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2013 Summer Specialist Meeting

NSF-CDI Project —  2013 Specialist Meeting

Knowledge Discovery in Cyberspace and Big Data

Download the Final Meeting Report Here (pdf)

San Diego State University, San Diego.

August 7, 8 (Wednesday, Thursday), 2013

 

This specialist meeting (workshop) is funded by an NSF-CDI project (#1028177, Mapping Cyberspace to Realspace: Visualizing and Understanding the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Global Diffusion of Ideas and the Semantic Web, http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu/). The goal of this workshop is to foster the multidisciplinary collaboration in related research disciplines, including geography, linguistics, computer science, political science, and communication. The two-day workshop (August 7 and August 8, 2013), organized by San Diego State University, will bring together twelve specialists drawn from the many disciplines with interest in these issues. The workshop will assess the current state of the art, identify and prioritize a research agenda, and begin the development of a research community of collaborating scholars working on these issues. Twelve specialists and scholars will be invited by the NSF project team, consisting of PI Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Geography) and Co-PIs Dipak Gupta (Political Science), Jean Mark Gawron (Linguistics), Brian Spitzberg (Communication), and Li An (Geography). The meeting will include plenary presentations by invited experts, and ample time for small-group discussion of the issues. This workshop will generate a final report published on the project website.  Specific research questions to be addressed in the workshop may include:

 

  1. What are the characteristics of big data and social media messages? Are social media messages a unique type of big data?
  2. What type of big data research frameworks can help knowledge discovery in cyberspace?
  3. Should the data speak for itself in “Big Data” analyses?  How accurate can we be in understanding the mood of the society?  How can we improve our understanding?
  4. Do (can) big data drive theory, or should (can) theory drive big data?
  5. Is meme theory falsifiable (or, are any theories in big data scholarship falsifiable), and if so, how should scholarship proceed?
  6. Given time-series of spatial data (big data), what statistical methods or measures can be used to “dig out” the space-time pattern(s) in the data, and explain/predict such patterns?
  7. If we have point data collected over Internet, how to create meaningful continuous information landscape(s)?
  8. Can sentiment analysis in its present state of advancement find meaningful changes in group sentiment and propensity to action over large data sets spread out over time?

 

The participants will be invited by the CDI project PI and co-PIs only. The NSF project will cover participants’ travel and lodging costs (but no stipends). Invitees are required to submit a two page resume (bio, NSF style) and a two page position papers for related topics. Each position paper should conform to the following formatting requirements: 1) Arial font type at a size of 10 points or larger; and 2) the margins must be at least one inch on all sides in the letter size.

 

Please submit the two-page resume (bio-sketch) and the two-page position paper to Ming-Hsiang Tsou  mtsou@mail.sdsu.edu by June 15, 2013.  Both position papers and participants’ bio will be published on the project website (http://mappingideas.sdsu.edu).

For information about travel arrangement, please email Elie Issa <elieissa333@gmail.com>

PI  and CO-PI

 

Participant List

 

Pranav Anand
(Bio)
University of California, Santa Cruz

 

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Marc P. Armstrong
(Bio)
 Department of Geography, The University of Iowa
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Jaime Arredondo
(Bio)
UC San Diego/ San Diego State University
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Feng Chen
(Bio)

 Carnegie Mellon University
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Clay Fink
(Bio)
Slides
 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
James H. Fowler
(Bio)
Department of Political Science, UC San Diego

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ANATOLIY GRUZD
(Bio)
Slides
 School of Information Management, Dalhousie University
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LESLIE DAVID SERVI
(Bio)
Slides
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Sumiko R. Mekaru
(Bio)
Slides
 Boston Children’s Hospital
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K. MICHAEL PEDDECORD
(Bio)
Position Paper(with Anna Nagel)
Slides
San Diego State University
Shih-Lung Shaw
(Bio)
Slides
Dept. of Geography, University of Tennessee
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Shaowen Wang
(Bio)
 Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
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BRUCE S. APPLEYARD
(Bio)
UC Berkeley, Institute of Urban and Regional Development
Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SAFETREC)

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SUZANNE PARKER LINDSAY

(Bio)

San Diego State University

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