June 8th to 11th, 2020, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.


14th International Conference on Web and Social Media

ICWSM COVID-19 Information


In accordance with the current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and the United States Government to slow the spread of the COVID-19, the physical meeting of ICWSM-2020 in Atlanta, Georgia has been cancelled. However, plans are underway to convert ICWSM-20 to a virtual meeting during the same time period of June 8-11, 2020. More information will be posted here in the next month with information on how to register and participate.

Registration will be available in late April, and fees will reflect the significantly lower cost associated with the a virtual meeting, while still covering the expenses that have and will be incurred to produce a successful event for all participants.

The production of the proceedings will continue as planned, and papers will be posted in the AAAI Digital Library by the time of the virtual meeting.

We appreciate your patience while organizers investigate possible solutions. We will post developments as soon as more information is available.

Thank you for your support of ICWSM-2020!

The International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) is a forum for researchers from multiple disciplines to come together to share knowledge, discuss ideas, exchange information, and learn about cutting-edge research in diverse fields with the common theme of online social media. This overall theme includes research in new perspectives in social theories, as well as computational algorithms for analyzing social media. ICWSM is a singularly fitting venue for research that blends social science and computational approaches to answer important and challenging questions about human social behavior through social media while advancing computational tools for vast and unstructured data.

ICWSM, now in its fourteenth year, has become one of the premier venues for computational social science, and previous years of ICWSM have featured papers, posters, and demos that draw upon network science, machine learning, computational linguistics, sociology, communication, and political science. The uniqueness of the venue and the quality of submissions have contributed to a fast growth of the conference, and a competitive acceptance rate around 20% for full-length research papers published in the proceedings by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

For ICWSM-2020, in addition to the usual program of contributed talks, posters and demos, the main conference will include a selection of keynote talks from prominent scientists and technologists. Building on successes in previous years, ICWSM-2020 will also hold a day of workshops and tutorials in addition to the main conference.


Computational approaches to social media research including
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Text / Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Image / Multimedia Processing
  • Graphics and Visualization
  • Distributed Computing
  • Graph Theory and Network Science
  • Human-computer Interaction
  • Social science approaches to social media research including
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and social network analysis
  • Communication
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Anthropology
  • Media Studies and Journalism
  • Digital Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to social media research combining computational algorithms and social science methodologies

    Topics Include (But Not Limited To)

  • Studies of digital humanities (culture, history, arts) using social media
  • Psychological, personality-based and ethnographic studies of social media
  • Analysis of the relationship between social media and mainstream media
  • Qualitative and quantitative studies of social media
  • Centrality/influence of social media publications and authors
  • Ranking/relevance of social media content and users
  • Credibility of online content
  • Social network analysis; communities identification; expertise and authority discovery
  • Trust; reputation; recommendation systems
  • Human computer interaction; social media tools; navigation and visualization
  • Subjectivity in textual data; sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion identification and extraction, linguistic analyses of social media behavior
  • Text categorization; topic recognition; demographic/gender/age identification
  • Trend identification and tracking; time series forecasting
  • Measuring predictability of real world phenomena based on social media, e.g., spanning politics, finance, and health
  • New social media applications; interfaces; interaction techniques
  • Engagement, motivations, incentives, and gamification.
  • Social innovation and effecting change through social media
  • Social media usage on mobile devices; location, human mobility, and behavior
  • Organizational and group behavior mediated by social media; interpersonal communication mediated by social media

  • Example Data Sources (Web and Social Media)

    • Social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn)
    • Microblogs (e.g., Twitter, Tumblr)
    • Wiki-based knowledge sharing sites (e.g., Wikipedia)
    • Social news sites and websites of news media (e.g., Huffington Post)
    • Forums, mailing lists, newsgroups
    • Community media sites (e.g., YouTube, Flickr, Instagram)
    • Social Q & A sites (e.g., Quora, Yahoo Answers)
    • User reviews (e.g., Yelp, Amazon.com)
    • Social curation sites (e.g., Reddit, Pinterest)
    • Location-based social networks (e.g., Foursquare)

    Call For Submissions

    Full Papers

    • Abstract submission: Not required.

    Submission Information:

    To Be Announced Soon

    There are three submission deadlines before ICWSM-2020:
    • 1st Full-paper Deadline: May 15, 2019 (by 23:59 PM Anywhere on Earth) (New submissions, and R&Rs from ICWSM-19) [Notifications: July 15, 2019]
    • 2nd Full-paper Deadline: September 15, 2019 (by 23:59 PM Anywhere on Earth) (New submissions, and R&Rs from Jan & May 2019 submissions) [Notifications: Nov 15, 2019]
    • 3rd Full-paper Deadline: January 15, 2020 (by 23:59 PM Anywhere on Earth) (New submissions, and R&Rs from Sep 2019 submissions) [Notifications: Mar 16, 2020]

    Submission deadlines before ICWSM-2021:
    • 1st Full-paper Deadline: May 15, 2020 (by 23:59 PM Anywhere on Earth) (New submissions, and R&Rs from Jan* 2020 submissions) [Notifications: July 15, 2020]
    • 2nd Full-paper Deadline: September 15, 2020 (by 23:59 PM Anywhere on Earth) (New submissions, and R&Rs from Jan* & May 2020 submissions) [Notifications: Nov 15, 2020]

    * Given the current situation due to COVID-19 and its ramification in people's lives, their communities, their workplaces, and societies, ICWSM is offering a later revision option. So authors (of papers currently in R&R) may decide to resubmit a revision either by May 15, 2020, or they may decide to resubmit by September 15, 2020. In either case, the next notification will include a final accept/reject decision without the possibility for additional rounds of revisions.

    The 2020 reviewing process will be similar to that in the 2019 edition. Papers to be considered for publication in the ICWSM proceedings and presentation at the ICWSM 2020 conference must be submitted by one of the three submission deadlines. Authors who receive the "Accept" recommendation will have the opportunity to respond to reviewer suggestions by making minor edits when preparing the camera-ready version. Authors who receive the "Revise and Resubmit" recommendation will have the opportunity to address reviewer suggestions and resubmit an improved manuscript in the next submission deadline. Authors who receive "Revise & Resubmit" in January 2020 will likely be presenting during the 2021 conference if their papers get accepted during the next submission round. Papers accepted to this track will be presented as full-length presentations integrated with the conference, and they will be published as journal articles in the ICWSM proceedings. For submission guidelines, please refer to the guidelines.

    Social Science and Sociophysics Track We will be continuing the 'social science and sociophysics' track at ICWSM-2020 following its successful debut in 2013. This option is for researchers in social science and sociophysics who wish to submit works without publication in the conference proceedings. While papers in this track will not be published, we expect these submissions to describe the same high-quality and complete work as the main track submissions. Papers accepted to this track will be presented either as full or poster presentations integrated with the conference, but they will be published only as abstracts in the conference proceedings. Papers submitted to this track will be reviewed through the same reviewing mechanism as full papers.

    Rumi Chunara, Aron Culotta, and Brooke Foucault Welles
    (ICWSM-2020 PC Chairs | pc.chairs@icwsm.org)

    Posters and Demos

    • Poster and Demos Abstract submission: Not required.
    • Poster and Demo Paper submission: January 15, 2020 (by 23:59 Anywhere on Earth Time)
    Submission Information:
    Posters, Demos, and Datasets Site
  • Register or log in to PCS account to access the above link
  • After registering/logging in, click on the Submissions tab, and make the following selections from the dropdown menus:
    Society: AAAI. Conference/Journal: ICWSM 20. Track: ICWSM 20 Posters, Demos, and Datasets.
  • After clicking "Go" a placeholder submission will appear in the table below. Click on "Edit Submission" to add your paper details.
  • The submission will be marked complete when you have entered all the required fields, but you will still be able to edit it until submissions are closed.

