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International Workshop on
Modeling, Analysis and Management of Social Networks and their Applications

March 19, 2014 
Bamberg, Germany
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URL: http://www.mmb2014.de/index.php/workshops/socnet2014

 SOCNET 2014 is a workshop at MMB & DFT 2014 on modeling, analysis, and management of complex social networks. The term social network denotes the social structure that emerges from human actors' interaction with each other. Over the years, scholars in the domain of anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics and organizational theory have proposed different methods and techniques to discover these structures and to draw conclusions about the functioning of social networks, and network outcomes. Practical applications of social network analysis constitute a very important, rapidly growing area in modern interconnected information society. The related scientific concepts incorporate a variety of methods from graph theory, computer science, and statistics, among others.

The workshop will cover all aspects of modeling, analysis, and management of social networks and the applied methodologies arising in social network analysis and theory. It ranges from purely theoretical achievements to practical applications regarding the structural inference, modeling, analysis, simulation, and control, as well as usage of social networks.

The workshop is interdisciplinary in nature. We invite contributions from many interdisciplinary fields, including but not restricted to, information systems, computer science, economics, management, sociology, psychology, anthropology, biology and physics in order to fully incorporate the methodological, technical as well economic aspects of social network analysis. We also invite practitioners who will enrich the discussion through their experiences with business applications of social networking sites. Fresh ideas will be exchanged and open problems and new directions will be discussed in a cross-disciplinary setting.

The workshop is co-located with the 17th International GI/ITG Conference on "Measurement, Modeling and Evaluation of Computing Systems" and "Dependability and Fault-Tolerance" (MMB & DFT 2014).

 
*Topics*
SOCNET 2014 solicits novel unpublished material on modeling, analysis and management of social and complex networks. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
 
Modeling and Analysis
- analysis of random graph models and multiplicative stochastic processes
- percolation properties of equilibrium and growing networks
- characterization, inference and evolution of topologies
- robustness and vulnerability of network infrastructures
- influence and epidemic spreading in complex networks
- investigation of scalability properties
- algebraic and graph-theoretical partitioning techniques and spectral optimization of modularity concepts
- formation of communities and their algorithmic detection
- network evolution, and dynamic social network analysis
- exponential random graph (p*) models
- models accounting for network autocorrelation
- relationship between structural properties of social networks and individual, group, and organizational performance
- new data collection methods
- methods and tools for network visualization

Inference and Simulation Algorithms
- inference of complex network properties in deployed infrastructures
- structural inference and analysis of the user behavior in social networks
- immunization strategies for NGNs
- tools supporting analysis, inference and prediction of complex networks

Complex Network Methodologies
- emergent properties of real networks
- synchronization in complex and social networks
- signaling, management and distributed control protocols
- control methods and algorithms for complex and social networks

 
*Submissions*

Authors are encouraged to submit a PDF version of their original contribution either as extended abstract of 4 pages or as short paper not exceeding 6 pages. All submissions must adhere to a single-column LNCS conference format with a font size not smaller than 10 points.
The paper must be submitted electronically before the deadline via Easychair at URL:
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=socnet2014

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the authors not later than December 5, 2013. In case of acceptance the final PDF version of the full paper is due by December 20, 2013.
All accepted contributions will appear in the workshop proceedings. Registration of at least one co-author as workshop or conference participant before the deadline is required.

 
*Important Dates*

- Submission deadline: October 20, 2013
- Acceptance notification: December 5, 2013
- Camera-ready version: December 20, 2013
- Authors' registration deadline: February 15, 2014
- Workshop: March 19, 2014

 
*Organizing Committee*

General Chairs
- Kai Fischbach, University of Bamberg, Germany
- Udo Krieger, University of Bamberg, Germany

Local Arrangement Co-Chairs
- Cornelia Schecher, University of Bamberg, Germany
- Oliver Posegga, University of Bamberg, Germany

Technical Program Committee
- Jana Diesner , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Kai Fischbach, University of Bamberg, Germany
- Peter A. Gloor, Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA
- Udo Krieger, University of Bamberg, Germany
- Katharina A. Zweig, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany

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Prof. Dr. Kai Fischbach
University of Bamberg
Chair in Information Systems and Social Networks
http://www.uni-bamberg.de/sna

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