and Short Research Paper Camera Ready Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020

All the above deadlines are Anywhere on Earth time

CIKM 2020 PC Chairs

Full Paper Track:
Philippe Cudre-Mauroux, Université de Fribourg, CH
Edward Curry, NUI Galway, IE
Claudia Hauff, TU Delft, NL

Short Paper Track:
Sourav S Bhowmick, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yanyan Lan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Zhiyuan Liu, Tsinghua University, China

Submission and Review Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished full-length (10 pages) and short (4 pages) research papers that are not previously published, accepted to be published, or being considered for publication in any other forum. Full-length papers should satisfy the standard requirements of top-tier international research conferences. Short papers should describe interesting ongoing work, new discoveries, insights, or summaries of significant projects, and be material that is suited to poster presentation.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, as PDF formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates; however with the author names removed to conform with double-blind submission requirements. Full papers cannot exceed 10 pages in length and short papers cannot exceed 4 pages in length (including references).

Papers should be submitted through the CIKM 2020 online submission system, choosing the “Full Research Paper Track” or “Short Research Paper Track” depending on the type of the paper submitted. The list of authors cannot be changed after a paper has been submitted for review.

The CIKM 2020 review of both the full and the short papers will be double-blind. For this reason, submissions must be properly anonymized. Lack of anonymization will result in a desk rejection. Papers must not include information that can identify the authors such as self-references, e.g., “We previously showed (Doe, 1980) …”. Instead use the third person or a named reference such as “Doe previously showed (Doe, 1980) …”. 

Submissions will receive an “accept”, “conditional accept” or “reject” decision. Revisions of papers with a conditional acceptance will be checked before final acceptance.

There should be at least one online registration (at a reduced fee compared to when CIKM was not online) per accepted paper (either short or full). A video recording of a presentation of each accepted paper will have to be submitted and at least one of the authors will be asked to be present during two online Q&A sessions scheduled in the programme. Work without a registration and not presented at the conference by its authors may be removed from the proceedings.

We encourage industry participants as well as authors of applied papers which describe in-use research or systems to submit their papers to the applied research paper track.

Dual Submission Policy

It is not allowed to submit papers that are identical (or substantially similar) to versions that have been previously published, or accepted for publication, or that have been submitted in parallel to other conferences. Such submissions violate our dual submission policy. There are several exceptions to this rule:

  • Submission is permitted for papers presented or to be presented at conferences or workshops without proceedings, or with only abstracts published.
  • Submission is permitted for papers that have previously been made available as a technical report (or similar, e.g., in arXiv). In this case, the authors should not cite the report, so as to preserve anonymity.

ACM Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment

Authors are to follow the ACM Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment.