69 senior program committee members and 282 program committee members spent weeks carefully
reviewing the submissions to finalize the 2018 program.
Workshop proposals were evaluated by Catalina
Toma and Feida Zhu. Tutorial submissions were
reviewed by Alexandra Olteanu and Kiran Garimella.
Carrying on from 2017, Brent Hecht led a coordinated and sustained drive for sponsorships. Fabricio
Benevenuto and Luca Aiello — the data chairs —
coordinated both the ICWSM data papers and the
dataset-sharing initiative using a dedicated Dataverse
instance. Nir Grinberg kept the community informed
via social media, and Danaë Metaxa-Kakavouli
updated the conference website. Kylie Swall provided local support.
ICWSM 2018 received a total of 295 full-paper submissions. Out of these, 48 were accepted for oral presentation and 30 were accepted as posters, resulting in
a full-paper acceptance rate of 16 percent. In addition
to the full papers, the conference also received 18
dataset papers ( 10 accepted), 71 poster papers (18
accepted), and 10 demo submissions ( 3 accepted).
Posters and demos were exhibited on June 27.
The conference program included 15 workshops ( 2
full-day and 13 half-day), 5 half-day tutorials, and
the ICWSM Science Slam — all of which took place
on June 25. Workshop topics ranged from topical
interests in emojis and chatbots; to methodological
and ethical challenges for researchers; to societal
challenges around cyberbullying and online misinformation.
ICWSM also featured three diverse and distin-
guished keynote speakers, covering a broad range of
research. Elena Grewald, head of data science at
Airbnb, presented a talk on the human side of data
acience. She described the evolution of data science
work at Airbnb, including what is cutting edge in the
three tracks of work Airbnb pursues: algorithms, ana-
lytics, and inference.
Miguel Luengo-Oroz spoke on working towards a
rights-based approach to research and innovation for
using data for good. Luengo-Oroz is the chief data
scientist at the United Nations Global Pulse in New
York, a think tank and research entity on how to use
data science for good. He spoke of the UN support for
global discussions on how to harness the power of
the data revolution to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
Sarita Schoenebeck, an assistant professor of information at the University of MIchigan, spoke on
what’s missing when we rely on social media log
data. She critically examined popular theories about
social media use, and explored emerging research
Given the proliferation of social media use around
the globe, and the increasingly salient concerns related to this use — on issues ranging from privacy to
misinformation to political impact — it is more
pressing than ever to better understand these platforms and to support ethical research with their data.
ICWSM-18 offered several days in June of exciting
talks and conversations that explored these and other challenges and opportunities at the intersection of
computational social science, algorithmic innovation, and data mining.
Kate Starbird is an assistant professor in the Human Centered Design and Engineering Department at the University of Washington, USA.
Ingmar Weber is the research director of the Social Computing Group at Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar.
Save the Date!
11–14 June 2019
Program Committee Cochairs
Ceren Budak, Yu-Ru Lin, Fred Morstatter