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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

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VLDB2000 will be held in Cairo, Egypt, in view of the awe-inspiring 5000-year-old Sphinx and the Pyramids. VLDB2000 will address the most critical challenges and achievements in the research and practice of database applications and management, including those posed by the current revolution in computing. It will continue the 25-year tradition of VLDB conferences as the premier international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users. We invite submissions reporting original results on all aspects of data management as well as proposals for panels, tutorials, demonstrations, and exhibits that will present the most critical issues and views on practical leading-edge database technology, applications, and techniques. Join us also for the First Cairo Workshop on Advanced Database Systems and Applications.


In addition to encouraging submissions on conventional topics of interest in categories such as:

Data Management  •  Applications  •  Design and Systems  •  Languages

VLDB2000 invites submissions (1) on a broader range of topics than those considered by previous database conferences; (2) on riskier and more novel challenges, as opposed to incremental improvements on existing results; (3) on detailed industrial challenges and solutions; and (4) from a broader range of contributors (e.g., from across the spectrum of designing, developing, and deploying database technology and from those outside the field posing requirements and challenges). VLDB2000 encourages submissions on any topic across the full scope of data management, its applicability, its challenges, and future directions. We welcome papers that question prevailing assumptions underlying databases and provide solutions and directions for next-generation data management and next-generation applications such as e-commerce, digital libraries, and knowledge management. We encourage papers addressing long-standing open problems such as data semantics and large-scale distribution. For more information see, Broadening the Database Field for VLDB2000.



Abstracts for paper submissions must be received by February 18, 2000. Submissions (including papers and proposals for panels, tutorials, and demos) must be received by February 25, 2000. Papers must be submitted to the program committee chair for the region in which the principal author did the reported work.

Amr El Abbadi
Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
Gunter Schlageter
Far East, Asia, and Australia
Kyu-Young Whang

Papers must state the category (i.e., research, vision, or experience/applications) under which they are to be reviewed; otherwise, they will be rejected on receipt. Detailed descriptions of each paper type and the criteria by which they will be evaluated are provided on the VLDB2000 web site. Papers must not be under consideration or published elsewhere. The VLDB web site will provide descriptions and criteria for the paper types, a suggested topic list, and details of the arrangements for electronic and paper submission.

For more details on paper submission, see Paper Submission Instructions


We seek novel topics that are of wide interest and are emerging in importance, or that introduce new concepts, technologies, or synergistic ties between databases and another relevant research field.

Tutorial proposals must clearly identify the intended audience, which should be broader than the database research community. Proposals must be at most five pages, and include enough material to provide a sense of both the scope of material to be covered and the depth to which it will be covered. The intended length of the tutorial (1.5 or 3 hours) should also be indicated, together with justification that a high-quality presentation will be achieved within the chosen time period.

Proposals should be submitted electronically on or before Friday, February 25, 2000, by sending e-mail to The message must contain the name, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number of the speaker.

Tutorial presentations will be published and made available to VLDB participants, and must be ready for publication by July 15, 2000.


Panel proposals should address exciting, new, and controversial issues and must be debate-oriented rather than a series of short presentations. The proposal should include the topic title; a short statement about the importance and relevance of the panel and the potential issues of controversy; and a tentative list of questions that will be posed to the panelists, a list of confirmed participants along with their affiliation, and a short bio of each participant.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to both panel chairs: Ahmed Elmagarmid ( and Opher Etzion ( by February 25, 2000.


Demonstrations should demonstrate new technology, advances in applying databases, or new techniques. Often they will complement a presentation. Demonstrations will have up to four pages in the proceedings. The demonstration proposal should clearly give a short description of the demonstrated system, explain what is going to be demonstrated, and state the significance of the contribution to database technology, applications, or techniques. Please refer to "Instructions for Demonstrators" when planning your demonstration.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail (as PDF files) to both demonstration chairs: Ahmed Elmagarmid ( and Opher Etzion (


VLDB2000 will showcase exhibits from industry, vendors, publishers, and research groups. Exhibits linked to other VLDB2000 presentations are encouraged. To propose your participation in the exhibits program, contact the program chair ( by Friday, May 5, 2000.


The Industrial Track will include sessions on critical industrial data management challenges and trends. Submissions are not solicited for these sessions. Suggestions for topics and speakers should be submitted to the VLDB2000 industrial track chair (Dayal@Hpl.Hp.Com) by Friday, February 25, 2000. Speakers in these sessions may contribute four-page papers for inclusion in the proceedings.


This workshop will be held September 9–10, 2000, in cooperation with VLDB2000. It is intended to bring local researchers and practitioners together in a forum that will continue beyond the year 2000. To encourage local-international interaction, we invite local and international submissions. Information on the workshop can be obtained from workshop co-chairs Profs. Amr Goneid and Awad Khalil (, of the American University in Cairo. More information is available at 

Important Dates
18  February 2000 Abstract Submission Deadline 
25 February 2000  Paper Submission Deadline 
5 May 2000   Exhibit Deadline
10 May 2000  Notification of Acceptance 
5 June 2000  Camera Ready Papers Due 
10 September 2000 VLDB2000 Conference opens in Cairo


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Last updated February 17, 2000