  • Poster/Demo Format: Poster papers must be no longer than 5 pages, with page 5 containing nothing but references, and demo descriptions must be no longer than 3 pages, with page 3 containing nothing but references, and all must be submitted by the deadlines given above.

    The reviewing process for posters and demos will follow the same pattern as in previous years. Papers will either be accepted or rejected. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to respond to reviewer suggestions by making minor edits when preparing the camera-ready version. Poster and demo papers will not have a revise and resubmit phase. For submission guidelines, please refer to the guidelines.

    Rumi Chunara, Aron Culotta, and Brooke Foucault Welles
    (ICWSM-2020 PC Chairs | pc.chairs@icwsm.org)


    • Poster and Demos Abstract submission: Not required.
    • Poster and Demo Paper submission: January 15, 2020 (by 23:59 Anywhere on Earth Time)
    Submission Information:
    Posters, Demos, and Datasets Site
  • Register or log in to PCS account to access the above link
  • After registering/logging in, click on the Submissions tab, and make the following selections from the dropdown menus:
    Society: AAAI. Conference/Journal: ICWSM 20. Track: ICWSM 20 Posters, Demos, and Datasets.
  • After clicking "Go" a placeholder submission will appear in the table below. Click on "Edit Submission" to add your paper details.
  • The submission will be marked complete when you have entered all the required fields, but you will still be able to edit it until submissions are closed.

  • Dataset Paper Format: Dataset paper submissions must comprise two parts: a dataset or group of datasets, and metadata describing the content, quality, structure, potential uses of the dataset(s), and methods employed for data collection. Descriptive statistics may be included in the metadata (more sophisticated analyses should be part of a regular paper submission). Authors are encouraged to include a description of how they intend to make their datasets FAIR. Datasets and metadata must be published using a dataset sharing service (e.g. Zenodo, datorium, dataverse, or any other dataset sharing services that indexes your dataset and metadata and increases the re-findability of the data) that provides a DOI for the dataset, which should be included in the dataset paper submission. Dataset paper review will be single blind, and all datasets have to be identified and uploaded at the time of submission. Dataset paper submissions must be between 2-10 pages long and will be part of the full proceedings. All papers must follow AAAI formatting guidelines. For submission guidelines, please refer to the guidelines.

    Fabricio Benevenuto, Yelena Mejova, and Claudia Wagner
    (ICWSM-2020 Data Chairs | data.chairs@icwsm.org)


    ICWSM-2020 invites proposals for Workshops Day at the 14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). Workshop participants will have the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a selected focus -- providing an informal setting for active exchange among researchers and developers from a wide range of disciplines, including the social science and computer science. Workshops are an excellent forum for exploring emerging approaches and task areas, bridging gaps between the social sciences and computing, and elucidating results of exploratory research.

    Members of all segments of the social media research community are encouraged to submit proposals. To foster interaction and exchange of ideas, the workshops will be kept small, with up to 40 participants.

    The format of workshops will be determined by their organizers. The two main criteria for the selection of the workshops will be the following:

  • The organizers encourage workshops that promote different types of activities, including challenges, games, and brainstorming and networking sessions. The organizers discourage workshops that are structured as “mini-conferences” dominated by long talks and short discussions. Workshops should leave ample time for discussions and interaction between the participants and should also encourage the submission and presentation of position papers that discuss new research ideas.
  • The workshop should have the potential to attract the interest of researchers in computer science and social science. Proposals involving people of different backgrounds in the organizing committee and addressing topics at the intersection of different disciplines will have a higher chance of acceptance.
  • Workshop organizers who want to publish the papers from their workshop (or significant portions of it) will have the opportunity to do so through a venue TBD. For a list of last year's workshops see hhttp://www.icwsm.org/2019/program/workshop/.

