Call for Papers

EDM2013: The Sixth International Conference on Educational Data Mining

6-9 July 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA


We invite submissions to the 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining (EDM2013), to be held on 6-9 July 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. EDM 2013 will precede the 16th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED2013), 9-13 July 2012, at the same location. The main EDM conference will be on 6-8 July, with July 9 devoted to workshops, overlapping with a workshop day of AIED 2013.

The EDM 2013 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Educational Data Mining Society. The EDM conference series is the leading international forum for high quality research that mines large sets of educational data to answer educational research questions. These data sets may come from the behavioral traces that students leave when they use learning management systems, interactive learning environments, intelligent tutoring systems, or data from sensors that record their physical behaviors (e.g. webcams, eye trackers) and physiological patterns (e.g., electrodermal response, EEG). EDM is a highly multidisciplinary conference bringing together researchers from computer science, artificial intelligence in education, intelligent tutoring systems, education, learning sciences, psychometrics, statistics and cognitive psychology.

The theme of the EDM 2013 conference is “Engaged Interactions: Developing and Sustaining Engagement during Learning”. Developing and maintaining student engagement is one of the biggest challenges in all learning situations. Educational researchers have typically studied student engagement at relatively long time scales (e.g., over an entire course or activity), while psychologists and computer scientists have primarily focused on the moment-to-moment dynamics of engagement. In both cases behavioral data (e.g., log files, interaction pattern, sensor data) can be used to understand what engages different students in different circumstances and to design interactions that aim to maximize engagement and task persistence. We especially welcome papers that use EDM techniques to investigate all facets of engagement.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:
  • Generic frameworks, methods, and approaches for EDM
  • Improving educational software. Many large educational data sets are generated by computer software. Can we use our discoveries to improve the effectiveness of educational software?
  • Domain representation. How do learners represent the domain? Does this representation shift as a result of instruction? Do different sub-populations represent the domain differently?
  • Evaluating pedagogical interventions. Student learning data provides a powerful mechanism for determining which pedagogical actions are successful. How can we best use such data?
  • Affect and learning. Students’ affective states can facilitate or hinder the learning process. Can we detect when students are bored or frustrated and intervene accordingly? Can we identify pedagogical actions that increase engagement, interest, and curiosity?
  • Integrating data mining and pedagogical theory. Data mining typically involves searching a large space of models. Can we use existing educational and psychological knowledge to better focus this search?
  • Improving teacher support. What types of assessment information would help teachers? What types of instructional suggestions are both feasible to generate and would be welcomed by teachers?
  • Replication studies. Replication is a critical component of the scientific method. Do previously used techniques generalize to new domains? 
  • Best practices for adaptation of standard data mining techniques to EDM, information retrieval, recommender systems, opinion mining, and question answering
Dates and Deadlines
Full/Short papers and Doctoral Consortium papers
Feb 22 full/short papers due
The deadline for EDM 2013 Doctoral Consortium submissions has been extended to March 18. Please submit via the Submissions link below.
April 15 full/short papers and doctoral consortium acceptance notification
May 15 camera-ready full/short and doctoral consortium papers due

Posters (Late Breaking Results) and Demos
May 1 posters and demos due
May 15 acceptance notification for posters and demos
May 21 camera-ready posters and demo papers due

Workshops and Tutorials
Jan 21 workshop/tutorials proposal due
Feb 11 workshop/tutorial proposal decisions
April 1 paper submissions for workshops
May 15 acceptance notifications for workshop papers

Conference Chairs Andrew Olney, Philip Pavlik, and Art Graesser
Program Chairs Sidney D’Mello and Rafael A. Calvo
Workshop/Tutorial Chairs Kristy Boyer and Usef Faghihi
Young Researchers Track Tiffany Barnes and Davide Fossati
Interactive Events/Demos Fazel Keshtkar and Sebastian Ventura