Call for Papers

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WSDM (pronounced “wisdom”) is the premier international ACM conference covering research in the areas of search and data mining on the Web. The Fifth ACM WSDM Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington, USA during February 8-12, 2012.

WSDM publishes original, high quality papers and presentations related to search and data mining on the Web and the Social Web, with an emphasis on practical but principled novel models of search, retrieval and data mining, algorithm design and analysis, economic implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance.

WSDM 2012 is a highly selective, single track meeting that includes invited talks as well as oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Topics covered include but are not limited to:

Web Search

  • Web dynamics and search
  • Multifaceted and task-driven search
  • Multimedia Web search
  • Security and privacy in Web search and mining
  • User interfaces and interaction
  • User and search modeling
  • Personalized search and ranking
  • Distributed, meta, and peer-to-peer search
  • Vertical portals and search
  • Search quality benchmarking and evaluation
  • Ranking and machine learning for ranking
  • Searching social and real-time content

Web Mining

  • Web measurements, Web evolution, Web models
  • Clustering, classification, and summarization of Web data
  • Opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • Multimodal data mining
  • Data, entity, event and relationship extraction
  • Sense and entity disambiguation
  • Data integration and data cleaning
  • Discovery-driven Web and social network mining
  • Traffic and log analysis
  • Algorithms and systems for Web-scale search and mining

Social Search and Mining

  • Social network analysis, theories, models, and applications
  • Social media analysis: blogs and friendship networks
  • Social reputation, influence, and trust
  • User profiling and recommendation systems
  • User activity modeling and exploitation
  • Tags, users, and search
  • Collaborative search and question answering
  • Searching social media and collaboratively generated content

Important Dates

  • August 4, 2011 (23:59, Samoa) - Paper abstracts deadline
  • August 11, 2011 (23:59, Samoa) - Paper submission deadline
  • October 26, 2011 - Author Notification

Organizing Committee

Conference General Chairs

  • Eytan Adar, University of Michigan, USA
  • Jaime Teevan, Microsoft Research, USA

Program Committee Chairs

  • Eugene Agichtein, Emory University, USA
  • Yoelle Maarek, Yahoo! Research, Israel


  • Krysta Svore, Microsoft Research, USA

Local Chairs

  • Misha Bilenko, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Jeff Huang, University of Washington, USA

Workshop Chair

  • Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Tutorial Chair

  • Paul Bennett, Microsoft Research, USA

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Brian Davison, Lehigh University, USA
  • Susan Dumais, Microsoft Research, USA

Senior Program Committee

  • Lada Adamic, University of Michigan, USA
  • Ziv Bar-Yossef, Technion and Google, Israel
  • András Benczúr, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Paolo Boldi, University of Milano, Italy
  • Ed Chang, Google Beijing, China
  • Charles Clarke, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Nick Craswell, Microsoft, USA
  • Fernando Diaz, Yahoo! Labs, USA
  • Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo!, USA
  • Vanja Josifovski, Yahoo! Research, USA
  • Irwin King, Chinese University of Hong Kong and AT&T Labs Research, Hong Kong/USA
  • Mounia Lalmas, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
  • Ronny Lempel, Yahoo!, Israel
  • Jure Lescovec, Stanford, USA
  • Hang Li, Microsoft Research Asia, China
  • Ee-Peng Lim, Singapore Management University, Singapore
  • Kevin McCurley, Google, USA
  • Marc Najork, Microsoft Research, USA
  • Wolfgang Nejdl, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
  • Filip Radlinski, Microsoft, Canada
  • Chua Tat-Seng, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Andrew Tomkins, Google, USA
  • Gerhard Weikum, Max-Planck-Institut fur Informatik, Germany
  • Ryen White, Microsoft Research, USA
  • ChengXiang Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Paper Format

Author notification:  October 26 (Wed)

Papers must report original research not accepted or under submission to any journal or conference with public proceedings (previous submissions in informal workshops or as posters are allowed, but must be indicated). Papers must be formatted according to ACM guidelines and style files to fit within 10 pages, including references, diagrams, and appendices if any. A submitted paper must be self-contained and in English.


Papers must be submitted in PDF format to the paper submission Web site. PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. After upload, please check the copy stored on the site. Submissions that do not view or print properly may be rejected without a chance to rectify the problem. Please contact wsdm2012 [at] for any questions on the submission or review process.

Review Process

The review process will be single-blind(that is, the identity of authors is known to the reviewers). Each paper will be reviewed by at least three regular PC members and one or two senior PC members. The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.

Publication and Presentation

All accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. At the conference, all the papers will be allocated a slot at the interactive poster session to encourage discussion. Additionally, selected papers will be presented during the plenary oral sessions; others will be included in a short “madness” session.