European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges

in Computational Social Science

 

2019: Polarization and Radicalization

 

Zurich, Switzerland

September 2nd-4th, 2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

IMPORTANT DATES

 

March 10th, 2019Workshops and tutorials proposal submission deadline
March 30th, 2019Workshops and tutorials acceptance notification
April 10th, 2019Deadline for abstract submission
April 10th, 2019Travel grant application deadline
May 10th, 2019Deadline for dataset challenge submission
June 10th, 2019Notification of acceptance (including travel grants)
August 10th, 2019Registration closes
September 2nd, 2019Pre-symposium day (workshops/tutorials/dataset challenge)
September 3rd-4th, 2019Main symposium

ABOUT

This is the third in a series of three symposia that discuss societal challenges in computational social sciences. In 2019, the focus will be on “Polarization and Radicalization” (Zurich, 2019). In the previous two years, the focus was “Inequality and Imbalance” (London, 2017) and “Bias and Discrimination” (Cologne, 2018).

With these three events we provide a platform to address one of the most pressing challenges in today’s digital society: understanding the role that digital technologies, the Web, and the algorithms used therein play in the mediation and creation of inequalities, discrimination and polarization.

By addressing inequality as the topical issue for the symposium series we intend to explore how CSS can contribute to opening up new ways of thinking about, of measuring, detecting and coping with social inequality, discrimination, and polarization. We will discuss how divides and inequalities are proliferated in digital society, how social cleavages can be observed via web data, how the organizational structure of the web itself generates biases and inequality, and how, in contrast, algorithms and computational tools might help to reduce discrimination and inequality. We will also investigate how bias and unequal social structures foster political tension and polarization, including issues of radicalization and hate.

The Symposium series is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

 

SYMPOSIUM 2019

The Euro CSS 2019 will be a three-day event consisting of:

  • a two-day, single-track conference featuring a series of invited talks that will provide different perspectives on challenges in the area of Polarization and Radicalization
  • a day of multiple satellite events, including workshops and tutorials
  • an open call for contributed presentations that will provide opportunities for computational social scientists to present and discuss their own work
  • an open call for workshop and tutorial organization that will provide opportunities for computational social scientists to gather focus groups around the latest trends in computational social science
  • a dataset challenge to encourage creative engagement with the data from different perspectives and dialogue across disciplines
  • plenty of possibilities for interdisciplinary networking (e.g. science slam)

REGISTRATION

Details will be announced in summer 2019. To stay informed you are invited to join our Computational Social Science Network (Google Group).

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

TBA

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Anupama Aggarwal, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Jürgen Lerner, University of Konstanz
Luca Maria Aiello, Nokia Bell Labs Matteo Magnani, Uppsala University
Fred Amblard, IRIT – University Toulouse 1 Capitole Friedolin Merhout, Duke University
Jisun An, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Stasa Milojevic, Indiana University Bloomington
Mario Angst, Eawag Sophie Muetzel, University of Lucerne
Pablo Aragón, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Atte Oksanen, University of Tampere
Pablo Barberá, London School of Economics Sarah Otner, Imperial College Business School
Ulrik Brandes, ETH Zurich Symeon Papadopoulos, Information Technologies Institute
Cody Buntain, University of Maryland Alessandro Provetti, Birkbeck, University of London
Michele Coscia, IT University of Copenhagen Hemant Purohit, George Mason University
Clau Dermont, University of Zurich Cornelius Puschmann, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
Achim Edelmann, University of Bern Luca Rossi, IT University of Copenhagen
Victor M. Eguiluz, IFISC (CSIC-UIB) Camille Roth, CNRS
Uwe Engel, University of Bremen Giancarlo Ruffo, University of Turin
Kiran Garimella, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Rossano Schifanella, University of Turin
Kristina Gligoric, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Ingo Scholtes, ETH Zurich
Przemyslaw Grabowicz, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems Uwe Serdült, Ritsumeikan University
André Grow, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Xiaoling Shu, University of California, Davis
Oul Han, University of Koblenz Elisaveta Sivak, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Raphael H. Heiberger, University of Bremen Sebastian Stier, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Kazuhiro Kazama, Wakayama University Carmen Vaca, ESPOL
Brian Keegan, University of Colorado Boulder George Valkanas, Detectica, Inc.
Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Johannes Wachs, Central European University
Bennett Kleinberg, University College London Ingmar Weber, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Andreas Koch, University of Salzburg Robert West, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Dominik Kowald, Know-Center Gregor Wiedemann, University of Hamburg
Juhi Kulshrestha, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Christo Wilson, Northeastern University
Anders Olof Larsson, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology Arkaitz Zubiaga, The University of Warwick
Kristina Lerman, University of Southern California

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (TALKS OR POSTERS)

Call for Abstracts

We welcome submissions in the intersection of the social sciences and the computer sciences, including (a) new approaches for understanding social phenomena and addressing societal challenges, (b) improving methods for computational social science, (c) and understanding the influence of the Web and digital technologies on society.

