ICDT 2019 Call for Papers

ICDT is a series of international scientific conferences on research of data management theory (https://databasetheory.org/icdt-pages). Since 2009, it is annually and jointly held with EDBT (Extending DB Technology).

The 22nd edition of ICDT is planned to take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from March 26th to March 29th 2019.

Broadening Scope

Continuing with the idea of broadening its scope, ICDT 2019's Reach Out track calls for
  • novel formal frameworks and/or
  • articles that connect principles of data management to other communities.

Papers submitted to this track should suggest novel and important directions for database theory and provide a theoretical basis for understanding emerging areas in data management. This year we especially encourage articles that introduce novel formal frameworks and/or establish connections between the area of principles of data management and neighboring communities such as Database Systems, Operating Systems, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Knowledge Representation, Programming Languages, and Distributed Computing.

It is reasonable for articles submitted to the Reach Out track to be be shorter than regular ICDT submissions. Such papers will be judged mainly in terms of their potential to lead to further theoretical developments, and therefore the efforts should be the focused on illustrating the proposed framework via convincing examples, preliminary results, and clearly defined open problems.

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 are:

  • 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
  • Connections between 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, temporal, text)
  • Data privacy and security, concurrency, and recovery

Submission Cycles and Dates

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

  • First cycle abstract deadline: March 27, 2018
  • Full paper submission deadline: April 3, 2018
  • Notification: May 30, 2018

  • Second cycle abstract deadline: September 16, 2018
  • Full paper submission deadline: September 23, 2018
  • Notification: December 5, 2018

Submission Instructions

All submissions will be electronic via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icdt2019.

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 or workshops.

Papers must be submitted as PDF documents, using the LIPIcs style. Papers must be at most 15 pages, excluding references. Additional details may be included in a clearly marked appendix, which, however, will be read at the discretion of the program committee (online appendices are not allowed). Papers not conforming 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 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. Also, an award will be given to the Best Newcomer Paper written by newcomers to the field of database theory. The latter award will preferentially be given to a paper written only by students; in that case the award will be called Best Student-Paper Award. The program committee reserves the following rights: not to give any award; to split an award among several papers; and to define the notion of a newcomer. Papers authored or co-authored by program committee members are not eligible for any award.

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