For Immediate Release
International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
January 24, 2008
8:00 AM Pacific Time
Menlo Park, Calif.
Social media, such as myspace, is hot. It is changing the Internet / World Wide Web of today and tomorrow. Social media content now accounts for the majority of content published daily on the Web, according to Andrew Tomkins at Yahoo! Research.
Blogs, myspace, facebook, and the like are opening the door to a wide range of new analyses and applications, such as mining social media for consumer opinion and sentiment. Such data mining systems will require the ability to extract the sentiment of expressions (e.g., I loved Rush Hour); as well as judge the influence of the author (e.g., was it posted on an important blog with lots of readers or not?)
The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is for academic researchers and industrial practitioners in the broad field of social media analysis. The conference sponsors list (http://www.icwsm.org/2008/sponsors.shtml) is a Who's Who of companies in this emerging field, such as Microsoft, Google, Nielsen Online, as well as smaller companies.
The conference will be held March 31 to April 2 at the Seattle Hilton Downtown, Seattle, WA. It is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
For information and conference registration, see http://www.icwsm.org/2008/index.shtml or contact AAAI at 650-328-3123
Founded in 1979, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (formerly the American Association for Artificial Intelligence) (www.aaai.org) is a nonprofit scientific membership society devoted to advancing the science and practice of AI. Its mission is to: (1) advance the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying intelligent thought and behavior, (2) facilitate their embodiment in machines, (3) serve as an information resource for research planners and the general public concerning trends in AI, and (4) offer training for the current and coming generations of AI researchers and practitioners. The Association has sponsored the annual AAAI/IAAI conferences, highly regarded in the AI field, since 1980 and 1989 respectively.
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