The 2018 IEEE Data Science Workshop (DSW 2018)

June 4-6, 2018

EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

The 2018 IEEE Data Science Workshop is a new workshop that aims to bring together researchers in academia and industry to share the most recent and exciting advances in data science theory and applications. In particular, the event will gather researchers and practitioners in various academic disciplines of data science, including signal processing, statistics, machine learning, data mining and computer science, along with experts in academic and industrial domains, such as personalized health and medicine, earth and environmental science, applied physics, finance and economics, intelligent manufacturing.

The scientific program will include invited plenary talks, as well as regular oral and poster sessions with contributed research papers, and data challenge sessions. Papers are solicited in (but not limited to) the following topics:

Computational models and representation for data science

Tensor factorizations. Compressive sampling.  Randomized linear algebra. Graph simplifications and multiresolution representations. Transformations and spectral representations. Distributed algorithms.

Acquisition, storage, and retrieval for large-scale data science

Hardware and architectures. Software and Cyberinfrastructure. Protocols for networked storage. Compression for data storage. Sketching and streaming. Scaling up algorithms.

Visualization, summarization, and analytics

Data presentation architectures and dashboards. Data visualization and human perception / cognition. Business intelligence. Data wrangling.

Learning, modeling, and inference with data

Graph signal processing. High-dimensional spatio-temporal modeling. Theoretical limits. Anomaly detection. Graph learning. Statistical modeling of heterogeneous data types.  Post-selection inference. Analysis of deep learning algorithms. Crowdsourcing. Stream mining. Statistical uncertainty quantification.

Data science education

Innovative approaches to teaching data science. Data-informed learning theory. Learning analytics.

Data science process and principles

Reproducible research. Open source data science. Workflow. Meta-analysis. Data science ethics. Algorithmic fairness. Bias in science.


Social media, recommendation systems, and collaborative filtering. Defense, intelligence, and security. Biology and medicine. Astronomy and other physical sciences. Audio, image, video analytics, and computer vision. Urban informatics. Social sciences. Business analytics, forensics, and finance. Applications leveraging domain knowledge for data science.


Papers should be at most four pages long in double-column format. Information regarding the submission process is available on the workshop website.


Special session proposals can be submitted through the workshop website. They must include a topical title, session outline, contact information of proposers, and the list of invited papers and authors. Special session authors are referred to the workshop website for additional information regarding the submission process.


Exciting data challenges with real-world impact will be communicated in time before the workshop. The challenges will be hosted by crowdAI and powered by RENGA, the SDSC analytics platform for collaborative open science.


Three types of awards are being set up: Best Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and the Grand Challenge Award. The selection criteria for these awards include the scientific quality of the paper and the presentation of the oral contribution or challenge presentation.


Deadline for special session proposals December 15, 2017
Submission of full papers February 9, 2018
Notification of acceptance April 6, 2018
Author advance registration May 1, 2018
Camera-ready paper submission May 1, 2018


General Chairs

  • Olivier Verscheure, SDSC, Switzerland
  • Pascal Frossard, EPFL, Switzerland

Technical Program Chairs

  • Antonio Ortega, USC, USA
  • Eric Kolaczyk, BU, USA

Keynote Speakers Chair

  • Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Special Sessions Chair

  • Deepak Turaga, IBM Research, USA

Grand Challenges Chair

  • Marcel Salathé, EPFL, Switzerland

Finance Chair

  • Dorina Thanou, SDSC, Switzerland

Publication Chair

  • Xiaowen Dong, University of Oxford, UK

Local  Arrangements and Publicity Chair

  • Floriane Jacquemet, SDSC, Switzerland