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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.


- 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"


More specifically, ICWSM welcomes submissions from researchers in a number
of disciplines:

- 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
- Subjectivity in textual data; sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion
identification and extraction
- Text categorization; topic recognition; demographic/gender/age
- Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting;
measuring predictability of phenomena based on social media
- New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques


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 phase.

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.


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


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