The International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2012) is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena. The ultimate goal of Social Informatics is to create better understanding of socially-centric platforms not just as a technology, but also as a set of social phenomena. To that end, we are inviting interdisciplinary papers, on applying information technology in the study of social phenomena, on applying social concepts in the design of information systems, on applying methods from the social sciences in the study of social computing and information systems, on applying computational algorithms to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics, and on designing information and communication technologies that consider social context.
A special focus of SocInfo 2012 is on how technology can influence social phenomena through better motivation of human agents, through the use of social norms, through better modeling, or through a better understanding of social concepts like trust, credibility, privacy, and fairness. To this end we are especially inviting contributions demonstrating how behavioral theory can be formalized in agent-based models to study social dynamics. It is the expectation that this contributes to a further development of the social sciences with respect to studying and explaining various behavioral dynamics, such as opinion dynamics, social conflict, innovation diffusion, market dynamics, and crowd behavior. On the other hand, the creation of a coherent social behavioral model that is formulated as an agent system is a prerequisite for further development of socially-centric platforms and for the testing of new algorithms that use social concepts and attempt to realize social goals.

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The conference solicits original research papers and experience-based case study papers. Detailed research topics of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to:

Computational models of social phenomena, social simulation Social choice mechanisms in the e-society
Social networks: discovery, evolution, analysis, applications Social Behavior Modeling
Web mining and its social interpretations Social Influence and Diffusion Models of Social Influence
Security, privacy, trust, reputation and incentive issues Social Communities and Social Network Analysis
Design and analysis of social/collaborative Web applications Social Interactions and Collaboration
Algorithms and protocols inspired by human societies Socio-economic Systems and Applications
Mechanisms for providing fairness in information systems Virtual communities (e.g., open-source, multiplayer gaming)
Impact of technology on socio-economic Recommendation systems
Visualization of dynamic social networks Social applications of the Semantic Web
Social Informatics Theory Social system design and architectures
Trust, Privacy, Risk and Security in Social Contexts Social Intelligence and Social Cognition
Social media analytics and social media intelligence Emotional Intelligence and Data Mining

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Research Papers

  • Full paper submission:
      July 7, 2012 July 14, 2012 (23:59 CEST)
  • Notification of acceptance:
      August 31, 2012 September 14, 2012
  • Submission of final version:
      September 14, 2012 September 30, 2012

Poster/Demonstration Papers

  • Poster/Demo submission:
      July 28, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance:
      August 31, 2012 September 14, 2012
  • Submission of final version:
      September 14, 2012 September 30, 2012

Tutorial Proposals

  • Due on: July 28, 2012
  • Tutorial notification: August 31, 2012

Panel Proposals

  • Due on: July 28, 2012
  • Panel notification: August 31, 2012

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Paper Submission Instructions
Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that are not being considered in another forum. The proceeding of the conference will be published by Springer Verlag under the Lecture Note Series in Computer Science (LNCS). Manuscripts must be in Springer format. Electronic submission of manuscripts (in PDF or Word formats) is required.

Research papers should not contain author names for purpose of double-blind review
They should be submitted in PDF format and should not exceed the page limit of 14 pages. Paper acceptance can be regular paper, short paper or poster.

Poster and demo submissions do not go through double-blind review
A poster/demo paper should be submitted in PDF format and should not exceed the page limit of 4 pages. The accepted poster/demo papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

Publisher of the Proceedings
The Proceedings of SocInfo 2012 will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Previous years' proceedings (published as well by Springer) are available online: namely, 2010 and 2011.

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