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"Ho, Miu Ting" <[log in to unmask]>
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The 1st Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science
Inequality and Imbalance


November 15-17, 2017
London, United Kingdom
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General Chairs:
Luca Maria Aiello, Nokia Bell Labs
Helen Margetts, Oxford Internet Institute

Organizing committee:
Katrin Weller, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Markus Strohmaier, RWTH Aachen & GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
David Garcia, ETH Zurich
Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zurich


Workshops and tutorials proposal submission deadline: September 8, 2017
Workshops and tutorials acceptance notification: September 12, 2017
Workshops and tutorials: November 15, 2017
Main conference: November 16-17, 2017


The Symposium is an interdisciplinary venue that brings together researchers from a diverse range of disciplines to contribute to the definition and exploration of the societal challenges in Computational Social Science, especially around the topics o inequality and imbalance. This is the first in a series of three symposia that discuss societal challenges in computational social sciences. Future events will be focused on "Bias and Discrimination" (Cologne, 2018) and "Polarization and Radicalization" (Zurich, 2019).

We welcome submissions for workshops and tutorials proposals on any emerging topic at the intersection of the social sciences and the computer sciences. Members of all segments of the social media research community are encouraged to submit proposals.

Workshops will give the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a selected focus, providing an excellent forum for exploring emerging approaches and task areas and bridging the gaps between the social science and technology fields.

Tutorials will be an opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement and a deeper understanding of new tools, techniques, and research methodologies. Tutorials should provide either an in-depth look at an emerging technique or software package or a broad summary of an important direction in the field.

Example topics include (but are not limited to):
* Inequality, imbalance, bias, discrimination
* Digital health
* Urban informatics
* Web mining for social good
* Algorithmic regulations
* Impact of online phenomena on the offline world
* Credibility of online content
* Impact of AI on the social life
* Rich representations of social ties


Authors are kindly requested to send a PDF with their proposal at the following email address with the subject "Workshop/Tutorial proposal":
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Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no more than three (3) pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should contain:
* A concise title
* The names, affiliations, and contacts of the organizing committee
* Duration of the event (half-day or full-day meeting)
* A short abstract describing the scope and main objective of the event
* A short description of the main topic and themes (2 paragraphs maximum)
* A description of the event format and a list of proposed activities
* An approximate timeline of the activities
* Historical information about the event, when available
* [Workshops only] A description of how workshop submissions will be evaluated
  (invited contributions, peer review, etc.)

Workshops and tutorials will be selected based on the following criteria:
* Timeliness of the topic
* Potential to attract the interest a diverse set of attendees
* Activities that are different from the classic mini-conference format
* Involvement people of different backgrounds in the organizing committee
* Addressing topics at the intersection of different disciplines


Due to the generous funding by Volkswagen Foundation we are able to offer up to 40 travel grants to early career researchers whose talks are accepted for the symposium. Both plenary talk presenters and workshop/ tutorial presenters are eligible for the travel grants.

The travel grant consists of 500 EUR for authors from non-European countries or 250 EUR for authors from Europe and also covers the registration fee for the symposium. Travel grant recipients will be selected by a committee of experts based on their academic excellence, financial needs and diversity (e.g. gender, geographical and disciplinary diversity).

Please indicate in your submission 1) if you wish to apply for a travel grant, 2) your motivation for the grant application and 3) whether you will still attend the symposium without a travel grant.

The grants aim to especially support attendees with limited travel resources and attendees from countries where Computational Social Science is not yet well established.

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