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Flavio Figueiredo <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:03:08 +0000
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Call for Demos

Due to concerns about COVID-19, RecSys 2020 will cancel its physical component and go fully virtual. To support authors through these stressful times, deadlines are extended.

Demos show implementations of novel, interesting, and important recommender systems' concepts or applications. Allowing potential users to see and use a demo of a research work makes them excited about it – it makes the work real and tangible. Demos also allow developers from small start-ups to large industries to present new recommender ideas and get valuable feedback from the recommender systems community.

RecSys has an excellent history of being well-attended by industry representatives — past conferences have had attendees and presenters from Netflix, Amazon, Booking, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Criteo, Pandora, Spotify, etc. The blend of industry and academic attention provides an excellent environment to demonstrate and discuss latest inventions or ideas.

We invite demonstrations relevant to all aspects of recommender systems, including, but not limited to:
   * Interaction techniques (preference elicitation interfaces, recommendation presentation, explanations, and more)
   * Tools for development and analysis of recommender systems (design tools, evaluation systems, analytics tools)
   * Innovative applications of recommender systems
   * Recommender user experiments
   * Recommender platforms

Accepted demonstrations will be published in the conference proceedings. Authors will also be required to present a poster of their work at the conference.


All submissions and reviews will be handled electronically. Demonstrations must be submitted to PCS by 23:59, AoE (Anywhere on Earth) on June 22nd, 2020. There will be no extensions to the submission deadline.

Formatting. ACM is changing the archive format of its publications to separate content from presentation in the new Digital Library, enhance accessibility, and improve the flexibility and resiliency of our publications. Following the new ACM publication workflow, all authors should submit manuscripts for review in a single-column format. The maximum length for demonstrations is 3 pages (excluding references) in the new single-column format. Instructions for Word and LaTeX authors are given below:
   * Microsoft Word: Write your submission using the Submission Template (Review Submission Format). Follow the embedded instructions to apply the paragraph styles to your various text elements. The text is in single-column format at this stage and no additional formatting is required at this point.
   * LaTeX: Please use the latest version of the Master Article Template - LaTeX to create your submission. You must use the "manuscript" option with the \documentclass[manuscript]{acmart} command to generate the output in a single-column format which is required for review. Please see the LaTeX documentation and ACM's LaTeX best practices guide for further instructions. To ensure 100% compatibility with The ACM Publishing System (TAPS), please restrict the use of packages to the whitelist of approved LaTeX packages.

Authors are strongly encouraged to provide "alt text" (alternative text) for floats (images, tables, etc.) in their content so that readers with disabilities can be given descriptive information for these floats that are important to the work. The descriptive text will be displayed in place of a float if the float cannot be loaded. This benefits the author as well as it broadens the reader base for the author's work. Moreover, the alt text provides in-depth float descriptions to search engine crawlers, which helps to properly index these floats.

Should you have any questions or issues going through the instructions above, please contact support at [log in to unmask] for both LaTeX and Microsoft Word inquiries.

Accepted demonstrations will be later submitted to ACM's new production platform where authors will be able to review PDF and HTML output formats before publication.

Contents. The description of the demo must include the following:
   * An overview of the algorithm or system that is the core of the demo, including citations to any publications that support the work.
   * A discussion of the purpose and the novelty of the demo.
   * A description of the required setup. If the system will feature an installable component (e.g., mobile app) or website for users to use throughout or after the conference, please mention this.
   * A link to a narrated screen capture of your system in action, ideally a video. (This section will be removed for the camera-ready version of accepted contributions.)

Anonymity. All submissions will be single-blind peer reviewed. This means that submissions should include information identifying the authors and their organization.

Originality. Demos must not be under review in any other conference at the time of submission and must contain novel contributions.


   * Demo submission deadline: June 22nd, 2020
   * Demo notification: July 13th, 2020
   * Camera-ready demo summary deadline: July 27th, 2020

Deadlines refer to 23:59 (11:59pm) in the AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time zone.


   * Ludovico Boratto, Eurecat (Technology Centre of Catalonia), Spain
   * Denis Parra, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile

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