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*** BESC 2017 Special Sessions:  CALL FOR PAPERS   ***

*** The 4th International Conference on Behavioral, Economic,
   and Socio-Cultural Computing -  16-18 October, 2017 (BESC 2017) ***

   AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland,

*** Special Session: "Healthcare Analytics" - Improving Healthcare ***
*** using Big Data Analytics                                       ***

** Scope**
  Aim of this special session is to bring together researchers and 
practitioners working in the area of healthcare analytics with emphasis 
on addressing practical challenges in improving healthcare sector 
through big data analytics.
Healthcare service providers are increasingly acknowledging the 
strategic importance of data analytics. However, the challenge becomes 
how to take Big Data and translate it into information that can be used 
by healthcare professionals for decision making to improve healthcare 
outcomes and improve the quality of care.
Improving the healthcare sector, there are varieties of issues that need 
to   be addressed such as:

Topic of interest are:
* Data governance
* Data standards
* Medical Text analytics
* Machine learning applications to healthcare
* Medical Data mining
* Predictive analytics
* Data Visualization for Healthcare Applications.
* Patient analytics
* Clinical decision making
* Clinical trials
* Health and care interventions
* Value-based care,
* Population health management
* Anomaly detection

Submission Process:
Authors are encouraged to submit original and high-quality work that is 
not under consideration by or already appears in, any journals or 
publication media. Potential authors can follow submission policy of 
IEEE BESC-2017 (   Specific 
instructions can be found on the BESC-2017 website 
(  Manuscripts 
should be submitted in PDF format by sending email to [log in to unmask] 
as well as through Easychair system:
The best accepted papers will be invited to submit an extended version 
to a special issue (SCIE index Journal)

**Important Dates:**

Paper submission: 15/06/2017
Acceptance notification: 15/07/2017
Camera ready paper: 01/08/2017
Conference date: 16-18/10/2017

** Organizers: **
* Sherif Sakr, Health Informatics, CPHHI, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz 
University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
* Imran Razzak, Health Informatics, CPHHI, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz 
University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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***Special session: Social Media, Crowd Psychology and Public Opinion***


The widespread use of the internet and social media has greatly
increased the complexity of research for crowd psychology, public
opinion and governance. However, large-scale digital data generated by 
massive social media users, also create new possibilities and ways for
understanding crowd psychology and public opinion.
Our special session of Social Media, Crowd Psychology and Public
Opinion aims to bring researchers and practitioners from multidiscipline 
together to share their experience and work about how to apply social 
computing paradigm and social media data for mining
interesting questions about crowd psychology and public opinion.

Topics including but not limited to:
* Measurement and application for crowd psychology and public opinion
* Users behavior and public opinion
* Crowd psychology, public opinion and mass communication
* Geographical characteristics and distribution of crowd psychology
   and public opinion
* Propagation and evolution of crowd psychology and public opinion
* Public opinion governance

** Chairs of Special Session **
* Hao Chen, Department of Social Psychology, Nankai University, China
* Lingnan He, School of Communication and Design, Sun Yat-sen
   University, China

Program Committee
* Zhihai Rong, School of Computer Science and Engineering,
   University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
* Shimin Cai, School of Computer Science and Engineering,
   University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
* Xiaogang Qiu, College of Information System and Management,
   National University of Defense Technology of China
* Qingyuan Wu, School of Management, Beijing Normal University
   (Zhuhai Campus), China

*** Special Session: Towards Post-Privacy? Social Norms, Technical ***
*** Possibilities and Political Regulations of Internet Usage      ***

** Scope **

In 2010 Mark Zuckerberg announced a new age: ‚post-privacy’. With the 
spread of social media, permanent online availability, GPS tracking 
devices, the sharing of communication, pictures and life episodes in 
newly emerged online communities, privacy seems no longer a ‘social 
norm’. This statement looks plausible so far as the communications 
behaviour of ‘digital natives’ differs significantly from the habits of 
older generations. But it is not quite clear how far changes in privacy 
are not rather brought about by dubious practices of internet firms 
themselves – by non-transparent ‘privacy settings’, by obscure changes 
in terms and conditions of usage or by exploiting the trust of 
inexperienced customers. Under these conditions ‘post-privacy’ would 
constitute a permanent infringement of personal rights.
If average citizens are overburdened by the breathtaking path of 
technological innovation and unaware of the consequence of their own 
actions in cyber space, one could expect governments to step in and 
protect their populations against unwanted data mining and surveillance. 
In fact, many states have regulations in place, e.g. laws against Forth 
Amendment violations in the United States, the European Data Protection 
Directive or the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ in the EU. Privacy officers are 
appointed to defend the rights of citizens, data security engineers 
protect stored data against illegitimate usage, etc.
Nevertheless, the interest of governments to design proper privacy laws 
seems limited. States themselves are collecting vast sets of information 
about their citizens. Often such practices cross the border between 
security, freedom and surveillance. Election campaigns rely on 
sophisticated techniques of data mining to address voters. What is 
lacking, is a wide public discourse on legal and moral principles which 
should guide government policies as well as companies.
The session explores the conditions and possibilities of privacy in the 
age of dramatically changing technologies of information and 
communication. Contributions should deal with technical aspects of data 
protection, with internet education, with social habits and norms of 
e-communication, and with the challenges of political and legal regulation.