For the 3rd Symposium we are especially interested in the following four main topics:

I. misinformation and censorship
(including political tension, upheaval and disrupt; public sphere in the digital age; social media as alternative communication channels; information leakage; whistleblowing)

II. discourse polarization and echo chambers
(including discourse radicalization; effects of filter bubbles; online and offline radicalization; diffusion of information)

III. online and offline group formation
(including global, national and local network structures; effects of weak and strong ties in contemporary and historic societies; mobilization patterns)

IV. political polarization and populism
(including political networks and party politics; detection of radicalization and deradicalization; political campaigning)

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: April 10th, 2019
Acceptance notification: June 10th, 2019
Conference days: September 3rd and 4th, 2019

Submission Guidelines:

Extended abstracts should be submitted in English and in pdf format [here]

Submissions should be abstracts of approx. 2-3 pages (up to 1000 words plus references and figures) summarizing the work to be presented. We encourage researchers to also submit abstracts of work that has already been published and/or submit work in progress. Please give a sufficiently detailed description of your work and your methods so we can adequately assess its relevance. Please consider that reviewers will be from an interdisciplinary community.

Each extended abstract will be reviewed by a Program Committee composed of experts in computational social science. Accepted submissions will be non-archival, i.e. there are no proceedings. Submissions will mostly be evaluated based on relevance and the potential to stimulate interesting discussions. Submissions may be accepted as talks or posters.

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT @ EASYCHAIR

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS

Call for Workshop and Tutorials

Workshops will give the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with a selected focus, providing an excellent forum for exploring emerging approaches and task areas and bridging the gaps between the social science and technology fields.

Tutorials will be an opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement and a deeper understanding of new tools, techniques, and research methodologies. Tutorials should provide either an in-depth look at an emerging technique or software package or a broad summary of an important direction in the field.

Members of all segments of the social media research community are encouraged to submit proposals. To foster interaction and exchange of ideas, the workshops will be kept small, with 30 participants maximum.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: March 10th, 2019
Acceptance notification: March 30th, 2019
Workshops and tutorials day: September 2nd, 2019

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your workshop or tutorial proposal by sending a PDF file via email to css.eurosymposium@gmail.com

Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no more than three (3) pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should contain the following:

a) A concise title
b) The names, affiliations, and contact information of the organizers
c) Planned duration of the event (half-day or full-day meeting)
d) A short abstract describing the scope and main objective of the event
e) A description of the proposed event format and a detailed list of proposed activities

Workshops and tutorials will be selected based on the following criteria:

1) Timeliness of the topic
2) Potential to attract the interest of researchers in computer science and social/organizational sciences
3) Promotion of activities that are different from the classic mini-conference format; those include challenges, games, interactive sessions, brainstorming and networking.
4) Involvement people of different backgrounds in the organizing committee
5) Addressing topics at the intersection of different disciplines

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT VIA EMAIL

CALL FOR DATASET CHALLENGE: MACHINE BEHAVIOR

Call for Dataset Challenge: Machine Behavior

The second Dataset Challenge of the European Symposium on Societal Challenges in CSS invites researchers and practitioners from the spectrum of Social and Computational Sciences to approach a common topic through a selection of datasets. The aim of this challenge is to encourage creative engagement with data from pluralistic perspectives in order to foster dialogue across disciplines. We envision that this challenge will lead to fruitful, in-depth discussions during the symposium, as participants will have a shared basis through interaction with the dataset(s), but varying ideas of where to go with it.

The research questions and methods applied to the dataset(s) can be drawn from the broad spectrum of computational social science. The aim of the challenge is to provide an empirical understanding of machine behavior, quantitatively analyzing the behavior of intelligent machines in their natural environments when interacting with humans. We are specially interested in both the behavior of machines and of humans when interacting with each other through any medium.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Bot-human interaction on social media
  • Collaborative content editing between human and machine users
  • Algorithmic effects on opinions, emotional expression, and collective behavior
  • Learned or emergent biases and discrimination in machine behavior

We ask participants of the dataset challenge to be creative in their approach to the data.

The work presented at the symposium can be early stage, but should be methodically sound and provide either preliminary insights into an interesting research question or first inductively-reached conclusions of systematic patterns of bias in the dataset. These can also be on a meta-level or may be designated to positioning the work in broader theoretical contexts. We especially invite inventive combinations with other datasets or comparisons across data sources (e.g., other online media, data in other languages, data from other case studies).

Submissions selected by our review committee will be presented in a special dataset challenge session at the pre-symposium day (September 2nd, 2019). After the presentations, participants (and audience members) are invited to engage in discourse about the presented approaches and possible future work and collaborations.

A jury will select the best presentation (including any created resources, such as secondary datasets or analysis code) to be awarded the second Euro CSS Dataset Challenge Award (to be announced).

Extended abstracts of work in progress or completed projects based on the suggested dataset(s) should be submitted in English in PDF format via the EasyChair submission system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eurocsssymposium2019

Submissions should be abstracts of approx. 2-3 pages (maximum up to 1000 words plus references and figures).

