2019 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation
July 09-12, 2019, Lehman Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

Important Information:

  1. All presentations, unless otherwise notified, are for 15 minutes with 5 minutes of questions.
  2. All Doctoral consortium members must present a teaser slide and prepare a 2 minute statement about their work that they will give on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 8:30am. The poster will be presented in the evening on Thursday and the consortium is on Friday, July 12, 2019. The teaser slide must be sent to sbp-brims.org prior to the meeting.
  3. All Challenge entrants must present a teaser slide and prepare a 2 minute statement about their work that they will give on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 8:30am. The poster session is in the evening on Thursday and the video taping of the challenge presentations is on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Time Tutorial Sessions
08:00 - 8:30 Registration
08:30 - 11:30 Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Alina Vereshchaka
  • Wen Dong
Applying the Sequential Monte Carlo Method of Particle Filtering with Dynamic Models: Theory, Implementation and Best Practices
  • Nathaniel Osgood
Social Network and Social Media Analytics in ORA
  • Jeff Reminga
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 15:00 An Introduction to Mesa
  • Jacqueline Kazil
From Texts to Networks to Maps
  • L. Richard Carley
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 18:30 Researching Human Behaviour using Smartphones and Wearables: A Hands-On Introduction
  • Mohammad Hashemian
  • Nathaniel Osgood
Understanding Disinformation Campaigns
  • David Beskow
  • Kathleen M. Carley
Intro to ABM through Modeling Opinion Dynamics
  • Dale Frakes


Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - Tentative Conference Day 1

Time Sessions
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:45 Introduction to Doctoral Consortium - All DC members to give 2 minute teaser
08:45 - 09:00 Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
09:00 - 10:30 Keynote: John Salerno, PhD
"The Need to Understand the Populace's Action / Reactions: A Walk Through of Selected Past Research"
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Large Scale Modelling Ukraine - Factions and Politics
Yang Qin, Nathaniel D. Osgood, Louise Freebairn, Jo-An Atkinson, Weicheng Qian and Anahita Safarishahrbijari, "Multi-Scale Simulation Modeling for Prevention and Public Health Management of Diabetes in Pregnancy and Sequelae" Thomas Magelinski, Jialin Hou, Tymofiy Mylovanov and Kathleen Carley, "Detecting Disruption: Identifying Structural Changes in the Verkhovna Rada"
Alina Vereshchaka and Wen Dong, "Dynamic Resources Allocation During Natural Disasters Using Multi-agent Environment" Zachary Stine and Nitin Agarwal, "A Quantitative Portrait of Legislative Change in Ukraine"
Ben Frederick Intoy, Melissa Kain, Daniel Baeder and Steven Hardy, "Massive-Scale Models of Urban Infrastructure and Populations" Andres Cremisini, Daniela Aguilar and Mark Finlayson, "A Challenging Dataset for Bias Detection: The Case of the Crisis in the Ukraine"
Geoffrey Morgan and Kathleen Carley, "Characterizing Organizational Micro-Climates in Structural Groups" Nicolas Harder and Matthew Brashears, "A Hybrid Cellular Model for Predicting Organizational Recruitment in a k-Dimensional Space"
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break [First Floor]
14:00 - 15:30 Agent Based Modeling Multi-Dimensional Data Challenge Video-Taping
Kamwoo Lee and Jeanine Braithwaite, "Modeling Belief Divergence and Opinion Polarization with Bayesian Networks and Agent-based Simulation: a Study on Traditional Healing Use in South Africa" Neda Hajiakhoond Bidoki, Madeline Schiappa, Gita Sukthankar and Ivan Garibay, "Predicting Social Network Evolution from Community Data Partitions"
Justyna Pawłowska, Radoslaw Nielek and Adam Wierzbicki, "Lost in Online Stores? Agent-Based Modeling ofCognitive Limitations of Elderly Online Consumers" Pegah Hozhabrierdi and Reza Zafarani, "The Impact of Graph Structure on Small-World Shortest Paths"
Zahra Rajabi, Amarda Shehu and Hemant Purohit, "User Behavioral Modeling for Fake Information Mitigation on Social Web" David Beskow and Kathleen Carley, "Visually Modeling the Evolution of Political Parties in Dynamic Political Environments"
Rehan Ahmad and Kevin Xu, "Continuous-Time Simulation of Epidemic Processes on Dynamic Interaction Networks" Iain Cruickshank, Kathleen Carley, Matthew Elder, Anthony Johnson and Timothy Davison, "Detecting Malware Communities Using Socio-cultural Cognitive Mapping"
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Detection Methods Social Networks Challenge Video-Taping
Joshua Uyheng and Kathleen M. Carley, "Characterizing Bot Networks on Twitter: An Empirical Analysis of Contentious Issues in the Asia-Pacific" Yang Qin, Rojiemiahd Edjoc and Nathaniel Osgood, "Effect of E-cigarette Use and Social Network on Smoking Behavior Change: An agent-based model of E-cigarette and Cigarette Interaction"
Jayashree Subramanian, Varun Sridharan, Kai Shu and Huan Liu, "Exploiting Emojis for Sarcasm Detection" Pedram Hosseini, Mona Diab and David Broniatowski, "Does Causal Coherence Predict Online Spread of Social Media?"
Aydin Teyhouee and Nathaniel Osgood, "Cough Detection Using Hidden Markov Models" Mustafa Alassad, Nitin Agarwal and Muhammad Nihal Hussain, "Examining Intensive Groups in YouTube Commenter Networks"
Tahora H. Nazer, Matthew Davis, Mansooreh Karami, Leman Akoglu, David Koelle and Huan Liu, "Bot Detection: Will Focusing on Recall Cause Overall Performance Deterioration?" Lucas Overbey, Bryan Ek, Kevin Pinzhoffer and Bryan Williams, "Using Common Enemy Graphs to Identify Communities of Coordinated Social Media Activity"
17:30 - 18:00 Picture (multiple) - all paticipants, just doctoral consortium members, and just travel awardees (doctoral consortium and others)
18:00 - 20:00 Reception hosted by SBP-BRiMS and CMU | Poster Presentation
Working Papers
  • Identifying Indicators of Bias in Data Analysis Using Proportionality and Separability Metrics
    • Madeleine Schneider, Jonathan Grinsell, Travis Russell, Randall Hickman and Robert Thomson
  • A Case Study Of The Noordin Network
    • Elie Alhajjar and Travis Russell
  • A Measurement of Social Capital in an Open Source Software Project
    • Saad Alqithami, Musaad Alzahrani and Rahmat Bodiarto
  • Modelling the Workplace Incivility with Prosocial and Antisocial Cues to Predict Psychological and Organizational Exit
    • Jordan Schoenherr and Kim Nguyen
  • Complexity metrics for Agent Based Models of Social Systems
    • Kiran Lakkaraju, Asmeret Naugle, Stephen Verzi, Laura Swiler and Christina Warrender
  • Relating Linguistic Gender Bias, Gender Values, and Gender Gaps: An International Analysis
    • Scott Friedman, Jeffrey Rye, Robert P. Goldman, Sonja Schmer-Galunder and Anthony Chen
  • ORA
    • Jeff Reminga and Dr. L. Richard Carley

