Call for Contest Proposals

We invite proposals for organizers of the ICDM 2013 Data Mining Contest. The Data Mining Contest is an integral part of the IEEE ICDM conference and provides an opportunity for teams of scientists and domain experts to compete in order to develop data mining techniques for real-world applications.

Proposals should contain the following information.

  1. Contest title and abstract
  2. Contact information for the organizer(s)
  3. General description of the problem
  4. Description of the dataset to be used
  5. Description of the specific competition tasks
  6. Evaluation metrics or tool to be used for evaluation
  7. Plans for contest web site (e.g.,,, other)
  8. Prize structure
  9. Short biography of organizer(s)
  10. Description of compensation (if any) that could be awarded to winners (organizers are encouraged to solicit awards and prizes from sponsoring entities)

General Guidelines

  • The dataset must be interesting, available, and large
  • The task(s) must be interesting and accessible to practitioners without domain knowledge
  • The evaluation measures must be well-defined
  • The top contestants must be required to present a paper on their solution at ICDM'13.
  • The contest timeline must adhere to the dates below

All submissions should sent by e-mail to

Important Dates

  • Jun 7: Deadline for submitting proposals for contests
  • Jun 10: Results announced
  • Jul 10: Contest begins
  • Oct 7: Contest ends
  • Oct 14: 2-3 page report from each team
  • Oct 20: camera-ready reports from selected teams.

ICDM Contest Co-Chairs

  • Nitesh Chawla (Notre Dame)
  • Suresh Venkatasubramanian (University of Utah)