[Asis-l] 2nd Call for Papers - SIGIR 2011 Workshop on Social Web Search and Mining Under Crisis

Donald Metzler metzler at isi.edu
Mon Apr 25 19:56:28 EDT 2011

Call for Papers

SIGIR 2011 Workshop on Social Web Search and Mining (SWSM 2011): Analysis of
User Generated Content Under Crisis

SWSM 2011 will take place in Beijing, China on July 28, 2011 during the 34th
Annual International ACM SIGIR conference. The aim of the workshop is to
provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to discuss ideas related
to searching and mining the social Web, with a special focus on the analysis
of user generated content during human crises (e.g., earthquakes, terrorist
attacks, etc.). 

Please be sure to visit http://arnetminer.org/SWSM_2011 for the latest

* Overview

The ubiquitous nature of Web-enabled devices, including desktops, laptops,
tablets, and mobile phones, enables people to participate and interact with
each other in various Web communities. Examples of such communities include
forums, newsgroups, blogs, microblogs, bookmarking services, photo sharing
platforms, and location-based services. Hence, the rapidly evolving social
Web provides a platform for communication, information sharing, and
collaboration. A vast amount of heterogeneous data (composed of e.g., text,
photos, video, links) has been generated by the users of various social
communities, which offers an unprecedented opportunity for studying novel
theories and technologies for social Web search and mining.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a forum for discussing and exploring
social media topics related to Web search and information retrieval, Web
mining, social network analysis, semantic Web, natural language processing,
and computational advertising. In addition to paper presentations, we will
solicit invited talks and a panel that will stress the interdisciplinary
challenges of social search and mining.

* Special Theme: Social Web Search and Mining under Crisis

Natural and man-made disasters are particularly important classes of events
that are of interest to affected populations, governments, disaster response
teams, and aid organizations. Information about such events can be gathered
from various sources. While traditional news sources provide authoritative
disaster information, self-publishing media such as blogs, Facebook, and
Twitter can contribute immediate, personalized eye-witness information.
However, there are many challenges involved when dealing with such data
sources, especially when time is of the essence, as is often the case with
human crises. Information is often incomplete, contradictory, fictitious,
and changing. As a result, information is the least organized when users
need it most.

To highlight the importance of this emerging area, "Social Web Search and
Mining Under Crisis" will serve as the workshop's special theme. Along these
lines, the workshop seeks submissions that leverage news, social media, and
user generated content to predict, analyze, understand, and help cope with
events related to human crises, such as earthquakes, campus shootings,
hurricanes, influenza pandemics, terrorist attacks, and oil spills. Novel
applications, methods, and use of real-world data sets are particularly

A special session during the workshop will be devoted to papers that
directly address the theme.

* Topics of Interest

We welcome papers in all areas of social Web search and data mining,
especially those that address the special theme or are inter-disciplinary in
nature. Examples of relevant topics include:

- Search and mining algorithms for large-scale social networks
- Real-time social search and mining infrastructures
- Microblog (e.g., Twitter, QQ, Jaiku) search and mining
- Search across heterogeneous user generated content
- Content aggregation, summarization, and reasoning across multiple data
- Personalized search for social interactions
- Credibility and provenance of social Web content
- Computational advertising for user generated content
- Cross-media search and mining of user generated content
- Collaborative filtering and recommender systems
- Community detection and network evolution analysis
- Sentiment analysis/opinion mining
- Social network analysis and social influence analysis
- Spam detection of social media
- Geospatial and temporal analysis of social media
- Applications of social search and mining
- Detecting and preventing false alarms in social media

* Important dates

Submission deadline: May 1st, 2011
Notification date: June 1st, 2011
Camera ready: June 14th, 2011
Workshop: July 28, 2011

* Content Guidelines

Papers should be no more than 10 pages total in length, where up to 8 pages
(including appendices, if any) are used for the content of the paper and the
final two pages are used only for references. All submissions must be
prepared using the ACM camera?ready template (available at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). Authors are required to
submit their papers electronically in PDF format. The submission site URL
will be available on our website shortly. All submissions should clearly
present the author information including the names of the authors, the
affiliations and the emails.

* Organizing Committee

Fernando Diaz, Yahoo! Labs, USA
Eduard Hovy, University of California, USA
Irwin King, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China
Donald Metzler, University of Southern California, USA
Marie-Francine Moens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Jie Tang, Tsinghua University, China
Lei Zhang, Microsoft Research Asia, China

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