[Bioforum] SBP2012 -- 2nd announcement, paper registration deadline approaching ...

Donald Adjeroh via bioforum%40net.bio.net (by Donald.Adjeroh from mail.wvu.edu)
Mon Oct 24 23:03:22 EST 2011

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CALL FOR PAPERS -- Deadline approaching ... 
Paper Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2011
Paper/ poster submission Due: Friday, November 4, 2011

2012 International Conference on
Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP12)
April 3 – April 5, 2012, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Conference Website: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/conferences/sbp2012/ 
Important Dates:
Submission Open: October 1, 2011
Paper Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2011
Paper/full text poster Due: Friday, November 4, 2011
Notification of acceptance: December 5, 2011
Camera-Ready: December 19, 2011

Pre-conference Tutorial Sessions: April 2, 2012
SBP12 Conference (Single Track), April 3-5, 2012
Cross-Fertilization Roundtables, April 3 (Afternoon), 2012
Sponsored by
An up to date list of sponsors will be listed on the conference
website. Sponsors for 
SBP 2011 included: 
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
Army Research Organization (ARO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The SBP conference is the result of merging two successful
international conferences on closely related subjects:
the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling,
and Prediction (SBP) and
the International Conference on Computational Cultural Dynamics
(ICCCD.) The combined conference 
retains the acronym SBP, with “Behavioral” replaced by 
Social computing harnesses the power of computational methods to study
social behavior 
within a social context. Cultural behavioral modeling refers to
representing behavior 
and culture in the abstract, and is a convenient and powerful way to
conduct virtual 
experiments and scenario planning. Both social computing and cultural
modeling are techniques designed to achieve a better understanding of
complex behaviors, 
patterns, and associated outcomes of interest. Moreover, these
approaches are inherently 
interdisciplinary; subsystems and system components exist at multiple
levels of analysis 
(i.e., “cells to societies”) and cross disparate disciplines.

Call for Papers and Posters
Papers and posters are solicited on research issues, theories, and
applications. Topics 
of interests include, but are not limited to,
Military and security applications of SBP
o Group formation and evolution in the political context
o Technology and flash crowds
o Networks and political influence
o Information diffusion
o Group representation and profiling
o Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them
Health applications of SBP
o Social network analysis to understand health behavior
o Modeling of health policy and decision making
o Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
o Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health
Other applications of SBP
o Economic applications of SBP
o Reasoning about development aid through SBP
o Reasoning about global educational efforts through SBP
Basic research on sociocultural and behavioral processes using SBP
o Group interaction and collaboration
o Group formation and evolution
o Group representation and profiling
o Cultural patterns and representation
o Social conventions and social contexts
o Influence process and recognition
o Public opinion representation
o Viral marketing and information diffusion
o Psycho-cultural situation awareness
Methodological issues in SBP
o Verification and validation
o Sensitivity analysis
o Matching technique or method to research questions
o Metrics and evaluation
o Methodological innovation
o Model federation and integration
o Limitations of and barriers to SBP
o Research gaps and opportunities
Important Dates
Submission Open: October 1, 2011
Paper Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2011
Paper/full text poster Due: Friday, November 4, 2011
Notification of acceptance: December 5, 2011
Camera-Ready: December 19, 2011
Format and Submission
SBP12 Conference Proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in
Computer Science 
(LCNS) by Springer. The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted
according to the 
Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. Sample LaTeX2e and WORD files are
available at 
Abstract and full text for both oral presentations and posters should
be submitted 
electronically before the specified deadlines. The maximum length of
papers is 8 pages 
and should be submitted in PDF following the instruction at
For any questions and inquiries, please send to
sbp-tpc from lists.hawaii.edu.
Pre-conference Tutorial Sessions
Four half-day sessions will be offered: two concurrent sessions in the
morning and two 
concurrent sessions in the afternoon on the day before the full
conference. Sessions 
will be designed to meet the needs of one of two distinct groups. One
group will consist 
of attendees who have backgrounds in computational science; computer
engineering, and other mathematically oriented disciplines. Other
tutorial sessions will be 
designed for behavioral and social scientists and others 
(e.g. those with medical backgrounds or training in public health) who
may have limited 
formal education in the computational sciences. Attendees will gain an
understanding of 
terminology, theories, and general approaches employed by
computationally based fields, 
especially with respect to modeling approaches.
More details regarding the preconference tutorial 
sessions, including instructors, course content, and registration
information will be 
posted to the conference website as soon as this information becomes
available at 
Note that the plans for the tutorial sessions are in progress and are
subject to change.
Cross-fertilization Roundtables
The SBP12 Cross-fertilization Roundtable session will be held in the
afternoon of the 
first day of the technical portion of the conference. The purpose of
cross-fertilization roundtables is to help participants become better
acquainted with 
people outside of their discipline and with whom they might consider
partnering on a 
future SBP project. 
Best Paper Awards
SBP 2012 will feature a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper
Award.  All papers are 
qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers where the senior author says
the principal 
author is a student will be considered for the Best Student Paper
Hotel and Logistics
The Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University
College. Their 
home page includes directions, maps, etc. http://www.marriott.com/wasum

Travel Scholarships
It is anticipated that a limited number travel scholarships will be
available on a 
competitive basis. Additional information will be provided on the SBP
Conference website 
as it becomes available at
SBP Conference Committees
Conference Co-Chairs: 
V.S. Subrahmanian, University of Maryland, vs from cs.umd.edu 
Nathan Bos, JHU APL, Nathan.Bos from jhuapl.edu 
Program Co-Chairs: 
Shanchieh (Jay) Yang, RIT, jay.yang from rit.edu 
Ariel Greenberg, JHU APL, Ariel.Greenberg from jhuapl.edu 
Mica Endsley, SA Technologies, mica from satechnologies.com 
Steering Committee: 
Huan Liu, Arizona State University, huan.liu from asu.edu 
John Salerno, AFRL, john.salerno from rl.af.mil 
Sun-Ki Chai, University of Hawaii, sunki from hawaii.edu 
Dana Nau, University of Maryland, nau from cs.umd.edu 
VS Subrahmanian, UMD, vs from cs.umd.edu 
Advisory Committee: 
Rebecca Goolsby, ONR, rebecca.goolsby from navy.mil 
Joesph Lyons, AFOSR, Joseph.Lyons from wpafb.af.mil 
Jeff Johnson, ARL/ARO, jeffrey.c.johnson4 from us.army.mil 
Fahmida N. Chowdhury, NSF, fchowdhu from nsf.gov 
Poster Session Chair: 
Lei Yu, Binghamton University, lyu from cs.binghamton.edu 
Tutorial Chair: 
Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts Amherst,
nagurney from gbfin.umass.edu 
Challenge Problem Chair: 
Nitin Agarwal, University of Arkansas at Little Rock ,
nxagarwal from ualr.edu 
Workshop Co-Chairs: 
Fahmida N. Chowdhury, NSF, fchowdhu from nsf.gov 
Bethany Deeds, NIH, Deedsb from NIDA.nih.gov 
Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs: 
Huan Liu, ASU, huan.liu from asu.edu 
Student Arrangement Chair: 
Patrick Roos, UMD, patroos from gmail.com 
Publicity Co-Chairs: 
Donald Adjeroh, West Virginia University, Donald.Adjeroh from mail.wvu.edu 
Gerardo Simari, Oxford University, gisimari from gmai.com 
Web Master: 
Damon Earp, UMD, dearp from umiacs.umd.edu 
For Further Information about SBP12
Additional information will be posted to the conference website
http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/conferences/sbp2012 as it becomes available.

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