Welcome to ASONAM 2015

The 2015 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining


The study of social networks originated in social and business communities. In recent years, social network research has advanced significantly; the development of sophisticated techniques for Social Network Analysis and Mining (SNAM) has been highly influenced by the online social Web sites, email logs, phone logs and instant messaging systems, which are widely analyzed using graph theory and machine learning techniques. People perceive the Web increasingly as a social medium that fosters interaction among people, sharing of experiences and knowledge, group activities, community formation and evolution. This has led to a rising prominence of SNAM in academia, politics, homeland security and business. This follows the pattern of known entities of our society that have evolved into networks in which actors are increasingly dependent on their structural embedding.

The international conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2015) will primarily provide an interdisciplinary venue that will bring together practitioners and researchers from a variety of SNAM fields to promote collaborations and exchange of ideas and practices. ASONAM 2015 is intended to address important aspects with a specific focus on the emerging trends and industry needs associated with social networking analysis and mining. The conference solicits experimental and theoretical works on social network analysis and mining along with their application to real life situations.

Full papers will be reviewed and assessed by the program committee and a "Best Paper Award" ceremony will be organized at the banquet.

Keynote Speakers

Wisdom of Crowds or Wisdom of a Few?

  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates Yahoo Labs, USA

Abstract

In this keynote we give an introduction to wisdom of crowds in the Web, the long tail of web content, and the bias involved in the generation of user generated content (UGC). This bias creates the wisdom of ad hoc crowds or the wisdom of a few. Although it is well known that user activity in most settings follows a power law, that is, few people do a lot, while most do nothing, there are few studies that characterize well this activity. In a recent analysis of social network data we corroborated that a small percentage of the active users (passive users are the majority) represent at least the 50% of the UGC. As a sub-product, we also found a lower bound for the digital desert, the content in the Web that nobody reads. These results implies that most of the wisdom comes from a few users, which is not that surprising, as the Web is a reflection of our own society, where economical or political power also is in the hands of minorities.

Short Bio

Ricardo Baeza-Yates Ricardo Baeza-Yates is VP of Research for Yahoo Labs leading teams in United States, Europe and Latin America since 2006 and based in Sunnyvale, California, since August 2014. During this time he has lead the labs in Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. Between 2008 and 2012 he also oversaw the Haifa lab. He is also part time Professor at the Dept. of Information and Communication Technologies of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain. During 2005 he was an ICREA research professor at the same university. Until 2004 he was Professor and before founder and Director of the Center for Web Research at the Dept. of Computing Science of the University of Chile (in leave of absence until today). He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989. Before he obtained two masters (M.Sc. CS & M.Eng. EE) and the electronics engineer degree from the University of Chile in Santiago. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook, published in 1999 by Addison-Wesley with a second enlarged edition in 2011, that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award. He is also co-author of the 2nd edition of the Handbook of Algorithms and Data Structures, Addison-Wesley, 1991; and co-editor of Information Retrieval: Algorithms and Data Structures, Prentice-Hall, 1992, among more than 500 other publications. From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the board of governors of the IEEE Computer Society and in 2012 he was elected for the ACM Council. He has received the Organization of American States award for young researchers in exact sciences (1993), the Graham Medal for innovation in computing given by the University of Waterloo to distinguished ex-alumni (2007), the CLEI Latin American distinction for contributions to CS in the region (2009), and the National Award of the Chilean Association of Engineers (2010), among other distinctions. In 2003 he was the first computer scientist to be elected to the Chilean Academy of Sciences and since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow.


Communities and privacy in mobile phone social networks

  • Vincent Blondel Universit√© catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Abstract

We describe several recent results on large network analysis with a special emphasis on community detection and on the analysis of mobile phone datasets. In particular, we describe the Louvain method that and can be routinely used for analyzing networks with billions of nodes or links. We analyze communities obtained on a nationwide dataset of criminal records, as well as on a social network constructed from mobile phone communications that span periods covering several months. We also describe applications of mobile phone dataset analysis for a range of applications such as urban planning, traffic optimization, monitoring of development policy, crisis management, and control of epidemics. With these applications in mind we overview results obtained in the ''Data for Development'' (D4D) challenge on the analysis of mobile phone datasets. We analyze the privacy threats of anonymized mobile phone dataset and show that human behavior puts fundamental natural constraints to the privacy of individuals.

