[Corpora-List] Call for Papers: Mining User-Generated Content for Security - MINUCS 2009

Jakub Piskorski jakub.piskorski at frontex.europa.eu
Thu Jun 25 11:54:19 CEST 2009


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FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS -------------------

Mining User-Generated Content for Security - MINUCS 2009

9 December 2009, Venice, Italy

web: http://www.usercentricmedia.org/workshops/minucs

email: minucs [ad] cs [dot] helsinki [dot] fi

This event is co-located with the First International Conference on User Centric Media - UCMedia 2009 (http://www.usercentricmedia.org) in Venice, 9-11 December 2009

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AIM AND SCOPE ---------------

The vast and growing amount of user-generated textual content, including online news streams, blogs, electronic encyclopedias (e.g., the Wikipedia), and other openly accessible and dynamically changing data readily available on the Web has led to the emergence of new approaches to extracting valuable, structured, and previously unknown information from such data. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry who develop technologies for mining open-source user-generated textual data on the Web, as well as end-users interested in exploiting such technologies for knowledge discovery. The emphasis is placed on large-scale text mining systems and application-oriented approaches to processing on-line textual content in the context of security-related applications. Examples of such applications include:

* global medical and epidemic surveillance,

* conflict early warning,

* early detection of man-made or environmental hazards,

* risk assessment,

* border surveillance,

* cross-border crime detection,

* terrorism counterintelligence,

* other applications relevant for security, law enforcement, and public health institutions

Due to a multitude of challenges of diverse and complex nature that are related to automating the process of mining user-generated content on the Web, we believe that this workshop will serve as a forum to bring together researchers from different areas, including data mining, language technology, computational linguistics, information sciences, information retrieval and Web mining, for sharing ideas and discussion. In particular, we believe that there is an important gap to be filled, since the aforementioned research communities have had limited interaction previously in the context of the topic of the Workshop. The second major goal is to engage governmental and inter-state user communities, and to bring them together with scientists and funding agencies.

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TOPICS OF INTEREST --------------------

* Mining from news streams, blogs, document repositories, and other openly accessible and dynamically

changing data, including Web 2.0 content, for the purpose of identifying threats to security or public health,

* Emphasis on multilingual approaches, and work on languages other than English,

* Applications, such as information extraction, classification, summarization, sentiment detection, event detection,

event forecasting, trend detection, information fusion, and more,

* Contributions in the form of applications (working systems and prototypes) as well as theoretical results are welcome,

* Application domains include crisis-related event reporting, political and environmental analysis,

and medical intelligence, under the general umbrella of the security intelligence domain,

* Methods including machine learning, rule-based, and hybrid approaches.

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SUBMISSION ------------

We invite papers addressing primarily the language technology, natural language processing, data mining and information retrieval communities, as well as the relevant end-user groups. Submissions are invited in two categories:

* regular: research papers presenting novel approaches and solutions, and

* short (posters): system demonstrations, descriptions, and work in progress

Submissions are electronic and in PDF format via a web-based submission server. Authors are encouraged to use Springer LNICST style for LaTeX in producing the PDF document. More information on this style can be found at: http://www.springer.com/computer?SGWID=0-146-6-564009-0

The page limit for regular papers is 6 pages, whereas short papers are limited to 4 pages. The information about the author(s) should be omitted in the submitted papers since the review process wil be blind. More detailed information about submission is available on: http://www.usercentricmedia.org/workshops/minucs/authors.shtml

Each submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee. Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce camera-ready versions.

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PUBLICATION -------------

All workshop papers will be published in the official proceedings, Springer Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering - LNICST, of the main conference.

Selected workshop papers will be published in "ACM Springer Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) Journal Special Issue on Mobility and User-Centric Media".

All workshop papers will be also published on the UCMedia2009 Website.

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IMPORTANT DATES -----------------

Paper submissions due: 27 September 2009 Notification of acceptance: 20 October 2009 Camera-ready versions due: 8 November 2009 Workhop Date: 9 December 2009

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PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be extended) ------------------------------------

Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano (USI) - Faculty of Informatics, Switzerland) Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead, France) Marko Grobelnik (Jožef Stefan Institute,Slovenia) Ben Hachey (Macquarie University, Australia) David L. Hicks (Aalborg University, Denmark) Mijail Kabadjov (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy) Sadao Kurohashi (Kyoto University, Japan) Nasrullah Memon (The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, Denmark) Maria Milosavljevic (Capital Markets CRC, Australia) Marie-Francine Moens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK) Satoshi Sekine (New York University, USA) Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy) Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield, UK)

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ORGANISING COMMITTEE ----------------------

Ulf Brefeld (Technische Universitšt Berlin, Department of Computer Science, Germany) Jakub Piskorski (FRONTEX, Research&Development, Warsaw, Poland) Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science, Finland)



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