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LENS 2017 : The 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Local Events and News (LENS 2017)

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Link: https://www.biz.uiowa.edu/faculty/xzhou/lens2017/
 
When Nov 7, 2017 - Nov 7, 2017
Where Redondo Beach, California, USA
Submission Deadline Aug 31, 2017
Notification Due Sep 24, 2017
Final Version Due Oct 8, 2017
Categories    spatial   NEWS   events   trends
 

Call For Papers

The 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Local Events and News (LENS 2017)
in conjunction with the 25th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017)
November 7 - November 10, 2017, Redondo Beach, California, USA

https://www.biz.uiowa.edu/faculty/xzhou/lens2017/


Call For Papers:
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The advances in software and hardware technologies together with the rapid urbanization process globally over the last decade have changed the ways people interact as groups, both offline (physically), and online (virtually). The growing urban population and diversity has led to more frequent social events of different types ranging from sports games and traffic congestion to ad-hoc gatherings and social protests. They may bring impacts on public safety, traffic, and business. In addition, online forums and social media have emerged as a new generator and information source for events and news. In 2016, social media outstripped TV as a news source for young people for the first time in history (according to BBC). Nevertheless, both online and offline events and news play important roles in modern societies. Consequently, identifying, forecasting, and understanding events and news has emerged as an important topic. By nature, events and news have spatial and temporal extents, suggesting that they are localized social phenomena. In fact, they have generated several challenges and research problems that are inherently spatio-temporal problems. Addressing these problems at a local scale is becoming more challenging over time due to the various sources of data, e.g., social media, traffic sensors, vehicle trajectories, and location-based check-ins, that help to address the topic. This variety in data sources bring several research challenges including dealing with large volumes, high levels of heterogeneity, and noisy user-generated data.

The workshop is intended to bring together experts from the research community and industry to exchange ideas on opportunities, challenges and cutting-edge techniques for local events and news analytics.

We invite submissions of both full research papers that present novel and original research results and short position papers that discuss challenges and opportunities. Topics of interest include, but not limited to, the following:

* Urban event detection and prediction on mobility and transportation data.
* Detecting local environmental events such as disasters and environmental changes.
* Online event monitoring and local trend analysis.
* Spatio-temporal correlation analysis of events/news.
* Location-based news detection and analysis.
* Social unrest prediction from social media.
* Event chain analysis and event graphs.
* Spatio-temporal event diffusion models.
* Fusion of multiple data sources to analyze local events.


Paper Submission:
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We welcome submissions of both full research papers that present novel and original research results and short position papers that discuss challenges and opportunities.

Full research paper: up to 10 pages
Vision or position paper: up to 4 pages

All manuscripts should be submitted in PDF format and formatted using the ACM SIG Proceedings templates available at: http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html

All the papers should be submitted through the Easychair website at the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lens2017.

All the submitted papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings of the workshop, which are expected to be published jointly with the conference proceedings and will appear in the ACM Digital Library. One author per accepted workshop paper is required to register for the workshop and the conference, as well as attend the workshop to present the accepted work.


Organizers:
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Amr Magdy (University of California, Riverside), Email: amr@cs.ucr.edu
Xun Zhou (University of Iowa), Email: xun-zhou@uiowa.edu
Yan Huang (University of North Texas), Email: yan.huang@unt.edu

Sponsors:
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Thomson Reuters is sponsoring the workshop. Thomson Reuters brings to the workshop the industrial expertise to achieve the workshop goal of bringing together researchers and industry experts to discuss the opportunities, challenges and cutting-edge techniques for local events and news analytics. Thomson Reuters is a multinational mass media and information corporation. The corporation's research arm, Thomson Reuters Labs, is collaborating with customers to solve big problems and rapidly prototype and validate solutions using data science and lean techniques.

Keynote:
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Dr. Xiaomo Liu is delivering a keynote speech at the workshop. Dr. Liu is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center of Cognitive Computing, Thomson Reuters working on Reuters News Tracer project. Dr. Liu's talk will be titled "Reuters News Tracer: Toward Automated Journalism Using Large Scale Social Media Data".


Important Dates:
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Paper Submission: September 7, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: September 24, 2017
Camera-ready Papers: October 8, 2017
Workshop Date: November 7, 2017

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