PODS, the Symposium on Principles of Database Systems, is the premiere international conference on the theoretical aspects of database systems.  PODS was started in 1982. It is co-sponsored by three ACM Special Interest Groups: SIGACT (theoretical computer science), SIGART  (Artificial Intelligence), and SIGMOD. Since 1991, PODS has been held jointly with the SIGMOD conference, combining in one place the full spectrum of database research, from the most abstract and fundamental to the most pragmatic. A single registration gives attendees access to both PODS and SIGMOD sessions and copies of both proceedings.

PODS papers are distinguished by a rigorous approach to widely diverse problems in databases, often bringing to bear techniques from such fields as computational logic, finite model theory, complexity theory, algorithm and data structure  design and analysis, and many others. In addition to approximately 25 research papers selected from a large number of submissions, the conference includes invited tutorials and keynote talks.

General Info and Some Statistics

From 1982 to 2016, 1063 regular papers have been published in PODS Proceedings. Those papers have been written by 1138 database researchers. A total of 249 different people served on PODS Program Committees. If you want to know more, check these pages:

  • Who are we?
    Here you find the list of people who published most in PODS.
  • PODS Organization
    Here you find the history of PODS organization, and all the Program Committees.
  • ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award
    Since 2008, PODS gives an award to a paper or a small number of papers published in the PODS proceedings ten years prior that had the most impact over the intervening decade. More information here.
  • PODS Best Paper Awards
    Since 1997, two awards are given annually to the best papers published in PODS. More information here.
  • PODS Keynote Speakers
    Here you find the list of PODS keynote speakers since 1992.
  • PODS Tutorials
    Here you find the list of PODS tutorials since 1993.
  • PODS 30th Anniversary
    The 30th PODS was in 2011. We took the opportunity to analyze lots of data for this occasion.
  • PODS Corrigenda
    Corrigenda to former PODS papers can be submitted to be published in the proceedings. Here you find the rules for these submissions.
  • Technical Section
    Links to database theory columns in SIGMOD Record and SIGACT news, and to web pages of other database conferences.
  • OpenTOC for PODS Proceedings

The PODS Pages are maintained by Paris Koutris.