2020 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation
Oct 19-22, 2020, Virtual

Important Information:

  1. Tutorials have now been moved to Thursday October 22nd, please add them to your registration.
  2. All presentations, unless otherwise notified, are for 15 minutes with 5 minutes of questions. You will be contacted by your session Moderator with further presentation instructions.

Conference Agenda [pdf]


Monday, October 19, 2020 - Tentative Conference Day 1

Time Sessions
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome
09:00 - 10:30 Human Modeling Diffusion DARPA Ground Truth - Program and Challenge Design
"Modeling Interventions for Insider Threat", Luke Osterritter and Kathleen Carley "Polarizing Tweets on Climate Change", Aman Tyagi, Matthew Babcock, Kathleen M. Carley and Douglas C. Sicker Introduction and program overview, Adam Russell
"Digital Trails of Work Stressors", Talha Oz "Controversial information diffuses faster and further in Reddit", Jasser Jasser, Ivan Garibay, Steve Scheinert and Alexander V. Mantzaris Simulations
  • (A) Andreas E Zufle
  • (B) Scott Rager
  • (C, Ed) David Pynadath
  • (D) Van Parunak
"The Human Resource Management Parameter Experimentation Tool", Carmen Iasiello, Andrew Crooks, and Sarah Wittman "Breadth verses depth: the impact of tree structure on cultural influence", Rhodri L. Morris, Liam D. Turner, Roger M. Whitaker and Cheryl Giammanco Discussion and lessons learned
"Homicidal Event Forecasting and Interpretable Analysis using Hierarchical Attention Model", Angeela Acharya, Jitin Krishnan, Desmond Arias and Huzefa Rangwala "A Game-Transformation-based Framework to Understand Initial Conditions and Outcomes in the context of Cyber-enabled Influence Operations (CIOs)", Girish Sreevatsan Nandakumar and Jose Padilla
10:30 - 10:50 Break
10:50 - 12:20 Agent Modeling Political Influence DARPA Ground Truth - Performance and Evaluation
"Towards Agent Validation of a Military Cyber Team Performance Simulation", Geoffrey Dobson and Kathleen Carley "Lying About Lying on Social Media: A Case Study of the 2019 Canadian Elections", Catherine King, Daniele Bellutta and Kathleen Carley Reminder of team roles and missions, Adam Russell
"Development of a Hybrid Machine Learning Agent Based Model for Optimization and Interpretability", Paul Cummings and Andrew Crooks "PoliBERT: Classifying political social media messages with BERT", Shloak Gupta, Sarah Bolden, Jay Kachhadia, Ania Korsunska and Jennifer Stromer-Galley Research teams
  • (A) James Evans
  • (B) Aurora C. Schmidt
  • (IV&V, Ed) Svitlana Volkova (EGDS)
"Canadian Federal Election and Hashtags That Do Not Belong", Thomas Magelinski, Mihovil Bartulovic and Kathleen M. Carley Evaluation and results analysis
  • (T&E, Ed) Asmeret Naugle
Discussion and lessons learned
12:20 - 13:20 Lunch Break
13:20 - 14:50 Group Detection Political Influence 2 Government Sessions
"Validating Social Media Monitoring: Statistical Pitfalls and Opportunities from Public Opinion", Michael Smith, Thomas Mazzuchi and David Broniatowski "Data Collection and Sensemaking from Telegram: A Case Study of Ukrainian Political Leaders Channels and Chat Groups", Tuja Khaund, Mainuddin Shaik and Nitin Agarwal
"Community based Discussion Detection on Code Switched Social Media Content", Prarthana Padia, Lucia Falzon, Aaron Harwood, Shanika Karunasekera and Michelle Vanni "A Structural Approach for Classifying Russian Social Media Narratives in the Baltic Region", Timur Chabuk, Adam Jonas and Sue Kase
"Group Formation Theory at Multiple Scales", Casey Doyle, Asmeret Naugle, Michael Bernard, Kiran Lakkaraju, Robert Kittinger, Matthew Sweitzer and Fred Rothganger "Social Network Analysis of Gobekli Tepe: Belief Propagation in 10th Millennium BC", Niloofar Bagheri-Jebelli and William Kennedy
"Bot Impacts on Public Sentiment and Community Structures: Comparative Analysis of Three Elections in the Asia-Pacific", Joshua Uyheng and Kathleen M. Carley "The Russian Strategy for Interference and Influence on Reddit: An Analysis of Infiltrating New Social Media Platforms", Christine Sowa and Kathleen Carley
14:50 - 15:00 Break
15:00 - 16:30 Keynote - Barry G. Silverman, PhD
16:30 - 19:30 Virtual Reception, Posters, and Challenge Voting

