Sixth Social Networking Workshop at COMSNETS

Workshop Date: Friday, 11 January 2019

Social networking has changed the way people communicate. Today, Online social networks (OSNs) have widely varying applications, including supporting information and resource sharing, aiding discovery of globally dispersed individuals, enabling measurement of research impact, and so on. Several novel applications, different access interfaces, and a large economic system has developed around OSNs. Going past simple characterization of social media, the community has shown significant interest in addressing various research problems associated with the field. This workshop strives to bring together academia and industry to present developments on both research and engineering challenges associated with social networks.

This year, the special theme for the workshop is “Social Media and Health”. Web and social media analytics have long been used to monitor, study, and perform interventions in the health domain. Traditional usage includes tracking spread of diseases and epidemics, such as Zika and Ebola. In recent years, social media is being used in many novel healthcare applications, ranging from detection of non-communicable diseases (e.g., substance abuse, depression), to studying the demographics of affected population, to tracking spread of health-related misinformation through social media. Healthcare authorities and practitioners are increasingly turning to social media to promote awareness, encourage patient engagement, and increase the spread of accurate health related information. This year's workshop invites original research on topics related to this theme, and will attempt to assemble thought leaders on the theme, through the keynote and invited talks.


Topics of Interest

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussions of relevance to social networking. Submissions should contain novel ideas and applications, and must be evaluated experimentally. Our workshop provides an opportunity to compare and contrast human behaviour as known through sociology, with Web-based evidence of social interactions. We welcome contributions from researchers working on the following topics of interest, including, but not limited to:

  • Health analytics in social media
  • Automatic discovery and analysis of Web-based social networks
  • Visualization of social networks
  • Link topology and site hierarchy in social networks
  • Security, privacy and trust analysis in social networks
  • Web-based cooperative work and social intelligence
  • Formation and support of knowledge communities
  • Social network evolution and growth mechanisms
  • Information diffusion and knowledge transfer in social networks
  • Epidemics and rumours in social networks
  • Community question-answering
  • Anomaly and outlier detection in social networks
  • Multiplex and interdependent social networks
  • Computational models and agent-based simulations of social networks
  • High-dimensional social network analytics
  • Big data techniques for social networks
  • Game-theoretic strategies for social networks
  • Temporal and spatial social networks
  • HCI for social media
  • Credibility analysis of social media content

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

Invited Speakers

Workshop Schedule

Session 1 (Morning)
Chair: Saptarshi Ghosh
09:00 AM – 09:15 AM Inauguration Opening Remarks
09:15 AM – 10:00 AM Invited Talk 1 Understanding Patterns of Awareness - Towards a Social Media Analytics Experiment for HIV/AIDS and Treatment
Amarnath Gupta (University of California at San Diego, USA)
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Paper 1 A grid based model for generating scale-free networks
Amit Verma (IIT Ropar), Nikhil Prakash (R.V College of Engineering)
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM Paper 2 Detecting Informative Tweets during Disaster using Deep Neural Networks
Sreenivasulu Madichetty and M. Sridevi (National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli)
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Tea Break
Session 2 (Noon)
Chair: Rishiraj Saha Roy
11:15 AM – 12:00 noon Invited Talk 2 Frauds and Crimes in Online Social Network: A Review
Girish Keshav Palshikar (TCS Research, India)
12:00 noon – 12:20 PM Paper 3 Optimizing Viral Marketing for Demand Response
Kundan Kandhway and Depak Sudarsanam (TCS Innovation Labs Chennai), Arunchandar Vasan and Venkatesh Sarangan (TCS Chennai)
12:20 PM – 12:40 PM Paper 4 Statistical Model Checking for Dynamical Processes on Networks: A Healthcare Application
Panduranga Rao Marella, Ramesh Yenda and Nikhil Anand (IIT Hyderabad)
12:40 PM – 01:00 PM Paper 5 Term Specific TF-IDF Boosting for Detection of Rumours in Social Networks
Uddipta Bhattacharjee, Srijith P. K., and Maunendra Sankar Desarkar (IIT Hyderabad)
01:00 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch
Session 3 (Afternoon)
Chair: Saptarshi Ghosh
02:00 PM – 2:45 PM Invited Talk 3 Investigating the drivers behind spreading of drug abuse contents over Twitter
Joydeep Chandra (IIT Patna, India)
02:45 PM – 03:30 PM Invited Talk 4 Social Media Analytics for Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges
Janardan Misra (Accenture, India)
03:45 PM – 04:15 PM Tea Break
Session 4 (Evening)
Chair: Rishiraj Saha Roy
04:15 PM – 04:35 PM Paper 6 A Multi-Attributed Graph-Based Approach for Text Data Modeling and Event Detection in Twitter
Muhammad Abulaish (South Asian University), Sielvie Sharma and Mohd. Fazil (Jamia Millia Islamia)
04:35 PM – 05:45 PM Panel Discussion Topic: "Use of social media for health analytics: Opportunities and challenges"
Panelists: Amarnath Gupta, Janardan Misra, Girish Keshav Palshikar, and Joydeep Chandra
05:45 PM – 06:00 PM Closing Best Paper Awards and Valedictory

