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 fifteenth 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 rapidly growing conference, and a competitive acceptance rate of approximately 20% for full-length research papers published in the proceedings by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).
Building on the successes in previous years, in addition to the usual program of contributed talks, posters, and demos, ICWSM-2021 will also hold a dedicated day of workshops and tutorials on June 7th, 2021.
Social Science and Sociophysics Track
We will be continuing the 'social science and sociophysics' track at ICWSM-2021 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 While papers in this track will not be published, we expect these submissions to describe the same high-quality and complete work as the main track submissions.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-length or poster presentations integrated with the conference, and their abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers submitted to this track will be reviewed through the same reviewing process as full papers.
Ella Haig, Kenny Joseph, and Afra Mashhadi
(ICWSM-2021 PC Chairs | email@example.com)
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.
Ella Haig, Kenny Joseph, and Afra Mashhadi
(ICWSM-2021 PC Chairs | firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 need to include a discussion about ethical considerations related to the collection and use of their datasets. Also, authors are encouraged to include a description of how they intend to make their datasets FAIR, and we would encourage authors to consider addressing the questions covered in the Datasheets for Datasets recommendations. 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. We also request that authors submit a small sample of the dataset (maximum of 10MB) to aid the reviewers. This should be submitted as supplementary material on the Precision Conference system.
Duncan Hodges, Dong Nguyen, Savvas Zannettou
(ICWSM-2021 Data Chairs | email@example.com)
The ICWSM-2021 Committee invites proposals for Workshops Day at the 15th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM-2021). The Workshops Day will be held on June 7th, 2021. 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 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:
Workshop organizers who want to publish the papers from their workshop (or significant portions of it) will have the opportunity to do so through workshop proceedings by the AAAI Press. For a list of last year's workshops see here.
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:
Please email your proposal in a single file to the workshop chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline. For additional information please contact the workshop chairs at the same address.
(All deadlines are on 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth)
Oana Balalau, Katherine Ognyanova, and Daniel Romero
(ICWSM-2021 Workshop Chairs | email@example.com)
ICWSM-2021 invites proposals for Tutorials Day at the 15th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). ICWSM-2021 is seeking proposals for tutorials on topics related to the analysis and understanding of social phenomena in the following themes:
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 tutorials from previous years, we encourage you to visit the tutorials page for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The format will be entirely determined by the tutorial organizers—i.e., you! Proposals will be selected for inclusion considering the following criteria:
Proposals of tutorials presented at past events are allowed, although novelty is a plus.
Proposals for tutorials should be no more than three pages in length. Please try to use AAAI Author Kit to format your submission; the author kit is available at http://www.aaai.org/Publications/Templates/AuthorKit19.zip. However, using the AAAI Author Kit is not strictly required. Proposal submissions should include the following information:
Proposals should be submitted in PDF to the submission email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Pre-submission questions can be sent to the tutorials chairs (Jisun An, Sauvik Das and Shaomei Wu) at the same address (email@example.com).
Jisun An, Sauvik Das, and Shaomei Wu
(ICWSM-2021 Tutorial Chairs | firstname.lastname@example.org)
ICWSM-2021 is hosting its second 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, along with further details of how you can partipicate, will be announced soon.
For details of last year's data challenge, please visit the ICWSM-2020 Data Challenge Website.
Ghita Mezzour, Kai Shu, and Gianluca Stringhini
(ICWSM-2021 Data Challenge Chairs | email@example.com)
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-2021 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-2021 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:
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.
ICWSM-2021 is currently being planned as a dual virtual/in-person conference; with a virtual element, and an in-person conference held in Atlanta, GA, USA. Participants will have the option to attend in person (with simultaneous access to the virtual space) or as a “virtual only” attendee via the online platform. We appreciate that these are uncertain times and are actively monitoring the pandemic situation in Atlanta and worldwide. At this point we can confirm that there will be a virtual component of the conference. Updates regarding the physical component of the conference will be added here in due course.
We realize that health-related risks and financial strains will play a big part in determining who is able to attend the conference in 2021. A confirmed virtual component allows ICWSM-2021 to be more accessible, inclusive, and equitable for the computational social science community worldwide.
AAAI Executive Director
AAAI Conference Coordinator
The 15th annual International Conference on Web and Social Media (AAAI ICWSM) will be held virtually between June 7th to 10th, 2021. 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 14 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-2021 Sponsorship 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-2021 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. Some of these benefits are dependent on whether the in-person conference is held this year, and will not be available if the conference is entirely virtual. Please see here for the latest updates regarding the conference's status.
All ICWSM-2021 Sponsors will receive the following benefits:
Sponsors at Silver or higher levels will also receive:
Sponsors at Gold or higher levels will also receive:
The Sponsor at the Platinum level will exclusively receive exclusively:
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.
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