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Tentative Conference Day 2

Time Sessions
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome
09:00 - 10:30 Textual Analysis COVID 0
"Artifacts of Crisis: Textual Analysis of Euromaidan", Thomas Magelinski, Zachary Stine, Thomas Marcoux, Nitin Agarwal and Kathleen M. Carley Knight Centers and Covid-19
  • Intro to Special Session - Kathleen M. Carley
  • "COVID 19: hate speech, civil liberties, and political mobilization on digital platforms", David Broniatowski and Nicolas Velasquez
  • "The Truth About Fake News: Measuring Vulnerability to Fake News Online During COVID-19", Zeve Sanderson
  • "The Disinformation Playground", Kathleen M. Carley
"MDR Cluster-Debias: A Nonlinear Word Embedding Debiasing Pipeline", Yuhao Du and Kenneth Joseph
"Experiments with One-Class SVM and Word Embeddings for Document Classification", Jingnan Bi, Hyoungah Kim and Vito D'Orazio
"Understanding Colonial Legacy and Environmental Issues in Senegal through Language Use", Kamwoo Lee, Jeanine Braithwaite and Michel Atchikpa
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 Government Sponsor Panel COVID 1
Panelists Include:
  • Laurie Fenstermacher AFRL
  • Edward Palazzolo ARO
  • Rebecca Goolsby ONR
  • Brian Kettler DARPA
  • Dan Cosley NSF
  • Paul Tandy DTRA
  • Kathleen Larson AFOSR
"Non-Pharmaceutical Herd Immunity using Homemade Masks", Dale Brearcliffe
"Preliminary Evaluation of Global Mass Gatherings Suspension in Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 Pandemic", Sultanah Alshammari, Waleed Almutiry, Harsha Gwalani and Saeed Algarni
"The Ebb and Flow of the COVID-19 Misinformation Themes", Thomas Marcoux, Esther Mead and Nitin Agarwal
"The Coronavirus is a Bioweapon: Analysing Coronavirus Fact-Checked Stories", Lynnette Ng and Kathleen Carley
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 Human Modeling 2 COVID 2
"Physiological Signal Embeddings with Nonparametric Hidden Markov Models", Nazgol Tavabi, Homa Hosseinmardi, Jennifer Villatte, Andres Abeliuk, Shrikanth Narayanan, Emilio Ferrara and Kristina Lerman "Cultural Convergence: Insights into the behavior of misinformation networks on Twitter", Liz McQuillan, Erin McAweeney, Alicia Bargar and Alexander Ruch
"Predicting Cognitive Control in Older Adults using Deep Learning and EEG Data" Alina Vereshchaka, Fan Yang, Abhijit Suresh, Ibrahim L. Olokodana and Wen Dong "Investigating dynamics of COVID-19 spread and containment with agent-based modeling", Amirarsalan Rajabi, Alexander Mantzaris, Ece Mutlu and Ivan Garibay
"Predicting Student Flight Performance with Multimodal Features", Zerong Xi, Olivia Newton, Greg McGowin, Gita Sukthankar, Steve Fiore and Kevin Oden "A Context-Aware Social Distancing Nudge for Public Health in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic", Shuyuan Mary Ho, Md Shamim Seraj, Kevin Yee, Xiuwen Liu and Gordon Erlebacher
"Modeling decisions from experience among frequent and infrequent switchers via strategy-based and instance-based models", Neha Sharma and Varun Dutt "Modeling, Estimating, and Minimizing Average New Infections of COVID-19 Based on Information Theory and Social Networks", Hussein Al-Hamdani, Mustafa Alassad, Nitin Agarwal and Seshadri Mohan
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Agent Modeling 2 COVID 3
"Utilizing Python for Agent-based Modeling: The Mesa Framework", Jacqueline Kazil, David Masad and Andrew Crooks "Medical Literature Mining and Retrieval in a Conversational Setting", Souvik Das, Sougata Saha and Rohini Srihari
"Effects of Assortativity on Consensus Formation with Heterogeneous Agents", Ece Mutlu and Ivan Garibay "Analytical Study of the Non-pharmaceutical Public Health Interventions to Control the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)", Aseel Addawood, Sultanah Alshammari, Amal Alqahtani and Amal Almansour
"Multi-cause Discrimination Analysis Using Potential Outcomes", Wen Huang, Yongkai Wu and Xintao Wu "Modeling the Absence of Framing Effect among Indian and US populations in an Experience-based COVID-19 Disease Problem", Shashank Uttrani, Neha Sharma and Varun Dutt

