Submit an Abstract

The SDSS 2021 Program Committee is soliciting submissions for both refereed and lightning presentations. All refereed and lightning submissions should focus on any one of the following six tracks:

  • Computational Statistics
  • Data Visualization
  • Education
  • Machine Learning
  • Practice and Applications
  • Software & Data Science Technologies

Only online submissions will be accepted for consideration.

Refereed Submissions – Submissions Due November 23, 2020

Submission opens: October 1, 2020
Submission closes: November 23, 2020
Decisions due: January 14, 2021

Refereed* abstract submissions will be accepted for consideration from October 1 – November 23, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Submissions may be modified until the November 23 deadline. Decisions will be provided in mid-January.

All abstract submissions during this period will be refereed. The top-ranked submissions will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Past participants encouraged this change so SDSS would be more aligned with the culture existing at many prestigious computer science and machine learning conferences.

Each refereed abstract submission will consist of a 2,000-character abstract overview and two-page PDF document giving an extended abstract.

Please use one of the templates available here for formatting your extended contributed paper abstract submission for SDSS 2021. There are (3) options available:

Any references and figures should be included within the two pages. As explained above, these submissions may be modified from October 1 – November 23, 2020.

For details, view SDSS 2021 Program Chair Wendy Martinez’s Amstat News article about the new refereed contributed paper process.


*Refereed presentations will be up to 30 minutes in length.

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Lightning Submissions – Submissions Due March 10, 2021

Submission opens: February 1, 2021
Submission closes: March 10, 2021
Decisions due: March 29, 2021

Lightning** abstracts will be accepted for consideration from February 1, 2021, to March 10, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET).

Lightning Sessions are a “hybrid” of oral and e-poster sessions. Accepted lightning presentations will give a brief (3–4 minute) oral talk that acts as an “elevator pitch” for your e-poster presentation. The electronic poster (e-poster) at a later time also serves as an excellent teaching tool, allowing for direct and immediate feedback; broad exposure; and the ability to display extensive graphics, tables, and animations. An e-poster is like a traditional poster presentation but presented on a large computer screen. The ASA uses 42” LCD displays in the landscape position.


**Lightning talks will be 3–4 minutes in length, followed by an e-poster presentation of up to 60 minutes in length.

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Key Dates

  • October 1, 2020
    Refereed Online Abstract Submission Opens
  • November 23, 2020
    Refereed Online Abstract Submission Closes
  • January 14, 2021
    Early Registration and Housing Opens
  • February 1, 2021
    Lightning Online Abstract Submission Opens
  • March 10, 2021
    Lightning Online Abstract Submission Closes
  • April 7, 2021
    Early Registration Deadline
  • April 7, 2021
    Speaker Registration Deadline
  • May 10, 2021
    Housing Closes
  • June 2, 2021 – June 5, 2021
    SDSS 2021 in St. Louis, MO