AI for Fashion
The third international workshop on fashion and KDD
20th August, 2018 - London, United Kingdom

Paper Submission Deadline: May 8, 2018

Fashion is a multi-billion-dollar industry with social and economic
implications worldwide. The fashion industry has traditionally placed high
value on human creativity and has been slower to realize the potential of
data analytics. With the advent of modern cognitive computing technologies
(data mining and knowledge discovery, machine learning, deep learning,
computer vision, natural language understanding etc.) and vast amounts of
(structured and unstructured) fashion data the impact on the fashion
industry could be transformational. Already fashion e-commerce portals are
using data to be branded as not just an online warehouse, but also as a
fashion destination. Luxury fashion houses are planning to recreate
physical in-store experiences for their virtual channels, and a slew of
technology startups are providing trending, forecasting, and styling
services to the fashion industry.

The third international workshop on fashion and KDD will be hosted at KDD
2018 in London, United Kingdom on August 20th, 2018. The goal of this
workshop is to gather people from academia, industry, and startups working
at the intersection of fashion and data mining and knowledge discovery to
further fashion technology and its adoption. The first two instalments of
this workshop were also held at KDD, in 2016 and 2017. It has become the
premier venue for presenting works that are solving problems related to
fashion using artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining.

Topics of Interest
This is a new emerging area for the KDD community and we hope this workshop
will bring together all the researchers, practitioners, and interested
audiences to explore the open problems, applications, and future directions
in this field. We believe that the fashion industry introduces a number of
interesting data analytics problems that are either not studied or scarcely
studied in the past and can attract great interest in the general KDD
community given their practical implications. Suggested topics include (but
are not limited to):

- Detect and forecast fashion trends and cycles
- Big data for fast fashion
- Deep learning for fashion
- Visual search for fashion e-commerce
- Fashion image understanding and auto-tagging of apparel
- Novel search mechanisms for large fashion catalogs
- Virtual personal fashion assistants
- Recommendation engines and cognitive stylists for fashion
- Balancing art and science in fashion recommendation algorithms
- Personal styling with humans and machines: recommendations with humans in
the loop
- Assembling outfit recommendations: interactions and serendipity
- Algorithmic clothing: design by data
- Predicting fashionability scores
- Social networking for fashion
- Fashion retail analytics
- Interactive textiles
- Digital wardrobe
- Mining style rules
- Assessing fashion personality (from social media platforms)
- Virtual dressing rooms
- Plagiarism detection in fashion
- Technology in fashion weeks
- AI tools for buyers and merchandisers
- AI tools for fashion designers
- Creative AI for fashion

We also invite submissions in other retail domains where design, trends,
styling, and recommendations are important (for example, jewellery,
furniture etc.).

Submission Guidelines

We solicit submission of papers of 4 to 10 pages representing reports of
original research, preliminary research results, case studies, proposals
for new work and position papers. We also seek poster submissions based on
recently published work (please indicate the conference published). All
papers will be peer reviewed, single blind (i.e. author names and
affiliations should be listed). If accepted, at least one of the authors
must attend the workshop to present the work. The submitted papers must be
written in English and formatted in the double column standard according to
the ACM Proceedings Template, Tighter Alternate style ( The papers should be
in PDF format and submitted via the EasyChair submission site ( The workshop website
will archive the published papers.

For more information or any clarifications please email

- Paper Submission Deadline: May 8, 2018
- Acceptance Notifications:  June 8, 2018
- Camera-Ready Submission Date: June 22, 2018
- Workshop date: August 20, 2018

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

- Vikas C. Raykar, IBM Research
- Raghavendra Singh, IBM Research
- Ayushi Dalmia, IBM Research
- Urs Bergmann, Zalando Research
- Nikolay Jetchev, Zalando Research
- Sumit Borar, Data Sciences, Myntra
- Soo-Min Pantel, Amazon
- Julian McAuley, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego
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