March 14-17, 2004, Nicosia, Cyprus, 

Special Track on Data Mining (DM)


SAC 2004 

Over the past seventeen years, the ACM  Symposium  on  Applied Computing  (SAC)  has  become  a  primary  forum for applied computer scientists and application developers  from  around the  world  to  interact and present their work. SAC 2004 is sponsored by the  ACM  Special  Interest  Group  on  Applied Computing  (SIGAPP)  and  is  presented  in cooperation with other ACM Special Interest Groups. 

For additional information, visit the SAC 2004 web page at 

Special Track on Data Mining 

Data mining has become a popular way of discovering new knowledge from large and complex data sets such as business transaction data, GIS data, environmental data, genomic data, text and web data, and so on. Advances in data mining technology have made it possible to solve many interesting problems in business, science and industry and continue to be the focus of many research program. Recently emerged the idea that databases should provide support and technology for data mining, as it occurred for OLAP and data warehouses in last decade.
Finally the diffusion of XML as a language for the interchange of data, also loosely structured, between different sources encourages the development of heterogeneous and complex systems and might provide a high degree of interoperability between specialized components of the data mining system.  This track on "Data Mining" will have an emphasis on declarative data mining, intelligent querying and associated issues such as optimization, indexing, query processing, languages and constraints. Attention is also placed to solution of data preprocessing problems, such as data cleaning, discretization and sampling, developed using the database tools and declarative approaches, etc. We encourage also submissions of papers on new applications of data mining systems, such as in biology and science. As part of the SAC track on Data Mining, we solicit original research papers in all areas of data mining with a special interest in the following topics.
Data mining models 
Declarative and algebraic languages for data mining 
Query optimization techniques 
Integration of database languages such as SQL and XML with data mining
Coupling between Database and Data Mining Systems
Integration between Data Warehouses and Data Mining
Pre-processing and Post-processing data transformations
Novel applications of data mining in biology, and science 
Text mining 

Submission of papers:

Papers   should   represent   original   and   previously unpublished ideas that are currently not under review in any conference or  journal.  Both  basic  and  applied  research papers  are  solicited. Papers describing novel applications and making significant research contributions  are  also  of interest.

The paper should not be more than 15 pages long  using  11 point  font  and  1 inch margins on all four sides on letter size paper. Papers that fail to comply to length limitations risk rejection.

Electronic submission in PDF format is preferred, but Word and  Postscript  will  also  be  accepted.  Please note that hard copy and fax submissions will not be accepted.

Authors must register their intent to submit  a  paper  by submitting an electronic abstract of a maximum length of 200 words by the due date prior to  the  actual  submission  and obtain  a paper identification number. All submissions must be through the conference submission site at . The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must not appear in the body of the submitted paper,  and  self-references should  be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind  review.  All  submitted  papers must  include  the paper identification number on the front page above the title of the paper. No author information should appear on the front page. The paper ID obtained from SAC should be used as the file name for the electronic submission of the paper as a PDF (preferred) attachment.

Enquiries and questions  may  be  directed  to  the  Track Chair.  Additional  details  are available at the conference home page at and at the track home page at

Final Version:

Each submitted paper will be fully refereed  and  undergo  a blind  review  process  by  at  least  three  referees.  The conference proceedings will be published by ACM. Hence,  all accepted  papers  should be submitted in ACM 2-column camera ready format for publication in the  symposium  proceedings. The total number of pages allowed for the final papers without any extra page fee is five (5). The additional page charge is specified on the registration form (should be 60 USD for each extra page). A maximum of 8 pages in total is allowed for each manuscript.
Payment of the fees (registration and extra page fees) is a requirement of having your paper published in the proceedings. Online registration information is available at SAC website (

Poster Publication of Selected Papers

A set of selected papers, which did not get accepted as full papers, will be accepted as poster papers and will be published as extended 2-page abstracts in the symposium proceedings.

Pubblication in Journal:

A selected number of accepted papers will be invited for expansion and revision for possible inclusion in "Information Systems" by Elsevier after additional reviewing.

Important Dates 
Item  Date 
Abstract Submission
Paper Submission
Notification of Acceptance:
Camera-Ready Copy Due:
September 1, 2003 
September 6, 2003 
October 18, 2003 
November 8, 2003
March 14-17, 2004 

Track Chair 

Accepted Papers
Track Chair Track Co-Chair
Hasan M. Jamil Meo Rosa
Department of Computer Science Dipartimento di Informatica,
corso Svizzera, 185, I-10149
Wayne State University Universita'  di Torino
Wayne Torino
United States ITALY
Voice:  +39-011-670 6817
Fax: +39-011-751 603
Track WEB site:

Program Committee
Elena Baralis Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Roberto Bayardo IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
Christian Boehm UMIT, Austria
Marco Botta University of Torino, Italy
Jean-Francois Boulicaut INSA LISI, Lyon, France
Toon Calders University of Antwerp, Belgium
Bruno Cremilleux GREYC - Department d'Informatique, France
Luc de Raedt Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany
Saso Dzeroski Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Fosca Giannotti CNUCE-CNR of Pisa, Italy
Bart Goethals Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), Finland
Le Gruenwald University of Oklahoma, USA
Dimitrios Gunopulos University of California, Riverside, USA
Jiawei Han University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 
Sherri Harms University of Nebraska, Kearney, USA
Kristian Kersting Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany
Mika Klemettinen Nokia Research Center, Finland
Krzysztof Koperski Insightful Corporation, USA
Stefan Kramer Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
Pier Luca Lanzi Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Dominique Laurent University of Cergy-Pontoise, France
Donato Malerba University of Bari, Italy
Giuseppe Manco ICAR-CNR, Italy
Raymond T. Ng University of British Columbia, USA
Stefano Paraboschi University of Bergamo, Italy
Jian Pei University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA
Giuseppe Psaila University of Bergamo, Italy
Christophe Rigotti INSA LISI, Lyon, France
Domenico Saccà Università della Calabria, Italy
Lorenza Saitta Amedeo Avogadro University, Eastern Piedmont, Italy
Arno Siebes Utrecht University, The Netherland
Einoshin Suzuki Yokohama National University, Japan
Franco Turini University of Pisa, Italy
Jiong Yang  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
Philip S. Yu IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Raymond Wong University of New South Wales, Australia
Osmar Zaiane University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Mohammed Zaki Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Carlo Zaniolo University California Los Angeles, USA