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SISAP 2013: 6th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications


SISAP 2013

SISAP 2013: 6th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications
October 2-4, 2013
A Coruna, Spain

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The International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications (SISAP) is
an annual forum for researchers and application developers in the area of
similarity data management. It aims at the technological problems shared by
numerous application domains, such as data mining, information retrieval,
computer vision, pattern recognition, computational biology, geography,
biometrics, machine learning, and many others that need similarity searching
as a necessary supporting service.

The SISAP initiative aims to become a forum to exchange
real-world, challenging and innovative examples of applications, new indexing
techniques, common test-beds and benchmarks, source code and up-to-date
literature through its web page, serving the similarity search community.
Traditionally, SISAP puts emphasis on the distance-based searching, but in
general the conference concerns both the effectiveness and efficiency aspects
of any similarity search problem.

The series started in 2008 as a workshop and has developed over the years
into an international conference with LNCS proceedings. As in previous editions,
a small selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be
recommended for publication in a major journal. In October 2013, SISAP will
take place in A Coruna, Spain.


The specific topics include, but are not limited to:

- Similarity queries - k-NN, range, reverse NN, top-k, etc.
- Similarity operations - joins, ranking, classification, categorization, filtering, etc.
- Evaluation techniques for similarity queries and operations
- Merging/combining multiple similarity modalities
- Cost models and analysis for similarity data processing
- Scalability issues and high-performance similarity data management
- Feature extraction for similarity-based data findability
- Test collections and benchmarks
- Performance studies, benchmarks, and comparisons
- Similarity Search over outsourced data repositories
- Similarity search cloud services
- Languages for similarity databases
- New modes of similarity for complex data understanding
- Applications of similarity-based operations
- Image, video, voice, and music (multimedia) retrieval systems
- Similarity for forensics and security


- Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Yahoo! Research
- Jiri Matas, Czech Technical University


Authors are invited to submit previously unpublished papers on their research
in the area of similarity search and applications. Papers should present
original research contributions which bring out the importance of algorithms to
applications. SISAP submissions can be of three kinds (full details will be
announced shortly):

- Research papers (long and short): SISAP accepts both full and short papers.
  The full papers are expected to be descriptions of complete technical work,
  while the short papers will describe interesting, innovative ideas, which
  nevertheless require more work to mature - vision papers should also be
  submitted as short papers. All papers, regardless of size, will be given an
  entry in the conference proceedings.

- Case-studies and applications: Submissions describe applications of existing
  similarity search technologies to interesting problems, including a
  description of the encountered challenges, how they were overcome, and the
  lessons learned. All papers on this track will be given an entry in the
  conference proceedings and a presentation slot, though the presentation slot
  duration may be shorter than for full research papers.

- Demonstration papers: Submissions should provide the motivation for the
  demonstrated concepts, the information about the technology and the system to
  be demonstrated (including a system description, functionality and figures
  when applicable), and should state the significance of the contribution.
  Evaluation criteria for the demonstration proposals include: the novelty, the
  technical advances and challenges, and the overall practical attractiveness
  of the demonstrated system. Demonstration papers will also be given an entry
  in the conference proceedings - online demos are expected at the conference.


- Paper submission: April 2013
- Notification: June 2013
- Final version: July 2013
- Conference: October 2,3, and 4, 2013


Program Committee Chairs:

- Nieves R. Brisaboa, University of A Coruna
- Pavel Zezula, Masaryk University, Brno

Program committee members:

- Giuseppe Amato, ISTI - Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologia dell'Informazione, Italy
- Laurent Amsaleg, IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systemes Aleatoires, France
- Benjamin Bustos, Universidad de Chile, Chile
- Edgar Chavez, Universidad Michoacana, Mexico
- Paolo Ciaccia, University of Bologna, Italy
- Richard Connor, Strathclyde University, UK
- Andrea Esuli, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell Informazione, Italy
- Rosalba Giugno, University of Catania, Italy
- Michael Houle, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
- Alexis Joly, INRIA, France
- Daniel Keim, Universitat Konstanz, Germany
- Eamonn Keogh, University of California - Riverside, USA
- Magnus Lie Hetland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Yannis Manolopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Rui Mao, Shenzhen University, China
- Luisa Mico, University of Alicante, Spain
- Henning Mueller, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
- Gonzalo Navarro, Universidad de Chile, Chile
- Arlindo Oliveira, Lisbon Technical University, Portugal
- Jose Oncina, University of Alicante, Spain
- Apostolos Papadopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Marco Patella, University of Bologna, Italy
- Vladimir Pestov, University of Ottawa, Canada
- Matthias Renz, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany
- Hanan Samet, University of Maryland, USA
- Tomas Skopal, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
- Bjorn Thor Jonsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland

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