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Thu Jun 25 2009

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        1.    Jakub Piskorski, Mining User-Generated Content for Security 2009

Message 1: Mining User-Generated Content for Security 2009
Date: 25-Jun-2009
From: Jakub Piskorski <Jakub.Piskorskifrontex.europa.eu>
Subject: Mining User-Generated Content for Security 2009
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Full Title: Mining User-Generated Content for Security 2009
Short Title: MINUCS 2009

Date: 09-Dec-2009 - 09-Dec-2009
Location: Venice, Italy
Contact Person: Jakub Piskorski
Meeting Email: minucscs.helsinki.fi
Web Site: http://www.usercentricmedia.org/workshops/minucs

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 27-Sep-2009

Meeting Description:

Aim and Scope:

The vast and growing amount of user-generated textual content, including online
news streams, blogs, electronic encyclopedias (e.g., the Wikipedia), and other
openly accessible and dynamically changing data readily available on the Web has
led to the emergence of new approaches to extracting valuable, structured, and
previously unknown information from such data. The aim of this workshop is to
bring together researchers from academia and industry who develop technologies
for mining open-source user-generated textual data on the Web, as well as
end-users interested in exploiting such technologies for knowledge discovery.
The emphasis is placed on large-scale text mining systems and
application-oriented approaches to processing on-line textual content in the
context of security-related applications. Examples of such applications include:

- Global medical and epidemic surveillance,
- Conflict early warning,
- Early detection of man-made or environmental hazards,
- Risk assessment,
- Border surveillance,
- Cross-border crime detection,
- Terrorism counterintelligence,
- Other applications relevant for security, law enforcement, and public health

Due to a multitude of challenges of diverse and complex nature that are related
to automating the process of mining user-generated content on the Web, we
believe that this workshop will serve as a forum to bring together researchers
from different areas, including data mining, language technology, computational
linguistics, information sciences, information retrieval and Web mining, for
sharing ideas and discussion. In particular, we believe that there is an
important gap to be filled, since the aforementioned research communities have
had limited interaction previously in the context of the topic of the Workshop.
The second major goal is to engage governmental and inter-state user
communities, and to bring them together with scientists and funding agencies.

9 December 2009, Venice, Italy

web: http://www.usercentricmedia.org/workshops/minucs

email: minucs [ad] cs [dot] helsinki [dot] fi

This event is co-located with the First International Conference on User Centric
Media - UCMedia 2009 (http://www.usercentricmedia.org) in Venice, 9-11 December

Call for Papers:

Topics of Interest:

- Mining from news streams, blogs, document repositories, and other openly
accessible and dynamically changing data, including Web 2.0 content, for the
purpose of identifying threats to security or public health,
- Emphasis on multilingual approaches, and work on languages other than English,
- Applications, such as information extraction, classification, summarization,
sentiment detection, event detection, event forecasting, trend detection,
information fusion, and more,
- Contributions in the form of applications (working systems and prototypes) as
well as theoretical results are welcome,
- Application domains include crisis-related event reporting, political and
environmental analysis, and medical intelligence, under the general umbrella of
the security intelligence domain,
- Methods including machine learning, rule-based, and hybrid approaches.


We invite papers addressing primarily the language technology, natural language
processing, data mining and information retrieval communities, as well as the
relevant end-user groups. Submissions are invited in two categories:

- Regular: research papers presenting novel approaches and solutions, and
- Short (posters): system demonstrations, descriptions, and work in progress

Submissions are electronic and in PDF format via a web-based submission server.
Authors are encouraged to use Springer LNICST style for LaTeX in producing the
PDF document. More information on this style can be found at:

The page limit for regular papers is 6 pages, whereas short papers are limited
to 4 pages. The information about the author(s) should be omitted in the
submitted papers since the review process will be blind.More detailed
information about submission is available on:

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee.
Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce
camera-ready versions.


All workshop papers will be published in the official proceedings, Springer
Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and
Telecommunications Engineering - LNICST, of the main conference.

Selected workshop papers will be published in ''ACM Springer Mobile Networks and
Applications (MONET) Journal Special Issue on Mobility and User-Centric Media''.

All workshop papers will be also published on the UCMedia2009 Website.

Important Dates:

Paper submissions due: 27 September 2009
Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2009
Camera-ready versions due: 8 November 2009
Workhop Date: 9 December 2009

Program Committee (to be extended):

Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano (USI) - Faculty of Informatics, Switzerland)
Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead, France)
Marko Grobelnik (Jo?ef Stefan Institute,Slovenia)
Ben Hachey (Macquarie University, Australia)
David L. Hicks (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Mijail Kabadjov (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy)
Sadao Kurohashi (Kyoto University, Japan)
Nasrullah Memon (The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, Denmark)
Maria Milosavljevic (Capital Markets CRC, Australia)
Marie-Francine Moens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK)
Satoshi Sekine (New York University, USA)
Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy)
Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield, UK)

Organising Committee:

Ulf Brefeld (Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Department of Computer Science,
Jakub Piskorski (FRONTEX, Research&Development, Warsaw, Poland)
Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science, Finland)
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