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Sideways 2019 : International Workshop on Social Media World Sensors


When Sep 17, 2019 - Sep 17, 2019
Where Hof, Germany
Submission Deadline Jul 5, 2019
Notification Due Jul 15, 2019
Final Version Due Jul 18, 2019
Categories    social media   social networks   data mining   natural language processing

Call For Papers

5th International Workshop on Social Media World Sensors
Hof, Germany - 17 September 2019
Held in conjunction with The 30th Conference on Hypertext and Social Media



Nowadays, social platforms have become the most popular communication system all over the world. In fact, due to the short format of messages and the accessibility of these systems, users tend to shift from traditional communication tools (such as blogs, web sites and mailing lists) to social network for various purposes. Billions of messages are appearing daily in these services such as Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, etc. The authors of these messages share content about their private life, exchanging opinions on a variety of topics and discussing a wide range of information news.


In light of this, the number of active users is estimated to 1 billion worldwide, which makes these systems the fastest- growing web sites in the world. Even if these system cannot represent an alternative to the authoritative information media, considering the number of its users and the impressive response time of their contributions, they represent a sort of real-time news sensor that can also predate the best newspapers in informing the web community about the emerging topics and trends. In fact, the most important information media always need a certain amount of time to react to a news event; i.e. professional journalists require time, collaborators and/or technology support to provide a professional report. However a user can easily report, in few characters, what is happening in front of the user’s eyes, without any concern about the readers or the writing style. These aspects make social services the most powerful sensor for events detection and automatic news generation. The aim of this workshop is to ask researchers to enter into such view, by studying how Social platforms can be used in a real-time scenario to detect emerging events and enrich them with contextual information like categorization, named entities and relationships with other events and sources of information.

The call for papers will assume the form of a call for surveys and ideas, to motivate researchers to present their view on the current state of the art and the future research challenges. Authors will be thus asked to submit a paper
describing the following points:

1. State of the art survey on the recent literature which can be interpreted as a social-sensor study or analysis
2. Existing research challenges which can be considered as emerging, or completely new challenges that can be proposed in future
research, with their impact on the community
3. A proposed set of features, models, techniques that can be adopted, and the expected results

Papers will be qualitatively evaluated as in a usual reviewing process, but with a particular focus on the clarity of the proposed
survey and the identified research challenges. At conference time, authors will be invited to present their works, and briefly introduce their points of view on the social-sensor current research. Then, an open discussion panel will follow, aiming at fostering new ideas through face to face interactions.


Social Media as Social Sensors
Social Media Analytics and Social Network Analysis
Topics, Trends and Community Extraction
Social-sensor Ontologies
Big Data and Social Media
Cultural Analysis of Social Media
NLP, IR, and Visualization in Social Media
Social Media applications
Privacy in Social Media
Chatbots for Social Media


- Paper submission: *** EXTENDED: July 5th ***
- Notification to authors: 19 July 2019
- Camera-ready: 26 July 2019


Papers submitted should be at most 6 pages long for full research paper and 2 pages for short papers (position and research-in-progress papers). All submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM "sigconf" template format (

Papers must be submitted before deadline via EasyChair at


- Mario Cataldi - Université Paris 8, France
- Luigi Di Caro - Department of Computer Science – University of Turin, Italy
- Claudio Schifanella - Department of Computer Science – University of Turin, Italy

** Tentative Program Committee **
- Luca Aiello - Yahoo! Labs, Spain
- Andrea Ballatore - Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
- Iván Cantador - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
- Federica Cena - Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy
- Amon Rapp - Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy
- Martin Chorley - School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, Wales
- Simon Harper - University of Manchester, England
- Dino Ienco - Irstea, UMR TETIS, Montpellier, France
- Séamus Lawless - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- Emmanuel Malherbe - Multiposting, France
- Rosa Meo - Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy
- Ruggero G. Pensa - Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy
- Rossano Schifanella - Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy
- Thomas Steiner - Google, USA
- Luca Vignaroli - RAI – Centre for Research and Technological Innovation, Turin, Italy

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