Call for Tutorial Proposals
International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2001)

The ICML-2001 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be presented at the Eighteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2001). ICML-2001 tutorials will be held on the first day of the conference, June 28, at Williams College, the site of all ICML events. Anyone interested in presenting a tutorial at the conference should submit a proposal as outlined below.

ICML tutorials will provide conference participants with an opportunity to learn about important advances in the science and practice of machine learning. Tutorials will cover both recent advances that are of broad interest, and more mature topics that may be unfamiliar to a significant portion of the field. Tutorials are included in the registration fees of all participants, and will be an integral part of the conference. Each tutorial will last two hours.


We seek tutorial proposals on core techniques and areas of knowledge that should be broadly known within the machine learning community. We are interested in tutorials that summarize recent technical advances in a core area of machine learning (e.g., support vector machines, recent approaches to evaluating machine learning techniques such as bias-variance analysis) or that summarize techniques recently introduced from other fields (e.g., expectation-maximization clustering). We are also interested in tutorials that educate the community about more mature techniques from machine learning and statistics that are still unfamiliar to part of the community (e.g., time series analysis, a review of commercial data mining tools). Finally, we are interested in tutorials that present basic knowledge necessary to bridge the gap between machine learning and another field of science that could offer unique technical insights or opportunities for innovative applications of machine learning (e.g., information retrieval, genetic analysis, or social network analysis).


Proposals should provide sufficient information to evaluate the quality and importance of the topic, the likely quality of the presentation materials, and the speakersŐ teaching ability. We encourage tutorials taught by two-person teams because the added perspective of a second presenter can provide richer, more balanced coverage of an area.

Proposals should be 3-5 pages long and contain at least the following information:

Submission Deadlines

Feb 12, 2001 Proposals due
Feb 26, 2001 Notification of acceptance
Mar 12, 2001 Abstracts due
May 14, 2001 Tutorial notes due

Proposals will be reviewed by the tutorial chair and members of the organizing committee. Please submit either two hard copies of proposals or electronic submissions in text, PostScript, or PDF. Proposals should be mailed to:

David Jensen
Department of Computer Science
140 Governor's Drive
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-9677
Fax: 413-545-1249

Additional Information

For additional information, see the conference web site:

which will provide additional details as they become available. If you have questions about ICML-2001, please send electronic mail to