Short Bio

Vincent BlondelVincent D. Blondel is professor of applied mathematics and president of the University of Louvain (Belgium). He is affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA) where he was a visiting professor and Fulbright scholar. He has held various appointments, including at Oxford University, at the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), at INRIA (Paris), and at the University of California (Santa Barbara). Vincent has directed more than thirty PhD and Master thesis. He is an IEEE Fellow and is the recipient of several international prizes, including the IEEE Ruberti prize and the SIAM prize on control and systems theory. He is a pioneer in the analysis of mobile phone datasets and the organizer of several international challenges on mobile phone datasets analysis. His recent work has been widely featured, including in Wired, Technology Review, Le Monde, La Recherche, BBC, CNN, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.


  • Sinan Aral MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
  • Noshir Contractor Northwestern University, Dept. of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences, USA
  • Jaideep Srivastava University of Minnesota, USA and Qatar Foundation, Qatar

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Committee


  • Steering Chair
  • Reda AlhajjUniversity of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Honorary Chairs
  • Jiawei HanUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Frans StokmanUniversity of Groningen, Netherlands
  • General Chairs
  • Talel AbdessalemTelecom ParisTech, France
  • Huan LiuArizona State University, USA
  • Jon RokneUniversity of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Program Committee Chairs
  • Jian PeiSimon Fraser University, Canada
  • Fabrizio SilvestriYahoo Labs, Barcelona
  • Jie TangTsinghua University, China
  • Industry-Track Chairs
  • Alvin ChinBMW Group, USA
  • Zbigniew SmoredaOrange Labs, France
  • Jiabin ZhaoCisco Systems, Inc., USA
  • Workshops Chairs
  • Mehmet KayaFirat University, Turkey
  • I-Hsien TingNational University of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Xingquan ZhuFlorida Atlantic University, USA
  • Multidisciplinary Track Chairs
  • Vladimir BatageljUniversity of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Sun-Ki ChaiUniversity of Hawaii, USA
  • Shou-De LinNational Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Rokia MissaouiUniversite du Quebec en Outaouais, Canada
  • Giancarlo RagoziniUniversit√† degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  • PhD Forum and Posters Track Chairs
  • Nitin AgarwalUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA
  • Charalampos ChelmisUniversity of Southern California, USA
  • Hubert NaackeUniversity Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), France
  • Omair ShafiqUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Demos and Exhibitions Chairs
  • Modou GueyeTelecom ParisTech, France
  • Keivan KianmehrOracle Inc., Canada
  • Tansel OzyerTOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey
  • Katharina Zweig and Mohammed AbufoudaKaiserslautern University, Germany
  • Tutorial Chairs
  • Ying DingIndiana University, Bloomington, USA
  • Dino PedreschiUniversita di Pisa, Italy
  • Pierre SenellartTelecom ParisTech, France
  • Guandong XuUniversity of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Sponsorship Chairs
  • Jalal KawashUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Amin MantrachYahoo Labs, Barcelona
  • Mustafa MollamahmutEkstra Ticaret, Turkey
  • Publicity Chairs
  • Shang GaoJilin University, China
  • Panagiotis KarampelasHellenic Airforce Academy, Greece
  • Ahmad KassemGlobal University, Lebanon
  • Wookey LeeInha University, South Korea
  • Matteo MagnaniUppsala University, Sweden
  • Chedy RaissiINRIA, France
  • Konstantinos F. XylogiannopoulosUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Feida ZhuSingapore Management University, Singapore
  • Publication Chairs
  • Min-Yuh DayTamkang University, Taiwan
  • Panagiotis KarampelasHellenic Airforce Academy, Greece
  • Registration Chairs
  • Jalal KawashUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Mustafa MollamahmutEkstra Ticaret, Turkey
  • Local Arrangements Chairs
  • Matthieu LatapyLIP6-CNRS et Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Webmasters
  • Omar AddamUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Salim AfraUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Alper AksacUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Ibrahim KarakiraUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Abed SarhanUniversity of Calgary, Canada
  • Tamer JaradaUniversity of Calgary, Canada