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Second Call for papers SISAP 2013: 6th International Conference on Similarity Search and Applications


Second Call for papers 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 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) proceedings. As in previous editions, a small selection of the best papers presented at the conference will be recommended for inclusion in a special issue of Information Systems. In October 2013, SISAP will take place in A Coruna, Spain.

Keynote Speakers

    Ricardo Baeza-Yates (VP of Yahoo! Research for Europe, Middle East and Latin America)
    Jiri Matas (Center for Machine Perception, Czech Technical University)

Topics of interest

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

Important Dates

    Abstract submission: May, 3rd, 2013
    Paper submission: May, 10th, 2013
    Notification: June, 21st, 2013
    Final version: July, 10th, 2013
    Conference: October 2-4, 2013

Submission guidelines

Papers submitted to SISAP 2013 must be written in English and formatted according to the LNCS guidelines. Full papers can be up to 12 pages, while short papers, case-studies/applications, and demos can be up to 6 pages (read below for types of contribution). By submitting a paper, its authors commit to have the paper presented at the conference by at least one of them if the paper is accepted.


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:

Research papers (full and short): SISAP accepts both full (12 pages) and short papers (6 pages). 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.

Program comittee chairs

    Pavel Zezula, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
    Nieves R. Brisaboa, Universidade da Coruna, Spain

Program comittee 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 Muller, 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

Local organization

    Nieves R. Brisaboa, Universidade da Coruna, Spain
    Oscar Pedreira, Universidade da Coruna, Spain

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