Welcome to the Special Technical Community on Social Networking

The Special Technical Community on Social Networking (STCSN) is THE entry point for researchers in social networking fostering communication with like-minded people through existing social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

In addition to the main objectives of IEEE Computer Society STCs, we are also interested in (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Social network services, applications, and tools
  • Social computing and social search
  • Social multimedia and social communications
  • Mobile social networks
  • Social network analysis and visualization
  • Standardization trends and federated social Web initiatives
  • Business models
  • Societal aspects (e.g., privacy and data protection)

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About the Editors

Christian Timmerer an assistant professor in the Department of Information Technology (ITEC), Multimedia Communication Group (MMC), Klagenfurt University, Austria. His research interests include the transport of multimedia content, multimedia adaptation in constrained and streaming environments, distributed multimedia adaptation, and Quality of Service / Quality of Experience. He was the general chair of WIAMIS 2008 and EUMOB2009 and has participated in several EC-funded projects, notably DANAE, ENTHRONE, P2P-Next, and ALICANTE. He also participated in ISO/MPEG work for several years, notably in the area of MPEG-21, MPEG-M, and MPEG-V. He received his PhD in 2006 from the Klagenfurt University. Publications and MPEG contributions can be found under http://research.timmerer.com, follow him onhttp://www.twitter.com/timse7, and subscribe to his blog http://blog.timmerer.com.

PD Dr. rer. nat. Ralf Klamma has a a diploma degree, a doctoral degree and a habilitation all in computer science from RWTH Aachen University. Currently, Ralf Klamma leads the research group “metadata in community information systems” at the information systems chair, RWTH Aachen University. His research covers information systems theory, the application of information systems in engineering, cultural sciences, and virtual communities, social software, social network analysis, technology enhanced learning, geographic information systems, cultural heritage management, and new product development. In 2001, he spent several months as a visiting fellow at the MIT Entrepreneurship Center of Sloan School of Management, followed by stand-in professorships TU Chemnitz, the University of Passau, and in 2010 a guest professorship for multimedia communities at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He serves as associate editor for international journals like IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT) and Springer SNAM and chaired conference like EC-TEL, ICWL and IEEE Ubi-Media. He has published in various research journals and conference proceedings. He is reviewer for international journals like CACM, IEEE Multimedia, IEEE TKDE, IEEE Internet Computing, ACM TIST, ACM TMIS, MTAP, JNCA, or Information Systems and conferences including ICIS, ECIS, CAiSE, ACM CHI, ACM Multimedia, EC-TEL, IEEE ICALT, IEEE EDUCON, IEEE MUE, ACM GROUP, ACM Hypertext, ACM CSCW, CSCL and others. He is member of the German Informatics Society (GI-29676). You can follow him on his blog http://beamtenherrschaft.blogspot.com and on twitter http://twitter.com/klamma.

Dr. Pablo Cesar is a tenure track researcher in the Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures research group at CWI (The National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He has (co)authored over 40 articles (conference papers and journal articles) about multimedia systems and infrastructures, social media sharing, interactive media, multimedia content modelling, and user interaction. He is involved in standardization activities (e.g., SMIL from W3C) and has been active in a number of European projects such as Passepartout, SPICE, iNEM4U, and Ta2. He is co-editor of the book "Social Interactive Television: Immersive Shared Experiences and Perspectives" and has given tutorials about multimedia systems in prestigious conferences such as ACM Multimedia, CHI, and the WWW conference. Webpage: http://homepages.cwi.nl/~garcia/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/pablocesar2661
 Ramesh Jain is an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator. He is a Donald Bren Professor in Information & Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine where he is doing research in Event Web and experiential computing. Earlier he served on faculty of Georgia Tech, University of California at San Diego, The university of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Wayne State University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAI, IAPR, and SPIE. His current research interests are in searching multimedia data and creating EventWebs for experiential computing. He is the recipient of several awards including the ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award 2010. Ramesh co-founded several companies, managed them in initial stages, and then turned them over to professional management. These companies were PRAJA in event-based business activity monitoring (acquired by Tibco); Virage for media management solutions and visual information management (a NASDAQ company acquired by Autonomy); and ImageWare for surface modeling, reverse engineering rapid prototyping, and inspection (acquired by SDRC); Lambent (acquired by GlobalLogic); and Seraja. Currently he is involved in two new start-ups as cofounder and advisor: mChron and Stikco Studio. He has also been advisor to several other companies including some of the largest companies in media and search space.

