SDM'20 Doctoral Forum

We invite doctoral students in data science (including data mining, machine learning, databases, and pattern recognition) to present their doctoral dissertation (including ongoing and future work) in poster format at the SDM'20 Doctoral Forum.

The forum is held in a plenary poster session alongside posters from the main conference, allowing for an interesting cross fertilization of ideas.

The forum is a unique opportunity for PhD students to get feedback from SDM participants and senior leaders in the field. It is also an exciting opportunity for networking and create future collaborations. Past participants have benefited significantly from this plenary session. An award will be given to the best poster presentation.

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: February 14, 2020
  • Notification deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Doctoral Forum: as part of SDM'20, May 7—9, 2020 (exact day TBA)


Please apply by filling the application form.

Information about the dimensions of the posters will be available here at a later date.

Travel support

Limited support for students at U.S.-based institutions who are accepted to the Doctoral Forum is available thanks to a NSF grant. To apply for these funds, fill the appropriate box in the application form.

Support for students to attend SDM'20, independent from their location and whether they attend the Doctoral forum, is available from SIAM, in the form of Student Travel Awards. This funding is independent from the Doctoral Forum Travel award mentioned in the previous paragraph: the application process is separate, has a different deadline, and is not managed by the Doctoral Forum Co-chair. Students at U.S.-based institutions can apply to both the SIAM travel awards and to the Doctoral forum travel awards (at most one award will be given per student).


For additional information, write to the Doctoral Forum Co-chairs, Brandeis Marshall and Matteo Riondato.