AAAI Spring Symposium 2015
Socio-technical Behavior Mining: From Data to Decisions

March 23, 2015, Stanford University
History Corner (Building 200) Room 105, Main Quad, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305


Information is extremely critical for efficient decision-making, whether it is for business processes, policy design, or complex military operations confronting a broad spectrum of conflict and human security. However, more information does not always imply more effectiveness. With the advances in ICTs, especially the participatory media (or, social media), information analysts find themselves inundated with data, or rather the "big data". To put things in perspective, a conservative estimate suggests that 2.5 billion gigabytes of data was created every day in 2012, of which 68% was the user generated content or data from social media sites, with no signs of slowing down, in fact doubling up every month. The prevalence of the social media and smart handheld devices has irreversibly transformed our communication, interaction, and information sharing styles, giving rise to novel socio-technical behaviors (e.g., "hacktivism", crowdsourcing, self-organization, flash mobs, citizen journalism, "live-tweeting" or "tweetcasting", etc.). Efficient data analysis techniques are needed to understand and model emerging socio-technical behaviors.

Existing studies provide limited understanding of these behaviors. A fundamental and systematic investigation of social media platforms is a precursor to conduct studies at a more foundational level filling this critical research gap. Through this symposium, we intend to create a collaborative and interdisciplinary platform bringing researchers and practitioners from various disciplinary backgrounds, including (but not limited to), computational and information science, social science, cognitive science, mathematics, statistics, economics, among others to share, exchange, learn, and develop preliminary models, new concepts, ideas, principles, and methodologies, aiming to advance the understanding and the current state of research in the socio-technical behavior mining. The outcome of the symposium would serve as a collection of resources that can be used by researchers contributing to a continuous and synergistic advancement of the various disciplines.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Fundamental/Theoretical contributions to

  • Social science informed data mining algorithms
  • Group dynamics
  • Social processes
  • Collective actions and manifestations (e.g., campaigns, flash mobs, movements, etc.)
  • Data Processing and Analytics

  • Rumor ("misinformation" and/or "disinformation") detection
  • Data provenance and trust
  • Spam (e.g., Twitter bots, Socialbots) detection
  • Application Domains

  • Social-cyber systems (crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, etc.)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Smart health
  • Government 2.0
  • Crisis management
  • Conflict monitoring
  • Invited Speakers

    We are very excited to have the following invited/keynote talks at the symposium,
    1. Dr. Fahmida Chowdhury, Program Director, Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Science Foundation
    2. Dr. Filippo Menczer, Professor, Computer Science, Director, Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, Indiana University

    Symposium Program

    March 23, 2015
    9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Address
    Session 1: Social and Behavioral Computation
    9:15 - 10:00 Keynote by Dr. Fahmida Chowdhury (Program Director, SES, NSF)
    10:00 - 10:30 Mining for Psycho-social Dimensions through Socio-linguistics
    Peggy Wu, Christopher Miller, Sonja Schmer-Galunder, Tammy Ott and Jeff Rye
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
    11:00 - 11:30 Insight into Social Support of Autism Community via Microblogging Platform
    Amit Saha and Nitin Agarwal
    11:30 - 12:00 Data sources for advancing Cyber Forensics: What the social world has to offer
    Ibrahim Baggili and Frank Breitinger
    12:00 - 13:15 Lunch
    Session 2: Deviant Behaviors
    13:15 - 14:15 Keynote by Dr. Filippo Menczer (Professor of Informatics and Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington)
    14:15 - 14:45 An Online Platform for Focal Structures Analysis-Analyzing smaller and more pertinent groups using a web tool
    Fatih Sen, Naga Nagisetty, Teeradache Viangteeravat and Nitin Agarwal
    14:45 - 15:15 Detecting rumor and disinformation by web mining
    Boris Galitsky
    15:15 - 16:00 Coffee Break
    16:00 - 16:30 Mining Supportive and Un-supportive Evidence from Facebook: Using Anti-reconstruction of the Nuclear Power Plant as an Example
    Wei-Fan Chen, Lun-Wei Ku and Yann-Hui Lee
    16:30 - 17:00 Analyzing Flash Mobs in Cybernetic Space and the Imminent Security Threats: A Collective Action based Theoretical Perspective on Emerging Socio Technical Behaviors
    Samer Al-Khateeb and Nitin Agarwal
    18:00 - 19:00 Reception

    Registration, Hotel, and Transportation

    Registration information is available at: Registration desk will be located on the lower level of the Cummings Art Building in the foyer of Annenberg Auditorium, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.

    Hotel and accommodation information is available at:

    Ground transportation and parking information is available at:

    Key Dates

    Paper submission: October 15, 2014 (11:59PM PST)
    Notification: November 7, 2014
    Camera ready due: December 5, 2014 (11:59PM PST)
    Registration deadline (early): February 6, 2015
    Registration deadline (open): February 27, 2015
    Symposium: March 23, 2015

    Submission Information

    Submissions should be in the form of a full paper of up to 6 pages, or an extended abstract of up to 4 pages in PDF format. All submissions should be made in AAAI format. Submissions should be made via the Easychair site below; no email submissions will be accepted. Submissions should not be anonymized, and the author names and affiliations should be displayed on the first page.
    Submission site: EasyChair URL for submissions

    Venue Information

    The symposium will be held in the Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305.

    For more information, refer to the AAAI Symposium website:

    Organizing Committee

  • Nitin Agarwal, University of Arkansas at Little Rock,
  • Huan Liu, Arizona State University,
  • Laurie Fenstermacher, Air Force Research Laboratory,
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