    Proposal Content

    Proposals for workshops should be no more than five (5) pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should contain the following:

  • A concise title
  • The names, affiliations, and contact information of the organizing committee. A main contact author should be specified. A typical proposal should include no more than four co-chairs.
  • An indication as to whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day or full-day meeting.
  • A short abstract describing the scope and main objective of the workshop. Identify the specific issues and research questions the workshop will focus on, with a brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time and for which research communities.
  • A two/three paragraph description of the workshop topic and themes.
  • A description of the proposed workshop format and a detailed list of proposed activities, with special emphasis on those activities that distinguish it from a mini-conference (e.g., games, brainstorming sessions, challenges, group activities).
  • An approximate timeline of the activities, including submission deadlines and evaluation. Include whether you will have an early-bird deadline for submissions to allow extra time for visa applications.
  • A description of how workshop submissions will be evaluated and selected (invited contributions, peer review, etc.). In case a PC is needed, provide a tentative list of the members.
  • Historical information about the workshop, if available. Short description of the previous editions reporting highlights and details about the approximate number of attendees and number of submissions.
  • A list of other related workshops held previously at related conferences, if any (list does not have to be exhaustive), together with a brief statement on how the proposed workshop differs from or how it follows-up on work presented at previous workshops.
  • A short bio for each member of the organizing committee, including a description of their relevant expertise. Strong proposals include organizers who bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and who are actively connected to the communities of potential participants.
  • A tentative website address (workshop organizers will have to provide their own workshop websites, see schedule below).
  • Please email your proposal in a single file to the workshop chairs at workshops@icwsm.org before the deadline. For additional information please contact the workshop chairs at the same address.

    Important Dates
    (All deadlines are on 23:59:59 anywhere in the world)
    • Workshop proposal submission deadline: February 1, 2020
    • Workshop acceptance notification: February 15, 2020
    • Workshop websites online: March 1, 2020
    • Submissions due to individual workshops (suggested deadline): April 1, 2020
    • Submissions acceptance notifications for individual workshops (on or before): May 1, 2020
    • Camera Ready Submissions: TBA
    • ICWSM-2020 Workshops Day: June 8th, 2020

    Our schedule has been determined by a number of factors, including allowing ease between paper notification deadlines and visa application timelines. Please be mindful that unless stated otherwise these are not suggested dates.

    Stevie Chancellor, Kiran Garimella, and Katrin Weller
    (ICWSM-2020 Workshop Chairs | workshops@icwsm.org)


    ICWSM-2020 invites proposals for Tutorials Day at the 14th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). ICWSM-2020 is seeking proposals for tutorials on topics related to the analysis and understanding of social phenomena in the following themes:

    • Course: Traditional tutorials to teach concepts, methodologies, tools, and software packages. We encourage hands on tutorials that promote interactivity.
    • Translation: Tutorials that aim to translate concepts between disciplines. For example, such a tutorial could introduce social science concepts to computer scientists, or computational concepts to social scientists. Thus, these tutorials should be geared towards a beginner audience.
    • Case study: Focused tutorials that emphasize on real world applications of ICWSM work. These tutorials should walk the audience through how research insights and tools were applied in practice. We welcome submissions from practitioners from the industry, government, and NGO in addition to academics.

    We welcome tutorials of various lengths (including 45 minutes, 90 minutes, or a half day). We are looking for contributions from experts in both the social and computational sciences, in industry, academia, and beyond. For a list of 2018 and 2019 tutorials from last years, visit here and here.

    Acceptance criteria

    The tutorial format will be determined by the tutorial organizers. The proposals will be selected considering the following criteria:

    • Cross-pollination potential. Tutorials that attract an interdisciplinary audience will be given preference. The proposals should highlight, when applicable, the tutorial potential to transfer knowledge from one discipline/area to another.
    • Interactivity. We will favor tutorials that aim to include hands-on experiences, collaborative approaches, and interactivity.

    Proposals of tutorials presented at past events are allowed, although novelty is a plus.

