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ECML-PKDD DC 2013 : 15th Discovery Challenge - Recommending Given Names organized in conjunction with ECML PKDD 2013


When Sep 23, 2013 - Sep 27, 2013
Where Prague, Czech Republic
Submission Deadline Jul 1, 2013
Notification Due Jul 15, 2013
Categories    machine learning   recommender systems   information retrieval   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

2nd Call for Participation to the 15th Discovery Challenge - Recommending Given Names

organized in conjunction with ECML PKDD 2013
September 23rd to 27th, 2013, Prague, Czech Republic

All over the world, future parents are facing the task of finding suitable given names for their children. This choice is influenced by different factors, such as the social context, language, cultural background and especially personal taste. Typically, parents spent hours with browsing through endless lists of names, hoping to find the perfect name.



This year’s ECML PKDD Discovery Challenge addresses the task of recommending given names, that is, creating a recommender system for first names. Given a set of names for which a user has shown interest in, the recommender should provide suggestions for further names. The challenge is based on actual usage data of the name search platform nameling (, which attracted more than 60,000 users within less than a year.

The task of recommending names is new and thus many approaches have the potential to yield a successful contribution. Teams of any size and background (researchers, students, etc.) are welcome alike and we are very much looking forward to your contribution and seeing you at the 20DC13 workshop!

The challenge consists of two parts, an offline and an online challenge. In the offline challenge, participants develop a recommender that, given a set of names for which a user has shown interest in, provides as list of recommendations for that user. To win the offline challenge it is not mandatory to take part in the online challenge although all participants are welcome to integrate their recommender algorithms into the live system.

For detailed information regarding participation, task description and access to the data please check the official 20DC13-Callenge-Website:

The registration is open! First results can be compared on the leaderboard on the challenge website.

- Deadline for results of the offline challenge: July 1st, 2013
- Submission deadline for papers (offline challenge): July 8th, 2013
- Start of the online challenge: July 15th, 2013
- Workshop: Takes place during the ECML PKDD 2013 conference

All participants are asked to prepare papers which will be presented either as oral presentations or posters. Submissions must be written in English, following the LNCS guidelines ( and must not exceed 12 pages including references and figures.
Papers must be submitted via EasyChair ( The submissions to the workshop are elicited through an open call for papers and will undergo peer review by the program committee.
- All submissions must be in English.
- All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Workshop’s Program Committee.
- Accepted Papers will be presented

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the online proceedings which will appear in the CEUR-WS ( on-line proceedings series. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the event in order to present the paper; accepted papers whose authors have not shown up at the workshop to present the paper will not be published in the proceedings.

- Stephan Doerfel, University of Kassel
- Andreas Hotho, University of Würzburg
- Robert Jäschke, L3S Research Center
- Folke Mitzlaff, University of Kassel
- Juergen Mueller, L3S Research Center


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