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Social Computing Workshop
From Friday, 05 October 2012
To Saturday, 06 October 2012

This proposed two day workshop on Social Computing brings together participants from various institutes in India and research groups at Max-Planck Institute for Software Systems. The goal of the workshop is to offer a forum for Indian researchers working in the area to meet and get acquainted with each other worksand in the process, strike several bi-lateral, multi-lateral collaborations. The need for such activity is elaborated below.

With the advent and huge popularity of online social networking sites, Social Computing has emerged as an important field for Computer Science. It has opened up numerous research challenges that cut across mutltiplesub-disciplines of Computer Science. It includes Network/ System challenges to ensure seamless, "real time" interaction among people; information retrieval challenges of ranking the news feed/tweets which are generated; computational linguistic challenges of deriving meaningful information about the news feed; machine learning challenges of inferrring possibility of new friendship appearance and accordingly suggest recommendation; database challenges of organizing the data set; user interface design challenges to ensure maximum acceptability to the users; and network science challenges of understanding the emergence of the social network as a whole. It is only recently that researchers are beginning to appreciate the complex interplay of issues and the time is ripe for the emergence of a new discipline of computational social science or social computing. It is the ideal time to strive for the formation of a community focused on these activities. After all, a significant proportion of users of Online Social Networks are from India and many applications are developed by Indian companies (start-up) on a social network platform. The India electronic media is increasingly using social networks and social media to spread their words. Moreover, OSNs are being increasingly accessed from mobile phones and India, having a mobile base of around 800 millions, has a huge market potential. In short, the ecosystem around the topic of social computing is developing and a strong indegenous research community would be extremely helpful in developing and unifying the fragmented ecosystem.
Participants
A tentative list:
1. IITKgp – Niloy Ganguly, Animesh Mukherjee, Pabitra Mitra
2. IITM –Balaraman Ravindran
3. IISc –Y. Narahari, Shivani Agarwal, Indrajit Bhattacharya
4. IITB – Soumen Chakraborty, Sunita Sarawagi, Vivek Borkar
5. IIITH - Vasudeva Varma
6. IIITD – Srikanta Bedatur
7. IITK - Arnab Bhattacharrya
8. TIFR – Onkar Dabeer, Rahul Vaze
9. IMSc – Sitabhra Sinha
10. IITD – Aaditeshwar Seth, Parag Singla, Amitabha Bagchi, Maya Ramanath
11. MSR – Monojit Choudhury, Saikat Guha
12. IBM- Nandakishore, Karthik
13. Amazon - Rajeev Rastogi
14. MPI-SWS – Krishna Gummadi + 3 students

Location : IIT,Kharagpur
Contact : Niloy Ganguly ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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