[Elsnet-list] AAAI 2006 Symposium on Weblogs

Nicolas Nicolov nicolas at umbriacom.com
Tue Jul 12 01:29:12 CEST 2005

C A L L    F O R    P A P E R S


AAAI Spring 2006 Symposium



Mar 27-29, 2006, Stanford University,
California, USA



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.


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

[01] AI methods for ethnographic analysis through

[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;

[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.


Oct 7, 2005 Abstracts/papers 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.


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).


* Nicolas Nicolov, Umbria Communications.
* Franco Salvetti, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder.
* Mark Liberman, Univ. of Pennsylvania.
* James H. Martin, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder.


* Paolo Avesani, ITC-irst, Italy.
* Bran Boguraev, IBM Research, USA.
* Claire Cardie, Cornell Univ., USA.
* Scott Carter, UC Berkeley, USA.
* Steve Cayzer, HP Labs Bristol, UK.
* Thierry Declerck, DFKI Language Lab, Germany.
* Michelle Gumbrecht, Stanford Univ., USA.
* Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan Univ., Israel.
* Roy Lipski, Corpora Software, UK.
* Cameron Marlow, MIT Media Lab, USA.
* Lluís Màrquez, Univ. Poli. de Catalunya, Spain.
* Rada Mihalcea, Univ. of North Texas, USA.
* Peter Norvig, Google Inc., USA.
* Oana Postolache, Univ. of Saarland, Germany.
* John Prager, IBM Research, USA.
* Alessandro Provetti, Univ. of Messina, Italy.
* Drago Radev, Univ. of Michigan, USA.
* Ellen Riloff, Univ. of Utah, USA.
* Irina Rish, IBM Watson Research Center, USA.
* James G. Shanahan, Clairvoyance Corp., USA.
* Suresh Sood, Univ. of Tech. Sydney, Australia.
* Savitha Srinivasan, IBM Research, USA.
* Carlo Strapparava, ITC-irst, Italy.
* V.S. Subrahmanian, Univ. of Maryland, USA.
* Belle Tseng, NEC Labs America, USA.
* Janyce M. Wiebe, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA.
* Tong Zhang, IBM Research, USA.


We are planning to publish the proceedings
of the symposium as AAAI Technical Report.


For questions and submissions:
aaai2006_weblog_symposium at umbriacom.com

For further information about the symposium:

Dr Nicolas Nicolov
Chief Scientist
Umbria Communications
1655 Walnut St, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80302, U.S.A.
Email: nicolas at umbriacom.com

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