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[eu_members at aclweb dot org] California: 3rd Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media -- CFP

Call For Papers
3rd Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

May 17-20, 2009, San Jose, California


Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

The social and community driven aspects of our digital lives continue to rapidly increase, resulting in transformative behaviours and, significantly, publishing and distributing huge amounts of fascinating data. The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media will meet once more in 2009 to discuss the latest research analyzing and leveraging this resource. As with previous meetings, we will bring together a wide range of researchers and industry practitioners from many disciplines providing a unique opportunity for sharing ideas and collaboration in this space.


Disciplines which are relevant to our meeting include computer science, linguistics, psychology, statistics, sociology, multimedia and semantic web technologies. The following are key areas of interest:

[01] Psychological, personality-based and ethnographic studies of social media;

[02] Analyzing relationship between social media and mainstream media;

[03] Centrality/influence of social media publications and authors both within genres and between genres of data;

[04] Ranking/relevance of blogs; web page ranking based on blogs;

[05] Data acquisition: crawling/spidering and indexing;

[06] Human computer interaction; social media tools; navigation and visualization;

[07] Multimedia: tools and techniques for distribution, sharing, and analysis of social activity with/around multimedia;

[08] Semantic analysis; cross-system and cross-media name tracking; named relations and fact extraction; discourse analysis; summarization;

[09] Semantic Web; unstructured knowledge management; collaborative creation of structured knowledge;

[10] Subjectivity in textual data; sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion identification and extraction;

[11] Social network analysis; communities identification; expertise and authority discovery; collaborative filtering;

[12] Text categorization; topic recognition; demographic/gender/age identification;

[13] Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting; measuring predictability of phenomena based on social media;

[14] New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques;

[15] Trust; reputation; recommendation systems.


Tutorial Proposals: December 1, 2008

Paper Submission: January 21, 2009

Poster/Demo Submission: January 21, 2009

Paper Acceptance: February 27, 2009

Poster/Demo Acceptance: February 27, 2009

Workshop Submission: March 1, 2009

Camera Ready Copies: March 10, 2009

Tutorials: May 17, 2009

Conference: May 18-20, 2009


People interested in participating should submit through the ICWSM-09 website a technical paper (up to 8 pages), poster or demo description (up to 2 pages) by the deadlines given above (Midnight PST). Papers must be must be formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the AAAI author instructions page at http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Author/author.php). Authors must register at the ICWSM-09 technical paper submission web site http://icwsm-09.confmaster.net . The software will assign a password, which will enable the author to log on to submit an abstract and paper. In order to avoid a rush at the last minute, authors are encouraged to register as soon as possible.


ICWSM-09 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or conference. This restriction does not apply to submissions for workshops and other venues with a limited audience.


All accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. At least one author must register for the conference by the deadline for camera-ready copy submission. In addition, the registered author must attend the conference to present the paper in person.


All accepted papers and abstracts will be allocated eight (8) pages in the conference proceedings. Authors will be required to transfer copyright of their paper to AAAI.


Continuing the tradition of previous years, ICWSM 2009 is making a new dataset available to researchers. The ICWSM-2009 dataset contains 44 million blog posts made between August 1st and October 1st, 2008. The organizers of ICWSM-2009 especially encourage submissions that make use of this data. A special "data challenge workshop" will be held on May 20th (the last day of ICWSM-2009) for shorter, more focused, and/or late-breaking papers that use this ICWSM-2009 dataset; the deadline for data challenge workshop papers is March 1st.


An award will be presented at the conference for the best paper using the dataset. Please see http://www.icwsm.org/2009/data/ for more details.


    Will be announced later on.


    * Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University, USA
    * Lillian Lee, Cornell University, USA
    * Duncan Watts, Columbia University, USA and Yahoo! Research


    * William W. Cohen, Carnegie Mellon/Google
    * Nicolas Nicolov, J.D.Power and Assoc., McGraw-Hill


    * Natalie Glance, Google
    * Matthew Hurst, Live Labs, Microsoft


    * Ian Soboroff, NIST
    * Akshay Java, UMBC


    * Cameron Marlow, Facebook


    * Chris Diehl, Johns Hopkins University


    * Lada Adamic, University of Michigan, USA
    * Navot Akiva, Pudding Media, Israel
    * Noor Ali-Hasan, Microsoft, USA
    * Bettina Berendt, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Germany
    * Chris Brooks, University of San Francisco, USA
    * Claire Cardie, Cornell University, USA
    * Steve Cayzer, HP Labs, UK
    * Lili Cheng, Microsoft, USA
    * Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    * Thierry Declerck, DFKI GmbH, Germany
    * Brian Dennis, Lockheed Martin Corporation, USA
    * Chris Diehl, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab, USA
    * Joan Morris DiMicco, IBM Research, USA
    * Nathan Eagle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    * Miriam Eckert, J.D. Power and Assoc., McGraw-Hill, USA
    * Raymond Elferink, RayCom B.V., The Netherlands
    * Tim Finin, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
    * Andrew Fiore, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    * Michael Gamon, Microsoft, USA
    * Kathy E Gill, University of Washington, USA
    * Scott Golder, Cornell University, USA
    * Sam Gosling, University of Texas, USA
    * Marko Grobelnik, J. Stefan Institute, Slovenia
    * Michelle Gumbrecht, Palo Alto Research Center, USA
    * John Henderson, MITRE, USA
    * Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
    * Steliana Ivanova, Umbria Inc., USA
    * Heng Ji, The City University of New York, USA
    * Anupam Joshi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
    * Jussi Karlgren, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
    * Jason Kessler, Indiana University, USA
    * Laura Knudsen, OSC, USA
    * Pranam Kolari, Yahoo!, USA
    * Christian Konig, Microsoft, USA
    * Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    * Gueorgi Kossinets, Google, USA
    * Andrea La Pietra, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    * Thomas Lento, Facebook, USA
    * Kristina Lerman, University of Southern California, USA
    * Jure Leskovec, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
    * Suresh Manandhar, Univ. of York, UK
    * Naohiro Matsumura, Osaka University, Japan
    * Charles Mi, Opinmind, USA
    * Rada Mihalcea, University of North Texas, USA
    * Gilad Mishne, Yahoo!, USA
    * Paola Monachesi, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    * Mor Naaman, Rutgers University, USA
    * Kate Niederhoffer, Nielsen, USA
    * Scott Nowson, Appen, Australia
    * Manabu Okumura, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
    * Livia Polanyi, Powerset/Microsoft, USA
    * John Prager, IBM Research, USA
    * Stephan Raaijmakers, TNO ICT, The Netherlands
    * Drago Radev, University of Michigan, USA
    * Laura Ripamonti, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
    * Franco Salvetti, Powerset/Microsoft, USA
    * Tamas Sarlos, Yahoo!, USA
    * Jonathan Schler, Peer39, Israel
    * David A. Shamma, Yahoo! Research, USA
    * James G. Shanahan, USA
    * Xiaolin Shi, University of Michigan, USA
    * Sanjay Sood, allvoices, USA
    * Ellen Spertus, Google and Mills College, USA
    * Siddharth Suri, Yahoo!, USA
    * Hideaki Takeda, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
    * Zeynep Tufekci, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
    * Jiang Yang, University of Michigan, USA
    * Cheng Zhai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    * Jun Zhang, University of Michigan, USA
    * Ding Zhou, Facebook, USA

For general information regarding ICWSM-09, please write to:
icwsm09 (at) aaai (dot) org

Best wishes
Nicolas (ICWSM co-chair -- www.icwsm.org)
Dr Nicolas Nicolov
Senior Director
J.D. Power and Associates [McGraw-Hill company]
Web Intelligence REsearch Division (WIRED)
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Boulder, CO 80301, U.S.A.