Social Networking Workshop

Workshop Date: January 9, 2016 (See detailed schedule)

Accepted papers have been announced. Click here to see the list.

Sponsors of the Social Networking Workshop:

Social networking is profoundly changing the way people communicate and interact on a daily basis. Online social networks are serving as a vital means for supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of connected individuals, improving communication between globally dispersed individuals, and even measuring scientific impact. A significant fraction of mind-share in the form of applications, diverse access interfaces, and a large economic ecosystem has developed around this field. Going past the simple characterization and enumeration of properties, the networking research community has shown significant interest in attacking various problems associated with social networks. The proposed workshop strives to bring together academic, R&D, and industry researchers from these disciplines to address both the science and engineering challenges associated with the rapidly evolving domain of social networking.

This year the social network wokshop will have a special focus on security in online social media. This theme has been motivated by the rising issues related to privacy and security threats over social media and its consequences thereof. A recent article from ComputerWeekly states that "the rapid spread of false information through social media is among the emerging risks identified by the World Economic Forum in its Global Risks 2013 report." The unprecedented reach of social media allows the cyber criminals to commit all different types of malicious activities and the stakeholder companies are now converging on social media policies to ensure security and privacy. The workshop plans to host leaders in this area of research and will feature invited talks on this theme.

Topics of Interest

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion of relevance to social networking, involving novel ideas and applications, and experimental results. This workshop provides an opportunity to compare and contrast the ethological approach to social behaviour in human with web-based evidence of social interaction, perceptual learning, information granulation, the behaviour of humans and affinities between web-based social networks. This workshop welcomes contributions from researchers working on the following topics of interest, including, but not limited to:

  • Automatic discovery and analysis of Web based social networks
  • Visualization of social network analysis
  • Social networks and social intelligence
  • Link topology and site hierarchy
  • Virtual and web communities and web site clustering
  • Security, privacy and trust computational analysis of social networks
  • Web-based cooperative work
  • Knowledge community formation and support
  • Intelligent wireless Web
  • Social network analysis and mining of communities of practice
  • Network evolution and growth mechanisms
  • Information diffusion and knowledge transfer in social networks
  • Epidemics and rumours in networks
  • Geographical clusters, networks, and innovation
  • Anomaly detection in social network
  • Outlier detection in social network
  • Quantifying success through social network analysis
  • Multiplex and interdependent networks
  • Computational models and agent-based simulations of networks
  • High dimensional network analytics
  • Big data techniques for social networks
  • Strategic social networks and game theoretic models

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be no greater than 6 pages in length including all figures, tables, and references and must be a PDF file.
  • All papers must be electronically submitted via the Social Networking Workshop submission site on EDAS.
  • Reviews will be single-blind: authors name and affiliation should be included in the submission.
  • Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines as given on IEEE Website.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop. Submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal.

Papers can be submitted through the submission site EDAS.

  • The paper formatting and submission instructions are the same as for the main conference.
  • All Workshop papers (full papers - both regular and invited) WILL appear in IEEE Xplore.

How to Submit

  1. Go to the EDAS submission portal for the Social Networking Workshop.
  2. The paper formatting and submission instructions are the same as for the main conference.

Important Deadlines

Submission Due Oct 19, 2015 Oct 25, 2015
Notification of Acceptance Nov 30, 2015
Camera-ready Version Due Dec 15, 2015
Workshop Date Jan 9, 2016

Keynote Speaker

Srinivasan Parthasarathy

Srinivasan Parthasarathy

The Ohio State University, USA

Invited Speakers

Niloy Ganguly

Niloy Ganguly

IIT Kharagpur, India

Partha Pratim Talukdar

Partha Pratim Talukdar

IISc Bangalore, India

Sayan Ranu

Sayan Ranu

IIT Madras, India

Technical Schedule for Workshop

Time Sessions
9:00 - 9:30 Inauguration
Session 1  
9:30 - 10:30 Keynote Address: Trust in Network Analysis, Srinivasan Parthasarathy
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Session 2 Chair: Sayan Ranu
10:30 - 11:15 Invited Talk: Disaster Management through Social Sensing, Niloy Ganguly
11:15 - 11:50 Search Result Diversification in Flickr
11:50 - 12:25 Urban Monitoring Using Participatory Sensing: An Optimal Budget Allocation Approach
12:25 - 1:00 Social Interaction in the Flickr Social Network
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch Break
Session 3 Chair: Balaraman Ravindran
2:00 - 2:45 Invited Talk: Mining Communication Motifs in Dynamic Networks, Sayan Ranu
2:45 - 3:20 Game Theoretic Analysis of Tree Based Referrals for Crowd Sensing Social Systems with Passive Rewards
3:20 - 3:55 Spherule Diagrams with Graph for Social Network Visualization
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee Break
Session 4 Chair: Animesh Mukherjee
4:30 - 5:15 Invited Talk: Inference over Multi-relational Networks, Partha Pratim Talukdar
4:15 - 5:50 Shifting Behaviour of Users: Towards Understanding the Fundamental Law of Social Networks
5:50 - 6:25 An algorithm to search Edge relaxed query graph with minimum support threshold in Large Communication Networks
6:25 - 6:40 Closing/Best Paper Decisions

Program Committee:

  • Pawan Goyal, IIT Kharagpur

  • Bivas Mitra, IIT Kharagpur

  • Saptarshi Ghosh, MPI-SWS

  • Amitabha Bagchi, IIT Delhi

  • Bibhas Adhikari, IIT Kharagpur

  • Ramasuri Narayanam, IBM-IRL, Bangalore

  • Amit Nanavati, IBM-IRL, Bangalore

  • Partha Pratim Talukdar, IISc, Bangalore

  • Balaji Vasan, Adobe Research, Bangalore

  • Sayan Ranu, IIT Madras

  • Monojit Choudhury, Microsoft Research, Bangalore

  • Lionel Tabourier, LIP6, France

  • Janardhan Doppa, Washington State University

  • Saketha Nath, IIT Bombay

  • Maya Ramanath, IIT Delhi

  • M. Saravanan, Ericsson Global Research, Chennai

  • Narayanan Unny, XRCI, Bangalore

  • David Gleich, Purdue University

  • L Venkat Subramaniam, IBM-IRL Delhi