Call for Papers

The Eighteenth International Conference on Machine Learning

June 28-July 1, 2001, Williams College

The Eighteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2001) will be held at Williams College, in the scenic Berkshires of western Massachusetts, from June 28 to July 1, 2001. The conference will bring together researchers to exchange ideas and report recent progress in the computational study of learning.

Topics for Submission

Submissions are invited that describe empirical, theoretical, and cognitive-modeling research in all areas of machine learning. We welcome work describing research contributions arising from the application of machine learning techniques to real-world problems. Submissions that present interdisciplinary research involving machine learning are especially encouraged.

Format of the Conference

The conference will begin with a one-day program of workshops and tutorials. This will be followed by three days of talks, poster sessions, and informal gatherings designed to foster discussion of research in machine learning.

The conference will include both plenary and parallel tracks for the presentation of papers published in the conference proceedings. Speakers will also present their work at an evening poster session, which will allow conference attendees to discuss the work with the authors at greater length.

In addition to paper presentations, there will be talks given by three invited speakers. Please watch for the announcement of the distinguished speakers for this year's conference.

Paper Submission

Authors should submit papers using the same format and length as will be required for the final proceedings version. Detailed instructions, as well as templates for LaTeX and Word are available from
These specify two-column style, Times Roman font with 10 point type, vertical spacing of 11 points, overall text width of 6.75 inches, length of 9.0 inches, 0.25 inches between the two columns, top margin of 1.0 inch, and left margin of 0.75 inch. (The right and bottom margins will depend on whether one uses US letter or A4 paper.) Papers must not exceed eight (8) pages including figures and references. We will return papers that do not satisfy these requirements to the author.

The deadline for submission to ICML-2001 is Monday, January 29, 2001. Submission will be entirely electronic by transferring papers to the ICML-2001 submission site:
Authors must submit papers in postscript or pdf format to ensure our ability to print them out for review.

ICML-2001 allows simultaneous submission to other conferences, provided this fact is clearly indicated on the submission form. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings only if they are withdrawn from other conferences. Simultaneous submissions that are not clearly specified as such will be rejected.

Review Process

All papers submitted to ICML-2001 will be read by at least two reviewers, as well as an area chair. We will follow the policy started at ICML-2000 of conditionally accepting papers that are not publishable in their initial form, but that the reviewers feel can be improved enough in time to appear in the proceedings. If a paper is conditionally accepted, the requirements for acceptance will be explicitly listed on the review form. Papers that have been conditionally accepted will be reviewed again after re-submission.

Important Dates

Submissions due: January 29, 2001
Acceptance decisions mailed to authors: March 19, 2001
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers (conditional and unconditional) due: April 16, 2001

Additional Information

For additional information, see the web site for the conference at
which will provide additional details as they become available. If you have questions about ICML-2001, please send electronic mail to