SocInfo 2012

nternational Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2012)
LAUSANNE, December 5-7, 2012

The Fourth International Conference on Social Informations (SocInfo
2012) is focusing this year on how technology can influence social phenomena
through better motivation of human agents, through the use of social norms,
through better modeling, or through a better understanding of social concepts
like trust, credibility, privacy, and fairness. SocInfo 2012 will be held at
EPFL in Lausanne, a young engineering school that has grown in many dimensions,
to the extent of becoming one of the leading European institutions of science
and technology. The mission of Socinfo 2012 is to provide an
interdisciplinary venue for researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original
research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and
social phenomena. The conference program will reflect this in the keynote
talks, tutorials, workshops and paper sessions addressing emerging topics
which attract interdisciplinary research attention.

The conference will be preceded by two workshops on December 4, 2012,
the First international workshop on Just-in-time Sociology JITSO 2012 and the
EINS Workshop on Internet Trust, Reputation, Identity and Privacy. On
December 7, afternoon the FutureICT flagship initiative will organize a special

In addition, there will be a social program that covers reception and a
banquet in the pre-Christmas ambiance of Montreux for participants to know one
another better and to appreciate the local environment. With a good
combination of work and fun, SocInfo 2012 hopes to foster collaboration among the social
informatics researchers as well as to demonstrate the relevance of their research
to a wider community.

The conference receives support from Nokia Research, The European
Network of Excellence in Internet Science and the LARC Living Analytics Research

The online registration of SocInfo2012 is now open. The early-bird full
and student registration fees are *** CHF 550 and CHF 290 *** respectively.

We strongly encourage early registrations at:
The early registration deadline is *31 October 2012*.

The program highlights include:

About the Why? and the How? of psychologically plausible agents
Andreas Ernst, University of Kassel

Big Data and the Attention Economy
Bernardo Huberman, HP Research

From Computational Social Science to Socio-Inspired Technology to
Dirk Helbing, ETH Zürich

Human activity and mobility patterns: measurements, models, and
Vittoria Colizza, INSERM, Paris

Supporting sociological theories with social media data mining
Luca Aiello, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

Online Social Experiments with nodeGame
Stefano Balietti, ETH Zürich

More information about the program can be found at the conference

Student Travel Support
The SocInfo 2012 organizing committee invites applications for small
grants to
help cover the travel expenses and registration. The award grant has
kindly been
made available by the previous SocInfo organizers. Please check out

Learn more at

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