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PODS 2015 CALL FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

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 http://www.sigmod.org/the-pods-pages).

Topics of Interest

For the 34th edition, PODS aims at broadening its scope, and calls for research papers providing original, substantial contributions along one or more of the following aspects:

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

Organization

Program Chair
Diego Calvanese (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)

Program Committee
Peyman Afshani (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Edith Cohen (Microsoft Research, USA)
Cynthia Dwork (Microsoft Research, USA)
Minos Garofalakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
Lukasz Golab (University of Waterloo, Canasa)
Gianluigi Greco (University of Calabria, Italy)
Benny Kimelfeld (LogicBlox, USA)
Leonid Libkin (University of Edinbourgh, UK)
Carsten Lutz (University of Bremen, Germany)
Ioana Manolescu (INRIA Saclay Ile-de-France, France)
Yakov Nekrich (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Dan Olteanu (University of Oxford, UK)
Jeff M. Phillips (University of Utah, USA)
Reinhard Pichler (Technical University Vienna, Austria)
Riccardo Rosati (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Mantas Simkus (Technical University Vienna, Austria)
Cristina Sirangelo (ENS Cachan, France)
Jianwen Su (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
Yannis Theodoridis (University of Pyraeus, Greece)
Stijn Vansummeren (University Libre De Bruxelles, Belgium)
Rossano Venturini (University of Pisa, Italy)
Limsoon Wong (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

PODS General Chair
Tova Milo (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Proceedings & Publicity Chair
Marco Montali (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)

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 file can be followed, provided that you insert in your latex document the two commands "\fontsize{10pt}{10.2pt} \selectfont"). 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: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pods2015

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

Unlike previous PODS conferences, there are two submission deadlines as below. The first submission cycle involves two rounds of reviewing to allow for revisions, while the second submission cycle involves a single round of reviewing, as for previous PODS conferences. Papers submitted in the first cycle are not allowed to be re-submitted in the second cycle.

First submission cycle:
October 3, 2014: Research paper abstracts due
October 10, 2014: Research paper submissions due
December 19, 2014: Notification of acceptance, rejection, or resubmission
January 30, 2015: Revised submissions due
March 9, 2015: Notification of acceptance or rejection
March 22, 2015: Camera-ready due

Second submission cycle:
November 28, 2014: Research paper abstracts due
December 5, 2014: Research paper submissions due
February 20, 2015: Notification of acceptance or rejection
March 22, 2015: Camera-ready due

*All deadlines are valid anywhere in the world, i.e., for timezone UTC-12

Awards

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.