VLDB 2002
28th International Conference on
Very Large Data Bases
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
August 20-23, 2002
Hong Kong, China


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VLDB 2002 will continue the 27-year tradition of VLDB conferences as the premier international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. We invite submissions reporting original results on all technical aspects of data management as well as proposals for panels, tutorials, demonstrations, and exhibits that will present the most critical issues and views on practical leading-edge database technology, applications, and techniques. We also invite proposals for events and workshops to take place at the Conference site before or after VLDB 2002.



VLDB 2002 invites submissions on a broad range of technical topics relating to the storage and management of data and to the usage of data management technology. VLDB 2002 encourages authors to consider novel topics and approaches, not just incremental improvements of existing results. Submissions may cover new research results, a vision that presents new viewpoints and challenges, or a description of the implementation or deployment of novel database technology in an industrial or application setting.

For the past two years, the VLDB Conference has been working to broaden the range of topics beyond core database system technology and to address novel approaches rather than dwelling on incremental improvements of existing results. This year, we take a further step in this direction by creating a separate program committee covering Infrastructure for Information Systems, as distinct from Core Database Technology. Moreover, we will significantly increase the total number of accepted papers, to make room for more papers on Infrastructure for Information Systems. Thus, in a break from tradition, this year's VLDB Program Committee (PC) will be divided by subject area, rather than by geographical region. Despite this change, we remain committed to maintaining geographical balance in all aspects of the conference.

The PC covering Infrastructure for Information Systems will evaluate papers that report on methods, issues, and problems faced during the design, development and deployment of innovative solutions for information management. Examples include digital libraries, E-commerce, scientific and engineering systems, computer-supported cooperative work, federated databases, data warehousing and other types of enterprise knowledge management. It also covers middleware and tools that exploit database technology but are typically not part of a database system itself. Examples include workflow, transaction processing, application servers, object monitors, services in support of E-commerce, mediators and other web-oriented data facilities, metadata repositories, data and process modeling, user interfaces and data visualization, data translation and migration, data cleaning, multi-agent systems, and system management. The above examples are meant to be suggestive. Papers on other topics that fit the conference's goals are welcome.

By contrast, the Core Database Technology PC will evaluate papers that report on technology that is meant to be incorporated in the database system itself. This includes database engine functions, such as query languages, data models, query processing, views, integrity constraints, triggers, access methods, and transactions in centralized, distributed, replicated, parallel, mobile, and wireless environments. It also includes extended data types, such as multimedia, spatial and temporal data, and system engineering issues, such as performance, high availability, security, manageability, and ease-of-use.

Although most papers will fit neatly in one of the two categories, some may not. Two such cases are data mining and web-related work. Data mining papers should be submitted to the Infrastructure for Information Systems area. Papers related to the storage and manipulation of XML should be submitted to the Core Database Technology area. Papers on web-oriented middleware, such as mediators and object monitors, should be submitted to the Infrastructure for Information Systems area. Further clarifications may be found in the topic list, which is organized by subject area. Note that the topic lists overlap, since some topics are potentially applicable to papers in both areas. The program committee reserves the right to move papers between the two PC's to ensure the best evaluation.

The conference also encourages submissions covering innovative commercial database implementations, novel applications of database technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations. Such papers should describe innovative implementations, new approaches to fundamental challenges (such as very large scale or semantic complexity), or other major technical improvements to the state-of-the-practice. Industrial/application/experience submissions may be either full papers whose technical density is comparable to research submissions or extended abstracts.

Authors should categorize their submission as "research," "vision," or "industrial/application/experience," depending on its primary contribution.

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Research Papers

For each paper, authors must first submit an abstract by February 12, 2002 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time). Full papers must be submitted by February 19, 2002 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time). Papers must be submitted electronically using the conference management tool . Detailed instructions can be found at: http://www.cs.ust.hk/vldb2002/author-info/submission-guidelines.html. Further questions may be addressed to:

Core Database Technology Program Chair: Raghu Ramakrishnan, raghu@cs.wisc.edu

Infrastructure for Information Systems Program Chair: Yannis Ioannidis, yannis@di.uoa.gr

Research papers will be judged according to their category, so authors should give careful consideration to placing their papers appropriately. Papers must not be published or under consideration to be published elsewhere.

Industrial, Applications & Experience Papers

Industrial/application/experience submissions, both full papers and extended abstracts, should be submitted electronically by February 19, 2002 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) to:

David Wai-lok Cheung, dcheung.vldb@cs.hku.hk

Nominations for topics and speakers are welcome.

The conference will also host an industrial exhibit with participation of the leading vendors of data management products and of publishing companies. If you are interested in participating in the exhibit program, please contact:

Joseph S.P. Fong, csjfong@cityu.edu.hk

Tutorial Proposals

Tutorial proposals must clearly identify the intended audience. Tutorials whose audience is broader than the database research community are encouraged. Proposals must be no more than five pages, and must include enough material to provide a sense of both the scope of material to be covered and the depth to which it will be covered. The intended length of the tutorial (1.5 or 3 hours) should also be indicated, together with justification that a high-quality presentation will be achieved within the chosen time period. Proposals should be submitted electronically by February 19, 2002 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) to:

Dik L. Lee, dlee@cs.ust.hk

The submission must contain the name, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number of the speaker. Tutorial presentations will be published and made available to VLDB participants, and must be ready for publication by July 1, 2002.

Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should address controversial issues and must be debate-oriented rather than a series of short presentations. The proposal should include the topic title, a short statement about the importance and relevance of the panel and the potential issues of controversy, a tentative list of questions that will be posed to the panelists, a list of confirmed participants along with their affiliation, and a short bio of each participant. Panel proposals should be submitted electronically by February 19, 2002 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) to:

Elisa Bertino, bertino@dsi.unimi.it

Short panel summaries will appear in the Proceedings.

Demonstration Proposals

Demonstration proposals should be focused on new technology, advances in applying databases, or new techniques. Demonstration proposals must be no more than four pages, and should give a short description of the demonstrated system, explain what is going to be demonstrated, and state the significance of the contribution to database technology, applications, or techniques. Proposals should be submitted electronically by February 19, 2002 (9:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) to:

Roger Barga, barga@microsoft.com

Short papers describing demos will appear in the Proceedings.

Workshop Proposals

Workshop proposals should be submitted to:

Philip A. Bernstein, philbe@microsoft.com

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