 Dr. Keith Mitchell is a researcher, entrepreneur and mountain biker. He is currently a Research Fellow within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and has over 13 years research experience of collaborative projects within the broad areas of computer communication and distributed systems. He is also the co-founder and director of 21media innovations ltd, a technology based spinout from the University of Lancaster. His current research interests are related to peer-to-peer, IPTV, content centric networking, personalisation/recommender systems and social informatics. He has experience of EU collaborative research projects and is currently work package leader for the EU FP7 project P2P-Next Living Lab trials. He has previous experience of collaborating with industrial partners such as Microsoft Research, Orange and Cisco and the BBC for the purposes of R&D. He has published within International workshops and conferences as well as published within peer reviewed journals. He was co-workshop organiser for the ACM Multimedia 2010 workshop on advanced video streaming techniques for peer-to-peer networks and social networking. He has also served as an expert evaluator for the European Commission during previous FP7 calls. When he is not working, he loves hitting the trials around the UK on his beloved mountain bike. Contact him via his webpage http://www.21media.tv/or follow him on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/specialized

Since 2008, Ian S. Burnett has been Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne and was previously with the University of Wollongong. His research interests extend from speech and audio compression and processing through to multimedia delivery and perception. Ian was Australian Head of Delegation to MPEG from 2002-2007 and from 2004-2007 chaired the Multimedia Description Schemes subgroup at MPEG where he was extensively involved in the standardisation of MPEG-21. He was the editor of the ‘MPEG-21 book’ which describes the Multimedia Delivery Framework and an editor of several parts of the standard. In the commercial world, Ian was a founder, and the founding CTO until June 2007, of enikos pty ltd, a start-up created to exploit IP generated in the MPEG-21 space. His current research in multimedia focuses on deep tagging of video content, and new approaches to web content on mobile devices while in audio he is working on multizone and walkthrough spatial audio systems.

Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes is Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research where he is 
leading new initiatives at the intersection of web-scale data analysis and user understanding (user engagement & improving user experience). Dr. Jaimes is the founder of the ACM Multimedia Interactive Art program, Industry Track chair for ACM RecSys 2010 and UMAP 2009, and panels chair for KDD 2009. He was program cochair of ACM Multimedia 2008, co-editor of the IEEE Trans. on Multimedia Special issue on Integration of Context and Content for Multimedia Management (2008), and a founding member of the IEEE CS Taskforce on Human-Centered Computing. His work has led to over 70 technical publications in international conferences and journals, and to numerous contributions to MPEG-7. He has been granted several patents, and serves in the program committee of several international conferences. He has been an invited speaker at Practitioner Web Analytics 2010, CIVR 2010, ECML-PKDD 2010 and KDD 2009 and (Industry tracks), ACM Recommender Systems 2008 (panel), DAGM 2008 (keynote), 2007 ICCV Workshop on HCI, and several others. Before joining Yahoo! Dr. Jaimes was a visiting professor at U. Carlos III in Madrid and founded and managed the User Modeling and Data Mining group at Telefónica Research. Prior to that Dr. Jaimes was Scientific Manager at IDIAP-EPFL (Switzerland), and was previously at Fuji Xerox (Japan), IBM TJ Watson (USA), IBM Tokyo Research Laboratory (Japan), Siemens Corporate Research (USA), and AT&T Bell Laboratories (USA). Dr. Jaimes received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2003) and a M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia U. (1997) in NYC.
 Jérôme Picault is a research engineer at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, France, since 2008. He graduated from the Institut National des Télécommunications, France, in 2001. He is currently working on social networks. Prior to joining Bell Labs, Jérôme spent 8 years as Senior Research Engineer in Motorola Labs where he developed research in agent-based architectures and mobile services, context-awareness, social networks and recommender systems. He is the author of 30 patent applications and 20 publications on intelligent systems, personalization and related topics. He has co-organized several workshops: UbiDeUM (Ubiquitous and Decentralized User Modeling at UM’07) and PRSAT 2010 (Practical Use of Recommender Systems, Algorithms and Technologies at RecSys 2010). He is also a PC member for several conferences or journals (e.g. ESWC’10, ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, WWW'...)
 Sagee Ben-Zedeff is an innovator, entrepreneur and avid music fan. He is the co-founder & CEO of Serendip Media (http://serendip.me), a personalized, social music service connecting music fans around the social space according to their music interests. Sagee has over 15 years experience of inventing, designing, and implementing products in the broad areas of visual communication and video-based consumer products. Formerly Sagee worked for RADVISION (NASDAQ:RVSN) where he lead the research and development of its media processing infrastructure, and later was Director of New Technologies in the CTO's office and Director of Product Management, in charge of video communication solutions for the consumer market. Sagee is the inventor of several patents in the fields of visual communications, network optimization, and collaboration. He also has experience of EU collaborative research projects and was driving the concpetion of EU FP7 project InEvent. Before RADVISION Sagee was part of the founding team of Meicom Technologies, acquired in 2003 by DSP Group (NASDAQ:DSPG), and worked for Meicom Technologies and NICE Systems. In his scarce spare time, he is the proud father of two boys, an avid music fan, plays amateurs league basketball and is a twitterholic. Contact him via http://about.me/sageeb or follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/sageeb.
 Thomas Gottron is PostDoc and research assistant at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau. His research interests are in the area of Information Retrieval in the context of social networks and social media, in the field of Web Science and in the analysis and management of online communities. He is the technical coordinator of the EC project ROBUST -- Risk and Opportunity management of huge-scale BUSiness communiTy cooperation. In 2011 he contributed to the EC expert group on "Vision 2020 on Networked Media and Beyond". A list of recent publications can be found at http://www.uni-koblenz-landau.de/koblenz/fb4/AGStaab/Persons/Gottron and follow him on http://twitter.com/tgottron.
 Symeon Papadopoulos is PostDoc research associate at the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), part of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). His research interests are in the area of Multimedia Retrieval in the context of social networks and social media, and in the area of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery on user-contributed data. He is the technical leader of CERTH research activities in the EC project SocialSensor: Sensing User Generated Input for Improved Media Discovery and Experience. A list of recent publications can be found at http://mklab.iti.gr/mklab_people/papadop/doku.php?id=pubs and follow him on http://twitter.com/sympapadopoulos
 Rong Yan is a research scientist at Facebook focusing on digital / social media analysis, and large-scale data mining / machine learning. More information at http://yanrong.info/
 Rene Kaiser is key researcher at JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Graz, Austria. His main research expertise and interests are in the fields of content personalization, media semantics, knowledge representation, event processing, social computing, videoconferencing and telepresence, and non-linear video production, with particular focus on “Virtual Director” technology for automatic framing and selection of live video streams. Rene studied Software Engineering at FH Hagenberg, is a PhD student at TU Graz and a member of the Wissensmanagement Forum Graz. He contributed to European research projects NM2, Clinicip, Aposdle, TA2, FascinatE and Vconect.
 Dr. Raphaël Troncy is an Assistant Professor in the multimedia department of EURECOM. He benefited from a PhD fellowship at the National Audio-Visual Institute (INA) of Paris where he received with honors his PhD from the University of Grenoble (INRIA/INA) in 2004. He selected as an ERCIM Post-Doctorate Research Associate 2004-2006 where he visited the National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa (Italy) and the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He was a senior researcher for CWI from 2006 till 2009. 