    Proposal content and format

    Proposals for tutorials should be no more than three (3) pages in length (as much as possible, please try to use AAAI Author Kit to format your submission; the author kit is available at https://www.aaai.org/Publications/Templates/AuthorKit20.zip). The submissions should include the following:

    • Tutorial title and summary. A short description (200 words) of the main objective of the tutorial to be published on the main ICWSM website. Please indicate the type of tutorial you are proposing: course, translation, or case study.
    • Names, affiliations, emails, and personal websites of the tutorial organizers. A main contact author should be specified. A typical proposal should include no more than than three presenters (more people can be involved in the organization).
    • Duration. A short timeline description of how you plan to break down the material over 45 mins, 90 mins, or half-day. Please mention here the proposed duration, but keep in mind that the Tutorial Chairs might conditionally accept a proposal and suggest a different duration to best fit the organization of the whole event.
    • Tutorial schedule and activities. A description of the proposed tutorial format, a schedule of the proposed activities (e.g., presentations, interactive sessions) along with a *detailed* description for each of them.
    • Target audience, prerequisites and outcomes. A description of the target audience, the prerequisite skill set for the attendee (if any) as well as a brief list of goals for the tutors to accomplish by the end of the tutorial..
    • Materials. The organizers of accepted tutorials will be required to set up a web page containing all the information for the tutorial attendees before the tutorial day (roughly 2 weeks before the tutorial day). The proposal should contain the list of materials that will be made available on the website.
    • Precedent [when available]. A list of other tutorials held previously at related conferences, if any, together with a brief statement on how it follows-up on previous events. If the authors of the proposal have organized other tutorials in the past, pointers to the relevant material (e.g., slides, videos, web pages, code) should be provided.

    Submissions must be in PDF to the submission email (tutorials@icwsm.org). Pre-submission questions can be sent to the chairs at the same address (tutorials@icwsm.org)

    Important Dates
    • Tutorials Day: June 8th, 2020

    Tanushree Mitra, Alexandra Olteanu, and Chenhao Tan
    (ICWSM-2020 Tutorial Chairs | tutorials@icwsm.org)

    Data Challenge

    ICWSM0-2020 is hosting the first ICWSM data challenge to bring together researchers from across disciplines to solve societally-relevant problems together as a community. This will be enabled by fostering collaboration and exchange of ideas in a structured setting. This year’s data challenge theme is Safety. To achieve this, we invite participants to work on two pertinent datasets in the areas of Misinformation and Abusive behavior in social media.

    For more details, please visit: ICWSM-2020 Data Challenge Website

    Important Dates
    • Data Challenge Opens: February 21, 2020
    • Submission Deadline: April 25, 2020
    • Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2020
    • Data Challenge Full Day Workshop: June 8, 2020

    Surya Kallumadi, Srijan Kumar, and Diyi Yang
    (ICWSM-2020 Data Challenge Chairs)

    Detailed Guidelines for Paper Submission

    Format: Papers must be in high resolution PDF format, formatted for US Letter (8.5" x 11") paper, using Type 1 or TrueType fonts. Full papers are recommended to be 8 pages and must be at most 10 pages long, including references and any appendix. Revision papers and final camera-ready full papers can be up to 12 pages. Poster papers must be no longer than 4 pages, and demo descriptions must be no longer than 2 pages, and all must be submitted by the deadlines given above, and formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style. No source files (Word or LaTeX) are required at the time of submission for review; only the PDF file is permitted. Finally, the copyright slug may be omitted in the initial submission phase and no copyright form is required until a paper is accepted for publication.

    Anonymity: ICWSM-2020 review is double-blind. Therefore, please anonymize your submission: do not put the author(s) names or affiliation(s) at the start of the paper, and do not include funding or other acknowledgments in papers submitted for review. References to authors' own prior relevant work should be included, but should not specify that this is the authors' own work. Citations to the author's own work should be anonymized, if possible, or can be added later to the final camera-ready version for publication. It is up to the authors' discretion how much to further modify the body of the paper to preserve anonymity. The requirement for anonymity does not extend outside of the review process, e.g. the authors can decide how widely to distribute their papers over the Internet before the program committee meeting. Even in cases where the author's identity is known to a reviewer, the double-blind process will serve as a symbolic reminder of the importance of evaluating the submitted work on its own merits without regard to authors' reputation. Note that 2-page demo submissions and the dataset paper submissions, and only these, are exempt from the anonymization requirement as they often contain system URLs or URLs to data sharing services.

