Call for Papers

The Nineteenth International Conference on Machine Learning

8 - 12 July 2002
University of New South Wales
Sydney Australia

The Nineteenth International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-2002) will be held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia from 8 - 12 July 2002. The conference will bring together researchers to exchange ideas and report recent progress in the computational study of learning.

Topics for Submission

ICML-2002 welcomes submissions on all facets of machine learning and especially solicits papers on problem areas, research topics, learning paradigms, and approaches to evaluation that include: We also welcome submissions on all the traditional topics of Machine Learning..

Format of the Conference

The conference will be co-located with COLT. The two conferences will span the week starting 8 July, 2002, with one overlap day of joint session. ICML will include a one-day program of workshops and tutorials. This will be followed by three days of talks, poster sessions, and informal gatherings designed to foster discussion of research in machine learning.

The conference will include both plenary and parallel tracks for the presentation of papers published in the conference proceedings. Speakers will also present their work at an evening poster session, which will allow conference attendees to discuss the work with the authors at greater length.

In addition to paper presentations, there will be talks given by three invited speakers. Please watch for the announcement of the distinguished speakers for this year's conference.

Paper Submission

Authors should submit papers using the same format and length as will be required for the final proceedings version. Detailed instructions, as well as templates for LaTeX and Word are available from
These specify two-column style, Times Roman font with 10 point type, vertical spacing of 11 points, overall text width of 6.75 inches, length of 9.0 inches, 0.25 inches between the two columns, top margin of 1.0 inch, and left margin of 0.75 inch. (The right and bottom margins will depend on whether one uses US letter or A4 paper.) Papers must not exceed eight (8) pages including figures and references. We will return papers that do not satisfy these requirements to the author.

The deadline for submission to ICML-2002 is Friday 1 February 2002. Submission will be entirely electronic by transferring papers to the ICML-2002 submission site:
Authors must submit papers in postscript or pdf format to ensure our ability to print them out for review.

ICML-2002 allows simultaneous submission to other conferences, provided this fact is clearly indicated on the submission form. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings only if they are withdrawn from other conferences. Simultaneous submissions that are not clearly specified as such will be rejected.

Review Process

All papers submitted to ICML-2002 will be read by at least two reviewers, as well as an area chair. We will follow the policy adopted in 2000 and 2001 of conditionally accepting papers that are not publishable in their initial form, but that the reviewers feel can be improved enough in time to appear in the proceedings. If a paper is conditionally accepted, the requirements for acceptance will be explicitly listed on the review form. Papers that have been conditionally accepted will be reviewed again after re-submission.

Important Dates

Submissions due: 1 February 2002
Acceptance decisions mailed to authors: 22 March 2002
Revised copies of conditionally accepted papers due: 15 April 2002
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers (conditional and unconditional) due: 19 April 2002

Additional Information

For additional information, see the web site for the conference at
which will provide additional details as they become available. If you have questions about ICML-2002, please send electronic mail to