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The PODS symposium series, held in conjunction with the SIGMOD conference series, provides a premier annual forum for the communication of new advances in the theoretical foundations of data management, traditional or non-traditional (see For the 32nd edition, original research papers providing new insights in the specification, design, or implementation of data-management tools are called for.

Topics of Interest

Topics that fit the interests of the symposium include the following:

In addition, we especially welcome papers addressing emerging database environments and applications. An External Review Committee will assist in reviewing papers in several multi-disciplinary areas of particular interest to this edition of PODS -- the areas of interest and names of External Review Committee members are listed futher below.


Program Chair
Wenfei Fan (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Program Committee
Marcelo Arenas (PUC, Chile)
Leo Bertossi (Carleton University, Canada)
Diego Calvanese (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
Alin Deutsch (UC San Diego, USA)
Daniel Deutch (Ben Gurion University, Israel)
Wenfei Fan (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Floris Geerts (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Maurizio Lenzerini (Rome La Sapienza, Italy)
Benny Kimelfeld (IBM Research - Almaden, USA)
Wim Martens (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Andrew McGregor (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Frank McSherry (Microsoft Research, USA)
Frank Neven (Hasselt University, Belgium)
Jorge Perez (University of Chile, Chile)
Reinhard Pichler (Technische University Wien, Austria)
Francesco Scarcello (University of Calabria, Italy)
Nicole Schweikardt (Frankfurt University, Germany)
Thomas Schwentick (TU Dortmund University, Germany)
Peter Widmayer (ETH, Switzerland)
Ryan Williams (Stanford University, USA)
David Woodruff (IBM Research - Almaden, USA)

PODS General Chair
Richard (Rick) Hull (IBM T.J. Watson Research, USA)

Proceedings & Publicity Chair
Flors Geerts (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

External Review Committee and additional Areas of Interest

Cloud Computing and Next-generation Distributed Query Processing
Pierre Fraigniaud (Paris 7, France)
Jignesh M. Patel (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Sergei Vassilvitskii (Google Research, USA)
Milan Vojnovic (Microsoft Research, UK)

Michael Hay (Cornell University, USA)
Nina Mishra (Microsoft Research, USA)
Kobbi Nissim (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
Aaron Roth (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Adam Smith (Penn State Univesity, USA)
Mukund Sundararajan (Google Research, USA)

Mining and Learning of Data Models and Queries
Pauli Miettinen (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
Evimaria Terzi (Boston University, USA)
Panayiotis Tsaparas (University Ioannina, Greece)

Recommendation Systems and Social Networks
Gautam Das (University Texas at Arlington, USA)
Joseph A. Konstan (University Minnesota, USA)

Semantic, Linked, Networked, and Crowdsourced Data
Pascal Hitzler (Wright State University, USA)
David R. Karger (MIT, USA)
Boris Motik (University of Oxford, UK)
Neoklis (Alkis) Polyzotis (UC Santa Cruz, USA)
Axel Polleres (Siemens, Austria)

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers should be at most twelve pages, including bibliography, using reasonable page layout and font size of at least 10pt. (Note that the SIGMOD style is 9pt and is therefore not permitted. Instead, we recommend the following alternate 10pt style file: Additional details may be included in an appendix, which, however, will be read at the discretion of the PC. Papers longer than twelve pages (excluding the appendix) or in font size smaller than 10pt risk rejection without consideration of their merits. The submission process will be through the easychair website:

Note that, unlike the SIGMOD conference, PODS does not use double-blind reviewing, and therefore PODS submissions should have the names and affiliations of authors listed on the paper.

The results must be unpublished and not submitted elsewhere, including the formal proceedings of other symposia or workshops. Authors of an accepted paper will be expected to sign copyright release forms, and one author is expected to present it at the conference.

Important Dates

November 28, 2012, 5pm Pacific Standard Time: Research paper abstracts due
December 5, 2012, 5pm Pacific Standard Time: Research paper submissions due
February 25, 2013: Notification of acceptance


Best Paper Award: An award will be given to the best submission, as judged by the PC.

Best Student Paper Award: There will also be an award for the best submission, as judged by the PC, written by a student or exclusively by students. An author is considered as a student if at the time of submission, the author is enrolled in a program at a university or institution leading to a doctoral/master's/bachelor's degree. The PC reserves the right to give both awards to the same paper, not to give an award, or to split an award among several papers. Papers authored or co-authored by PC members are not eligible for an award.

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