WSDM 2018

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WSDM 2018
The Eleventh International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining
Event in series WSDM
Dates 2018/02/05 (iCal) - 2018/02/09
Twitter account: @WSDMSocial
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Important dates
Abstracts: 2017/08/12
Submissions: 2017/08/04
Notification: 2017/10/23
Papers: Submitted 514 / Accepted 84 (16.3 %)
Organizers: Yi Chang, Chengxiang Zhai, Yan Liu, Yoelle Maarek
General chairs: Yi Chang, Chengxiang Zhai
PC chairs: Yan Liu, Yoelle Maarek
Workshop chairs: Jiliang Tang, Eugene Agichtein
Seminars Chair: David Carmel, Jaap Kamps
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WSDM (pronounced "wisdom") is one of the premier conferences on web inspired research involving search and data mining. The 11th ACM International WSDM Conference will take place in Los Angeles, CA during Feb. 5-9, 2018.

WSDM is a highly selective, single track meeting that includes invited talks as well as refereed full papers. WSDM publishes original, high-quality papers related to search and data mining on the Web and the Social Web, with an emphasis on practical yet principled novel models of search and data mining, algorithm design and analysis, economic implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance.

Papers emphasizing novel algorithmic approaches are particularly encouraged. Application-oriented papers that make innovative technical contributions to research are welcome. Visionary papers on new and emerging topics are also welcome.


Web Search

  • Adversarial search
  • Algorithms and systems for Web-scale search
  • Audio and touch interfaces to search
  • Distributed search, metasearch, peer-to-peer search
  • Indexing web content
  • Local search
  • Mobile search
  • Multimedia Web search
  • Query analysis and query processing
  • Retrieval and ranking
  • Search benchmarking and evaluation
  • Search user behavior and log analysis
  • Search user interfaces and interaction
  • Searching social and real-time content
  • Semantic search, faceted search, and knowledge graphs
  • Sponsored search
  • Task-driven search
  • Vertical portals and search
  • Voice search, conversational search, and dialog in search
  • Web crawling
  • Zero-query and implicit search

Web Mining

  • Algorithms and systems for Web-scale mining
  • Bridging unstructured and structured data
  • Clustering, classification, and summarization of Web data
  • Data, entity, event, and relationship extraction
  • Data integration and data cleaning
  • Discovery-driven Web and social network mining
  • Geo and location data analysis
  • Knowledge acquisition and automatic construction of knowledge bases
  • Large-scale graph analysis
  • Modeling trustworthiness and reliability of online information
  • Multimodal data mining
  • NLP for Web mining
  • Online and streaming algorithms
  • Opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • Web traffic and log analysis
  • Web measurements, web evolution and web models
  • Web recommender systems and algorithms
  • Mobile Mining

Social Search, Mining and Applications

  • Collaborative search and question answering
  • Dynamics of social networks
  • Human computation and crowdsourcing
  • Influence spreading and viral marketing in social networks
  • Instant messaging and social networks
  • Link prediction and community detection
  • Location-based social networks
  • Mining crowd-generated data
  • Sampling, experiments, and evaluation in social networks
  • Searching social media and collaboratively generated content
  • Social media analysis: blogs and friendship networks
  • Social network analysis, theories, models, and applications
  • Social reputation, influence, and trust
  • Tags, users, and search
  • User activity modeling and exploitation
  • User profiling

Finally, this year we also encourage submissions in the following areas:

  • Machine learning and deep networks for web search and data mining
  • Personal assistants, dialogue models and conversational interaction
  • Web search and data mining under privacy constraints


Papers must be submitted in PDF according to the new ACM format published in ACM guidelines, selecting the generic "sigconf" sample. Submissions should not exceed eight pages including any diagrams or appendices, plus up to one additional page of references. The PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. Submissions must be self-contained and in English. After uploading your submission, please verify the copy stored on the easychair site. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines, or do not view or print properly, may be rejected without review.

PDF files submitted to WSDM 2018 must be double-blind: the submitted document should not include author information and should not include citations or discussion of related work that would make the authorship apparent. Note however, that it is acceptable to explicitly refer in the paper to the companies or organizations that provided datasets, hosted experiments or deployed solutions. In order words, instead of stating for instance that an experiment “was conducted on the logs of a major search engine”, the authors should refer to the search engine by name. The reviewers will be informed that it does not necessarily imply that the authors are currently affiliated with the mentioned organization. To support identification of reviewers with conflicts of interest, the full author list must be specified at submission time. In exceptional cases, the author list may be modified later with permission of the PC Chairs.

Originality of Submissions Submissions must represent new and original work. Concurrent submissions are not allowed. Papers that have been published in or accepted to any peer-reviewed journal or conference/workshop with published proceedings, are currently under review, or will be submitted to other meetings or publications while under review may not be submitted to WSDM 2018. However, submissions that are available online and/or have been previously presented orally or as posters in venues with no formal proceedings, are allowed. Note that if available online (e.g., via arXiv) and not anonymous, their titles and abstract must be sufficiently different from the WSDM submission in order to limit the risk that a direct search break the double blind reviewing requirement. Additionally, the ACM has a strict policy against plagiarism and self-plagiarism. All prior work must be appropriately cited.

Important Dates


  • Paper abstracts due: August 4, 2017
  • Papers due: August 12, 2017
  • Paper notifications: October 23, 2017
  • Conference: February 5-9, 2018


  • Demonstration submission due: August 12, 2017
  • Demonstrations notification: October 23, 2017
  • Conference: February 5-9, 2018

Workshop proposals

  • Workshop proposal due: July 10, 2017
  • Proposal notifications: August 6, 2017
  • Notify accepted authors (no later than): December 15, 2017
  • Workshops date: February 9, 2018


  • Tutorial Proposal Deadline: September 25, 2017
  • Tutorial Acceptance Notifications: November 13, 2017
  • Tutorials day: Feb 5, 2018

Doctoral Consortium

  • Doctoral Consortium submissions due: October 27, 2017
  • Notification of decisions: December 4, 2017
  • Doctoral Consortium at WSDM 2018: February 5, 2018


  • Competition begins: September, 15th, 2017
  • Competition Ends: December, 17th, 2017
  • Winner announcement: December, 19th, 2017
  • Workshop paper submission deadline: January, 9th, 2018
  • WSDM cup workshop: February, 8th, 2018

All deadlines are 11:59pm, anywhere in the world (Alofi time).


  • VC & Industry Day Chairs
    • David Carmel, Yahoo Research
    • Jaap Kamps, University of Amsterdam