[ecoop-info] WebST 2016: early registration deadline 19 January

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JULY 18-22, 2016 

Organized by: 

University of

Rovira i VirgiliUniversity




WebST 2016 is a research training event addressed to graduates
and postgraduates in the first steps of their academic career. With a
global scope, it aims at updating them about the most recent advances in
the critical, multidisciplinary and fast developing area of web studies,
which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and
industrial innovation from computing and technologies to social sciences
and the humanities and has turned out to be the largest socio-technical
infrastructure in human history. Renowned academics and industry
pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience. 

subareas of web science and technology will be displayed, namely:
content analysis and information extraction, information networks,
search, data and semantics, ontologies, user behavior and
personalization, online communities, social networks, economic
transactions, mobility, security and privacy, graph analysis, web mining
and applications. Main challenges and opportunities will be identified
through 4 keynote lectures, 20 six-hour courses, and 1 round table,
which will tackle the most active and promising topics from various
perspectives: philosophy, sociology, politics, digital humanities,
economics, computer science, engineering and mathematics. The organizers
believe outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most
motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event.
Moreover, an open session will give participants the opportunity to
present their own work in progress in 5 minutes. 


Graduates and postgraduates from around the world. There are no formal
pre-requisites in terms of academic degrees. However, since there will
be differences in the course levels, specific knowledge background may
be assumed for some of them. WebST 2016 is also appropriate for more
senior people who want to keep themselves updated on recent developments
and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and
discuss with major researchers, scholars, industry leaders and


In addition to keynotes, at least 2 courses will
run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to
freely choose the courses they will be willing to attend as well as to
move from one to another. 


WebST 2016 will take place in
Bilbao, the capital of the Basque Country region, famous for its
gastronomy and the seat of the GuggenheimMuseum. The venue will be:

DeustoTech, School of Engineering 

University of Deusto 

Universidades, 24 

48014 Bilbao 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: (to be completed)

Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo Labs), Big Data in the Web 

Jiawei Han
(University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), From Data to Knowledge: A
Data-to-Network-to-Knowledge (D2N2K) Paradigm 

Amit P. Sheth
(WrightStateUniversity), Building Intelligent Systems: Semantic,
Cognitive and Perceptual Computing to Exploit Physical-Cyber-Social Big

PROFESSORS AND COURSES: (to be completed) 

Boualem Benatallah
(University of New South Wales), [advanced] API Engineering and

Vassilis Christophides (INRIA, Paris),
[introductory/intermediate] Entity Resolution in the Web of Data 

Gangemi (Italian National Research Council, Rome),
[intermediate/advanced] Open Knowledge Extraction: From Machine Reading
to the Semantic Web 

Alon Halevy (Recruit Institute of Technology),
[introductory] Structured Data on the Web 

Jiawei Han (University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), [intermediate] Construction and Mining of
Text-Rich Heterogeneous Information Networks 

Andreas Hotho (University
of Würzburg), [intermediate] Social Semantics in the Web 

Ravi Kumar
(Google), tba 

Haewoon Kwak (Qatar Foundation),
[introductory/intermediate] From Social Network Analysis to Social Media
Analytics and beyond: Challenges and Opportunities 

Cathy Marshall
(TexasA&MUniversity), [introductory] Qualitative Methods for Studying
Users on the Web 

Mirco Musolesi (University College London),
[introductory/intermediate] Mining Big (and Small) Mobile Data 

Parsia (University of Manchester), [introductory] The Semantic Web and
Linked Data 

Prabhakar Raghavan (Google), tba 

Uli Sattler (University
of Manchester), [introductory] OWL, Underlying Logics, and What This
Reasoning Is All about 

Munindar P. Singh (North
CarolinaStateUniversity), [introductory/intermediate] Web Applications
as Sociotechnical Systems: A Basis for a Science of Security and Privacy

Barry Smith (University at Buffalo), [introductory] Towards
Ontological Foundations for​ Web Science 

Raphael Volz (Pforzheim
University of Applied Science), [introductory] Improving Prediction
Models with Open Data 


An open session will collect
5-minute presentations of work in progress by participants. They should
submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of
the research to florentinalilica.voicu (at) urv.cat by July 15, 2016.


Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair) 

Manuel Jesús
Parra Royón 

Borja Sanz (co-chair) 

Florentina Lilica Voicu


It has to be done at


The selection
of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only
tentative and non-binding. For the sake of organization, it will be
helpful to have an approximation of the respective demand for each

Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration
requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The
registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility
disabled when the capacity of the venue will be completed. It is much
recommended to register prior to the event. 


Fees are a flat
rate covering the attendance to all courses during the week. There are
several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration


Suggestions of accommodation will be
available on the webpage in due time. 


Participants will
be delivered a certificate of attendance. 


florentinalilica.voicu (at) urv.cat 


University of Deusto 

Rovira i Virgili University 


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