Call for Panels, Exhibits & Demos

ASONAM 2012 will hold a panels, exhibits and demos section which intends to demonstrate the potential and the diversity of advanced research into social network analysis and mining. The aim of the call is to bring together a mix of substantial achievements as well as research in its embryonic stage of development. Ideas, prototypes and software that can be demonstrated are all welcome.

A panel proposal should be submitted by the panel moderator. The proposal should tackle a state of the art evolving and of increasing interest problem in the area of social network analysis and mining. The proposal should include a title, a brief up to two pages description and a list of the potential panelists who are experts in the field and are expected to attend ASONAM 2012.

The exhibits and demos call is set to attract presenters from a diverse range of disciplines, technologies, and domains. The target audience will be made up of academics, researchers, various scientific communities, private enterprise, and government representatives from around the world. This call is open particularly to organizations that are involved in the long term development and research of social network analysis and mining technologies. We would be pleased to receive proposals from university researchers, research institutes and centres, not-for-profit organizations, public authorities, private companies, non-government organizations independent of the size of department or organization.

The exhibition will be a key element of the conference and will be set up for the duration of the conference. It is hoped that delegates will not only learn about cutting edge social network analysis and mining tools and techniques but that they will be stimulated by the visual representations that they view as they walk around the exhibits and demonstrations. Proposals that offer delegates a hands-on walkthrough capability via a demonstration will be looked upon favourably. Scenario-based proposals will also give delegates the ability to grasp the application of the idea, proof of concept, or operational software. Methodological rigour behind the demonstrations should also be an element of the presentation that exhibitors can provide delegates who are more interested in how the process or software works, than the actual software itself.

The Chairs are willing to consider proposals that can demonstrate the potential of social network analysis and mining with a view to specific contexts and application areas which can be enriched by such analysis. The panels, exhibits and demonstrations can be at the proof of concept level involve mock-ups of proposed implementation, or fully-fledged and tested systems. It is hoped that participants can receive critical feedback about their solutions and research achievements from delegates who themselves might be users of such social network analysis technology. Presentations can feature preliminary results or final outcomes.

Panels, exhibits and demonstrations should:

  • show conceptual and methodological elements, as well as solid preliminary results from cutting edge research and development work. They should be of interest to a wide audience of specialists from multiple disciplines (computer science and engineering) as well as to non specialists (e.g. potential customers of social network analysis tools, and the media);
  • contain strong visual aspects and, if possible, allow hands-on experiences for visitors. They should be based scenarios or contexts so that delegates can grasp the usefulness and application of the software or process developments. The objects, artefacts and applied technologies should largely tell their own story. Exhibits that show mainly mathematical results without a plain English description are discouraged;
  • be attractive and captivating, not based purely on poster and screen display, although both posters and screen displays will be considered. Posters should only be used as eye-catchers and mainly be illustrative application areas, with textual content minimised. Videos are encouraged or scrolling powerpoint presentations. Availability of physical prototypes, interactivity and originality will be taken into consideration for selection.

Selection Criteria

Exhibit proposals will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Is the research of a long term nature in the domain of social network analysis and mining?
2. Visual impact, quality of visitor experience and originality. Does the exhibit look attractive? Is the content clear and of relevance to the audience?
3. Is the exhibit easy to understand. Does it efficiently illustrate the foundational research work and its potential transformative impact on application contexts? How easy is it to understand what is going on? What is the level of interactivity? How exciting will be the 'visitor experience'? What is original in the proposed exhibit?


The following will be available free of charge to successful applicants:

  • the space allocated to your panel, exhibit or demonstration;
  • walls and construction elements;
  • some furniture (1 brochure rack, 1 demonstration table and 2 chairs);
  • technical arrangements and infrastructure (LAN, bandwidth needed, electrical power, lighting, etc)
  • Internet access
  • 1 printed poster A0 format board to stick visuals onto
  • 1 PC Screen

The following items are NOT provided and the costs must be borne by the applicant:

  • Insurance costs. The conference cannot be held liable for lost, damaged or stolen property.

Deadlines and How to Submit Proposal

The deadline for submission of exhibit proposals is 8th April 2012. The proposals should be no longer than 1000 words addressing the above-mentioned criteria. Please submit your proposals to the Panels, Exhibits, and Demos Chairs, Hasan Davulcu (HasanDavulcu AT asu DOT edu) of Arizona State University and Katina Michael (katina AT uow DOT edu DOT au) of the University of Wollongong. Please provide URLs in your proposal that the Chairs can visit in making their decision with the review panel. The URLs might include example posters to be presented, working software solutions, presentations or proof of concepts, among other items.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection via email by 10th May 2012.

There will be a best exhibitors award announced at the conclusion of the exhibition section.


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