Robert West

Tutorials Track Co-Chair (hands-on)

Marinka Zitnik

Tutorials Track Co-Chair (hands-on)

Smriti Bhagat

Tutorials Track Co-Chair (lecture)

Paul Groth

Tutorials Track Co-Chair (lecture)
University of Amsterdam


Important dates

  • Proposal submission deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Tutorial acceptance notification: December 14, 2020
  • Draft tutorial materials due for posting: April 5, 2021
  • Tutorial presentations: April 19-23, 2021



We invite tutorial proposals on current and emerging topics related to the World Wide Web, broadly construed, i.e., including mobile and other Internet- and online-enabled modes of interaction and communication. Tutorials serve an educational function and are expected to provide a balanced perspective on a field of research. It is expected that tutorials target audiences with a diverse range of interests and backgrounds: beginners, developers, designers, researchers, practitioners, users, lecturers, and representatives of governments and funding agencies who want to learn about emerging research areas or develop advanced skills in areas about which they are already knowledgeable. Only a subset of those profiles can be addressed in each tutorial. Tutorial proposals are welcome in both technological (such as algorithmic and software issues) as well as socio-economic domains (such as market design, interaction design, and collaboration technologies).

To bridge the gap between research and real-world applications, we are accepting tutorial proposals in the following two categories:

  1. Lecture-style tutorials cover the state-of-the-art research, development, and applications in a specific data mining related area, and stimulate and facilitate future work. Tutorials on interdisciplinary directions, bridging scientific research and applied communities, novel and fast growing directions, and significant applications are highly encouraged. We also encourage tutorials in areas that may be different from the mainstream conference but are still very much related to the Web Conference mission and objectives of gaining insight from data. The conference is paying particular attention to themes around the Web’s impact, technical and socio-technical advances that enhance and expand Web platforms and technologies, and issues of democratizing access to Web information and knowledge. Tutorials on these themes are highly encouraged.
  2. Hands-on tutorials feature in-depth hands-on training on cutting edge systems and tools of relevance to the Web Conference community: data mining, machine learning, crowdsourcing, computational social science, security/privacy/trust, semantics & knowledge, systems, user experience & accessibility, mobile computing.
    Hands-on tutorials are targeted at novice as well as moderately skilled users, with a focus on providing hands-on experience to the attendees. The pace of the tutorial should be set such that beginners can follow along comfortably. The covered tools and systems must have a proven track record of success in the community. Hands-on tutorials introduce the motivation behind the tools and the associated fundamental concepts and work through examples to demonstrate applications in real-world use cases.
    We also welcome proposals for creative and unconventional training sessions, such as hackathons, competitions/challenges, etc. as long as participants can learn practical skills and participate in an active way.

All tutorials will be part of the main conference technical program and will be available free of charge to the attendees of the conference. A tutorial can be for half a day, i.e., 3-4 hours of audience interaction, including questions, or a full day, which corresponds to 7 hours. Teams of 2-3 presenters are encouraged, though single-presenter tutorials are possible. Preference will be given to applications that involve at least one expert in the areas covered by the proposal.


Submitting a Tutorial Proposal

Tutorial proposals should contain the following information in a maximum of 4 pages:

  • Title
    Concise title.
  • Organizers
    The names, affiliation, contact information, and brief bio of the organizers.
  • Abstract
    Brief description of the tutorial in 1-2 paragraphs that will be used on the website to promote it to the conference attendees.
  • Topic and relevance
    Description of the tutorial topic, providing a sense of both the scope of the tutorial and depth within the scope, and a statement on why the tutorial is important and timely, how it is relevant to the Web Conference, and why the presenters are qualified for a high-quality introduction of the topic.
  • Duration
    Proposed duration of the tutorial (half or full-day), together with the justification that a high-quality learning experience will be achieved within the chosen time period.
  • Interaction style
  • Intended audience and level
    Description of the intended audience, prerequisite knowledge, and learning objectives for the tutorials.
  • Previous editions
    If the tutorial was conducted before, where and when was it conducted? Please give details on the number of attendees, and how the proposed tutorial differs or builds on the previous ones. If possible, provide a link to slides of the previous tutorial presentation.
  • Tutorial materials
    What tutorial materials will be provided to attendees? Will the organizers be able to obtain copyright permission from publishers, as required?
  • Online format

How will the organizers ensure that the tutorial will be successful in the virtual, online-only format? What techniques and formats will you use to present the tutorial at a virtual-only conference? Your answer here is crucial for hands-on tutorials.

  • Additional info for hands-on tutorials
    • Tutorial duration: 3 hours or 6 hours
    • Operating system and required installed tools on attendees’ devices.
    • List of software licenses required for the tools.
    • Setup instructions for attendees. (The setup should not take more than 1 hour to complete.)
  • Video snippet [optional]
    Video snippets demonstrating that tutorial speakers have experience in teaching and giving research talks.

The final proposal must be uploaded as a PDF file only.


Tutorial Materials
The tutorial presenters agree to provide teaching materials, including slides, relevant articles/book chapters, and any online material at least two weeks in advance of the tutorial. Materials will be posted on a secure website or otherwise distributed among conference attendees. The tutorial presenters need to inform the Tutorial Chairs in advance of any particular technical needs.


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Review of Tutorial Proposals

All tutorial submissions will be evaluated by Tutorial Chairs in consultation with the General and Program Committee Chairs, who will consider the following criteria:

  • Relevance, interest, and value of the topic to The Web Conferences attendees and research communities.
  • Completeness, clarity, and quality of the proposal and materials including the schedule of the tutorial.
  • The capacity of the venue and the expertise of the presenters.
  • Educational value and effectiveness of the proposed presentation approach.
  • Overlap with tutorials held in previous years and the coverage of the tutorial topic in other tracks of the conference.


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