Call for IKDD CODS Data Challenge 2014 Proposals

We invite proposals for Data Challenge competition(s) to be held as part of the first ACM IKDD Conference on Data Sciences - CODS ( being held in India under the newly formed ACM iKDD chapter. The CODS 2014 conference will be held in New Delhi, India, during March 21-24 2014. We plan to select multiple data challenge proposals, and the organising team of the selected proposals will be given the complete control of running their track.

Data Challenges are designed in the similar lines of well known KDD Cup challenge, to attract "data hackers" from academia and industry. Each selected track will have multiple prize winners who will get a chance to speak about their winning submissions in a plenary session of the main conference, and all successful submissions get poster time during the entire conference.

Proposals should include details about:
1. Description of the problem addressed, with the relevant background of the domain.
2. Detailed description of the available data, guarantee of availability for use by all participants, guarantee of confidentiality of the "ground truth" against which submissions will be evaluated, size of the data (of both the training and testing data separately), and hosting services as well as costs that participants may incur for accessing it.
3. Competition tasks - we encourage both task-driven challenges as well as open-track which require users to develop some "interesting" insights.
3a. Task-driven challenge proposals should give detailed description of the task(s), their scientific and technical merit as well as impact to the society at large.
3b. Open-track challenges should give some examples of expected submissions
4. Description of the evaluation procedures, including the details of baselines and how the significance of improvements will be measured. For open-track challenges, it is necessary to provide a confirmed panel of domain experts who will evaluate the submissions.
5. Details of availability of resources for smooth running of the competition, including but not limited to: team members and their availability, compute and data hosting resources, support staff, any additional equipment, etc. It is also encouraged to include names of sponsors of the data challenge if any.
6. The competition typically should last between 6 to 8 weeks and the winners should be notified by late February at the latest. The winners will be announced in the iCODS 2014 conference, will have a session to present the details of their submissions, and will be included in a web-accessible proceedings supplement hosted from iKDD website.
7. Names, affiliations, contact details (including phone numbers) and short biographies of the organisers.
8. Additional information such as if similar/same challenge has been held before, and whether any prize money for winners is available.

Of particular interest are the challenges that use data from non-traditional domains which have high practical impact (e.g., medical, climate, agriculture, energy/water/forest resources, national security, privacy, and so on).

Please send your proposals to by Oct. 15, 2013 with the subject "CODS Data Challenge 2014"

Important Dates
Research Papers
4th Oct 2013 [Extended]
Data Challenge Proposals
15th Oct 2013
Paper & Proposal Desisions
26th Dec 2013
Final Camera Ready
5th Jan 2014
21st to 23rd March 2014
General Chairs:
Gautam Shroff TCS Research, Delhi
Lokendra Shastri Samsung R&D
Program Chairs:
Balaraman Ravindran IIT Madras
Kamalakar Karlapalem IIIT Hyd
Data Challenge Chair:
Srikanta Bedathur IIIT Delhi
Local Organising Committee:
Ashwin Srinivasan IIT Delhi
Maya Ramnath IIT Delhi
LV Subramaniam IBM Research Delhi
Hiranmay Ghosh TCS Research Delhi
Puneet Agarwal TCS Research Delhi