Call for Participation: SocInfo 2012

International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2012)
LAUSANNE, December 5-7, 2012

*** Early Registration by October 31, 2012 ***


The Fourth International Conference on Social Informations (SocInfo 2012) is focusing this year on how technology can influence social phenomena through better motivation of human agents, through the use of social norms, through better modeling, or through a better understanding of social concepts like trust, credibility, privacy, and fairness. SocInfo 2012 will be held at EPFL in Lausanne, a young engineering school that has grown in many dimensions, to the extent of becoming one of the leading European institutions of science and technology. The mission of Socinfo 2012 is to provide an interdisciplinary venue for researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena. The conference program will reflect this in the keynote talks, tutorials, workshops and paper sessions addressing emerging topics which attract interdisciplinary research attention.

The conference will be preceded by two workshops on December 4, 2012, the First international workshop on Just-in-time Sociology JITSO 2012 and the EINS Workshop on Internet Trust, Reputation, Identity and Privacy. On December 7, afternoon the FutureICT flagship initiative will organize a special session.

In addition, there will be a social program that covers reception and a banquet in the pre-Christmas ambiance of Montreux for participants to know one another better and to appreciate the local environment.  With a good combination of work and fun, SocInfo 2012 hopes to foster collaboration among the social informatics researchers as well as to demonstrate the relevance of their research to a wider community.

The conference receives support from Nokia Research, The European Network of Excellence in Internet Science and the LARC Living Analytics Research Center.

The online registration of SocInfo2012 is now open. The early-bird full and student registration fees are *** CHF 550 and CHF 290 *** respectively.

We strongly encourage early registrations at:

The early registration deadline is *31 October 2012*.

The program highlights include:

About the Why? and the How? of psychologically plausible agents
Andreas Ernst, University of Kassel

Big Data and the Attention Economy
Bernardo Huberman, HP Research

From Computational Social Science to Socio-Inspired Technology to Artificial Societies
Dirk Helbing, ETH Zürich

Human activity and mobility patterns: measurements, models, and implications.
Vittoria Colizza, INSERM, Paris

Supporting sociological theories with social media data mining.
Luca Aiello, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain

Online Social Experiments with nodeGame
Stefano Balietti, ETH Zürich

More information about the program can be found at the conference website.

Student Travel Support
The SocInfo 2012 organizing committee invites applications for small grants to help cover the travel expenses and registration. The award grant has kindly been made available by the previous SocInfo organizers.  Please check out

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