Call for Industrial Papers

The Industrial Track Program Committee solicits submissions covering innovative commercial implementations or applications of database or information management technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical situations. Such papers should describe innovative implementations, new approaches to fundamental challenges (such as scale or integration), novel features in information management products, or major technical improvements to the state-of-the-practice.

The goal of the Industrial Track is to foster the exchange of ideas, solutions, best practices, and requirements between research and industry. This track should not be viewed as an alternative route for research papers merely having industrial authors or the potential for future application. Having an industrial author is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for submitting to the industry track.

An acceptable industrial track paper will have one (or more) of the following characteristics:

  • It describes interesting aspects of a commercial product or service, either already offered for sale or about to be.
  • It describes an implemented product or service (not a prototype) that has gone through a significant validation process.
  • It describes interesting lessons learned from using such a product or service in one or more practical situations.

Note that these characteristics may be met by papers about significant open source systems as well as by papers about systems from commercial software or service vendors.

Papers out of scope for the industrial track are:

  • Papers describing new research results coming from an industrial research laboratory.
  • Papers describing research prototypes, developed within industry or academia, regardless of whether a company intends to commercialize it someday.

Industrial Track submissions may be either full-length papers whose technical density is comparable to research submissions or extended abstracts of 1-2 pages.  Accepted full-length submissions will result in the inclusion of a full paper in the proceedings as well as an industrial talk at the conference.  Accepted extended abstract submissions will lead to an industrial talk but only to an extended abstract in the proceedings.  The Industrial Track Program Committee welcomes both types of submissions in order to encourage industrial authors to contribute technically to the proceedings but to not discourage industrial talk proposals from individuals who cannot afford the commitment of writing a full paper.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Data integration, interoperability, and metadata
  • Systems, platforms, middleware, applications, and experiences
  • Industrial-strength systems based on use of database technology
  • Applications of database technology to new areas or data types
  • New combinations of database technology with other technologies for special needs
  • Unique experiences designing, implementing, testing, and deploying information systems
  • Reporting of pitfalls, challenges, and difficulties
  • Adapting database technology to industrial requirements
  • Financial justification of information systems and life-cycle costs
  • Administrative challenges, techniques, and best practices
  • Tooling support for database development environments
  • Master data management and entity resolution
  • Data extraction, cleansing, transformation, and load
  • Novel metrics and benchmarks of information systems
  • Business process engineering and execution support
  • Web data engineering, including search, crawling, and data mining
  • Data aspects of cloud computing
  • Mashups and Mass/social programming

Examples of application areas for database technology include, but are not limited to:

  • Bio-Informatics, Life Sciences, and Medical Systems
  • Developing Countries
  • Content Management, Digital Libraries, and Search
  • Education and Research
  • Electronic Commerce and Finance
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Gaming
  • Geographic and Environmental Information Systems
  • Government
  • Home and Personal Applications
  • Humanities
  • Internet Monetization
  • Retail Systems
  • Scientific Databases
  • Social Networks
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Search

Submission Information

Submissions to the industrial program may be paper-length (12 pages) or extended abstracts of 1-2 pages.  They should present interesting aspects of commercial products and services and lessons learned from practical usage, not research results or prototypes from industry labs.

All submissions must be prepared in the IEEE camera-ready format.  A paper submitted to ICDE 2010 cannot be under review for any other conference or journal during the entire time it is considered for ICDE 2010, and it must be substantially different from any previously published work.

Submissions are reviewed in a single-blind manner.

All accepted papers will appear in the proceedings.  The online proceedings may be published as early as February 1, 2010.  The best papers will be selected for extended versions to be published in the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.  IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from IEEE Xplore) if the authors do not attend the conference to present their paper.

Formatting instructions and LaTeX macros are now available for download:

  • LaTeX users, please download this file (485KB).
  • Word users, please download this file (654KB).

Important note: Only submissions in PDF format are accepted.

Please submit your paper through the CMT site ( for ICDE 2010.

Important Dates

For the submission dates please see the Important Dates page.

Program Co-Chairs

Mike Carey, UC-Irvine, USA
Fabio Casati, University of Trento, Italy ( [email protected])
Edward Chang, Google, China