obtained from social media, as well as for novel communication and engagement techniques to help
solve real-world problems. Ecological and environmental science could be one particularly striking
application: user-generated media content provides
an enormous amount of data that can be used in
environmental models, while social media channels
are an excellent way to engage the public.
But a challenge in fully realizing this application is
the limited communication between the two fields.
Most social media researchers have limited domain
knowledge of environmental science, and thus struggle to identify important environmental-related
problems and use cases. Meanwhile, ecological and
environmental scientists may not be aware of the
technical possibilities, limitations, and methods
involved in social media analysis. The goal of this
workshop was to help fill this gap by bringing together researchers interested in the intersection of the
two fields, to begin to develop a research community around this exciting and emerging area. The workshop was the third in a series that started at ICWSM
2016 in Cologne, Germany, and continued at WebSci
2017 in Troy, New York.
In total, the workshop featured 10 talks covering a
broad range of topics, including social media data
mining and analysis, semantic content extraction,
geolocated and network data, visual data mining,
social networks, citizen science, and crowdsourcing.
The speakers included Gretchen Lebuhn (San Fran-
cisco State University) with “The Great Sunflower
Project”; Gerald Friedland (University of California,
Berkeley) with “Field Studies with Multimedia Big
Data: Opportunities and Challenges”; Shawn
Newsam (University of California, Merced) with
“Computer Science Meets the Environment: Three
Projects”; Yu-Ru Lin (University of Pittsburgh) with
“Event Analytics for Strengthening Community
Resilience in a Cyber-Physical Society”; Qingkai Kong
(University of California, Berkeley) with “MyShake:
A Smartphone Seismic Network for Earthquake Early
Warning and Beyond”; Felix Jan Hein Hol (Stanford
University) with “Using Mobile Phones as Acoustic
Sensors for High-Throughput Mosquito Surveil-
lance”; Darian Frajberg (Politecnico di Milano) with
“Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence for
crowdsourced mountains monitoring”; Omar Alon-
so (Microsoft) with “Urban Maps of Social Activity”;
Firoj Alam (Hamad Bin Khalifa University) with “Cri-
sisMMD: Multimodal Twitter Datasets from Seven
Natural Disasters”; and David Crandall (Indiana Uni-
versity) with “Tracking Natural Events through Social
Media and Computer Vision.”
The workshop concluded with discussions and
brainstorming on the main challenges of this
research field and the prospective directions for
future work. Participants agreed that social media
analysis applied to environmental and ecological
monitoring has been underexploredå and that we
should work towards building a research community
around this promising area.
David J. Crandall and Darian Frajberg organized
the event and wrote this report.
The ICWSM 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 were completely free to do whatever they wanted on stage. Everything was allowed,
including slides, games — the more creative, the better! The only two rules were that the topic of the slam
had to be related to social media and that the presentation could not take more than eight minutes.
The 2018 ICWSM Science Slam was organized by
Fabian Flöck and Cody Buntain.
Jisun An is a scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar.
Rumi Chunara is an assistant professor at New York University, USA.
David J. Crandall is an associate professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Darian Frajberg is a PhD candidate at Politecnico di
Megan French is a graduate student in communication at
Stanford University, USA.
Bernard J. Jansen is a principal scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University,
Juhi Kulshrestha is a postdoctoral researcher at GESIS -
Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany.
Yelena Mejova is a scientist at the Qatar Computing
Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar.
Daniel M. Romero is an assistant professor in the School of
Information, University of Michigan, USA.
Joni Salminen is a postdoc at the Qatar Computing
Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar,
and at the Turku School of Economics, Finland.
Amit Sharma is a researcher at Microsoft Research, India.
Amit Sheth is the executive director of Kno.e.sis Center at
Wright State University, USA.
Chenhao Tan is an assistant professor in the Department of
Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder, USA.
Samuel Hardman Taylor is a graduate student in communication at Cornell University, USA.
Sanjaya Wijeratne is a PhD candidate at the Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, USA.