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Emoji2018: 1st​ International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media

Co-located with The 12​th​ International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM-18)


June 25th, 2018. Stanford, California, USA.


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Paper Submission Website -


Call for Papers


With the rise of social media, emoji have become an extremely popular form of communication in social media. They are equally popular across major social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. As of 2017, Facebook and Facebook Messenger process over 60 million and 6 billion messages with emoji per day, respectively. In 2015, Instagram reported that nearly half of the photo comments posted on Instagram contains emoji and Instagram users tend to replace slang terms using emoji in photo comments. Another study revealed that emoji are slowly taking over emoticons on Twitter. Emoji data generated on social media sites have been utilized to study how emoji are used across different languages, cultures, user communities and as features to learn machine learning models to solve problems that span across many applications, including sentiment analysis, emotion analysis, and sarcasm detection. The ability to automatically process, derive meaning, and interpret text fused with emoji will be essential as society embraces emoji as a standard form of online communication. Thus, Emoji2018 tries to bring together computer and social science researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry to discuss and exchange ideas on understanding social, cultural, communicative, and linguistic roles of emoji while leading the discussions on building novel computational methods to understand and interpret them.


Emoji2018 is focused on research and discussions on challenges in emoji understanding, including but not limited to the following research directions.


  1. Challenges in interpreting the meaning of an emoji in a message context
  2. Novel methods for emoji sense disambiguation
  3. Novel methods for calculating emoji similarity
  4. Novel methods for emoji prediction
  5. Challenges in using emoji as a language
  6. Emoji’s effects on the evolution of language constructs used on social media such as emoticons and slang terms
  7. Common emoji usages in social media
  8. Cultural and community-specific emoji meaning evolution and interpretation
  9. Why emoji meanings change over time and across communities?
  10. Distinct social and communicative roles of emoji
  11. How do people come to understandings of the meanings of the emoji?
  12. Understanding sender intention and receiver interpretation of emoji
  13. Emoji rendering and interface design challenges
  14. Applications of emoji in social media
  15. Research related to other pictorial representations such as emotes, customized emoji (e.g., bitmoji), and animated gifs.


We encourage submissions that utilize quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods to approach the above challenges as contributions. We invite regular technical papers (8 pages), short papers (4 pages), and demo proposals (2 page). Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this workshop. Submissions will be evaluated by the program committee based on the quality of the work and its fit to the workshop themes. All submissions should be double-blind and use the AAAI 2018 Author Kit for formatting. A high-resolution PDF of the paper should be uploaded to the EasyChair submission site before the paper submission deadline.


Important Dates


Abstract Submission: March 24th, 2018 (23:59, anywhere on earth).

Author Notification: April 3rd, 2018.

Camera-ready Paper Due: April 10th, 2018.

Workshop Day: June 25th, 2018.


Organizing Committee


Sanjaya Wijeratne - Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, USA

Emre Kiciman -  Information and Data Sciences Group, Microsoft Research AI, Redmond, USA

Horacio Saggion - Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Amit Sheth - Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, USA


Program Committee


Umashanthi Pavalanathan, Georgia Institute of Technology

Derek Doran, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University

Lakshika Balasuriya, Gracenote Inc.

Wei Ai, University of Michigan

Hannah Miller, University of Minnesota

Jacob Eisenstein, Georgia Institute of Technology

Francesco Barbieri, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Jacob Thebault-Spieker, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Miguel Ballesteros, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Rachael Tatman, Kaggle

Tyler Schnoebelen,

Petra Kralj Novak, Jožef Stefan Institute

Ian Wood, The Insight Centre for Data Analytics

Bjarke Felbo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Erik Cambria, Nanyang Technological University

Sarasi Lalithsena, IBM Almaden Research Center

Francesco Ronzano, Universitat Pompeu Fabra




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