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.


  • Paradigms for enhancing scientific discovery through theory guided data science.
  • Empirical investigations at the intersection of the earth sciences/sustainability and data.
  • Data-informed Food/Energy/Water/Earth Sciences policy discussions.
  • 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Workshop papers will not be published as a part of the SIGKDD 2019 Conference proceedings.

Important Dates

Paper submission: May 5, 2019 (Anywhere on Earth)
Author notification: June 1, 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