    Language: All submissions must be in English.

    Revisions: Papers that were previously submitted to ICWSM and received a "Revise and Resubmit " decision should be accompanied by a copy of the previous reviews and an author response statement. The response statement may be in any format, but many reviewers appreciate a response that begins with an overall summary and then includes a table, with each row containing a reviewer comment in the left cell, and author's response in the right cell. The response cell may explain why no changes were made, or may describe changes and direct the reviewer to a particular page, section, or figure, where the revised content appears. At the discretion of the Senior PC member handling the paper, the revised version may be sent back to some or all of the original reviewers for comment and evaluation, and may also be sent to additional reviewers.

    Researchers who wish to submit full papers without publication in the conference proceedings, may designate their submission as 'social sciences and sociophysics (not for publication)'. Submissions must adhere to the formatting and content guidelines above. They will be reviewed according to the same process and criteria as all other full paper submissions. While we will not accept previously published papers, papers submitted as social sciences and sociophysics (not for publication) may be under review concurrently at a journal. Papers accepted to this track will be full presentations, integrated with the conference, but will be published only as abstracts in the ICWSM conference proceedings.

    Submissions originally designated as not for publication cannot be converted at the end to publication in the ICWSM conference proceedings, because that would provide a mechanism enabling simultaneous consideration of the same paper for publication in two venues. Researchers who do wish to publish their papers in the ICWSM proceedings should submit to the regular track. All submitted papers, whether targeted for publication or not, will be judged according to the same acceptance criteria.

    ICWSM-2020 will not accept any paper that, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or conference. This restriction does not apply to submissions for non-archival workshops.

    If duplicate submissions are identified during the review process then:

  • All submissions from that author will be disqualified from the current ICWSM conference;
  • And authors will not be permitted to submit papers to the ICWSM conference in the following year.

  • At least one author must register for the conference by the deadline for camera-ready copy submission. In addition, the registered author must attend the conference to present the paper in person.

    All accepted papers and extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings, except for those submitted to the 'social sciences and sociophysics (not for publication)'; only abstracts will be published for those. Though initial submissions of full papers must not exceed ten (10) pages, full papers accepted for publication will be allocated up to twelve (12) pages in the conference proceedings to facilitate to address comments raised by the reviewers. Authors will be required to transfer copyright to AAAI.

    ICWSM provides a service for hosting datasets pertaining to research presented at the conference. Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to share the datasets on which their papers are based, while adhering to the terms and conditions of the data provider. Of these datasets, one will be selected for an award which will be based on the quality, scope, and timeliness of each dataset. More information will be available on our website.


    Conference Venue

    Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center will be hosting ICWSM-2020.
    ICWSM-2020 is planned to be a virtual meeting. More details to be updated soon.


    Tutorials Schedule

    June 08, 2020

    Sal Hagen, Emilija Jokubauskaitė, Stijn Peeters

    As part of the so-called “computational turn” in the social sciences and humanities, tools that offer computational, data-driven, and otherwise quantitative methods seem to be increasingly entangled with the research practices of traditionally qualitative fields. This tutorial engages with broader challenges of quali-quantitative social research by explaining 4CAT, our modular tool that allows to fetch and analyse data from multiple Web sources. At the moment, these include Reddit, 4chan, 8chan, Tumblr, Instagram, Telegram, as well as self-made datasets. 4CAT allows downloading and qualitatively exploring textual posts, as well as quantitatively processing these with a number of analysis modules. Some analysis modules calculate simple yet insightful metrics, while others execute more advanced computational methods, like those from Natural Language Processing. This multi-purpose setup thus facilitates combining approaches from an array of academic fields. In the tutorial, we show how 4CAT can aid in combining data science and ethnography in a fruitful and methodologically solid manner. Next to this, we explain how how participants can customise 4CAT for their specific research interest by installing it on their laptop to develop their own modules.

