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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   AAAI-CAAW 2006: Submissions due: Oct 28, 2005 .:. Computational Approaches to Analysing Weblogs
From:   Nicolas Nicolov
Email:   Nicolas_(on)_umbrialistens.com
Date received:   10 Oct 2005
Deadline:   28 Oct 2005
Start date:   27 Mar 2006

>>>[ Several colleagues have requested extension and the new submissions deadline is Oct 28, 2005 ]<<< ============================== C A L L F O R P A P E R S AAAI Spring 2006 Symposium COMPUTATIONAL APPROACHES TO ANALYSING WEBLOGS (CAAW-2006) Mar 27-29, 2006, Stanford University, California, USA http://www.umbrialistens.com/aaai2006_weblog_symposium/ INTRODUCTION Weblogs are web pages which provide unedited, highly opinionated personal commentary. Often weblogs (also referred to as blogs) are chronological sequences of entries which include hyperlinks to other resources. Blogs are conveniently maintained and published with authoring tools. The blogosphere as a whole can be exploited for outreach opinion formation, maintaining online communities, supporting knowledge management within large global collaborative environments, monitoring reactions to public events and is seen as the upcoming alternative to the mass media. Semantic analysis of blogs represents the next challenge in the quest for understanding natural language. Their light content, fragmented topic structure, inconsistent grammar, and vulnerability to spam makes blog analysis extremely challenging. Despite the growing relevance of blogs and an ever increasing population of bloggers existing research has hardly addressed the spectrum of issues that arise in analyzing blogs. Blogs are a different kind of document than the relatively clean text that NLP research is based on. Such differences in term of structure, content and grammaticality will be a challenge considering that blogs will likely represent the most common way of publicly accessible personal _expression. AREAS OF INTEREST This symposium aims to bring together researchers from different subject areas (e.g., computer science, linguistics, psychology, statistics, sociology, multimedia and semantic web technologies) and foster discussions about ongoing research in the following areas: [01] AI methods for ethnographic analysis through blogs. [02] Blogosphere vs. mediasphere; measuring the influence of blogs on the media. [03] Centrality/influence of bloggers/blogs; ranking/relevance of blogs; web pages ranking based on blogs. [04] Crawling/spidering and indexing. [05] Human Computer Interaction; blogging tools; navigation. [06] Multimedia; audio/visual blogs processing; aggregating information from different modalities. [07] Semantic analysis; cross-blog name tracking; named relations and fact extraction; discourse analysis; summarization. [08] Semantic Web; semantic blogging; unstructured knowledge management. [09] Sentiment analysis; polarity/opinion identification and extraction. [10] Social Network Analysis; communities identification; expertise discovery; collaborative filtering. [11] Text categorization; gender/age identification; spam filtering. [12] Time Series Forecasting; measuring predictability of phenomena based on blogs. [13] Trend identification/tracking. IMPORTANT DATES Oct 28, 2005 Submissions due. Nov 4, 2005 Acceptance decisions mailed out. Nov 30, 2005 Student travel grant application due. Jan 27, 2005 Camera-ready versions due. Mar 27-29, 2006 Symposium. SUBMISSION People interested in participating should email a technical paper (up to 8 pages), a short paper (up to 4 pages), a poster or demo description (up to 2 pages), a position paper or a statement of interest (1 page) to the e-mail specified in the Contacts section by midnight (PST) of Oct 7, 2005. Each submission should, to the extent possible, indicate a list of relevant areas from the list above (e.g., 03, 04, 10). We have limited funds to assist with travel expenses graduate students (for more information see the symposium website). ORGANIZING COMMITTEE * Nicolas Nicolov, Umbria Communications. * Franco Salvetti, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder. * Mark Liberman, Univ. of Pennsylvania. * James H. Martin, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder. PROGRAM COMMITTEE * Paolo Avesani, ITC-irst, Italy. * Bran Boguraev, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA. * Claire Cardie, Cornell Univ., USA. * Scott Carter, UC Berkeley, USA. * Steve Cayzer, HP Labs Bristol, UK. * Thierry Declerck, DFKI Language Technology Lab, Germany. * Michelle Gumbrecht, Stanford Univ., USA. * Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel. * Roy Lipski, Corpora Software, UK. * Cameron Marlow, MIT Media Lab, US. * Lluís Màrquez, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain. * Rada Mihalcea, Univ. of North Texas, USA. * Peter Norvig, Google Inc., USA. * Peter Pirolli, PARC, USA. * Oana Postolache, Univ. of Saarland, Germany. * John Prager, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA. * Alessandro Provetti, Univ. of Messina, Italy. * Drago Radev, Univ. of Michigan, USA. * Jonathon Read, Univ. of Sussex, UK. * Ellen Riloff, Univ. of Utah, USA. * Irina Rish, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA. * James G. Shanahan, Clairvoyance Corp., USA. * Suresh Sood, Univ. of Technology Sydney, Australia. * Savitha Srinivasan, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA. * Carlo Strapparava, ITC-irst, Italy. * V.S. Subrahmanian, Univ. of Maryland at College Park, USA. * Belle Tseng, NEC Labs America, USA. * Janyce M. Wiebe, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA. * Tong Zhang, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA. SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS We are planning to publish the proceedings of the symposium as AAAI Technical Report. CONTACT For questions and submissions: aaai2006_weblog_symposium_(on)_umbrialistens.com For further information about the symposium: http://www.umbrialistens.com/aaai2006_weblog_symposium/ _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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