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Dear Socnet,

Emma Spiro and I would like to invite submissions to for a Workshop on Activity-based Networks the CFP can be found [http://www.activity-networks.com/paper_submission/] and is also at the end of this email. Please disperse widely! We believe this will be a very interesting and fruitful interdisciplinary workshop on an important and emerging area of research.


Zack Almquist, UMN
Emma Spiro, UW

Online And Activity-­based Social Networks: Sampling, Measuring And Modeling The Effects Of Technology On Health-related Behaviors: http://www.activity-networks.com

Co-located with SocInfo2016 in Seattle, WA November 14-17: http://usa2016.socinfo.eu/

Communities in the fields of health, social sciences, and computer and information sciences have recently become interested in online and mobile applications dedicated to improving health-related behavior. Researchers studying these topics focus on everything from software and hardware development to understanding and modeling the social exchange and peer influence on these new platforms. These activity-based social networks are important environments for improving the health and well-being of individuals; they also offer numerous opportunities for use by the broader medical community.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), for example, has identified a series of issues related to improving an individual's health-related behavior, including “encouragement, support, or companionship from family and friends” all of which are supported in popular activity-based networks. Building on the combination of technological foundations, emergent social dynamics and health implications, this workshop looks to bring together researchers from across variety of disciplines to share current findings and help build a community around this engaging new area of research.

In this workshop, we invite researchers and practitioners from different disciplines such as sociology, economics, psychology, social computing, public health, statistics, communications, computer science, engineering and other related areas to share their ideas and research achievements in order to better understand online and mobile applications dedicated to improving health-related behavior.


We solicit original, unpublished and innovative research work on all aspects around, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Sampling from activity-based networks

  • Measuring activity-based networks

  • Modeling activity-based networks

  • Experiments on activity-based networks

  • Influence of activity-based networks

  • Designing activity-based networks

  • Recruiting participants for activity-based networks

  • Building applications to engage activity-based networks

  • Measuring the health effects and/or efficacy of activity-based networks

  • Policy implications of activity-based networks

Format and Submission

We invite the submission of regular research papers (6-8 pages) as well as position papers (2-4 pages).

We recommend that applicants follow the formatting of SocInfo2016 general submissions according to Springer LNCS paper formatting guidelines.  The submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of quality and fit to the workshop theme. Accepted papers will be presented as short presentations or lightning talks at the workshop.

Participants who are interested in attending but do not submit a research paper or a position paper should submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in participating, what they would gain from participation, and how they can contribute to the workshop.

Authors of accepted papers need to register for either the Workshop day or SocInfo2016 conference (http://usa2016.socinfo.eu/registration/). 
All submissions must be submitted in PDF format according to the guidelines through the Easychair installation:


Important Dates

Submission: September 20, 2016

Decisions: October 15, 2016

Submissions will be due Midnight AoE time.


Zack Almquist, University of Minnesota ([log in to unmask])

Emma Spiro, University of Washington ([log in to unmask])

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