Call for Special Session and Workshops

Special session and Workshop proposals are invited to the 2017 Web Intelligence conference to be held in Leipzig, Germany, on August 23-26, 2018. Their objective is to complement the regular program with specific or emerging topics that are of particular interest to the Web Intelligence community and, in case of Workshops, to provide a forum for intense and deep-going discussions. Special Session and Workshop proposals need to address topics that do not pertain to well-established tracks of WI. They may, however, cut across and beyond disciplines traditionally represented at WI conferences.

Important Dates

  • March 12, 2017: Workshop and Special session proposal submission
  • March 19, 2017: Notification of Workshop/Special session acceptance
  • May 21, 2017: Submission of Workshop/Special session papers (Extended Deadline)
  • June 18, 2017: Notification of Workshop/Special session paper acceptance
  • June 26, 2017: Camera-Ready Papers (Workshops and Special sessions)
  • August 23-26, 2017: Main conference
  • Special Sessions

    Typically, each Special Session comprises at least 3 regular presentations, or 5 short ones, or an adequate mixture of these. The first paper in a Special Session may serve as an introduction to the field, aimed at listeners, who are not experts in the field yet and, therefore, could also be an overview paper. An organizer should not contribute with more than one paper.


    The purpose of the CP workshops is to provide a more informal venue in which participants can:
    • explore specific research areas in depth,
    • discuss new research directions,
    • study specific application areas of Web Intelligence, or
    • bring together researchers from different areas with shared interests.

    What is requested for a proposal?

    Prospective organizers of Special Sessions or Workshops (called events in the following) should submit proposals indicating:

    1. Title and acronym of the event
    2. Duration (in half-day steps) – for Workshops only
    3. Description of the event topic, and a draft version of CFP (not exceeding 500 words)
    4. Short description on how the organizers plan to attract quality submissions (CfP spreading?)
    5. Preliminary list of invited speakers (if already available)
    6. Past records (if any)
    7. Short bio of the organizers
    8. Tentative program committee (if already available)
    9. Contact information of the organizers (including name, affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address)

    Evaluation of Proposals

    Special session and Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic, its uniqueness, the qualifications of the proposers and their experience. The proposers are expected to have at least a PhD degree and a good publication track record in the proposed area. A tentative accept/reject decision on the proposal will be sent to the proposers within a short period after its receipt by the Special Sessions and Workshop Chairs. Accepted special sessions and Workshops will be listed on the website. However, it may be that we suggest that an accepted proposal shall be combined with a similar proposal to avoid multiple Special Sessions or Workshops on a similar topic. A final decision will be made two weeks after the special session proposal deadline. High quality outcomes (papers) of these events may be considered for publication in a journal (e.g., Web Intelligence journal (IOS Press,, or the Multiagent and Grid Systems journal (IOS Press,

    Proposal submissions

    Proposals are to be send by Email to:
    WSChair [at] webintelligence2017 [dot] com

    For further information either visit the WI 2017 homepage (see above) or contact any of the Special session and Workshop chairs (see below).

    Workshop and Special Session Chairs

    Agata Filipowska, Poznan University of Economics, Poland, Agata.Filipowska [at] ue.poznan [dot] pl
    Omar Hussain, UNSW Canberra, Australia, o.hussain [at] [dot] au
    Juan D. Velasquez, University of Chile, Chile, jvelasqu [at] dii.uchile [dot] cl
    Yiqiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, yqchen [at] [dot] cn
    Olaf Reinhold, Leipzig University, Germany, reinhold [at] wifa.uni-leipzig [dot] de