*Call for Papers: Social Web for Disaster Management*
Co-located with WWW 2015. Florence, Italy, May 2015
SWDM'15 invites submissions in the following workshop topics. Accepted
submissions will be published by ACM and included in the ACM Digital
While existing methods for processing social media data focus on providing
situational awareness, we strive for next-generation methods and systems
that further support disaster management and humanitarian response actions,
providing decision-support capabilities based on insights gained from the
Social Web. This may include both algorithmic and human-centered techniques
to gather, analyze, organize, and visualize Web data and activity around an
event in real time.
We solicit contributions in all topics related to social media for disaster
management, particularly but not limited to:
1. *Social Web Data for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response
Professionals*: How can we extract actionable insights from
user-generated Web feeds to help disaster response professionals make
decisions and act? How do we model different global events from a variety
of Web sources, and develop a trust model for community contributions to
extract credible information? How do we identify and geolocate content
2. *Scalable Web-Based Disaster Management or Humanitarian Response
Platforms*: What are the requirements of these professionals with
respect to social media data? How can remote agents and first responders
make use of these data effectively through a variety of devices? What
techniques can be used to improve the performance of such systems, when
handling vast amounts of data, and to support an increasing number of end
users and volunteers?
The workshop accepts the following types of submissions:
1. *Papers* including research results, position papers, and practice
and experience reports, having 5-6 pages (regular), or 2-4 pages (short).
2. *Demo* proposals describing a prototype of system, up to a maximum of
Research papers and position papers (regular and short) should be clearly
positioned with respect to previous work, and convey clearly the importance
of the contribution for the disaster management and/or humanitarian
response community. Research papers should describe the methodology used
and the obtained results in as much detail as possible, including a
comparison with state-of-the-art methods when appropriate.
Practice and experience reports (regular and short) should describe
insights obtained in a real-world scenario of interaction between social
media and disaster management and/or humanitarian response efforts.
Demo proposals should describe the system of prototype that will be
demonstrated to attendees, including intended users, and the relevance for
the disaster management and/or emergency response community. The
demonstrated systems can go from a functional prototype to a completed
Carlos Castillo, Qatar Computing Research Institute.
Fernando Diaz, Microsoft Research, USA.
Jie Yin, CSIRO, Australia.
Maja Vukovic, IBM Research, USA.
James Caverlee, Texas A&M University, USA.
Richard McCreadie, University of Glasgow, UK.
Leysia Palen, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
Hemant Purohit, Kno.e.sis, USA.
Melanie Roberts, IBM, USA.
Takeshi Sakaki, University of Tokyo, Japan.
Kate Starbird, University of Washington, USA.
Kentaro Torisawa, NICT, Japan.
Sarah Vieweg, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar.
Abstracts deadline: Jan 17, 2015.
Submission deadline: Jan 24, 2015.
Paper acceptance notification: Feb 22, 2015
Camera-ready hard deadline: Mar 8, 2015
Workshop date: May 18th or May 19th, 2015.
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