• The organization committee is pleased to set up the best paper award for the workshop, the winner will be awarded 300 USD plus a certificate.
  • NeuRec workshop is honourable to be sponsored by Frontiers in Big Data, a prestigious journal in data science.
  • The website of NeuRec Workshop 2020 has been set up.

About the NeuRec Workshop 2020

The Workshop on Advanced Neural Algorithms and Theories for Recommender Systems (NeuRec) will be co-located with ICDM 2020 to be held on November 17-20, 2020, Sorrento, Italy. This workshop provides a more focused, in-depth venue for presentations, discussions and interactions on the area of data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence and recommender systems.

Call for Papers

A brief introduction

Nowadays, the renaissance of artificial intelligence (AI) has attracted huge attention from every corner of the world. On the one hand, neural algorithms and theories (include shallow and deep ones) have nearly dominated AI development in almost all areas, e.g., natural language processing (NLP),computer vision (CV) and planning and have shown great promise. On the other hand, recommender systems (RS), as one of the most popular and important applications of AI, has been widely planted into our daily lives and has made a huge difference. Naturally, the combination of neural algorithms and theories and recommender systems has been flourishing for years and has shown great potential. In practice, neural models and algorithms have nearly dominated the recommender system research in recent years. Many state-of-the-art recommender systems are built on neural algorithms, especially deep neural algorithms. However, most researchers often only focus on the application of deep neural models to solve the problems in recommender systems, they either ignore the more efficient shallow and light weighted neural models or overlook the fundamental theories behind these neural models, and the intrinsic connections between these theories and the recommender system issues.
This workshop aims to systematically discuss the recent advancements of both shallow and deep neural algorithms for recommender systems from both the application and theoretical perspectives. Particularly, the recent progress achieved in both shallow and deep neural recommender system algorithms together with the related theories will be discussed. Furthermore, both the recent progress achieved in the academia and the industry will be covered.
This workshop solicits the latest and significant contributions on developing and applying neural algorithms and theories for building intelligent recommender systems. Specifically, the workshop solicits papers (max 8 pages plus 2 extra pages) for peer review. The format of the submissions must be in line with the ICDM submissions, namely double-column in IEEE conference format. Furthermore, as in previous years, papers that are not accepted by the main conference will be automatically sent to a workshop selected by the authors when the papers were submitted to the main conference. By the unique ICDM tradition, all accepted workshop papers will be published in the dedicated ICDMW proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Relevant topic areas

The workshop invites submissions on all topics of neural algorithms and theories for recommender systems, including but not limited to:
-Deep neural model for recommender systems
-Shallow neural model for recommender systems
-Neural theories particularly for recommender systems
-Theoretical analysis of neural models for recommender systems
-Theoretical analysis for recommender systems
-Data characteristics and complexity analysis in recommender systems
-Non-IID (non-independent and identical distribution) theories and practices for recommender systems
-Auto ML for recommender systems
-Privacy issues in recommender systems
-Recommendations on small data sets
-Complex behaviour modeling and analysis for recommender systems
-Psychology-driven user modeling for recommender systems
-Brain-inspired neural models for recommender systems
-Explainable recommender systems
-Adversarial recommender systems
-Multimodal recommender systems
-Rich-context recommender systems
-Heterogeneous relation modeling in recommender systems
-Visualization in recommender systems
-New evaluation metrics and methods for recommender systems

Important dates

August 24, 2020: Workshop papers submission
September 17, 2020: Notification of workshop papers acceptance to authors
September 24, 2020: Camera-ready deadline and copyright form
November 17, 2020: Workshops date

The paper submission site

Organizing Committee


Dr. Shoujin Wang, Macquarie University
Dr. Liang Hu, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Prof. Yan Wang, Macquarie University
Prof. Longbing Cao, University of Technology Sydney
Prof. Ivor Tsang, University of Technology Sydney

Publicity Chairs

Rossi Kamal, DataScience4Human, Bangladesh
Prof. Wenpeng Lu, Qilu University of Technology

Program Chairs

Prof. Lin Xiao, Hunan Normal University
Prof. Lianyong Qi, Qufu Normal University
Dr. Ling Luo, University of Melbourne

Program Committee


Journal Opportunties:

Extended version of accepted wroskshop papers will be recomemnded to the following journals for quick publication as regular papers or special issue papers:


Please contact Dr. Shoujin Wang via

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