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be original work not under review at any other workshop, conference, or journal.
  • Submissions must not exceed 6 pages (and not be less than 3 pages) in the IEEE conference proceedings format, including all figures, tables, and references. Submissions must strictly follow the formatting guidelines as given on IEEE Website (two-column format).
  • Submission must be in English, and in PDF format.
  • Reviews will be single-blind: authors' names and affiliations should be included in the submission.
  • At least one author of every accepted paper should register for the conference and attend the workshop to present the research.

All accepted workshop papers will appear in COMSNETS 2019 proceedings, and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Submission Process

  • Create an account and login to EDAS:
  • Go to the EDAS new paper submission page for the workshop:
  • Enter your paper's title and abstract, check the box to add yourself as an author, and click on submit.
  • Add your co-authors and upload the paper pdf on the next screen.
  • Papers not adhering to style and length guidelines, and not in US Letter Size PDF, will be rejected without review.
  • Please contact the workshop chairs Rishiraj Saha Roy and Saptarshi Ghosh in case of any issues.

Important Deadlines

Paper Submission 12th November 2018
Notification of Acceptance 4th December 2018
Camera-ready Submission 14th December 2018
Workshop Date 11th January 2019

All deadlines are with respect to the AoE (Anywhere on Earth) time zone.

Program Committee

  • Oana Balalau, MPI for Informatics, Germany
  • Parantapa Bhattacharya, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Sanjukta Bhowmick, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
  • Tanmoy Chakraborty, IIIT Delhi, India
  • Joydeep Chandra, IIT Patna, India
  • Niyati Chhaya, Adobe Research, India
  • Monojit Choudhury, Microsoft Research, India
  • Abir De, MPI for Software Systems, Germany
  • Sourav Dutta, Bell Labs, Ireland
  • Kripabandhu Ghosh, IIT Kanpur, India
  • Pawan Goyal, IIT Kharagpur, India
  • Rajib Ranjan Maiti, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Suman Kalyan Maity, Northwestern University, USA
  • Paramita Mirza, MPI for Informatics, Germany
  • Bivas Mitra, IIT Kharagpur, India
  • Mainack Mondal, University of Chicago, USA
  • Koustav Rudra, Northwestern University, USA
  • Mithileysh Sathiyanarayanan, Red Sift-R&D and City, University of London, UK
  • Sandipan Sikdar, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Moumita Sinha, Adobe Research, USA
  • Ritwik Sinha, Adobe Research, USA
  • Balaji Vasan Srinivasan, Adobe Research, India
  • Jannik Stroetgen, Bosch Research, Germany
  • Erisa Terolli, MPI for Informatics, Germany
  • Andrew Yates, MPI for Informatics, Germany

Sixth Social Networking Workshop at COMSNETS

Rishiraj Saha Roy

Rishiraj Saha Roy

MPI for Informatics, Germany

Saptarshi Ghosh

Saptarshi Ghosh

IIT Kharagpur, India

If you have any questions, please contact the workshop chairs: Rishiraj Saha Roy (rishiraj [at] mpi-inf [dot] mpg [dot] de) and Saptarshi Ghosh (saptarshi [at] cse [dot] iitkgp [dot] ac [dot] in).