Special Sessions

Important Dates

Special Session Proposal Due February 21, 2021
Special Session Proposal Notification February 28, 2021
Special Session Paper Submission Deadline May 23, 2021
Special Session Paper Notification July 25, 2021

About DSAA Special Sessions

DSAA Special Sessions are an important part of the main conference program. They bring together researchers, industry experts, practitioners, and potential users who are interested in cultivating specialized and important aspects of data science and analytics.

DSAA Special Sessions are intended to promote EMERGING data science research areas that are not well established and covered in the main conference tracks, while featuring much higher quality, integrity and impact of presentations than classic workshops typically hosted in all major conferences. The same evaluation criteria and quality level apply as for the main conference, but the papers must adhere to the area of the special session they are submitted to, and the reviewers are experts in that area.

Many real-world challenges call for interdisciplinary solutions and a dialog of cultures. In DSAA’2021, we particularly encourage proposals for special sessions that promote such a dialog, e.g. on statistics and data mining, pattern recognition and statistics, data mining and simulation.

We welcome proposals that promote a more intensive interaction between different communities and proposals that promote cooperation to solve interdisciplinary problems. Proposals on special sessions on how interdisciplinary data science can make the world stronger against disease, outbreaks are strongly encouraged.

Thus, special sessions might focus on:

  1. topics on the border of data science research area,
  2. advanced topics within the data science research area, or
  3. specific application areas for data science.

Special Session Proposal Submission and Review

Proposals for hosting special sessions at DSAA’2021 are welcome. The proposals must address:

  1. Title
  2. Aims and scope 
  3. Topics of interest 
  4. Relevance to the DSAA main conference tracks and topics 
  5. Organizers 
  6. Past special sessions or relevant experiences or track records 
  7. Potential committee members

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 in DSAA or other major conferences; 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 would be invited.

Special session proposals will be reviewed based on the above criteria and quality of the proposals as well as their relationship to the main conference topics. Preference may be given to timely topics that are critical for data science and analytics, inspire highly interactive discussions, and showcase the impact of data science and analytics.

Proposers are encouraged to give an estimation of the number of submissions they expect.

Submission of a special session


Special Session Organization, Paper Submission and Review

Once a special session proposal has been accepted, its organizers should widely publicize the session for calling for papers.

Special session papers strictly follow the same specifications, requirements, and policies as the main conference submissions in terms of the paper submission deadline, notification deadline, paper formatting and length, and important policies.

Reviewing the submissions in each special session is coordinated by the special session organizers and is fully aligned to the main conference evaluation process. In particular:

  • All papers submitted to special sessions will be double-blind reviewed
  • Organizers of each special session will recommend program committee members (PCMs) to the DSAA Program Chairs and Special Sessions Chairs.
  • Approved PCMs will be invited by the conference Special Session Chairs into the submission system for each Special Session; a reviewer is allowed to serve as PCM in more than one Special Session.
  • Papers will then be assigned to appropriate PCMs by the Special Session organizers for review.
  • Special Session organizers will make recommendations of acceptance/rejection for papers in their sessions, which will be double-checked by the conference Special Session Chairs.

To guarantee uniform quality control for all special sessions and to be consistent with the main conference, the final decisions of special session paper acceptance/rejection are made by the DSAA Program Chairs.

Proceedings, Indexing and Special Issues

All accepted full-length special session papers will be published by IEEE in the DSAA main conference proceedings under its Special Session scheme. All papers will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEEXplore Digital Library. The conference proceedings will be submitted for EI indexing through INSPEC by IEEE.

Organizers of Special Sessions may additionally, arrange for special issues to further publish the extended journal versions of the papers. Several past special sessions have published special issues with the International Journal of Data Science and Analytics (JDSA, Springer).

General Inquiries

Inquiries about special session proposals should be sent to: 


Specific inquiries about a Special Session should be submitted to the session organizers, who are advised to set up a joint email address, once their proposal is accepted.

Special Sessions Chairs

Jaime Cardoso

Jaime Cardoso

University of Porto, INESC TEC, Portugal

Myra Spiliopoulou

Myra Spiliopoulou

University of Magdeburg, Germany

Pedro Rodrigues

Pedro Rodrigues

University of Porto, Portugal


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