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Call for Papers: Mining User-Generated Content for Security - MINUCS 2009

From: Jakub Piskorski <jakub.piskorski@frontex.europa.eu>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:59:12 +0200
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Mining User-Generated Content for Security - MINUCS 2009

9 December 2009, Venice, Italy
web: http://www.usercentricmedia.org/workshops/minucs

email: minucs [ad] cs [dot] helsinki [dot] fi  

This event is co-located with the First International Conference 
on User Centric Media - UCMedia 2009 (http://www.usercentricmedia.org) 
in Venice, 9-11 December 2009


The vast and growing amount of user-generated textual content, including
online news streams, 
blogs, electronic encyclopedias (e.g., the Wikipedia), and other openly
accessible and 
dynamically changing data readily available on the Web has led to the
emergence of new 
approaches to extracting valuable, structured, and previously unknown
information from 
such data. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from
academia and 
industry who develop technologies for mining open-source user-generated
textual data 
on the Web, as well as end-users interested in exploiting such technologies
knowledge discovery. The emphasis is placed on large-scale text mining
systems and 
application-oriented approaches to processing on-line textual content in the
of security-related applications. Examples of such applications include: 

 * global medical and epidemic surveillance, 
 * conflict early warning, 
 * early detection of man-made or environmental hazards, 
 * risk assessment, 
 * border surveillance, 
 * cross-border crime detection, 
 * terrorism counterintelligence, 
 * other applications relevant for security, law enforcement, and public
health institutions 

Due to a multitude of challenges of diverse and complex nature that are
related to automating 
the process of mining user-generated content on the Web, we believe that
this workshop will serve 
as a forum to bring together researchers from different areas, including
data mining, language technology, 
computational linguistics, information sciences, information retrieval and
Web mining, for sharing ideas 
and discussion. In particular, we believe that there is an important gap to
be filled, since the 
aforementioned research communities have had limited interaction previously
in the context of the 
topic of the Workshop. The second major goal is to engage governmental and
inter-state user communities, 
and to bring them together with scientists and funding agencies. 


 * Mining from news streams, blogs, document repositories, and other openly
accessible and dynamically 
   changing data, including Web 2.0 content, for the purpose of identifying
threats to security or public health, 
 * Emphasis on multilingual approaches, and work on languages other than
 * Applications, such as information extraction, classification,
summarization, sentiment detection, event detection, 
   event forecasting, trend detection, information fusion, and more, 
 * Contributions in the form of applications (working systems and
prototypes) as well as theoretical results are welcome, 
 * Application domains include crisis-related event reporting, political and
environmental analysis, 
   and medical intelligence, under the general umbrella of the security
intelligence domain, 
 * Methods including machine learning, rule-based, and hybrid approaches. 


We invite papers addressing primarily the language technology, natural
language processing, data mining 
and information retrieval communities, as well as the relevant end-user
Submissions are invited in two categories: 

 * regular: research papers presenting novel approaches and solutions, and 
 * short (posters): system demonstrations, descriptions, and work in

Submissions are electronic and in PDF format via a web-based submission
Authors are encouraged to use Springer LNICST style for LaTeX in producing
the PDF document. 
More information on this style can be found at:

The page limit for regular papers is 6 pages, whereas short papers are
limited to 4 pages. 
The information about the author(s) should be omitted in the submitted
papers since the 
review process wil be blind.
More detailed information about submission is available on:

Each submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program
Authors of accepted papers will receive guidelines regarding how to produce 
camera-ready versions.


All workshop papers will be published in the official proceedings, 
Springer Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences,
and Telecommunications Engineering - LNICST, of the main conference. 

Selected workshop papers will be published in "ACM Springer Mobile Networks 
and Applications (MONET) Journal Special Issue on Mobility and User-Centric

All workshop papers will be also published on the UCMedia2009 Website. 


Paper submissions due:  27 September 2009
Notification of acceptance:  20 October 2009
Camera-ready versions due: 8 November 2009
Workhop Date: 9 December 2009

 PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be extended)

Fabio Crestani (University of Lugano (USI) - Faculty of Informatics,
Gregory Grefenstette (Exalead, France) 
Marko Grobelnik (Jo¾ef Stefan Institute,Slovenia) 
Ben Hachey (Macquarie University, Australia) 
David L. Hicks (Aalborg University, Denmark) 
Mijail Kabadjov (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy) 
Sadao Kurohashi (Kyoto University, Japan) 
Nasrullah Memon (The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, Denmark) 
Maria Milosavljevic (Capital Markets CRC, Australia) 
Marie-Francine Moens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) 
Horacio Saggion (University of Sheffield, UK) 
Satoshi Sekine (New York University, USA) 
Ralf Steinberger (Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy) 
Mark Stevenson (University of Sheffield, UK) 


Ulf Brefeld (Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Computer Science,
Jakub Piskorski (FRONTEX, Research&Development, Warsaw, Poland) 
Roman Yangarber (University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science,
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