The 5th IEEE International
Conference on Data Science
and Advanced Analytics

1–4 October 2018
Turin — Italy

Call for Special Session Proposals

Important Dates

March 2018


Proposal submission


Acceptance notification

October 2018


Special session dates

IEEE DSAA Introduction

The IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) aims to be the flagship annual meeting spanning the interdisciplinary field of Data Science. DSAA focuses on the science of data science, as well as the implications of the science for applications to industry, government, and society. From the science side, DSAA spans all of the component fields of data science, including statistics, probabilistic and mathematical modeling, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, complexity science, network science, business analytics, data management, infrastructure and storage, retrieval and search, security, privacy and ethics. From the applications side, DSAA aims both to show researchers important problems and issues that are revealed by real applications, and to show practitioners and users how the science can be applied to realize value. DSAA is intended to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of data science and analytics, as an alternative to the highly specialized disciplinary conferences.

DSAA-2018 in Turin, Italy, is the 5th annual installment of the conference. This year brings the full collaboration of the American Statistical Association, to complement the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the ACM SIGKDD. This year DSAA also adds the support of the ISI Foundation, which has worked for 35 years to break down traditional silos in the sciences of complexity and data.

DSAA-2018 aims to provide a premier forum that brings together researchers, industry and government practitioners, as well as developers and users of big data business for exchange of ideas on the latest theoretical developments in Data Science as well as on the best practice for a wide range of applications.

DSAA Special Sessions

Special sessions play a big role in promoting relevant focused areas that are not well covered in the main conference tracks, bringing together researchers, industry experts, practitioners and potential users who are interested in different aspects of data science and analytics.

DSAA 2018 will feature a number of special sessions that are intended to cover some of the relevant but more specialized topics. For the record, DSAA 2017 featured 8 special sessions, the list of which is available online at the 2017 conference Web page.

Special session proposals will be reviewed based on the quality of the proposals and their relationship to the main conference topics; preference will be given to timely topics that will favor highly interactive discussions and exchange of ideas.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fairness and Ethics
  • Civic Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Financial and Banking Data: Opportunities and Risks
  • Social Good
  • Emergence of Inequalities
  • Education
  • Safety
  • Fraud Detection vs Privacy Concerns
  • Fake News vs. Censorship
  • Health
  • Uses and Limitations of Deep Learning
  • Causality
  • Other emerging topics


Both the paper submission date and the notification date for all special sessions are the same as those of the main conference tracks. Special session organizers will form a program committee, will assign reviewers to papers and will make recommendations of acceptance/rejection for papers in their sessions.

DSAA Special Session Paper Selection and Publishing

To guarantee a uniform quality control for special sessions and to be consistent with the main conference, final decisions of acceptance/rejection are done by the DSAA program chair and/or general chair.

Special sessions proposals should be submitted to the special session chairs at the following email address:

The special session proposals must include:

  1. Title
  2. Aims and scope
  3. Topics of interest
  4. Relevance to the main conference tracks and topics
  5. Organizers
  6. Past special sessions or relevant events
  7. Potential committee members
  8. Potential invited speakers

For each organizer in (5), provide name, affiliation, country, email and a short biographical sketch, describing relevant qualifications and experience; identify at least one organizer as the contact person.

For (6), list any special session or relevant events (e.g. workshops) the organizers have organized in recent years; for each, list the year, the conference, number of submissions, number of papers accepted, number of participants, etc.

For (7), give a list of qualified committee members who could be invited. Accepted special session papers will be included in IEEE Xplore.

For (8), please consider to provide the names of one or two authoritative speakers that could open the special session, and that can deliver a comprehensive overview of the topic of interests.

Contact for inquiries about Special sessions

If you have any inquiry about the special sessions, please contact us with the following e-mail address:

Special Session Chairs

Giancarlo Ruffo
University of Turin

Sofus Macskássy

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