WSDM 2010 - Third ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining; Day 1 of 4

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

About the Conference

WSDM (pronounced "wisdom") is a young ACM conference intended to be the publication venue for research in the areas of search and data mining. Indeed, the pace of innovation in these areas prevents proper coverage by conferences of broader scope. The high attendance at the first two WSDMs, held at Stanford University and Barcelona in February 2008 and 2009, has confirmed community interest in a more focused venue.

WSDM publishes original, high quality submissions related to search and data mining on the Web, with an emphasis on practical but principled novel models of search and retrieval, algorithm design and analysis, economics implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance. 

Day 1: Search in Social Media 2010 Workshop

Social applications are the fastest growing segment of the web. They establish new forums for content creation, allow people to connect to each other and share information, and permit novel applications at the intersection of people and information. However, to date, social media has been primarily popular for connecting people, not for finding information. While there has been progress on searching particular kinds of social media, such as blogs, search in others (e.g., Facebook, Myspace, of flickr) are not as well understood.

The purpose of the 3rd Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010), is to bring together information retrieval and social media researchers to consider the following questions: How should we search in social media? What are the needs of users, and models of those needs, specific to social media search? What models make the most sense? How does search interact with existing uses of social media? How can social media search complement traditional web search?  What new search paradigms for information finding can be facilitated by social media?

Visit the SSM Workshop web site for more.

Workshop Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
Chairs' Welcome (Eugene Agichtein, Ian Soboroff, Daniel Tunkelang)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Keynote: Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search, Microsoft

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Coffee

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel: The Big Players and Integrating Social Media
Moderator: Eugene Agichtein, Emory U.

  • Sihem Amer-Yahia, Yahoo!
  • Jeremy Hylton, Google
  • Matt Hurst, Microsoft

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Sandwiches will be provided, with halal/kosher/vegetarian options by request.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel: Social Media Companies - How does search fit?
Moderator: Jeremy Pickens, FXPAL

  • David Hendi, MySpace
  • Hilary Mason, bit.ly
  • Igor Perisic, LinkedIn

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Posters and coffee

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Panel: What are the most important research problems for SSM?
Moderator: Gene Golovchinksky, FXPAL

  • Jon Elsas, CMU
  • LiangJie Hong, Lehigh U.
  • Richard McCreadie, U. of Glasgow
  • Mor Naaman, Rutgers U.
  • Meena Nagarajan, Wright State U.

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Open discussion, link swap, and future plans