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - Tentative Conference Day 2

Time Sessions
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:45 Introduction to Challenge Participants - All teams to give 2 minute teaser
08:45 - 09:00 Conference Organization Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award
09:00 - 10:30 Keynote: Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP
“Augmented Intelligence in the Humanitarian Space”
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Analytics Special Panel on Validation
Pooyan Doozandeh and Frank Ritter, "Does Simulation Fidelity Affect Training? A Lesson from a Brief Review of Literature"
  • Ayaz Hyder
  • William Kennedy
  • Kevin Xu
  • Moderator: Kathleen M. Carley
Scott Friedman, Jeffrey Rye, Robert P. Goldman, Sonja Schmer-Galunder and Anthony Chen, "Relating Linguistic Gender Bias, Gender Values, and Gender Gaps: An International Analysis"
Paul Cohen, "Probabilistic Relational Agent-based Models (PRAM)"
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break [First Floor] Business Meeting Lunch [Third Floor]
14:00 - 15:30 Federal Funding Panel
  • Dr. Adam Russell, DARPA
  • Dr Rebecca Goolsby, ONR
  • Dr Laurie Fenstermacher, AFRL
  • Dr Paul Tandy, DTRA
  • Dr Jeremy Epstein, NSF
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30 Language and Opinion Social Media
Marjan Hosseinia, Eduard Dragut and Arjun Mukherjee, "Pro/Con: Neural Detection of Stance in Argumentative Opinions" Joshua Uyheng, Thomas Magelinski, Ramon Villa Cox, Christine Sowa and Kathleen M. Carley, "Information Operations Analysis of NATO Trident Juncture Exercise 2018"
Cheng Yu Chung and I-Han Hsiao, "Chronological Semantics Modeling: A Topic Evolution Approach in Online User-Generated Medical Data" Onur Savas, Benjamin A Ortiz and Ian McCulloh, "Causal Analysis of Online Outcomes of Interactions between Organic and Inorganic Accounts"
Halil Bisgin, Hasan Arslan and Yusuf Korkmaz, "Analyzing the Dabiq Magazine: the language and the propaganda structure of ISIS" Katrin Galeano, Rick Galeano and Nitin Agarwal, "Hostile Actor Amplification via YouTube during NATO’s Trident Juncture 2018"
Adewale Obadimu, Esther Mead, Muhammad Hussain and Nitin Agarwal, "Identifying Toxicity Within YouTube Video Comment Text Data" Lida Safarnejad, Yaorong Ge, Qian Xu and Shi Chen, "EventPeriscope: a Novel Pipeline to Analyze Impact of Real-World Events on Twitter Discussions"
17:30 - 18:00 Picture - All
18:00 - 20:00 Reception hosted by CMU and South Big Data Hub (SBDH) | Poster Presentation
Working Papers
  • Interdependent human-machine teams: A theory of teams, but not groups, advances Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • William Lawless
  • Misinformation: We’re Four Steps Behind Its Creators
    • John Gray and Sara-Jayne Terp
  • Exploring the experiential impact of online propaganda using eye-gaze and pupil dilation: A comparison across three ideological groups
    • Mojtaba Heidarysafa, Sara Dalpe, Shelby Kiefner, Erfan Pakdamanian, Inki Kim, Donald E. Brown and Janet I. Warren
  • Causal Analysis of Online Outcomes of Interactions between Organic and Inorganic Accounts
    • Onur Savas, Benjamin A Ortiz and Ian McCulloh
  • Predicting Social Network Evolution from Community Data Partitions
    • Neda Hajiakhoond Bidoki, Madeline Schiappa, Gita Sukthankar and Ivan Garibay
  • ORA
    • Jeff Reminga and Dr. L. Richard Carley
Doctoral Consortium Challenge - Disinformation

