[ecoop-info] (Extended deadline) PANSOM2013 Workshop on Understanding the Positive and Negative Sides of Social Media at IJCAI-13; submission deadline April 20

ampaeli cano ampaeli at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 15:32:58 CEST 2013

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Workshop on Understanding the Positive and Negative Sides of Social Media
                           at IJCAI-13 2013

                 3-5th Aug 2013. Beijing, China


In recent years, social media has continued to grow in popularity and has
become a
powerful platform for people to unite together under common interests. The
use of social media has turned it into a double-edged sword. On the one
hand, the
information revolution has proven to have a positive impact in society.
platforms introduce a canvas for self-expression where users can create,
and share content. Positive impacts of these platforms in society include
their use
in bringing information out of conflicted nations to the World (e.g. Iranian
elections 2009 and Egyptian revolution 2011). They have also proven to be an
effective way of propagating information, proving to spread the word before
mainstream media prints a story. This has been particularly useful for word
spreading-based mobilisation in emergency response and crisis situations.

On the other hand, social media platforms have appeared to be also the
catalyst in
fuelling violent events (e.g. during the UK riots in 2011). The
proliferation of
insults and personal attacks online along with the appearance of socially
patterns in online social behaviour has become more and more common. Young
are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and
friendships partly due to the use of Facebook and other social media
Social media addiction also leads to low self-esteem and even anti-social

This workshop will explore the novel use of techniques from machine
learning, data
mining, text mining, information retrieval, statistics, information
security and
privacy, and user modelling, to identify patterns of potentially positive
negative activities in social media by examining the online content, social
interactions, and user behaviours. It will also study the metrics in
measuring the
positive and negative impact of social media on individuals, business
and government agencies. The analysis and mining of these patterns aim to
positive activities in social medial, while at the same time reveal harmful
of social media and suggest ways to tackle and to overcome the negative

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from various
including those from computer science, social science, and psychology, to
the current and emergent topics, and cutting-edge approaches to address
relating to both positive and negative sides of social media.


1. Social Media Content Understanding
        * Credibility of social media content
        * Information diffusion and propagation
        * Event detection and prediction
        * Linked data in social media
        * Sentiment analysis and opinion mining

2. Promoting Positive Activities in Social Media
        * Topic–based recommendation systems
        * Location-based recommendation systems
        * Social media in education
        * Social business
        * Social media in emergency response and crisis situations
        * Social media-based knowledge management
         * Citizen journalism
        * Promoting tolerance and diversity in social media
        * Supply chains for social content delivery

3.        Tackling the Negative Side of Social Media
        * Violence contents detection from social media
        * Offensive language identification
        * Cyberbullying
        * Cyberterrorism
        * Inducing opinion bias in social media
        * Fake opinion recognition
        * Boycott in topic diffusion
        * Rumour and spam detection
        * Social bot detection
        * Adult content in social media
        * Socially disruptive behaviours


We invite authors to submit papers in one of the following types:

* Long papers: up to 6 pages
* Short papers: up to 4 pages
* Position and demo papers: up to 2 pages

Papers should be formatted according to the style guide of IJCAI13
(http://ijcai13.org/files/ijcai13.zip) and should be submitted in PDF
format through
the EasyChair Conference System at
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pansom13. There will be no
double blind
review process. Author names and affiliations should be included in the
paper. Paper
selection will be based on a peer review process.


April 27, 2013 – Paper submission deadline
May 27, 2013 – Paper acceptance notification
May 30, 2013 – Camera-ready copy due


A. Elizabeth Cano, KMi, The Open University, UK
Yulan He, Aston University, UK
Kang Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Daniele Quercia, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

Luca Aiello, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
Sofia Angeletou, BBC, UK
Miriam Fernandez, Open University, UK
Grégoire Burel, Open University, UK
Wei Gao, Qatar Foundation, Qatar
Marcel Karnstedt, DERI, Ireland
Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro, University of Sheffield, UK
Neal Lathia, University of Cambridge, UK
Matthew Rowe, Lancaster University, UK
Hassan Saif, Open University, UK
Irina Temnikova, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Chenghua Lin, University of Aberdeen, UK
Milan Stankovic, Hypios & University Paris-Sorbonne, France
Andrea Varga, University of Sheffield, UK
Claudia Wagner, Joanneum Research, Austria
Bin Wang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Aba-Sah Dadzie, The University of Sheffield, UK
Xin Zhao, Peking University, China
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