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First International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM)

In conjunction with WWW 2012

April 17, 2012 - Lyon, France


*** Submission deadline: January 23, 2012 *** Submit by e-mail to [log in to unmask]

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are interested in employing data from the social Web for disaster management. While traditionally a handful of news channels report updates, recently citizens and organizations have used multiple communication channels to share, predict, detect, discuss and report on large-scale events. Prime examples are the communications patterns and sharing motifs that emerged shortly after the London underground bombings (cell-phone based updates), Hurricane Katrina (Craigslist), or the Hudson River plane crash (Twitter). Existing approaches to mining public feeds are primarily aimed at searching for specific information or providing general trends within the whole dataset, and crucially post event (e.g. time or location based crowd clustering). To enable effective management of large-scale events, whether natural or economic disasters, there is a need for advances in situational awareness and reduction in response times in disaster management processes. In order to achieve that, a system needs to go beyond using post-event system-generated data, and incorporate both algorithm and crowdsourcing techniques to gather, analyze, organize and then visualize Web data and activity around an event in real-time.

TOPICS OF INTEREST include, but are not restricted to the following:
* Making sense of social Web Data in disasters
* Mining community generated feeds to obtain situational awareness of the events 
* Modeling global events from a variety of Web sources
* Trust model for Web-based community contributions to extract credible information
* Web-platform for Disaster Management 
* Cross-referencing, summarizing and presenting social Web in consumable manner 

Manuscripts due: January 23, 2012
Notification of acceptance: January 30, 2012 
Final revised manuscript: March 8, 2012
Workshop: April 17, 2012

We welcome original, unpublished manuscripts of up to 4 pages.  Vision papers and work-in-progress are welcomed as abstracts (2 pages). Papers must follow ACM SIG format (2-column).
Papers are to be submitted by emailing:  [log in to unmask]

Maja Vukovic, IBM Research, USA, [log in to unmask]
Soundar Kumara, Penn State, USA, [log in to unmask]
Vassilis Kostakos, University of Oulu, Finland, [log in to unmask]

Prof. Reka Albert, Penn State, USA
Col. (Retd.) William Crowder, LMI, USA 
Dr. Li Ying Cui, Kimberley Clark, USA
Prof. Lee Giles, Penn State, USA
Prof. Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Tech, USA
Dr. Afra J. Mashhadi, UCL, UK
Prof. Jonghun Park, Seoul National University, Korea
Dr. Gopal Pingali, IBM India Research Lab, India
Jakob Rogstadius, University of Madeira, Portugal
Prof. S. Rajagopalan, IIIT-B, India
Prof. S. Sadagopan, Indian Institute of Information Technology, India
Prof. Munindar Singh, North Carolina State, University, USA

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