    Sal Hagen is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam as part of OILab and affiliated with the Digital Methods Initative. His research focuses on the political collectivisation of Internet subcultures. Methodologically, he aims to combine media theory with computational methods.

    Stijn Peeters is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, and a member of OILab. His current research interests focus on the development of sound research tools and methods for analysis of fringe and historical online platforms.

    Emilija Jokubauskaitė is a lecturer in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and co-founder of Open Intelligence Lab. Her main research interests consist of online political subcultures, the lesser-known online spaces, and platforms as well as scrutiny of research tools and techniques.

    URL: www.oilab.eu/4cat-icwsm.html

    Abeer AlDayel, Kareem Darwish, Walid Magdy

    Stance detection involves the identification of the positions of a piece of text or a user towards a target such as a topic, entity, or claim. A growing body of research in the ICWSM and Social Computing community on performing and using stance detection shows its importance for a variety of applications including properly analyzing the attitudes of online users. This tutorial aims to teach participants how to perform and use stance detection. Specifically, we provide a general introduction to the concept of stance and how it differs from sentiment analysis; present recent methodologies for stance detection on social media including supervised, semi-supervised, and unsupervised methods; and introduce various applications of stance detection on social media including how it can be used to support analytical studies. The tutorial concludes with an exploration of open challenges and future directions for stance detection on social media.

    URL: http://smash.inf.ed.ac.uk/tutorials/stance/

    Ingmar Weber, Achira Bhattacharyya

    The ICWSM community studies how online social media and web data can be used to understand different aspects of society and human behavior. While these online data sources are valuable for sensing and quantifying the ‘social fabric’, they are not made for sensing the physical world. This tutorial will provide attendees with another data source with which to complement their analysis: satellite imagery.
    Thanks to the proliferation of tools, ranging from Google Earth, to Planet’s imagery, to Landsat’s imagery, to cloud-hosted Jupyter Notebooks, the collection and analysis of satellite imagery is gradually being commodified with a steadily shrinking barrier of entry. This makes it feasible for ‘general purpose computational social scientists’, without prior expertise in image processing, to start exploring such data sources as an additional layer in their analysis. This holds a lot of promise for different analyses with a GIS component, such as looking at air quality, looking at areas of high risk due to climate-change induced flooding, identifying deforestation, looking at the impact of disasters, or looking at the societal changes brought about by electrification.
    The first part (90 min) of this tutorial will give a high level overview of data and tools, as well as look at some case studies to show the ‘what is possible’ element. The second part (90 min) will walk through a number of notebooks hosted on Google Colab using the Earth Engine Python API, to show the ‘how to do it’ element.

    Ingmar is the Research Director for Social Computing at the Qatar computing Research Institute. His interdisciplinary research looks at how digital data and computational methods can be applied to address research questions from demography, the development sector, or from other domains. He was one of the ICWSM’18 PC chairs and currently serves as one of the ICWSM Editors-in-Chief. Web: https://ingmarweber.de/publications/

    Achira is a Research Assistant at University College London, Qatar. With a background in communications and interest in computation, her research focuses on analysis of visual and social media using a mixed methods approach to inform understanding of topics within the domains of social sciences and digital humanities, often concerning issues in gender representation.

    URL: https://sites.google.com/view/icwsm2020-satellite-tutorial/home

    Rahul Bhargava, Aashka Dave, Orestis Papakyriakopoulos

    Today’s media universe encompasses traditional media, digital platforms, social media and myriad tools responsible for story creation and distribution. The complexity of our media ecosystems presents significant challenges for anyone interested in studying information, particularly across platforms and dissemination methods. In this tutorial, we present Media Cloud, an open source research platform that offers easy, unparalleled access to information from the open web. This tutorial will train attendees to use Media Cloud’s suite of tools for their own media research and analysis purposes through a combination of case studies and exercises.

    Rahul Bhargava is a researcher and technologist specializing in civic technology and data literacy. He creates interactive websites, playful educational experiences, and award- winning visualizations for museum settings. As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, Rahul serves as Chief Technology Officer for Media Cloud.

