Fragile Earth:

Theory Guided Data Science
to Enhance Scientific Discovery

August 5th

Fragile Earth:

Theory Guided Data Science
to Enhance Scientific Discovery

August 5th


8:00 and onwards Registration

8:30 – 8:45 Introduction

8:45 – 9:30 Keynote Talk 1: 

9:30 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:15 Research Track 1 

10:00 – 10:18

10:19 – 10:37

10:38 – 10:56

10:57 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00  

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:45

13:00 – 13:22

13:23 – 13:45

13:45 – 14:30  Keynote Talk 3: 

14:30 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:00 Research Track 3 

15:00 – 15:20

15:20 – 15:40

15:40 – 16:00

16:00 – 16:45 Panel Discussion

16:45 – 17:00 Closing

Call for Papers

We are excited to announce the Fragile Earth workshop at KDD ’19, Earth Day in Anchorage on August 5th. FEED ’19 will bring together the research, industry, and policy community around enhancing scientific discovery in the earth sciences through the joint use of data, theory, and computation. Whether it is food security, water scarcity, energy use, land restoration,climate models, or the incorporation of theoretical thinking into data driven frameworks of scientific discovery, and related areas, we invite you to be part of the community!

We solicit three categories of papers: research papers, on-going work papers, and position/vision papers.
Research papers should be maximum 8 pages in length, on-going work papers maximum 6 pages and position or vision papers between 2 to 6 pages. All should follow the AMC template: https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template


  1. Paradigms for enhancing scientific discovery through theory guided data science.
  2. Empirical investigations at the intersection of the earth sciences/sustainability and data.
  3. Data-informed Food/Energy/Water/Earth Sciences policy discussions.
  4. Frameworks for helping the scientific and KDD communities to work together

Accepted papers will be allocated to three themed sessions and a poster session. We expect presentations to last 15-20 minutes (including questions), and will prioritize submissions based on relevance, scientific rigour, and potential for societal impact.

Workshop papers will not be published as a part of the SIGKDD 2019 Conference proceedings. However, for those authors interested in archival publications, we have a simultaneous submission policy with the Frontiers in Big Data journal.  Authors of FEED 2019 submissions are optionally invited to submit the journal versions of their papers to the special issue “Big Data for Food, Energy and Water”.  (Primarily solicited are journal ready versions of research papers, but those of position/vision papers will also be considered.)
The submission deadline is May 19th (for both the workshop and the journal). Information on the special issue, including the submission process, can be found here: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/8733/big-data-for-food-energy-and-water


We are pleased to announce funds to cover travel expenses of selected workshop participants, thanks to the seed funding we have been awarded by Cargill.

Cargill, a proud sponsor of the Fragile Earth workshop, is one of the largest food suppliers in the world producing Food Ingredients, Bio-Industrials, Animal Nutrition, Protein, Salt and Agricultural Supply Chain services. Cargill’s goal is to nourish the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way and it has customers/partners in more than 125 countries in the world. The company has a number of initiatives using data science to help with sustainability, deforestation, water safety, energy/food waste, and safety. Cargill is thrilled to provide this support for emerging leaders in the area of data science for food energy and water as we work together to solve the associated challenges.

Travel costs including airfare and hotel expenses can be covered (subject to an upper limit) with priority given to early career researchers who are presenting workshop authors.

Authors submitting papers to the workshop can apply to this fund by writing a brief statement of need and uploading to the submission website as separate document titled with “Travel Grant Request”. This statement should provide a rational for the request and explain what the author(s) will gain from attending this workshop.

Keynote speakers:

Important Dates

Paper submission: May 19, 2019 – Closed.
Author notification: June 10, 2019


Naoki Abe

Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research AI


Kathleen Buckingham

Research Manager, World Resources Institute


Emre Eftelioglu

Data Scientist, Cargill Inc.

James Hodson

CEO, AI for Good Foundation, Senior Researcher, Jozef Stefan Institute Artificial Intelligence Lab

Auroop R. Ganguly

Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, Director of the Sustainability and Data Sciences Laboratory (SDS Lab). A co-founder and the chief scientific adviser of risQ Inc.

Ramakrishnan Kannan

Computational Data Scientist in Oak Ridge National Laboratory