WebST 2016 is a research training event addressed to graduates and postgraduates in the first steps of their academic career. With a global scope, it aims at updating them about the most recent advances in the critical, multidisciplinary and fast developing area of web studies, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation from computing and technologies to social sciences and the humanities and has turned out to be the largest socio-technical infrastructure in human history. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.
Most subareas of web science and technology will be displayed, namely: content analysis and information extraction, information networks, search, data and semantics, ontologies, user behavior and personalization, online communities, social networks, economic transactions, mobility, security and privacy, graph analysis, web mining and applications. Main challenges and opportunities will be identified through 4 keynote lectures, 19 six-hour courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics from various perspectives: philosophy, sociology, politics, digital humanities, economics, computer science, engineering and mathematics. The organizers believe outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event. Moreover, an open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes.
Graduates and postgraduates from around the world. There are no formal pre-requisites in terms of academic degrees. However, since there will be differences in the course levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of them. WebST 2016 is also appropriate for more senior people who want to keep themselves updated on recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, scholars, industry leaders and innovators.
In addition to keynotes, at least 2 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they will be willing to attend as well as to move from one to another.
WebST 2016 will take place in Bilbao, a city famous for its gastronomy and the seat of the Guggenheim Museum. The venue will be:
DeustoTech, School of Engineering
University of Deusto
Avda. Universidades, 24
Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Pompeu Fabra University), Distributed Web Search
Jiawei Han (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), From Data to Knowledge: A Data-to-Network-to-Knowledge (D2N2K) Paradigm
Prabhakar Raghavan (Google), Three Vignettes from the Theory and Practice of Large Data Analysis
Amit P. Sheth (Wright State University), Semantic, Cognitive and Perceptual Computing – three intertwined strands of a golden braid of intelligent computing
PROFESSORS AND COURSES:
Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne), [intermediate] Social Media and Text Analytics
Boualem Benatallah (University of New South Wales), [advanced] API Engineering and Management
Vassilis Christophides (INRIA, Paris), [introductory/intermediate] Entity Resolution in the Web of Data
Brian D. Davison (Lehigh University), [introductory] Useful Web Mining with R
Marco Gori (University of Siena), [advanced] Learning Semantic-based Structures from Textual Sources
Alon Halevy (Recruit Institute of Technology), [introductory] Structured Data on the Web
Jiawei Han (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), [intermediate] Construction and Mining of Text-Rich Heterogeneous Information Networks
Andreas Hotho (University of Würzburg), [intermediate] Social Semantics in the Web
Ravi Kumar (Google), [introductory/intermediate] Computing at Scale: Models and Algorithms
Haewoon Kwak (Qatar Foundation), [introductory/intermediate] From Social Network Analysis to Social Media Analytics and beyond: Challenges and Opportunities
Cathy Marshall (Texas A&M University), [introductory] Qualitative Methods for Studying Users on the Web
Mirco Musolesi (University College London), [introductory/intermediate] Mining Big (and Small) Mobile Data
Bijan Parsia (University of Manchester), [introductory] The Semantic Web and Linked Data
Prabhakar Raghavan (Google), [intermediate] How To Build a Search Engine
Uli Sattler (University of Manchester), [introductory] OWL, Underlying Logics, and What This Reasoning Is All about
Munindar P. Singh (North Carolina State University), [introductory/intermediate] Web Applications as Sociotechnical Systems: A Basis for a Science of Security and Privacy
Barry Smith (University at Buffalo), [introductory] Towards Ontological Foundations for Web Science
Raphael Volz (Pforzheim University of Applied Science), [introductory] Improving Prediction Models with Open Data
An open session will collect 5-minute presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to florentinalilica.voicu (at) urv.cat by July 15, 2016.
Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair)
Manuel Jesús Parra Royón
Borja Sanz (co-chair)
Florentina Lilica Voicu
The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For the sake of organization, it will be helpful to have an approximation of the respective demand for each course.
Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue will be complete. It is much recommended to register prior to the event.
Fees are a flat rate covering the attendance to all courses during the week. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.
A suggestion of accommodation is available on the webpage.
Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance.