HotSocial 2012 

First ACM International Workshop on
Hot Topics on Interdisciplinary Social Networks Research

August 12, 2012, Beijing, China (in conjunction with ACM KDD 2012, August 12-16, 2012)

Sponsor: ACM KDD

Supported by Tsinghua University Interdisciplinary Social Network Research Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Goettingen and Nanjing University



Call for papers Topics of interests Submission guidelines Important dates Technical program committee Workshop program

Call for Papers

With the blessing of information technology, we are living in an increasingly networked world. People, information and other entities are connected via World Wide Web, email networks, instant messaging networks, mobile communication networks, online social networks, etc. These online networks grow fast and possess huge amount of recorded information, which presents great opportunities in understanding the science of these networks, and in developing new applications from these networks and for these networks. The increasingly networked society has fundamentally changed our way of thinking, individual behaviors and social activities. It is foreseen that the public health relating to epidemic diseases is greatly impacted by this emerging connectivity as they are by nature mediated by direct or indirect human interactions and mobility. However, new challenges have to be met – the networks are huge and information is noisy, and they demand new methodologies in accessing and analyzing these networks, and in developing theories and applications for the networks. 

To meet with these challenges, researchers from a wide range of academic fields, including theory and algorithms, data mining and machine learning, computer systems and networks, statistical physics and complex systems, sociology, social psychology, economics and managerial science, etc. are all actively studying various aspects concerning social and information networks.

However, we lack the proper opportunities for people from these diverse backgrounds to directly interact with each other. The diversity of approaches and methodologies to study various social networks has raised the need for an interdisciplinary effort to create the required expertise to address the fundamental open questions in this field. This workshop is intended to present such an opportunity and serve as a forum to bring together people from various fields to exchange their latest research results and to sparkle new ideas and directions to properly understand these networks. 

Some of the fundamental open questions are:

Topics of Interest:

Main topics of this workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:

Paper Submissions

Submissions must present original results. Selected papers will be forward-looking, describe their relationship to existing work, and have impact and implications for ongoing or future research.

Submissions can be either a full workshop paper (no more than 6 pages long, double-column) or an extended abstract/position paper (2 pages, double-column); please strictly follow the SIGKDD template. All paper submission will be handled via Easychair Submission System. Papers will be reviewed single blind by the TPC.

Extended versions of selected papers of special merit presented at the workshop are subject to considerations - subject to peer review - for publication in Elsevier Computer Communications journal.

Camera Ready Instruction for Authors of Accepted Papers

Formatting:, keywords: ACM template, single-space, double-colume 10pt font size.

For your convenience we have prepared an Proceedings Template in Word, Latex Style File (meanwhile provides a Latex sample file). ACM ISBN number will be available shortly for you to replace the field " X-XXXX-XXX-X/XX/XXXX."

Page limit for camera ready versions:


Important Dates

Deadline for submissions: May 9, 2012 (11:59 PM, EST)

Notification of acceptance: June 3, 2012

Camera-ready version: June 27, 2012

Early Registration: June 29, 2012

HotSocial Workshop Date: Aug 12, 2012

Workshop TPC Co-Chairs

Panel Chair

Technical Program Committee

Preliminary Workshop Program

Keynote (9:00-10:00): 


Coffee break (10:00-10:20)

Session 1: Network Dynamics in Online and Offline Networks (10:20-12:00)

Panel (12:00-13:00):  Integrating Social Behaviors into Social Computing

Lunch Break (13:00-14:00)

Invited talk (14:00-14:50): Yuquan Wang (CEO of Haiyin Fund and Chief Consultant of Frost & Sullivan)

Coffee Break (14:50-15:10)

Technical Session 2: Sampling and Social Network Platforms (15:10-16:40)

Coffee Break (16:40-17:00)

Technical Session 3: Network Properties and Behaviors (17:00-18:00)




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