Friday, July 12, 2019 - Tentative Conference Day 3

Time Sessions
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:45 Awards announcements, Challenge and Best Papers, Conference Awards
08:45 - 10:15 NRC Decadal Survey and NSF Faculty report on Disinformation and social cyber-security
  • Sujeeta Bhatt
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Kathleen M. Carley
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Disinformation Panel – Social Science Approaches
  • Dr. Jeff Johnson – Disinformation from an Anthropological Perspective
  • Dr. David Broniatowski – Disinformation from a Health Perspective
  • Dr. Susannah Paletz – Disinformation from a Psychology Perspective
  • Moderator: Joshua Uyheng
  • Timer: Muhammad Nihal Hussain
Doctoral Consortium Methods
Ryan Miller, Scott Lynch, William Pulleyblank, Steven Morse, Patrick Kuiper, Travis Russell, James Pleuss, Max Bassett, Blake Newton, Jacob Schmidt and Joseph Schlessinger, "Condorcet optimal clustering with Delaunay triangulation: climate zones and world happiness insights"
Victor Hung, Joshua Haley, Robert Bridgman, Norb Timpko and Robert Wray, "Synthesizing Machine-Learning Datasets from Parameterizable Agents Using Constrained Combinatorial Search"
Bo Pu, Lujie Duan and Nathaniel Osgood, "Parallelizing Convergent Cross Mapping Using Apache Spark"
Allegra Cohen, Paul Cohen and Gregory Kiker, "Modeling Gender Inequity in Household Decision-making"
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break [First Floor] Social Cyber-Security Working Group Lunch [Third Floor]
13:30 - 15:00 Disinformation Panel – Operational Relevance
  • Dr. Kathleen M. Carley – Social Cyber-Security
  • LtC David Beskow – Meme and Bot Hunting
  • Dr. Nitin Agarwal – Social Cyber-Forensics
  • Dr. Graham Brookie – Large Scale Support of Missions
  • Moderator: Dr, Rebecca Goolsby
  • Timers: Joshua Uyheng & Muhammad Nihal Hussain
Doctoral Consortium Consortium Applications
Kenneth Maroon and Christian Darken, "Predicting Enemy Squad Positions Based on Environmental Data, Unit Objectives, Tactics and Observed Entities"
Lydia Gleaves and David Broniatowski, "Identifying Burns in Medical Device Reports"
Tuja Khaund, Billy Spann, Richard Young, Samer Al-Khateeb and Nitin Agarwal, "Blog Farm Detection Using Social Network Analysis and Social Cyber Forensics Informed Methodologies"
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Disinformation Panel – Applications
  • Dr. Amy Bruckman – Conspiracy Theory
  • Dr. Matt Babcock – Countering Fake News (Black Panther and Captain Marvel)
  • Dr. Samarth Swarup & Dr. Christian Lebiere – Disinformation Simulation
  • Moderator: Muhammad Nihal Hussain
  • Timer: Joshua Uyheng
Doctoral Consortium