The abstract submissions will be evaluated based on originality and the potential to stimulate interesting discussions, but should also consider the feasibility of the proposed idea. Please consider that reviewers will be from an interdisciplinary community, therefore describe your ideas, approaches and potential complementary datasets in sufficient detail.

Deadline for submissions to the dataset challenge is May 10th, 2019. The final work will be presented during the pre-symposium day

Please see the additional information for how to apply to travel grants here.

The Datasets

The following datasets all relate to machine behavior when interacting with humans. Participants of the challenge should make use of one or more of the main datasets listed below and are encouraged to combine them or compare them among each other, as well as complementing them with additional information or comparing them with other datasets of similar nature.

Main Datasets

Machines in gaming

Do matchmaking algorithms create collective effects in online games? Can we detect the aggregated behavior of bots in a Twitch-based videogame? How does the behavior of players depend on the decisions of bots and algorithms in gaming?

Machines that post on social media

Do social bots influence user behavior, such as posting, liking, and the expression of opinions or emotions? How can we measure the way social bots react to human behavior, follow trends, or promote content? Is there a consistent way to formalize the spectrum between human and bot behavior through cyborg or semi-automated accounts?

Machines that edit content in Wikipedia

Does the presence of automated accounts affect the editing behavior of Wikipedia contributors? Do bots in collaborative projects accelerate or hinder content production? What are the observable traces of bot presence in the content?

FAQ / assistance

For any questions related to technical aspects or submissions, write us to garcia@csh.ac.at

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT @ EASYCHAIR

SCIENCE SLAM

Science Slam

A Science Slam is an epic scientific event where scientists compete with short talks on their research. It’s just like a poetry slam, but with science instead of poems. Slammers are completely free to do whatever they want on stage, everything is allowed including slides, games, the more creative, the better!

The only two rules are:

1) The topic of the slam has to be related to data science / computational social science or to social media, online data or digital behavioral data, and
2) Presentations should not take more than 8 minutes.

When? –>September 2nd, 8pm
Where? –> “BQM” at polyterrasse in ETH Zurich (http://www.bqm-bar.ch/)
How much? –> For free!
Do you want to present at the slam? –> Send an email with the title and a short description of what you want to do to garcia@csh.ac.at the latest by August 10th, 2019

ORGANIZATION AND VENUE

The symposium will take place in Switzerland at the ETH Zurich campus in Zurich city center.

September 2nd, 2019

Participants are kindly asked to go the ML Buliding for registration first, before heading to the HG building for the pre-symposium day.

Registration: ML Building

ML Building (Maschinenlaboratorium, D-MAVT)

Address: Sonneggstrasse 3, 8092 Zurich

Pre-Symposium Day Venue: HG Building

HG Building (Schulleitung, Verwaltung, D-MATH, D-GESS)

Address: Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich

September 3rd-4th, 2019
Main Symposium Venue: ML D 28

Room ML D 28, ML Building (Maschinenlaboratorium, D-MAVT)

Address: Sonneggstrasse 3, 8092 Zurich

Science Slam Venue: bQm

The bQm Culture Café & Bar is a popular location located at the Polyterrasse in ETH Zurich.

Address: Leonhardstrasse 34, 8092 Zurich

 

How to Get to the ETH Zurich Zentrum Campus

The ETH Zurich Zentrum campus is a 10-minute walk from the Zurich Main Station. Alternatively, you can reach the Zentrum campus by tram no. 6 or 10 from the Zurich Main Station. The nearest stop is “ETH/Universitätsspital”.

From the Zurich Airport, take the tram no. 10 and get off at “ETH/Universitätsspital”. The journey takes around 30 minutes.

Visit the ETH Zurich website to find out more on how to get to the ETH Zurich Zentrum campus.

Travel Grants

Due to the generous funding by Volkswagen Foundation we are able to offer a limited number of travel grants to researchers whose submissions are accepted for the symposium (presenters of talks or posters at the main symposium, workshop or tutorial organizers).

Travel grant recipients will be selected based on academic excellence, financial needs and diversity (e.g. gender, geographical and disciplinary diversity).

To apply for a travel grant please send an email with the subject “Travel Grant” to css.eurosymposium@gmail.com including the following information: a) your submission number in EasyChair or the title of your submitted workshop/tutorial, b) your contact details, c) your motivation for the grant application and d) whether you will still attend the symposium without a travel grant.

Travel grants will be awarded as lump sums, the amount to be awarded will be based on the country of the awardee’s affiliation.
Grants will be paid out after the conference.

The grants aim to especially support attendees with limited travel resources and attendees from countries where computational social science is not yet well established. We acknowledge that there may be more meritorious applications than we will be able to award and support.

Deadline for travel grant applications is April 10th, 2019 (for all submission types). Late applications cannot be considered.

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNER

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ETH Zurich

Zentrum

Rämistrasse 101

8092 Zurich

Switzerland

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CONTACT

Organizing Team

css.eurosymposium@gmail.com

+49 (0221) 47694-254

 

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