    Aashka Dave is a researcher for Media Cloud, based at the MIT Media Lab. Aashka studies media ecosystems and public health and supports the Media Cloud community in their research. She previously worked at the Harvard Kennedy School and The Associated Press, and holds an MS in Comparative Media Studies from MIT.

    Orestis Papakyriakopoulos is researcher at the Technical University of Munich and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab. Orestis studies new and old media by the application of data-intensive algorithms. He also studies the political impact of the use of data-intensive algorithms in society.

    Workshops Schedule

    June 08, 2020 Full Day

    Sanjaya Wijeratne, Horacio Saggion, Amit Sheth

    Jiawei Han, Ning Yu, Emilio Ferrara, Tarek Abdelzaher

    June 08, 2020 Half Day Morning

    Jisun An, Haewoon Kwak, Fabrício Benevenuto

    Ugur Kursuncu, Yelena Mejova, Jeremy Blackburn, Amit Sheth

    June 08, 2020 Half Day Afternoon

    Panayiotis Smeros, Jérémie Rappaz, Marya Bazzi, Karl Aberer

    Jessica Pater, Alicia Nobles, Sarah Gilbert, Michael Zimmer, Casey Fiesler

    Organizing Committee

    ICWSM Editors-in-Chief

    Carol Hamilton
    AAAI Executive Director

    Steering Committee


    The 14th annual International Conference on Web and Social Media (AAAI ICWSM) will be held in June 2019 in Atlanta, USA. ICWSM is one of the world's premier conferences and publication venues in computational social science. From election interference to online harassment to increasingly social AI systems, the past years have highlighted the critical importance of computational social science for the success of the world's largest online platforms. The ICWSM conference will feature a rigorous dialogue about urgent and high-stakes computational social science challenges at the intersection of industry and academia.

    Over the past 13 years, ICWSM has emerged as a unique forum bringing together researchers working at the nexus of computer science and the social sciences, with work drawing upon network science, machine learning, human-computer interaction, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, statistics, multimedia, and communication.

    Your participation in the ICWSM-2020 Sponsor Program will give your company instant visibility and access to this diverse group of researchers, students, and professionals. This year we are expecting even greater participation and involvement at the conference. This will give your company access to recruiting opportunities and high-level sponsors will be able to set up recruiting and/or demo booths during the conference. ICWSM-2020 is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

    The details of the various sponsorship levels and what they encompass are shown below:


    All ICWSM-2020 Sponsors will receive the following benefits:

  • Company name and/or logo on conference website homepage
  • Company name and/or logo displayed in conference registration area
  • Listing on the conference proceedings sponsor page and brochure
  • Complimentary exhibit tabletop in conference center foyer
  • Complimentary one-page insert placement in conference bags

  • Sponsors at Silver or higher levels will also receive:

  • Complimentary technical conference registration(s)/banquet ticket(s)
  • Complimentary quarter-page black & white ad in AI Magazine
  • Listing in AI Magazine masthead for one year

  • Sponsors at Gold or higher levels will also receive:

  • Banquet/meal sponsorship
  • An additional complimentary technical conference registration(s)/banquet ticket(s) (2 total)
  • Logo on conference bag (as appropriate)
  • Recruiting/demo booths in conference center foyer

  • The Sponsor at the Platinum level will exclusively receive exclusively:

  • An additional complimentary technical conference registration(s)/banquet ticket(s) (3 total)
  • Sponsor one of our keynote speakers
  • Sponsor poster session
  • Sponsorship Levels

    • Platinum $22,000
    • Gold $10,000
    • Silver $5,000
    • Bronze $2,500

    We're also excited about exploring additional means by which we can help conference attendees engage with your company. Ideas we have discussed in the organization committee include a sponsored data competition, sponsored receptions, and sponsored activities at the conference.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact sponsorships@icwsm.org or 2020@icwsm.org. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta in June 2020.

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