World Ranking of Top Computer Science Conferences in 2020

World Ranking of Top Computer Science Conferences in 2020
Imed Bouchrika, Phd by Imed Bouchrika, Phd
Chief Data Scientist & Head of Content

On November 10, 2020, Guide2Research released the latest edition of the annual ranking of top conferences in the area of computer science and electronics. The list of leading conferences is designed to offer the academic community more visibility into conferences that stay at the forefront of computer science, allowing for a clear picture of where the most influential scientists present and discuss their work and ideas.

We hope our ranking will help scientists, decision-makers, and entrepreneurs around the world to find out which conferences are events where the latest innovations in computer science are shared. It is a great opportunity for all of us to learn who are the leading publishers, subject areas, and countries behind these top conferences.

For the 2020 edition of the ranking, more than 1000 conferences have been examined with several indicators and metrics reviewed in order to consider each conference’s inclusion in the ranking. For the first time in the history of our ranking, we have used a novel metric called Impact Score to rank conferences based on the number of contributing top scientists in addition to the h-index estimated from the scientific papers published by top scientists in the last three years. You can read more about the details on our methodology page. The threshold for ranking a conference is the obligation that there are at least 10 papers published by leading scientists during the period covered for this edition. This year’s edition is based on data compiled for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The key findings for the 2020 edition of top computer science conferences ranking

  • The best computer science conference in 2020 is IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition with an Impact Score of 51.98 and h5-index of 299
  • The COVID-19 pandemic brought on a massive increase in the number of conferences hosted virtually with 21% of all leading conferences being hosted in that format.
  • The USA remains the most popular country to host leading computer science conferences, with 22.7% of such conferences taking place there in 2020.
  • The US also dominates in terms of overall impact in 2020 based on Impact Score of conferences hosted there with 30.5% of the total global impact attributed to this country.
  • The average Impact Score for all ranked conferences is 2.80 while the average for the top 1% of conferences is 22.74
  • The most leading computer science conferences focus on machine learning & AI (227 conferences) and computer networks & communication (218).
  • As in previous years, the leading publishers indexing computer science conference proceedings are IEEE (47.5% of all leading conferences indexed), Springer (23.4%), and ACM (17.2%)
  • On average, top scientists published 53 papers on leading computer science conferences in the last three years.
  • On average, a leading computer science conference features publications from 30 top scientists.

The full ranking for the 2020 list of top computer science conferences can be found here:

TOP CONFERENCES RANKING

Professor Imed Bouchrika, a computer scientist responsible for making sure all data in the ranking remained unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date said:

It is becoming a dilemma for researchers to decide which conference should target to publish their contributions. Unfortunately, publishing within a predatory or a mediocre academic venue can risk greatly the reputation of the scholar besides wasting their efforts and funding.

With the setbacks of existing methodologies for ranking academic conferences including either the use of citation-based methods or employing committees of experts to sweep thousands of conferences every year, it becomes vital to exploit the contributions of top scientists in academic venues as an implicit endorsement indicator for quantifying the reputation of academic conferences. In fact, the compiled ranking for top conferences which is based on the perception of top scientists to high quality and prestige,  would serve as valuable insight and inspire future researchers to have the chance not just to publish at such prestigious conferences, but to have the opportunity to meet and network with top scientists in their field.

Top conferences based on their Impact Score

The best conference in our ranking is IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. It got the highest Impact Score of 51.98 ranking significantly higher than the second-best conference: Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems which received an Impact Score of 33.49. 

The average Impact Score for all ranked conferences is 2.80 while the average for the top 1% of conferences is 22.74

In the last three years Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition published 2010 papers authored by 549 leading scientists (we only include publications by scientists with h-index>=40). These papers have been cited 175323 times.

Best conferences per area of research

We have categorized each conference into at least one of 14 different areas of study as well as a General Computer Science category.

The most leading computer science conferences focus on machine learning & AI (227 conferences) and computer networks & communication (218).

The IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition is the only leader in three different areas of research while the remaining 11 categories feature a different leader each.

Area of research

Conference name

Impact Score

Image processing & computer vision IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 51.98
Machine learning, data mining & artificial intelligence IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 51.98
Computer graphics and computer-aided design European Conference on Computer Vision 25.91
Computer networks and communications ACM Symposium on Computer and Communications Security 12.54
Hardware, robotics & electronics IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 15.84
Human computer interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 13.70
Software engineering International Conference on Software Engineering 11.55
Computational theory and mathematics Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems 33.49
Signal processing IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 51.98
Information systems ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 13.53
Web, mobile, and multimedia technologies International World Wide Web Conferences 14.69
Biomedical engineering & medical informatics Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention 9.73
Computer security & cryptography USENIX Security Symposium 13.04
Computational linguistics & speech processing IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 12.04

Top Publishers Behind World’s Top Computer Science Conferences

As in previous years, the leading publishers indexing computer science conference proceedings are IEEE (456 leading conferences indexed), Springer (225 conferences indexed), and ACM (165 conferences indexed).

IEEE indexed 47.5% of all leading computer science conferences, with Springer indexing 23.4% and ACM 17.2%.

Top computer science conferences by country

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on a massive increase in the number of conferences hosted virtually with 21% of all leading conferences being hosted in that format.

The USA remains the most popular country to host leading computer science conferences, with 22.7% of such conferences taking place there in 2020.

Other popular venues that host leading computer science conferences are China (6.3% of all leading conferences), Italy (5%), Spain (3.5%), and the UK (3.3%).

The US also dominates in terms of overall impact in 2020 based on Impact Score of conferences hosted there with 30.5% of the total global impact attributed to this country.

Other impactful conference hosts are China (5.2% of global impact), the UK (4.9%), Canada (4.2%), and Italy (4.2%).

Conferences with the highest number of leading scientists

The leading computer science conference in terms of top scientists who published their work there is IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition with publications from 549 top scientists in the last three years. A top scientist is considered to have their h-index >=40.

The average no. of leading scientists publishing overall is 30

The average no. of leading scientists publishing in top 1% conferences is 378

Conferences with the highest number of leading publications

The leading computer science conference in terms of the number of papers published by top scientists is IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition with 2010 publications by top scientists in the last three years. A top scientist is considered to have their h-index >=40.

Average no. of publications overall is 53

Average no. of publications overall in top 1% is 1027

About Guide2Research

All research was coordinated by Imed Bouchrika, PhD, a computer scientist with a well-established record of collaboration on a number of international research projects with different partners from the academic community. His role was to make sure all data remained unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date.

Guide2Research is the number one research portal for computer science. Our mission is to make it easier for professors, research fellows, and those studying for a PhD or a master’s degree to progress with their research and to ensure they are always up-to-date with the latest conferences around the world and publications related to their work. Guide2Research is also involved in the publication of an annual ranking of leading scientists in the field of computer science and electronics.

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