European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges
in Computational Social Science
2017: Inequality and Imbalance
November 15th-17th, 2017
|September 8th, 2017||Workshops and tutorials proposal submission deadline|
|September 12th, 2017||Workshops and tutorials acceptance notification|
|September 30th, 2017 (23.59 Hawaii Standard Time)||Deadline for abstract submission|
|October 13th, 2017||Notification of acceptance|
|November 15th, 2017||Workshop and tutorial day|
|November 16th-17th, 2017||Main conference|
This is the first in a series of three symposia that discuss societal challenges in computational social sciences. In the first year, the focus will be on “Inequality and Imbalance” (London, 2017). Future events will be focused on “Bias and Discrimination” (Cologne, 2018) and “Polarization and Radicalization” (Zurich, 2019).
With these three events we provide a platform to address one of the most pressing challenges in today’s digital society: understanding the role that digital technologies, the Web, and the algorithms used therein play in the mediation and creation of inequalities, discrimination and polarization.
By addressing inequality as the topical issue for the symposium series we intend to explore how CSS can contribute to opening up new ways of thinking about, of measuring, detecting and coping with social inequality, discrimination, and polarization. We will discuss how divides and inequalities are proliferated in digital society, how social cleavages can be observed via web data, how the organizational structure of the web itself generates biases and inequality, and how, in contrast, algorithms and computational tools might help to reduce discrimination and inequality. We will also investigate how bias and unequal social structures foster political tension and polarization, including issues of radicalization and hate.
The Symposium series is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
The Symposium 2017 will be a three-day event consisting of:
|Deepak Ajwani, Nokia Bell Labs||Florian Lemmerich, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences & University of Koblenz-Landau|
|Harith Alani, The Open University||Matteo Magnani, Uppsala University|
|Tim Althoff, Stanford University||Drew Margolin, Cornell University|
|Fred Amblard, University Toulouse 1 Capitole||Michael Mäs, ETH Zurich|
|Jisun An, Hamad Bin Khalifa University||Yelena Mejova, Qatar Computing Research Institute|
|Pablo Aragón, Universitat Pompeu Fabra||Stasa Milojevic, Indiana University|
|Martin Atzmueller, Tilburg University||Suzy Moat, University of Warwick|
|Pablo Barberá, New York University||John Mohr, University of California, Santa Barbara|
|Andrea Baronchelli, City, University of London||Sophie Muetzel, University of Lucerne|
|Paul Baur, European University Institute||Keiichi Nakata, University of Reading|
|Matthias Brust, University of Luxembourg||Sanna Ojanpera, University of Oxford|
|Peter Burnap, Cardiff University||Elisa Omodei, UNICEF|
|Fabio Celli, University of Trento||Sarah Otner, Imperial College Business School|
|Meeyoung Cha, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology & Facebook||André Panisson, ISI Foundation|
|Rense Corten, Utrecht University||Symeon Papadopoulos, Information Technologies Institute|
|Michele Coscia, Harvard University||Christian Pentzold, Chemnitz University of Technology|
|Andrew Crooks, George Mason University||Nicola Perra, University of Greenwich|
|Sebastian Deri, Cornell University||Juergen Pfeffer, Technical University of Munich|
|Bruce A. Desmarais, Pennsylvania State University||Alessandro Provetti, Birkbeck, University of London|
|Victor M Eguiluz, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (CSIC-UIB)||Hemant Purohit, George Mason University|
|Emilio Ferrara, University of Southern California||Cornelius Puschmann, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society|
|Fabian Flöck, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences||Jose J. Ramasco, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (CSIC-UIB)|
|Vanessa Frias-Martinez, University of Maryland||Miriam Redi, Yahoo|
|Wai-Tat Fu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Georgios Rizos, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas|
|David Garcia, ETH Zurich||Camille Roth, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)|
|Mathieu Génois, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences||Giancarlo Ruffo, University of Turin|
|Bruno Gonçalves, New York University||Diego Saez-Trumper, Pompeu Fabra University|
|Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, University of Pennsylvania||Rossano Schifanella, University of Turin|
|Andreea Gorbatai, University of California, Berkeley||Ingo Scholtes, ETH Zurich|
|Przemyslaw Grabowicz, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS)||Frank Schweitzer, ETH Zurich|
|Andrew Guess, New York University||Xiaoling Shu, University of California, Davis|
|Scott Hale, University of Oxford||Emma Spiro, University of Washington|
|Raphael H. Heiberger, University of Bremen||Sebastian Stier, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences|
|Laura Hollink, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica||Markus Strohmaier, University of Koblenz-Landau|
|Geert-Jan Houben, Delft University of Technology||Marcella Tambuscio, University of Turin|
|Dirk Hovy, University of Copenhagen||Misha Teplitskiy, University of Chicago|
|Adam Jatowt, Kyoto University||Bart Thomee, Google|
|Marco Alberto Javarone, University of Hertfordshire||Carmen Vaca Ruiz, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)|
|Andreas Jungherr, University of Konstanz||George Valkanas, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens|
|Andreas Kaltenbrunner, Eurecat||Dani Villatoro, IIIA, Spanish Council for Scientific Research|
|Kazuhiro Kazama, Wakayama University||Claudia Wagner, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences|
|Brian Keegan, University of Colorado Boulder||Ingmar Weber, Qatar Computing Research Institute|
|Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences||Robert West, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)|
|Andreas Koch, University of Salzburg||Roger Whitaker, Cardiff University|
|Farshad Kooti, University of Southern California||Gregor Wiedemann, Leipzig University|
|Nicolas Kourtellis, Telefonica Research||Christo Wilson, Northeastern University|
|Haewoon Kwak, Qatar Computing Research Institute||Taha Yasseri, University of Oxford|
|David Laniado, Eurecat||Emilio Zagheni, University of Washington|
|Anders Larsson, University of Oslo||Arkaitz Zubiaga, University of Warwick|
|Wonjae Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology|
We welcome submissions in the intersection of the social sciences and the computer sciences, including (a) new approaches for understanding social phenomena and addressing societal challenges, (b) improving methods for computational social science, (c) and understanding the influence of the Web and digital technologies on society.
