11th International Conference on COMmunication Systems & NETworkS

January 7 - 11 | Bengaluru, India

In-Cooperation With


MeitY Digital India ITRA

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:

Submission Guidelines

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

Important Deadlines

Paper Submission 31 October 2018
Notification of Acceptance 30 November 2018
Camera-ready Submission 14 December 2018
Workshop Date 11 January 2019

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

Submission Process:

To be announced

Keynote and Invited Speakers:

To be announced

Program Committee:

To be announced

Workshop Co-Chairs

Rishiraj Saha Roy

Rishiraj Saha Roy

MPI for Informatics, Germany

Saptarshi Ghosh

Saptarshi Ghosh

IIT Kharagpur, India