International Conference on Machine Learning June 26–July 1, 2012 — Edinburgh, Scotland

Call for Tutorials

The ICML 2012 Organizing Committee invites proposals for tutorials to be held at the 29th International Conference on Machine Learning, on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

We seek proposals for half-day tutorials (three hours, including a half-hour break) on core techniques and areas of knowledge of broad interest within the machine learning community, including established or emerging research topics within the field itself, as well as from related fields or application areas that are clearly relevant to machine learning.

The ideal tutorial should attract a wide audience, and should be broad enough to provide a gentle introduction to the chosen research area, but should also cover the most important contributions in depth. Commercial presentations and tutorials that focus exclusively on the presenters' own work are not eligible. Tutorial proceedings will not be provided in hardcopy, but will instead be made available by the presenters on their website prior to the conference.

How to Propose a Tutorial

Proposals should provide sufficient information to evaluate the quality and importance of the topic, the likely quality of the presentation materials, and the speakers' teaching ability. We encourage tutorials taught by more than one person because the added perspective of additional presenters can provide richer, more balanced coverage of an area. Nevertheless, single person proposals are very welcome and will be considered equally in the evaluation process. The written proposal should be 2-3 pages long (plus possibly extra materials), and should use the following boldface text for section headings:

Topic overview
What will the tutorial be about? Why is this an interesting and significant subject for the machine learning community at large?
Target audience
From which areas do you expect potential participants to come? What prior knowledge, if any, do you expect from the audience? What will the participants learn? How many participants do you expect?
Content details
Provide a detailed outline of the topics to be presented, including estimates for the time that will be devoted to each subject. Aim for a total length of approximately three hours (including a half-hour break). If possible, provide samples of past tutorial slides or teaching materials. In case of multiple presenters, specify how you will distribute the work.
How will you present the material? Will there be multimedia parts of the presentation? Do you plan software demonstrations? Specify any extraordinary technical equipment that you would need.
Organizers and presenters' expertise
Please include the name, email address, and webpage of all presenters. In addition, outline the presenters' background and include a list of publications in the tutorial area.

Tutorial proposals should be submitted via email in PDF format to Soon after submission, proposers should expect to receive a verification of receipt.

Important dates

The timeline is as follows:

  • Tutorial proposals due February 10, 2012
  • Acceptance notification March 9, 2012
  • Website due April 27, 2012
  • Tutorial material due June 11, 2012
  • ICML tutorials June 26, 2012


Olivier Chapelle and Rob Schapire
Tutorials Chairs ICML 2012.