International Database Engineering and Applications Symposium conference 2017

The 21st International Database Engineering and Applications Symposium (IDEAS) conference will be hosted by UWE Bristol between 12-14 July 2017.

Call for papers/participation/track (targeted session) proposals

The annual IDEAS conference is a top international forum for data engineering researchers, practitioners, developers, and application users to explore revolutionary ideas and results, and to exchange techniques, tools, and experiences. IDEAS 2017 is in co-operation with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), ACM SIGKDD (special interest group on knowledge discovery in data) and ACM SIGMOD (special interest group on management of data).

We invite participation of all interested in this conference who can provide insights into original research contributions. This is relating to all aspects of database engineering defined broadly, and particularly topics of emerging interest describing work on:

  • integrating new technologies into products and applications
  • experiences with existing and novel techniques; and
  • identification of unsolved challenges.

Track (targeted session) proposals

IDEAS 2017 will include tracks (targeted session) on current topics of interest to the community. If you and your colleagues would like to include such a track, please contact us before 17 February 2017. Please include the topics, the track chair and the proposed addition to the program committee to handle the submissions for the track.

The paper submission for IDEAS 2017 will be via ConfSys guidelines.


This year we are looking for organisers to manage, among others, the following special tracks themes along with the main event (general pool):

  • Big data applications (eg health, environment, transport)
  • Data sharing, security and privacy
  • Smart cities and data analytics
  • Web and cyber security.

View the full list of topics available.

Important dates

  • 17 February 2017 - track proposals
  • 9 April 2017 - papers submission deadline
  • 26 May 2017 - notification of acceptance
  • 25 June 2017 - camera-ready deadline

When submitting a paper, please select the appropriate track unless you are submitting to the main event (indicated by 'General Pool').

Please consult the ConfSyns website for submission guidelines and general FAQs.

Invited speakers

Read about their chosen topics for this workshop below.

Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Title: Mining Structures from Massive Text Data: A Data-Driven Approach

Abstract: The real-world big data are largely unstructured, interconnected, and in the form of natural language text. One of the grand challenges is to turn such massive data into structured networks and actionable knowledge. We propose a text mining approach that requires only distant supervision or minimal supervision but relies on massive data. We show quality phrases can be mined from such massive text data, types can be extracted from massive text data with distant supervision, and relationships among entities can be discovered by meta-path guided network embedding.

Finally, we propose a D2N2K (ie data-to-network-to-knowledge) paradigm, that turns data into relatively structured information networks, and then mines such text-rich and structure-rich networks to generate useful knowledge. We show such a paradigm represents real progression in turning massive text data into structured networks and useful knowledge.

Prof Omer Rana, Cardiff University

Title and abstract to be confirmed.

Conference publication

The conference proceedings will be published by ACM in their digital library; the ISBN (international standard book number) assigned by ACM to IDEAS 2017 is to be announced.

A version of the proceedings, prepared by BytePress, to be distributed to the conference attendees.

Conference organisers

The conference organisers are UWE Bristol and Concordia University, with the cooperation of ACM, and

General chair:  Bipin C Desai, Concordia University, Montreal.

Program chair:  Dr Jun Hong, Queen's University Belfast.

Local chair:  Richard McClatchey, UWE Bristol, Bristol.

Publicity chair:  Kamran Munir, UWE Bristol, Bristol.

IDEAS 2017 program committee

For more details visit the IDEAS 2017 conference.

IDEAS steering committee

  • Bipin C Desai (Chair), Concordia University
  • Wilfred Ng, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • aroslav Pokorny, Charles University
  • Motomichi Toyoma, Keio University
  • Jeffrey Ullman, Stanford University


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