Call for Data Mining Competition

FedCSIS at the KnowledgePit Platform

We invite industrial, government, and academic organizations to submit proposals to organize a Data Mining Competition at the 15th Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2020). Data Mining Competitions are based on data sets released by the sponsoring organizations. The competitions will last for several months, with the winners announced at the conference on September 6-9, 2020.

Data Mining Competitions associated with the FedCSIS Conference Series have a long tradition. Since 2014, they have been organized every year at the KnowledgePit Platform, and in total, they attracted over 1200 teams from more than 40 countries. The competitions are usually focused on learning the most accurate classification / prediction / forecasting models based on the provided data sets. The participants are free to use all machine learning / data mining methods that they find as useful.

Those who are willing to organize a competition need to remember about the following:

  • The tasks should be challenging but achievable within the expected timeline of the competition.
  • The data sets should be novel. They cannot be available before the competition begins. The KnowledgePit Team will assist in preparation of publicly available versions of the competition data sets.
  • The organizers will be requested to cooperate with the KnowledgePit Team in order to describe the task and the data in the most clear way to the competition participants.

We will consider topics from (but not limited to) the following application domains:

  • Mobility
  • Health and wellness
  • Finance
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Retail and e-commerce
  • Gaming industry
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart City and Community

The proposals will be evaluated based on the significance and novelty of the considered problem, clarity of its definition, and availability of the related data. The competition will be hosted at the KnowledgePit Platform which provides an automatic submission and evaluation system, and maintains a leaderboard for the participants. Competition winners will be selected based on their final ranking, as well as a short report describing their algorithms and results. Top performing teams will also be invited to publish a regular paper at FedCSIS 2020, where they will be able to present their solution during the special competition session. The additional paper will be prepared and presented jointly by the Competition Organizers and the KnowledgePit Team.

Tentative Competition Timeline.

Step 1 – Submissions of competition proposals due, December 20, 2019

Step 2 – Proposal evaluation and acceptance decisions due, December 31, 2019

Step 3 – Data release, the start of the challenge, January 13, 2020

Step 4 – Deadline for participants to submit final solutions and reports, May 3, 2020

Step 5 – Publication of final results, May 15, 2020

Data Mining Challenge Proposal Format

Proposals should answer the following questions:

  • Who are the organizers? Provide the names, affiliations, contact information, and brief bio of the organizers.
  • Which sector/application domain is considered in the proposed Data Mining Challenge?
  • What kind of data set will be provided? Please describe its essential characteristics. If there are privacy concerns regarding the data, please explain in detail. The KnowledgePit Platform may provide additional services regarding the anonymization of the data. For more information, please contact the platform staff (
  • What are the considered task and the proposed evaluation metrics?
  • What prizes will be offered to winners?

Deadline for submissions of proposals: December 20, 2019. Please send the proposals to:  

FedCSIS 2020 Data Mining Challenge Co-Chairs

Piotr Biczyk, QED Software (

Andrzej Janusz, U of Warsaw & QED Software (

Important dates

Submission of technical session proposals: November 12, 2019
Paper submission (sharp / no extension): May 15, 2020
Position paper submission: June 9, 2020
Author notification: June 30, 2020
Final paper submission and registration: July 15, 2020
Conference date: September 6-9, 2020

FedCSIS 2020 is organized by