SEBD 2021 (Preliminary Announcement)
29th Italian Symposium on Advanced Database Systems
Joint with Seminar on "Reminiscence of TIDB 1981"
Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetraro (Italy), October 10-16, 2021

The 2021 edition of SEBD Symposium will take place in Cetraro (CS), Italy, at Hotel San Michele from the 10th to the 14th of October 2021.

This is the 29th edition of the symposium, which is the major annual event of the Italian database research community at large (English is the official language of the conference). The symposium is thought as a gathering forum to meet, discuss and exchange experiences among all those, both in the academy and industry, who are interested in database systems and in all their broad range of applications.

The conference covers a broad range of topics, including traditional database management, as well as new challenges for data management in any possible domain. Suggested topics include (but not limited to) the following:

- Big Data and Smart Computing;
- Data integration, Heterogeneous and Federated DBMS;
- Data mining, knowledge discovery, information extraction, and machine learning;
- Data visualization;
- Data warehousing;
- Distributed and parallel databases;
- Grid, peer-to-peer databases and Cloud Computing;
- Incompleteness, inconsistency, and uncertainty in databases;
- Keyword-based and natural language access to structured data;
- Ontology-based data management;
- Privacy, security and trust management;
- Query processing and optimization, approximate query answering;
- Real-time, embedded, sensor, and mobile databases;
- Scientific and Statistical Databases;
- Semantic Web and Open Linked data;
- Social networks and Graph databases;
- Transaction and workflow management, interoperability and Web services

SEBD 2021 invites submissions of research, industry and application contributions as well as software demonstrations. Regular papers presenting original work are solicited. Moreover, discussion papers containing descriptions of results already published are also welcomed.

There are two submission formats:
- Regular papers: original research works in the above areas;
- Discussion papers: results and ideas of interest to the SEBD audience, including extended abstract of recent own publications, position papers, system and application descriptions, and presentations of preliminary results.

More details on the event will be given in subsequent announcements. We stress that, as SEBD steering committee, your health and safety is our top priority. Therefore, SEBD 2021 will offer the possibility of online-only participation. But it is also planned to offer the possibility of in-presence participation, should the pandemic situation allow it, by setting up a blended experience for mixed online/in-presence sessions.

SEBD 2021 conference will be located in Cetraro, Italy, at the Gran Hotel San Michele (, a very beautiful villa that had been transformed into a hotel, overlooking a small private beach from the top of a cliff 80 meters high. The hotel has a huge extension of gardens and vineyards, and offers excellent sporting facilities, including a golf course (9 holes, par 70).  

Forty years ago, on September 13-19 of 1981, Gran Hotel San Michele hosted the progenitor of ICDT: the Advanced Seminar on Theoretical Issues in Databases (TIDB), organized by Giorgio Ausiello, François Bancilhon, Domenico Sacca' and Nicolas Spyratos. 
TIDB program included invited talks by outstanding scientists such as: Catriel Beeri, Ron Fagin, Seymour Ginsburg, Bob Kowalski, Witold Lipski, John Mylopoulos,  Jean-Marie Nicolas, Christos Papadimitriou, Jan Paredaens, Yehoshua Sagiv, Mihalis Yannakakis, Carlo Zaniolo. Beside the main lectures, short talks were also given by a young (at that time) Italian scientist Carlo Batini and two promising postdocs Maurizio Lenzerini and Paolo Atzeni.
In the report about TIDB written for the EATCS Bulletin, Christos Papadimitriou said: “There was an extensive mosaic of topics covered, reflecting the state of wild fermentation in which database theory appears to be. Relational theory, concurrency control, and logic in databases were three areas that were represented quite heavily in the list of speakers. Voices of the null value problem, schema design theory, the operational approach, conceptual modeling, and software engineering issues, were also heard”.
A joint seminar on "Reminencence of TIDB 1981" will be held on October 15-16, next to SEBD 2021. The seminar will be organized in mixed online/in-presence sessions of invited lectures.