ICDT Call for Papers

ICDT is an international conferences series that addresses the principles and theory of data management. Since 2009, it is annually and jointly held with EDBT, the international conference on extending database technology.
See also https://databasetheory.org/icdt-pages

Broadening Scope

As ICDT strives to broaden its scope, ICDT 2021 will continue to have a Reach Out Track that calls for

– novel formal frameworks or directions for database theory and/or
– connections between principles of data management and other communities.

The aim of the Reach Out track is to present novel and important directions for database theory and to expand the scope and impact of ICDT towards neighboring communities such as Database Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Machine Learning, Programming Languages, Distributed Computing, and Operating Systems. It is reasonable for articles submitted to this track to be be shorter than regular ICDT submissions. Submissions will be judged mainly in terms of their potential to lead to valuable and impactful theoretical developments. We encourage authors to illustrate the potential impact via convincing examples, preliminary results, and clearly specified open problems. However, the Program Committee reserves the right to re-classify a Reach Out paper submission as a regular submission.

Topics of Interest

Every topic related to the principles of data management is relevant to ICDT. Particularly welcome are contributions that connect data management to theoretical computer science, and those that connect database theory and database practice.

Examples of relevant topics include:
– Data mining, information extraction, information retrieval, and database aspects of machine learning
– Data models, design, structures, semantics, query languages, and algorithms for data management
– Distributed and parallel databases, cloud computing
– Databases and knowledge representation
– Graph databases, (semantic) Web data, and Web services
– Data streams and sketching
– Data-centric (business) process management and workflows
– Data and knowledge integration and exchange, data provenance, views, and data warehouses
– Domain-specific databases (multimedia, scientific, spatial, etc)
– Data privacy and security, concurrency, and recovery

Submission Cycles and Dates

ICDT has two submission cycles, the first providing the possibility of a revision.

April 2, 2020: Abstract submission
April 9, 2020: Paper submission
June 5, 2020: Notification

September 21, 2020: Abstract submission
September 28, 2020: Paper submission
November 27, 2020: Notification

Program Committee

Program Committee Chair:
Ke Yi, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Program Committee Members:
Yael Amsterdamer, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Meghyn Bienvenu, CNRS, University of Bordeaux, France
Vladimir Braverman, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Marco Calautti, University of Trento, Italy
Hubie Chen, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Sara Cohen, The Hebrew University, Israel
Martin Grohe, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Benny Kimelfeld, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Paraschos Koutris, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Domenico Lembo, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Stefan Mengel, CNRS, CRIL, France
Matthias Niewerth, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Dan Olteanu, University of Oxford, UK
Rasmus Pagh, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sudeepa Roy, Duke University, USA
Atri Rudra, University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA
Francesco Scarcello, DIMES, University of Calabria, Italy
Srikanta Tirthapura, Apple Inc. and Iowa State University, USA
Stijn Vansummeren, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Jef Wijsen, University of Mons, Belgium

Submission Instructions

Submissions will be electronic via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icdt2021

Papers must be written in English and provide sufficient detail to allow the program committee to assess their merits. The results must be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere, including the proceedings of other symposia, workshops, and journals.

Papers must be submitted as a PDF document and use the LIPIcs style (http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/publications/lipics/instructions-for-authors). Paper length is limited to 15 pages excluding references, both for regular submissions and for the Reach Out Track. Additional details may be included in a clearly marked appendix which will be read at the discretion of the program committee. Online appendices are not allowed. Papers that do not conform to these requirements may be rejected without further consideration.

The proceedings will appear in the Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs) series, based at Schloss Dagstuhl. This guarantees that the proceedings will be available under the gold open access model, that is, online and free of charge while the authors retain the rights over their work.

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to register at the conference and to present the paper.


An award will be given to the Best Paper and to the Best Newcomer Paper where `newcomer’ refers to the field of database theory. The latter award will preferentially be given to a paper authored only by students and in that case be called Best Student-Paper Award. The program committee reserves the right to not give any award and to split an award among several papers. Papers co-authored by program committee members are not eligible for an award.

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