Raphaël Troncy is also co-chair of the W3C Media Fragments Working Group and W3C Incubator Group on Multimedia Semantics, contributes to the W3C Media Annotations and W3C Government Linked Data Working Groups. He is now the primary investigator of a number of National (ACAV, DataLift, WAVE) and European (FP7 Petamedia, FP7 LinkedTV, FP7 MediaMixer, AAL ALIAS) projects where semantic web and multimedia analysis technologies are used together. He has (co)authored more than 100 papers about multimedia metadata modeling, semantic web systems, social media sharing and user interaction. 

Web: http://www.eurecom.fr/~troncy/ 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rtroncy
Dr. Suman Deb Roy is a Data Scientist with Betaworks in New York City. In his daily role, he employs several data science techniques for mining from large and streaming data sets, including building the popularity ranking and recommendation frameworks for Instapaper and Digg. His current research interests include personalized news, social media computing, semantic analysis of natural languages and micro-blogs and multimedia information systems. 

Before joining Betaworks, Suman completed his PhD in Computer Science (Machine Learning) at the University of Missouri, where he won the Outstanding PhD student Award in 2013. He also cherished being a Fellow of the Missouri School of Journalism (2011-2013) and the Computer Science Dept. (2008-2010) and enjoyed summer internships at Huawei NJ, Microsoft Research and SocialFlow, NY. 

Twitter: @_RoySD

 Katayoun Farrahi is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. Her research focuses on large-scale human behaviour modeling and mining, with special interest in pervasive technologies, computational social sciences, mobile phone sensor data, and machine learning. Farrahi received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne, and the Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. She has spent time as an intern at MIT and is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship, and the Idiap research award.

 Yuhong Liu an assistant professor at the Division of Business, Engineering and Information Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, USA. Her primary research interests include trustworthy computing and security issues on social networking. Her work on detecting dishonest ratings/feedback and malicious users in online rating systems received the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom’10).

web: http://ele.uri.edu/~yuhong

Rahul Raveendranath is a final year under-grad engineering student majoring in computer science from College of Engineering, Kerala, India. He presently chairs the IEEE student branch of his college. He also serves in the IEEE Computer Society India Council (Student Activities Committee) Board. He is interested in big data processing, semantic web analysis, recommender systems etc and also in understanding the technical dynamics of social media, particularly in areas such as interest-based niche social networks and in inter-operable social identities among distributed social networks.
Twitter: @Rahulr92
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Student Members of the Editorial Board

Nithin George
is currently pursuing his B Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from Govt Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Kottayam. He serves the IEEE student community of India as Secretary (Industry Relations), R10 SAC India Team. It was under his team, IEEE India Webinar Series was initiated for students of India. He maintains relationships with various industries including Microsoft, HP etc and caters students a chance to interact with industry. He is the founder Chair of the first IEEE Computer Society student chapter of Kerala section as a fresher in college.

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George K. Thiruvathukal is an associate professor of computer science at Loyola University Chicago in the Computer Science department, where he also serves as computing director and co-director of the Emerging Technologies Laboratory (www.etl.luc.edu). His research and teaching interests include computing history, parallel and distributed systems, programming and markup languages, and free and open source software. He also has extensive multidisciplinary interests, including digital humanities, music, environmental science, and bioinformatics. He holds a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He also serves as an associate editor forComputing in Science and Engineering, co-published by IEEE Computer Society and the American Institute of Physics. He's a member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM. He is also the coauthor of High Performance Java Platform Computing, which is now available freely online athttp://hpjpc.googlecode.com. To contact him, please visit www.cs.luc.edu/gkt.

Alfredo Benso is an Associate Professor in Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy. His most recent research interests include bioinformatics, e-Health, cloud computing and open source initiatives for medical applications. In his scientific career he co-authored a book, 25 papers in international journals, and more than 50 papers presented and published at international conferences. He has been an active reviewer for a number of journals and magazines, including Transactions on Computers, Transactions on Reliability, and Design & Test of Computers. Alfredo Benso has been involved in Computer Society activities since 1999, and since then he received several awards for his work as a volunteer. As an "hobby", he is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Molecular Biology. More info at http://www.testgroup.polito.it/

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