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General Introduction
After 25 years VLDB returns to Berlin in 2003 to continue the long lasting tradition of VLDB conferences as a premier international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users.
The VLDB conference reflects the increasing challenges of an ever more complex technical world. The scope for submissions of original results has extended from all technical aspects of data management to the infrastructures of which databases have become an essential part, and to applications which heavily depend on database technology. We invite submission of technical papers, papers with visionary contributions, proposals for panels, tutorials, and demonstrations, all of which present the most critical issues and views on practical leading-edge database technology, applications, and techniques.
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Important Dates
February 11, 2003
Abstract Submission Deadline
February 18, 2003
Full Paper Submission Deadline
March 1, 2003
Panel, Demonstration and Tutorial Submission Deadline
April 25, 2003
Ph.D. Workshop Submission Deadline
May 5, 2003
Notification of Acceptance
June 15, 2003
Camera Ready Papers due
September 9, 2003
Conference opens
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Topics of Interest
VLDB 2003 invites submissions on new contributions in the field of data management, including novel usage of data management technology. VLDB 2003 strongly encourages the submission of creative work that goes beyond improvements of already known results. Submissions may cover novel approaches in data management, visions that present new viewpoints and challenges, or a description of the implementation or deployment of advanced database technology in an industrial or application setting. Furthermore, since new hallenging applications appear on the horizon, papers that describe those with respect to their technical substance, their impact, and their importance and relate them to today's database technology are also solicited.
To accommodate the spectrum of papers, VLDB 2003 will be organized into three tracks:
· Core Database System Technology
· Infrastructure for Information Systems
· Industrial Applications & Experience
Accordingly, like in 2002 VLDB 2003 will divide the Program Committee by subject area rather than by geographical region as in earlier years. Nonetheless, we remain committed to maintain the geographical balance in all aspects of the conference.
The Core Database Technology PC will evaluate papers that report on technology that is meant to be incorporated in the database system itself. This includes database engine functions, such as query languages, data models, query processing, views, integrity constraints, triggers, access methods, and transactions in centralized, distributed, replicated, parallel, mobile, and wireless environments. It also includes extended data types, such as multimedia, spatial and temporal data, and system engineering issues, such as performance, high availability, security, manageability, and ease-of-use. Papers on all aspects of active and object databases, storage technology, and data management system architecture should be submitted to the Core Database Technology PC.
The PC covering Infrastructure for Information Systems will evaluate papers that report on methods, issues, and problems faced during the design, development and deployment of innovative solutions for information management. It also covers middleware and tools that exploit database technology, but are typically not part of a database system itself. Examples include workflow, advanced transaction processing features, application servers, object monitors, services in support of E-commerce, mediators and other web-oriented data facilities, metadata repositories, data and process modeling, web services, user interfaces and data visualization, data translation and migration, data cleaning, multi-agent systems, and system management. Papers on topics others than those mentioned which cover the area of Infrastructure for Information Systems are also welcome.
The PC on Industrial Applications & Experience solicits submissions covering innovative commercial database implementations, novel applications of database technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations. Such papers should describe innovative implementations, new approaches to fundamental challenges (such as very large scale or semantic complexity), or major technical improvements to the state-of-the-practice. Our objective is to challenge people from industry to articulate the unsolved problems they face or encounter when they apply DB technology in their environments. The papers should communicate the challenges which members of the DB community should address more aggressively. The track is VLDB's way to foster the exchange of ideas and solutions between research and industry. Application areas include those of Bioinformatics/Life Science, Engineering, Mobile Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and other areas all of which pose technical challenges to the field of data management.
Industrial application & experience submissions may be either full papers whose technical density is comparable to research submissions or extended abstracts.
In some cases, material might cut across more than one of the tracks, and indeed we strongly encourage papers that pursue some of the ties between them. Examples include data mining, web-related work, and XML. We leave it up to the discretion of the authors to which PCs they submit their paper depending on the prevailing contribution. If in doubt, we suggest to contact one of the PC chairpersons. The program committee reserves the right to move papers between the PC's to ensure the fairest possible evaluation.
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Topic List
Core Database Technology

Infrastructure for Information Systems

Industrial Applications & Experience

  • Access Methods
  • Active Databases
  • Advanced Search, Query, and Approximation
  • Authorization and Security
  • Concurrency Control and Recovery
  • Database Systems and Grid Computing
  • Databases and database services in new context
    • Application Service Provisioning
    • Collaboration/Cooperation
    • Embedded Databases
    • Internet and the WWW
    • Mobile Applications
  • Database Benchmarks and Measurement
  • Database Languages
  • Integrating Programming Languages with Databases
  • Manageability of Database Systems
  • Optimization and Performance
  • Protection
  • Reliability
  • Replication, Caching, and View Materialization
  • Robustness
  • Semi-structured Data, XML
  • Special Purpose Database Technologies
    • Fuzzy Databases
    • Knowledge Base
    • Management Systems
    • Multidimensional Databases
    • Multimedia Databases: Images, Streams, etc.
    • Object-Oriented Database Systems
    • Object-Relational Database Systems
    • Parallel and Distributed Databases
    • Real-time Databases
    • Scientific and Statistical Databases
    • Spatial Databases
    • Temporal Databases
    • Text Databases
  • Views and View Management
  • Agent based Systems and Technology
  • Application Servers, Object Monitors
  • Architectural Issues
    • DBMS, Data, Applications, and Middleware
    • Databases as Components in Large Systems
    • Data in Enterprise Architectures
    • Databases, Software Engineering and the Information System Lifecycle
  • Databases and Database Services in new Context
    • Application Service Provisioning
    • Collaboration/Cooperation
    • Embedded Databases
    • Internet and the WWW
    • Mobile Applications
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Data Models, Database Design, Process Modeling
  • Data Quality
  • Data Transformation, Integration, Evolution, and Migration
  • Data Warehousing
  • Distributed Transaction Management
  • Industrial Challenges and Opportunities
  • Information and Data Semantics
  • Information Retrieval with Database Systems
  • Interoperability, Heterogeneous and Federated Databases
  • Logic and Databases
  • Mediation
  • Meta-data Management
  • Novel / Advanced Applications
  • On-line Analytical Processing
  • Object/Request Broker Technology
  • Personalized or Profile-based Data Management
  • User Interfaces & Visualization
  • Visual Query Languages and Tools
  • Workflow Systems
  • Application Areas
    • Bio-Informatics/Life Science
    • Developing Countries
    • Digital Libraries/Document Management
    • Electronic Commerce
    • Engineering
    • Enterprise Data Management
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    • Environmental Management
    • Finance
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Government
    • Home and Personal Applications
    • Humanities
    • Medical Systems
    • Telecommunications
  • Business Process Engineering and Execution Support
  • Industrial Strength Systems based on DB Technology
  • Unique Experiences in using DB technology
  • Designing & Implementing Systems in the above Areas using DB Technology
  • Reporting Pitfalls and Difficulties
  • Adapting DB Technology in industrial setting to industrial Requirements
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