For the 1st Symposium we are especially interested in:
Other related topics are explicitly welcome.
Authors are kindly requested to submit a PDF file via the EasyChair submission system for the event:
Submissions should be 1-2 page abstracts (up to approx. 1000 words) summarizing the work to be presented. We encourage researchers to also submit mature work that has already been published and/or submit work-in-progress. Please give a sufficiently detailed description of your work and your methods so we can adequately assess its relevance. Each extended abstract will be reviewed by a Program Committee composed of experts in computational social science. Accepted submissions will be non-archival, i.e. there are no proceedings. We may however discuss options for publishing selected submissions after the conference (e.g. as a journal special issue or edited collection).
Submissions will mostly be evaluated based on relevance and the potential to stimulate interesting discussions.
The deadline for submission is September 30th, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be October 13th, 2017.
Submissions can be accepted as either oral presentations or posters.
The full call for submissions can also be found here.
The organizing committee of the First Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science welcomes submissions for workshops and tutorials proposals on any emerging topic at the intersection of the social sciences and the computer sciences. The workshop and tutorial day will be held at the Alan Turing Institute in London, UK on November 15th, 2017.
Workshops will give the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a selected focus, providing an excellent forum for exploring emerging approaches and task areas and bridging the gaps between the social science and technology fields.
Tutorials will be an opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement and a deeper understanding of new tools, techniques, and research methodologies. Tutorials should provide either an in-depth look at an emerging technique or software package or a broad summary of an important direction in the field.
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 30 participants maximum. Attendance is limited to active participants only.
Workshops and tutorials proposal submission deadline: September 8th, 2017
Workshops and tutorials acceptance notification: September 12th, 2017
Workshops and tutorials day: November 15th, 2017
Authors are kindly requested to submit a PDF file via email to email@example.com
Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no more than three (3) pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should contain the following:
Workshops and tutorials will be selected based on the following criteria:
The full call for submissions can also be found here.
We aim to keep registration costs as low as possible. More information will be made available soon.
Paper/poster submission is not a requirement for attendance.
The Symposium will take place in London, UK.
The workshop day will be held at the Alan Turing Institute and the main conference will be hosted by the British Library.
The national institute for data science was founded in 2015 by five leading universities – Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick – and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The main conference will be held at the Knowledge Centre of the British Library.
Nowadays the British Library serves business and industry, academics, researchers and students not only in the UK, but also world-wide. The collection of well-known British Library counts well over 150 million items in various languages, including manuscripts, newspapers, magazines, maps, prints, drawings, patents and music scores.
How to find the Alan Turing Institute and the British Library
The Alan Turing Institute is located at the British Library.
96 Euston Rd
How to get there
How to get there from the airports
From St. Pancras International Station and from King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station it takes only 7 minutes to reach the British Library on foot.
Due to the generous funding by Volkswagen Foundation we are able to offer up to 40 travel grants to early career researchers whose talks are accepted for the symposium. Both plenary talk presenters and workshop/ tutorial presenters are eligible for the travel grants.
The travel grant consists of 500 EUR for authors from non-European countries or 250 EUR for authors from Europe and also covers the registration fee for the symposium. Travel grant recipients will be selected by a committee of experts based on their academic excellence, financial needs and diversity (e.g. gender, geographical and disciplinary diversity).
Please indicate in your submission 1) if you wish to apply for a travel grant, 2) your motivation for the grant application and 3) whether you will still attend the symposium without a travel grant.
The grants aim to especially support attendees with limited travel resources and attendees from countries where Computational Social Science is not yet well established.
Letters of support can be requested by accepted European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science authors or registrants with a completed registration with payment. If you are attending the European Symposium and require a letter of support, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The Alan Turing Institute and British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB