[Om-announce] WebST 2016: early registration deadline 2 May

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WebST 2016

Bilbao, Spain

July 18-22, 2016


Organized by:

University of Deusto

Rovira i Virgili University




--- Early registration deadline: May 2, 2016 ---





WebST 2016 is a research training event addressed to graduates and postgraduates in the first steps of their academic career. With a global scope, it aims at updating them about the most recent advances in the critical, multidisciplinary and fast developing area of web studies, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation from computing and technologies to social sciences and the humanities and has turned out to be the largest socio-technical infrastructure in human history. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience.


Most subareas of web science and technology will be displayed, namely: content analysis and information extraction, information networks, search, data and semantics, ontologies, user behavior and personalization, online communities, social networks, economic transactions, mobility, security and privacy, graph analysis, web mining and applications. Main challenges and opportunities will be identified through 4 keynote lectures, 17 six-hour courses, and 1 round table, which will tackle the most active and promising topics from various perspectives: philosophy, sociology, politics, digital humanities, economics, computer science, engineering and mathematics. The organizers believe outstanding speakers will attract the brightest and most motivated students. Interaction will be a main component of the event. Moreover, an open session will give participants the opportunity to present their own work in progress in 5 minutes.



Graduates and postgraduates from around the world. There are no formal pre-requisites in terms of academic degrees. However, since there will be differences in the course levels, specific knowledge background may be assumed for some of them. WebST 2016 is also appropriate for more senior people who want to keep themselves updated on recent developments and future trends. All will surely find it fruitful to listen and discuss with major researchers, scholars, industry leaders and innovators.



In addition to keynotes, at least 2 courses will run in parallel during the whole event. Participants will be able to freely choose the courses they will be willing to attend as well as to move from one to another.



WebST 2016 will take place in Bilbao, a city famous for its gastronomy and the seat of the Guggenheim Museum. The venue will be:


DeustoTech, School of Engineering

University of Deusto

Avda. Universidades, 24

48014 Bilbao



Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Pompeu Fabra University), Distributed Web Search


Jiawei Han (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), From Data to Knowledge: A Data-to-Network-to-Knowledge (D2N2K) Paradigm


Prabhakar Raghavan (Google), Three Vignettes from the Theory and Practice of Large Data Analysis


Amit P. Sheth (Wright State University), Semantic, Cognitive and Perceptual Computing – three intertwined strands of a golden braid of intelligent computing



Timothy Baldwin (University of Melbourne), [intermediate] Social Media and Text Analytics


Boualem Benatallah (University of New South Wales), [advanced] API Engineering and Management


Vassilis Christophides (INRIA, Paris), [introductory/intermediate] Entity Resolution in the Web of Data


Brian D. Davison (Lehigh University), [introductory] Useful Web Mining with R


Marco Gori (University of Siena), [advanced] Learning Semantic-based Structures from Textual Sources


Alon Halevy (Recruit Institute of Technology), [introductory] Structured Data on the Web


Jiawei Han (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), [intermediate] Construction and Mining of Text-Rich Heterogeneous Information Networks


Andreas Hotho (University of Würzburg), [intermediate] Social Semantics in the Web


Ravi Kumar (Google), [introductory/intermediate] Computing at Scale: Models and Algorithms


Haewoon Kwak (Qatar Foundation), [introductory/intermediate] From Social Network Analysis to Social Media Analytics and beyond: Challenges and Opportunities


Cathy Marshall (Texas A&M University), [introductory] Qualitative Methods for Studying Users on the Web


Mirco Musolesi (University College London), [introductory/intermediate] Mining Big (and Small) Mobile Data


Bijan Parsia (University of Manchester), [introductory] The Semantic Web and Linked Data


Prabhakar Raghavan (Google), [intermediate] Introduction to Web Search Engines


Uli Sattler (University of Manchester), [introductory] OWL, Underlying Logics, and What This Reasoning Is All about


Barry Smith (University at Buffalo), [introductory] Towards Ontological Foundations for​ Web Science


Raphael Volz (Pforzheim University of Applied Science), [introductory] Improving Prediction Models with Open Data



An open session will collect 5-minute presentations of work in progress by participants. They should submit a half-page abstract containing title, authors, and summary of the research to florentinalilica.voicu (at) urv.cat by July 15, 2016.



Carlos Martín-Vide (co-chair)

Manuel Jesús Parra Royón

Borja Sanz (co-chair)

Florentina Lilica Voicu



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The selection of up to 8 courses requested in the registration template is only tentative and non-binding. For the sake of organization, it will be helpful to have an approximation of the respective demand for each course.


Since the capacity of the venue is limited, registration requests will be processed on a first come first served basis. The registration period will be closed and the on-line registration facility disabled when the capacity of the venue will be complete. It is much recommended to register prior to the event.



Fees are a flat rate covering the attendance to all courses during the week. There are several early registration deadlines. Fees depend on the registration deadline.



A suggestion of accommodation is available on the webpage.



Participants will be delivered a certificate of attendance.



florentinalilica.voicu (at) urv.cat



University of Deusto

Rovira i Virgili University
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