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SBP 2013 : International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction


Conference Series : Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction
When Apr 2, 2013 - Apr 5, 2013
Where Washington DC, USA
Abstract Registration Due Nov 6, 2012
Submission Deadline Nov 14, 2012
Notification Due Dec 20, 2012
Categories    social computing

Call For Papers

2013 International Conference on
Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP13)
April 2 – April 5, 2013, UCDC Center, Washington DC, USA
Conference Website:

Paper Registration Deadline: October 30, 2012
Paper/full text poster Due: November 7, 2012
Author Notification: December 20, 2012

Pre-conference Tutorial Sessions: April 2, 2013
SBP12 Conference (Single Track), April 3-5, 2013

An up to date list of sponsors will be available on the conference website.
Sponsors for SBP 2012 included:

Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
The Army Research Organization (ARO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

SBP is a multidisciplinary conference with a selective single paper track and poster session. SBP also invites a small number of high quality tutorials and nationally recognized keynote speakers.

Social computing harnesses the power of computational methods to study social behavior within a social context. Cultural behavioral modeling refers to representing behavior and culture in the abstract, and is a convenient and powerful way to conduct virtual experiments and scenario analysis. Both social computing and cultural behavioral modeling are techniques designed to achieve a better understanding of complex behaviors, patterns, and associated outcomes of interest. Moreover, these approaches are inherently interdisciplinary; subsystems and system components exist at multiple levels of analysis (i.e., “cells to societies”) and across multiple disciplines, from engineering and the computational sciences to the social and health sciences.

The SBP conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government agencies to exchange ideas on current challenges in social computing, behavioral modeling and prediction, and on state-of-the-art methods and best practices being adopted to tackle these challenges.

Papers and posters are solicited on research issues, theories, and applications. Topics
of interests include, but are not limited to,

Basic Research on Sociocultural &
Behavioral Processes using SBP
 Group interaction and collaboration
 Group formation and evolution
 Group representation and profiling
 Collective action and governance
 Cultural patterns & representation
 Social conventions and social contexts
 Influence process and recognition
 Public opinion representation
 Viral marketing and information diffusion
 Psycho-cultural situation awareness

Methodological Issues in SBP
 Mathematical foundations
 Verification and validation
 Sensitivity analysis
 Matching technique or method to research questions
 Metrics and evaluation
 Methodological innovation
 Model federation and integration
 Evolutionary computing
 Network analysis and optimization

Military & Security Applications
 Group formation and evolution in the political context
 Technology and flash crowds
 Networks and political influence
 Information diffusion
 Group representation and profiling
 Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them

Health Applications of SBP
 Social network analysis to understand health behavior
 Modeling of health policy and decision making
 Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
 Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health

Other Applications of SBP
 Economic applications of SBP
 Reasoning about development aid through SBP
 Reasoning about global educational efforts through SBP

Paper Registration Deadline: October 30, 2012 (11:59pm, EST)
Full Paper/Poster Submission: November 7, 2012 (11:59pm, EST)
Author Notification: December 20, 2012 (11:59pm, EST)

SBP13 Conference Proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LCNS) by Springer. The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the
Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. Sample LaTeX2e and WORD files are available at

Abstract and full text for both oral presentations and posters should be submitted
electronically before the specified deadlines. The maximum length of papers is 8 pages
and should be submitted in PDF following the instruction at

For any questions and inquiries, please send to,

Four half-day sessions will be offered: two concurrent sessions in the morning and two
concurrent sessions in the afternoon on the day before the full conference. Sessions
will be designed to meet the needs of one of two distinct groups. One group will consist
of attendees who have backgrounds in computational science; computer science,
engineering, and other mathematically oriented disciplines. Other tutorial sessions will be
designed for behavioral and social scientists and others
(e.g. those with medical backgrounds or training in public health) who may have limited
formal education in the computational sciences. Attendees will gain an understanding of
terminology, theories, and general approaches employed by computationally based fields,
especially with respect to modeling approaches.

More details regarding the preconference tutorial
sessions, including instructors, course content, and registration information will be
posted to the conference website as soon as this information becomes available at

Note that the plans for the tutorial sessions are in progress and are subject to change.

The SBP Challenge aims to demonstrate the real-world and interdisciplinary impact of social computing. The challenge will engage the social computing research community in solving a relevant, interesting, and challenging research problem that will advance the theory, methodology, and/or application of social computing.

The conference will feature keynotes and tutorials on several special topics. Please see the SBP 2013 website for more details. Keynotes and tutorials delivered in the previous SBP meetings are available through the SBP website,

The SBP13 Cross-fertilization Roundtable session will be held in the afternoon of the
first day of the technical portion of the conference. The purpose of the
cross-fertilization roundtables is to help participants become better acquainted with
people outside of their discipline and with whom they might consider partnering on a
future SBP project.

SBP 13 will feature a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award. All papers are
qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers where the senior author says the principal
author is a student will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.

Information on hotel and logistics will be provided at the conference website as it becomes available.

It is anticipated that a limited number travel scholarships will be available on a
competitive basis. Additional information will be provided on the SBP Conference website
as it becomes available at


Sun Ki Chai, University of Hawaii
Huan Liu, Arizona State University
Patty Mabry, National Institutes of Health
Dana Nau, University of Maryland
John Salerno, Air Force Research Lab
V.S. Subrahmanian, University of Maryland

Nathan D. Bos, Johns Hopkins University
Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, George Mason University

Ariel Greenberg, Johns Hopkins University
William G. Kennedy, George Mason University
Stephen Marcus, National Institutes of Health

Fahmida N. Chowdhury, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Rebecca Goolsby, Office of Naval Research
John Lavery, Army Research Lab/Army Research Office
Joseph Lyons, Air Force Research Lab
Patty Mabry, National Institutes of Health
Tisha Wiley, National Institutes of Health

Lei Yu, Binghamton University

Shanchieh (Jay) Yang, Rochester Institute of Technology

Nitin Agarwal, University of Arkansas
Wen Dong, MIT Media Lab

Fahmida N. Chowdhury, NSF
Tisha Wiley, National Institutes of Health

Huan Liu, Arizona State University

Patrick Roos, University of Maryland
Wei Wei, Carnegie Mellon University

Donald Adjeroh, West Virginia University
Patty Mabry, National Institutes of Health

For Further Information about SBP13
Additional information will be posted to the conference website as it becomes available.

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