Call for Papers: 2nd International Workshop on Public Health in the Digital Age: Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Participatory Systems
April 8th, 2014 Seoul, Korea
The 2nd International Workshop on Public Health in the Digital Age: Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Participatory Systems will take place in Seoul, Korea on April 8th, 2014 in conjunction with WWW2014, the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference.
Web-based systems, on-line information streams and mobile devices have radically changed the way we monitor large-scale communities and engage with them. This workshop aims to explore how this revolution impacts on the ability to monitor signals related to public health in real time, engage with citizens and support public health interventions at individual and population levels underpinned by real time situational awareness.
The enormous potential to improve public health through harvesting, analysis, visualisation of Big Data cannot be more clearly expressed. Public health needs to leverage cutting edge computer science and availability of real time Big Data from social networks, blogs, games, 24×7 online media providing constant stream of real time situation-aware data to be harnessed, analysed and rapidly responded to increase public participation and avoid public health threats. Existing systems illustrating the potential of analysis of online data include HealthMap, Medisys, participatory flu surveillance system Epiworks and the Swine flu 2009 early warning system using Twitter developed at City University. Finally, due to social media and social networks, risk communication and public information about health threats takes place online in conjunction with official and traditional health communication channels.
The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together public health professionals working in public health and epidemic intelligence services in WHO, ECDC, CDC and computer science researches in Big Data mining, crowdsourcing and SM user engagement to raise awareness of one of the most critical global applications: public health, user participation and risk communication.
Public health informatics covers a wide spectrum of healthcare including surveillance, persuasive techniques for behaviour change, risk assessment and risk communication and epidemic intelligence, automated early identification of health threats and response.
Submissions are welcome from the range of stakeholders involved in digital public health including:
academia (computer scientists, health informaticians, public health experts, epidemiologists, etc)
national public health sector (e.g. HPA, InVS, RKI, etc)
international public health agencies (ECDC, WHO, CDC, etc)
epidemic intelligence systems providers (GPHNIN, Medysis, HealthMap, etc)
NGOs and Agencies with relevant remit (MSF, Red Cross/Crescent, UNHCR, UN ITU, etc)
The topics include but are not restricted to:
online social networks and Web-based participatory systems public health
mining social media streams and micro-blogging systems for public health signals
epidemic intelligence and early warning using search and social media data mining
crowdsourcing, user engagement, user modeling
online machine learning and public health event detection from social media streams
situational awareness for public health
Big data analysis of disease prevalence
validation and trust algorithms and models
visual analytics and exploratory data analysis of social media for public health
developed of integrated platforms harvesting and analysing real time data for early warning and rapid response
algorithms and methods for risk communication for public health using traditional and social media
information diffusion models for public health
modelling public engagement for public health using analysis of social media networks
Submission Deadline: 15th January 2014
Notification of Acceptance: 4th February 2014
Camera-Ready Deadline: 15th February 2014
Workshop Date: 8th April 2014
All papers will be peer reviewed by three members of the TPC for relevance, originality, quality and included in the ACM WWW 2013 Workshops Proceedings
Submissions via the EasyChair conference system
Format: ACM SIG Proceedings template with the font size no smaller than 9pt: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates
Standard Original Papers: 8 Pages
Short Original Papers: 4 Pages
Extended Abstracts (Oral or Posters): 1 Page