Call for papers

First International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM)
In conjunction with WWW 2012
April 17, 2012 – Lyon, France
https://swdmwww12.wordpress.com/

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*** Submission deadline: January 23, 2012 *** Submit by e-mail to swdmwww12@gmail.com
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The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are interested in employing data from the social Web for disaster management. While traditionally a handful of news channels report updates, recently citizens and organizations have used multiple communication channels to share, predict, detect, discuss and report on large-scale events. Prime examples are the communications patterns and sharing motifs that emerged shortly after the London underground bombings (cell-phone based updates), Hurricane Katrina (Craigslist), or the Hudson River plane crash (Twitter). Existing approaches to mining public feeds are primarily aimed at searching for specific information or providing general trends within the whole dataset, and crucially post event (e.g. time or location based crowd clustering). To enable effective management of large-scale events, whether natural or economic disasters, there is a need for advances in situational awareness and reduction in response times in disaster management processes. In order to achieve that, a system needs to go beyond using post-event system-generated data, and incorporate both algorithm and crowdsourcing techniques to gather, analyze, organize and then visualize Web data and activity around an event in real-time.

TOPICS OF INTEREST include, but are not restricted to the following:
* Making sense of social Web Data in disasters
* Mining community generated feeds to obtain situational awareness of the events
* Modeling global events from a variety of Web sources
* Trust model for Web-based community contributions to extract credible information
* Web-platform for Disaster Management
* Cross-referencing, summarizing and presenting social Web in consumable manner

IMPORTANT DATES
Manuscripts due: January 23, 2012
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2012 February 4th, 2012
Final revised manuscript: March 8, 2012
Workshop: April 17, 2012

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We welcome original, unpublished manuscripts of up to 4 pages.  Vision papers and work-in-progress are welcomed as abstracts (2 pages). Papers must follow ACM SIG format (2-column).
Papers are to be submitted by emailing:  swdmwww12@gmail.com

WORKSHOP CHAIRS

  • Maja Vukovic, IBM Research, USA, maja@us.ibm.com
  • Soundar Kumara, Penn State, USA, skumara@psu.edu
  • Vassilis Kostakos, University of Oulu, Finland, vassilis@ee.oulu.fi

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

  • Prof. Reka Albert, Penn State, USA
  • Col. (Retd.) William Crowder, LMI, USA
  • Dr. Li Ying Cui, Kimberley Clark, USA
  • Prof. Lee Giles, Penn State, USA
  • Prof. Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Tech, USA
  • Dr. Afra J. Mashhadi, UCL, UK
  • Prof. Jonghun Park, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Dr. Gopal Pingali, IBM India Research Lab, India
  • Jakob Rogstadius, University of Madeira, Portugal
  • Prof. S. Rajagopalan, IIIT-B, India
  • Prof. S. Sadagopan, Indian Institute of Information Technology, India
  • Prof. Munindar Singh, North Carolina State, University, USA

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