UMSI hosts computational science conference

UMSI faculty members Eytan Adar and Paul Resnick are co-chairs of the 8th annual International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), a forum for researchers in computer science and social science. Participants come together to share knowledge, discuss ideas, exchange information, and learn about cutting-edge research in diverse fields with the common theme of online social media.

This overall theme includes research in new perspectives in social theories, as well as computational algorithms for analyzing social media. ICWSM is a singularly fitting venue for research that blends social science and computational approaches to answer important and challenging questions about human social behavior through social media while advancing computational tools for vast and unstructured data.

ICWSM has become one of the premier venues for computational social science, and previous years of ICWSM have featured papers, posters, and demos that draw upon network science, machine learning, computational linguistics, sociology, communication, and political science. The uniqueness of the venue and the quality of submissions have contributed to a fast growth of the conference and a competitive acceptance rate of 20 percent for full-length research papers published in the proceedings by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

For ICWSM-14, in addition to the usual program of contributed technical talks, posters and invited presentations, the main conference will include a selection of keynote talks from prominent social scientists and technologists.

Keynote speakers are Eric Horvitz, Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director at Microsoft Research, and Keith N Hampton, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.

Building on successes in previous years, ICWSM-14 will also hold a day of workshops and tutorials in addition to the main conference.

Conference details:

  • All tutorials will be held Sunday, June 1 from 9am-12pm and during a second session from 1-4pm. Tutorial schedule. 
  • Conference activities will be held June 2-4, with events being held each day between 9am and 6pm. See a full schedule of Conference events.
  • For more information about the Conference and to view registration procedures, please visit the ICWSM website.
Posted on May 29, 2014