** Important Dates: **
  Submission of papers:       15/06/2017
  Notification due:                  16/07/2017
  Camera-ready due:              02/08/2017
  Conference date:            16-18/10/2017

** Organisers:**
Chair: Klaus Mueller (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)

*** Special session: Conflicting Approaches to Internet Regulation: ***
*** Europe vs U.S.                                                  ***

** Scope **

Over the last decade the internet, once celebrated as providing a 
post-territorial and post-national sphere beyond the control of 
governments, became a battle field between the European Union and the 
United States. Accepting the leadership of American corporations in 
internet technologies, platforms and services, the European governments, 
however, brought forward concerns about issues of monopolistic 
behaviour, tax evasion and lax standards of privacy. Several agreements 
were negotioated, from "Safe Harbour" the "EU-U.S. Privacy Shield". 
Nevertheless, during the last years, many new conflicts emerged: between 
European antitrust officials and Apple on attempts to control the music 
streaming business, between the EU and Google on dominance in internet 
search machines, between France and Google, between Deutsche Telecom and 
Microsoft ect.
The session invites contributions which adress the questions, if the 
internet could be kept open or if we approach its "balkanization", if 
the conflicts between the EU and the US reflect new challenges for 
internet regulation or open a new chapter of  'eocnomic warfare'.

** Important Dates: **
   Submission of papers:         15/06/2017
  Notification due:              16/07/2017
  Camera-ready due:              02/08/2017
  Conference date:            16-18/10/2017

** Organisers:**
Chair: Klaus Mueller, AGH  (AGH University of Science and Technology, 

*** Special session: Sociological theories in social media analysis ***
*** in the context of information technology development            ***

** Scope **
Classical social theories emerged at a time when people’s access to 
partners with whom various social relationships could be formed would 
encounter significant constraints resulting from limited mobility and 
In the context of the development of new areas of human activity, which 
takes place through the advancement of information technology and the 
associated rapid development of social media, the emergence of newer 
types of interactions can be observed in communities, resulting in the 
formation of various social organisations, often with many members, 
characterised by variability and of a different character. Organisations 
that form in social media undoubtedly have some original features 
related to the number of potential partners to interact with, ease of 
contact in the virtual world, and the dynamics and volatile nature of 
these relationships. Thus, the following questions emerge: whether and 
how developed classical social theories fit in with new conditions, how 
they should be modified.
The question remains whether and to what degree classical sociological 
models, such as group formation, roles played by individuals and their 
interpretations, impact of significant individuals on their environment, 
retain relevance in social media.
Currently conducted research more and more often uses social network 
analysis (SNA) to analyse the dynamics of relations between actors, 
which impact the functioning of social groups and economic, political 
and global organisations and shape their processes. This method presents 
many challenges to analysts and raises numerous methodological problems. 
By changing the point of view and perception of research problems, it 
establishes new framework of interpretation, expanding the techniques of 
researchers of social phenomena. Therefore, we invite those who already 
use network analysis in their research practice, as well as researchers 
who, in their statements, wish to depict development possibilities and 
use the possibility to apply this method in the public arena, to join 
the group.

Topics of interest are:
* application of network theory, actor-network theory and network 
exchange theories to the analysis of economic, political and social 
* application of existing models and theories to the analysis of the 
structure of communication in social media (instant messengers, blogs, 
* application of social network analysis methods and sociological models 
to solving various types of practical problems,
* sociological interpretation of different types of network models,
* possibilities and limitations of using network analysis in research 

**Important Dates:**
  Submission of papers:          15/06/2017
  Notification due:              16/07/2017
  Camera-ready due:              02/08/2017
  Conference date:            16-18/10/2017

** Organisers: **
Jaroslaw Kozlak (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)
Maria Stojkow (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)
Anna Zygmunt (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)
Dorota Zuchowska-Skiba (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)

  *** Common rules of submission process ***

* All papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis  of 
technical quality, relevance, originality, significance, and clarity. 
Papers must be submitted in PDF format through:
* All submissions should use IEEE two-column style. Templates are 
available from 

* BESC 2017 accepts scientific papers (6 pages), position papers (2 
pages)  and demo papers (2 pages)
* Submission of a paper is regarded as a commitment that, should the 
paper  be accepted,  at least one of the authors will register and 
attend   the conference to present the work.
* All accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore 
as well  as other abstracting and Indexing (A&I) services, e.g. EI, DBLP 
and Thomson Reuters (Web of Science).

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