SBP 2012 Modeling Challenge - Call for Submissions
Nitin Agarwal <nxagarwal <at> ualr.edu>
2011-11-17 16:41:41 GMT
SBP 2012 Modeling Challenge
International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction (SBP 2012)
University of Maryland, CollegePark, MD.
April 3-5, 2012
The SBP conference is the result of merging two successful international conferences on closely related
subjects: the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction
(SBP) and the International Conference on Computational Cultural Dynamics (ICCCD.) The combined
conference retains the acronym SBP, with "Behavioral" replaced by "Behavioral-Cultural". Social
computing harnesses the power of computational methods to study social behavior within a social
context. Behavioral-Cultural modeling refers to representing behavior and culture in the abstract,
and is a convenient and powerful way to conduct virtual experiments and scenario planning. Both social
computing and behavioral-cultural 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
and cross disparate disciplines. Sponsors for SBP include:
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR),
- Army Research Organization (ARO),
- National Institutes of Health (NIH),
- National Science Foundation (NSF), and
- Office of Naval Research (ONR).
More details on the SBP conferences can be found at: http://sbp.asu.edu/
SBP will host a modeling challenge, SBP 2012 Challenge, this year along with the regular conference. The
SBP 2012 Challenge aims to add a new dimension to the conference to demonstrate the real-world and
interdisciplinary impact of social computing. The challenge is geared to engage the social computing
research community in solving relevant, interesting, and challenging research problem contributing
towards theoretical, methodological, and applicational advancement of the area. The challenge
problem will highlight the multidisciplinary aspect of the social computing area. The challenge
problem is designed to be ‘broad’ so that it can be appreciated equally by researchers from different backgrounds.
Social media has inarguably played a critical role in facilitating information dissemination in
numerous real-world events including citizen protests driven by economic (e.g., the Occupy Wall
Street, Greek's the Indignant Citizens Movement) or socio-political crisis (e.g., Egyptian
revolution, the Arab Spring), disaster recovery and response (Haiti earthquake), political
campaigns, and many others. Prior to such events, the social network is virtually non-existent and
emerges dynamically at an overwhelming pace afterwards. A similar phenomenon could be observed during
the outbreak of an epidemic, especially in highly mobilized environments. Identifying the nodes that
spread the information (epidemic) fastest, early on before the network stabilizes, could have a
significant impact in decision making. Companies could also find this problem significant during early
Considering the significance of the above-mentioned problem, the theme of the SBP 2012 challenge is to
model diffusion in rapidly evolving networks. There is no specific dataset meaning the challenge
problem is open for different interpretations. One could propose simulation models or mine real-world
social media data in the context of ‘diffusion in rapidly evolving networks’ and share their
analyses and findings.
Submissions will be evaluated based on theoretical grounding as well as experimental evidence.
'Closeness' to real-world scenarios would certainly be preferred during evaluations. Winners will be
selected by an interdisciplinary committee of researchers and will be recognized at the conference with
1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. The winners will introduce the idea briefly at the conference to the audience
and/or give a quick demo. The winners will be given one entire tutorial session (3 hours) to present their
work (possibly demo) followed by a panel discussion to answer audience queries. Winners will be
recognized with awards during the conference reception.
The submissions (6 pages) should be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines.
Sample LaTeX2e and Word files are available from
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0. Submissions should be made at: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sbp2012challenge.
Submission Deadline: January 16, 2012 (23:59 PST)
Notification of Winners: March 2, 2012
Interested participants are requested to join the mailing list SBP-2012-Challenge <at> googlegroups.com
to follow the related discussion. Details and updates regarding the challenge will be posted on the group.
Please contact Nitin Agarwal at nxagarwal <at> ualr.edu for more details.
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