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        1.    Nicolas Nicolov, 4th Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media

Message 1: 4th Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Date: 11-Dec-2009
From: Nicolas Nicolov <nicolas_nicolovyahoo.com>
Subject: 4th Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
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Full Title: 4th Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Short Title: ICWSM

Date: 23-May-2010 - 26-May-2010
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Contact Person: Nicolas Nicolov
Meeting Email: icwsm10aaai.org
Web Site: http://icwsm.org

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Computational
Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 08-Jan-2010

Meeting Description:

4th Int'l AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
May 23-26, 2010
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is a unique forum that
brings together researchers from the disciplines in computer science,
linguistics, communication, and the social sciences. The broad goal of ICWSM is
to increase understanding of social media in all its incarnations.
Submissions describing research that blends social science and technology
are especially encouraged.

The 2010 meeting will be held in Washington D.C. In addition to the usual
program of contributed technical talks, tutorials and invited presentations,
ICWSM 2010 will include a session of invited talks from prominent social
scientists that are studying social media, and a set of talks from leaders of
government projects who are experimenting with social media platforms for
various purposes, e.g. to increase transparency and better engage the citizenry.

Call for Papers

Important Dates
- Paper submission: January 8, 2010
- Poster/demo submission: January 8, 2010
- Paper acceptance: March 3, 2010
- Poster/demo acceptance: March 3, 2010
- Workshop submission: March 1, 2010
- Camera ready copies: March 12, 2010


Keynote Speakers:
- Robert E. Kraut, Carnegie Mellon Universirty,
"Designing Online Communities from Theory"
- Michael Kearns, Computer and Information Science, Univ. of Pennsylvania,
"Behavioral Experiments in Strategic Networks"

Speakers in Special Sessions:
- Nicole Ellison, Dept. of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media,
Michigan State Univ.
- James Pennebaker, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Texas, Austin
- S. Craig Watkins, Dept. of Radio, TV and Film, Univ. of Texas, Austin
- Don Burke, CIA Directorate of Science and Technology, Intellipedia
- Haym Hirsh, National Science Foundation IIS Division Director
- Macon Phillips, U.S. White House, Head of New Media

Tutorial Speakers will include:
- Jake Hofman, Yahoo! Research,
"Large-scale social media analytics with Hadoop"
- Cindy Chung and James Pennebaker, Univ. Texas,
"Using LIWC to uncover social psychology in social media"

Technical Areas
More specifically, ICWSM welcomes submissions from researchers in a number of
- Computational Linguistics/NLP
- Text Mining/Data Mining/Machine Learning
- Psychology
- Sociology (including Social Network Analysis)
- Anthropology, Communications, Media Studies
- Visualization
- Graph theory, concrete analysis and simulation of graphical models

Submissions are welcome that study a broad array of types social data,
- Weblogs, including comments
- Social Networking Sites
- Microblogs
- Wikis (wikipedia)
- Forums, usenet
- Community media sites: youtube, flickr

Technical topics of interest include:
- Psychological, personality-based and ethnographic studies of social media
- Analyzing the relationship between social media and mainstream media
- Qualitative and quantitative studies of social media
- Centrality/influence of social media publications and authors
- Ranking/relevance of blogs; web page ranking based on blogs
- Social network analysis; communities identification;
expertise and authority discovery; collaborative filtering
- Trust; reputation; recommendation systems
- Human computer interaction; social media tools; navigation and visualization
- Subjectivity in textual data; sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion
identification and extraction
- Text categorization; topic recognition; demographic/gender/age identification
- Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting; measuring
predictability of phenomena based on social media
- New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques

Submission Procedure

Author Registration:
Authors must register at the ICWSM-10 web-based technical paper submission site
(http://icwsm10.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,
and well in advance of the January 8, 2010 submission deadline.

Abstract and paper submission:
Electronic abstract and paper submission through the ICWSM-10 paper submission
site (http://icwsm10.confmaster.net) is required on or (preferably) before
January 8. We cannot accept submissions by e-mail or fax.

Papers must be in high resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter (8.5" x
11") paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. Papers should be at most 8 pages,
including references (technical paper), or 4 pages (poster or demo description),
and formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the author
instructions page). Please note that these formatting instructions are for
final, accepted papers; no additional pages can be purchased at the review
stage. In addition, the copyright slug may be omitted in the initial submission

Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their abstracts or papers,
including an ID number, shortly after submission. AAAI will contact authors
again only if problems are encountered with papers. Inquiries regarding lost
papers must be made no later than January 15, 2010.

Submissions to other conferences or journals:
ICWSM-10 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 another 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. The registered author must attend the
conference to present the paper in person.

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

Data challenge
ICWSM-10 is hosting its traditional data challenge featuring freely-available
datasets and a half-day workshop at the end of the conference. Data for 2010
includes last year's blog collection from Spinn3r.com, multiple derived datasets
including a searchable Lucene index, and an annotated blog sentiment dataset
(mentions, coreference, meronymy and sentiment targeting) from J.D. Power and
Associates described by Kessler and Nicolov at ICWSM-09. We are especially
interested in mashups of multiple datasets. Details on datasets and solicited
topics may be found on the data challenge website,
http://www.icwsm.org/2010/data.shtml. Papers for the data challenge workshop are
due March 1st, 2010 and should follow the ICWSM main conference formatting
guidelines for technical papers (8 pages max in the specified format).

General Chair:
Marti Hearst, UC Berkeley School of Information

Program Chairs:
William Cohen, CMU Computer Science
Samuel Gosling, U Texas Dept of Psychology

Data challenge chairs:
Ian Soboroff, NIST
Akshay Java, Microsoft

Tutorials Chair:
Chris Diehl, Lawrence Livermore National Labs

Publicity Chair:
Nicolas Nicolov, J.D.Power and Associates/McGraw-Hill

Sponsorship Chair:
Matthew Hurst, Microsoft

Senior Program Committee Members:
- Lada Adamic, Univ. of Michigan
- Eugene Agichtein, Emory Univ.
- danah boyd, Microsoft Research
- Claire Cardie, Cornell Univ.
- Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
- Cindy Chung, Univ. of Texas at Austin
- Scott Counts, Microsoft Research
- Chris Diehl, Lawrence Livermore National Labs
- Nicole Ellison, Dept of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media,
Michigan State University
- Tim Finin, UMBC
- Evgeniy Gabrilovich, Yahoo! Research
- Lise Getoor, Univ. of Maryland
- Kristina Lerman, ISI-USC
- Jure Leskovec, Carnegie Mellon Univ.
- Winter Mason, Yahoo! Research
- Gilad Mishne, Yahoo! Labs
- Kate Neiderhoffer, Dachis Corporation
- Bo Pang, Yahoo! Research
- Marc Smith, Telligent Systems

For more info: icwsm10aaai.org
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