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Tentative Conference Day 3

Time Sessions
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome
09:00 - 10:30 Information Operation COVID 4 Graduate Consortium
"Identifying Influencers by Countries in Twittersphere", Rong Pan, Guanqi Fang and Aleksey Panasyuk "Systems Thinking and Modeling in Social Networks: A Case Study of Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Challenges in Twitter network", Mustafa Alassad, Muhammad Nihal Hussain and Nitin Agarwal
"Strategic Information Operation in YouTube: The case of White Helmets", Nazim Choudhury, Kin Wai NG and Adriana Iamnitchi "Modeling Protester Orchestration through Connective Action: A COVID-19 Lockdown Protest Case Study", Billy Spann, Nitin Agarwal, Oluwaseun Johnson and Esther Mead
"Optimizing Attention-Aware Opinion Seeding Strategies", Charles Martin, Dana Warmsley and Samuel Johnson
"On Countering Disinformation With Caution: Effective Inoculation Strategies and Others That Backfire Into Community Hyper-Polarization", Amirarsalan Rajabi, Chathika Gunaratne, Alexander V. Mantzaris and Ivan Garibay
10:30 - 10:50 Break
10:50 - 12:20 Health COVID 5 Graduate Consortium
"Characterizing Sociolinguistic Variation in the Competing Vaccination Communities", Shahan Ali Memon, Aman Tyagi, David R. Mortensen and Kathleen M. Carley "Exploring the Impact of Mandatory Remote Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic", Talha Oz and Andrew Crooks
"Critical spatial clusters for vaccine preventable diseases", Jose Cadena, Achla Marathe and Anil Kumar Vullikanti "Network-Based Analysis of Early Pandemic Mitigation Strategies, Solutions, and Future Directions", Pegah Hozhabrierdi, Raymond Zhu, Maduakolam Onyewu and Sucheta Soundarajan
"Deploying System Dynamics Models for Disease Surveillance in the Philippines", Joshua Uyheng, Christian E. Pulmano and Ma. Regina Justina Estuar "Utilizing Topic Modeling and Social Network Analysis to Identify and Regulate Toxic COVID-19 Behaviors on YouTube", Adewale Obadimu, Esther Mead, Tuja Khaund, Maryetta Morris and Nitin Agarwal
"The Rise and Fall of Humanitarian Citizen Initiatives: A simulation-based approach", Erika Frydenlund, Jose Padilla, Hanne Haaland and Hege Wallevik "Cognitive Modeling for Computational Epidemiology", Peter Pirolli, Archna Bhatia, Konstantinos Mitsopoulos, Christian Lebiere and Mark Orr
12:20 - 13:20 Lunch Break Business Meeting
13:20 - 15:00 Textual Analysis 2 Amplifying Messages Graduate Consortium
"Beyond Words: Comparing Structure, Emoji Use, and Consistency Across Social Media Posts", Melanie Swartz, Andrew Crooks and Arie Croitoru "Developing Graph Theoretic Techniques to Identify Amplification and Coordination Activities of Influential Sets of Users", Mustafa Alassad, Muhammad Nihal Hussain and Nitin Agarwal
"Towards Understanding how Emojis Express Solidarity In Crisis Events", Samira Shaikh, Sashank Santhanam, Vidhushini Srinivasan and Khyati Mahajan "Detecting Online Hate Speech: Approaches Using Weak Supervision and Network Embedding Models", Michael Ridenhour, Arunkumar Bagavathi, Elaheh Raisi and Siddharth Krishnan
"Birds of a Feather Flock Together: Satirical News Detection via Language Model Differentiation", Yigeng Zhang, Fan Yang, Yifan Zhang, Eduard Dragut and Arjun Mukherjee "Twitter is the Megaphone of Cross-Platform Messaging on the White Helmets", Sameera Horawalavithana, Kin Wai Ng and Adriana Iamnitchi
"Sentiment and Retweet Analysis of User Response for Early Fake News Detection", Uzoamaka Ezeakunne, Shuyuan Mary Ho and Xiuwen Liu "Developing an Epidemiological Model to study Spread of Toxicity on YouTube", Adewale Obadimu, Esther Mead, Maryam Maleki and Nitin Agarwal
"Analyzing Moroccan Employment Stakeholder perceptions using Social Network Analysis & Text Analysis", Ibrahim Rahhal, Ghita Mezzour, Kathleen Carley and Ismail Kassou

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Tutorials and Closing Conference Day 4

Time Tutorial Sessions
08:30 - 11:30 High Dimensional Network Analysis
  • Jeff Reminga
YouTube Data Analytics: Revealing Computational Propaganda Techniques and Tactics
  • Nitin Agarwal
  • Muhammad Nihal Hussain
  • Thomas Marcoux
  • Joseph Kready
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 15:00 Facebook and Reddit Data in ORA
  • Christine Sowa
Networked Time Series Analysis and Clustering
  • Mihovil Bartulovic
  • Tom Magelinski
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 18:30 Dynamic and Spatial Networks
  • L. Richard Carley
18:30 - 19:30 Closing and Awards