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[Call For Papers] PANSOM 2013 : Workshop on Understanding the Positive and Negative Sides of Social Media

February 22nd, 2013 by

Call For Papers


Important Dates

  • April 20, 2013 – Paper submission deadline
  • May 20, 2013 – Paper acceptance notification
  • May 30, 2013 – Camera-ready copy due
  • Aug 3-5, 2013 – Conference (Beijing, China)

In recent years, social media has continued to grow in popularity and has become a powerful platform for people to unite together under common interests. The explosive use of social media has turned it into a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the information revolution has proven to have a positive impact in society. Social platforms introduce a canvas for self-expression where users can create, manipulate and share content. Positive impacts of these platforms in society include their use in bringing information out of conflicted nations to the World (e.g. Iranian elections 2009 and Egyptian revolution 2011). They have also proven to be an effective way of propagating information, proving to spread the word before mainstream media prints a story. This has been particularly useful for word spreading-based mobilisation in emergency response and crisis situations.

On the other hand, social media platforms have appeared to be also the catalyst in fuelling violent events (e.g. during the UK riots in 2011). The proliferation of insults and personal attacks online along with the appearance of socially disruptive patterns in online social behaviour has become more and more common. Young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships partly due to the use of Facebook and other social media platforms. Social media addiction also leads to low self-esteem and even anti-social behaviours.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from various backgrounds including those from computer science, social science, and psychology, to discuss the current and emergent topics, and cutting-edge approaches to address issues relating to both positive and negative sides of social media.


We welcome contributions on various aspects listed in the following, non-exhaustive list of topics. We also welcome application-oriented and position papers and demos.

  • Credibility of social media content
  • Information diffusion and propagation
  • Event detection and prediction
  • Linked data in social media
  • Sentiment analysis and opinion mining

Promoting Positive Activities in Social Media

  • Topic–based recommendation systems
  • Location-based recommendation systems
  • Social media in education
  • Social business
  • Social media in emergency response and crisis situations
  • Social media-based knowledge management
  • Citizen journalism
  • Promoting tolerance and diversity in social media
  • Supply chains for social content delivery

Tackling the Negative Side of Social Media

  • Violence contents detection from social media
  • Offensive language identification
  • Cyberbullying
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Inducing opinion bias in social media
  • Fake opinion recognition
  • Boycott in topic diffusion
  • Rumour and spam detection
  • Social bot detection
  • Adult content in social media
  • Socially disruptive behaviours


We invite authors to submit papers in one of the following types:

  • Long papers: up to 6 pages
  • Short papers: up to 4 pages
  • Position and demo papers: up to 2 pages

Papers should be formatted according to the style guide of IJCAI13 and should be submitted in PDF format through easychair. There will be no double blind review process. Author names and affiliations should be included in the paper. Paper selection will be based on a peer review process.


Organisation Committee

Program Committee

  • Luca Aiello, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
  • Miriam Fernandez, Open University, UK
  • Wei Gao, Qatar Foundation, Qatar
  • Marcel Karnstedt, DERI, Ireland
  • Daniel Peotriuc, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Neal Lathia, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Matthew Rowe, Lancaster University, UK
  • Hassan Saif, Open University, UK
  • Chenghua Lin, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Milan Stankovic, Hypios & University Paris-Sorbonne, France
  • Andrea Varga, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Claudia Wagner, Joanneum Research, Austria
  • Bin Wang, Chinese Academy of Science, China
  • Xin Zhao, Peking University, China