The 2014 IEEE International Workshop on Online Social Networks (OSN 2014)

To be held in conjunction with the 39th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)

Sep. 8-11, 2014, Edmonton, Canada


The popularity of OSNs has created an immense amount of research for the analysis of these networks and the data produced in such networks. In particular, data mining has been a widely used approach to analyze the content of the huge amount of data referred to as Big Data Analytics.

Nonetheless, OSNs is an interdisciplinary area which requires expertise from areas such as sociol- ogy, anthropology, statistics, graph theory and networking. To this end, recently networking and communications research community started to show interest in the analysis of OSNs represented as graphs. For instance, graph mining of OSNs is a such an area which requires knowledge in classic graph theory and computational cost considerations.

The problems of how individuals interrelate, group together, how such groups are searched, etc. are akin to the concepts in wireless sensor networks which have long been studied by networking research community.

Similarly, the interplay between social networks and mobile networks/mobile computing is becoming stronger and many areas that relate to crowd sensing via OSNs are still to be exploited. For instance, social networks such as Twitter can provide an “open” publish-subscribe infrastructure for sensors/mobile devices and provide opportunities for crowdsourced sensing and collaboration applications. Finally, privacy/security which has been well-studied for other wireless networks such as vehicular ad hoc networks is a major issue for OSNs that need to be tackled for mobile users of OSNs.

This workshop will focus on original contributions regarding structure, behavior, and optimization of online and mobile social networks without focusing on the actual data produced on these networks. Specifically, OSNs represented as graphs or formed using mobile/wireless devices will be of interest. We solicit unpublished, original contributions in the following areas which is a non-exhaustive list:

Topics of Interest

  • Implications of social networking on network design
  • Network architecture design to support large scale social applications
  • Protocols, middleware and standards for OSNs
  • Search strategies in social networks
  • Community and influential node detection
  • Information Diffusion models
  • Graph theoretic analysis for mobile complex (social and wireless) networks
  • Decentralized (ad hoc) network applications and services
  • Measurement and analysis of online communities
  • Evolution of communities in the Web
  • Dynamics and evolution patterns of social networks
  • Temporal analysis on social networks topologies
  • Anomaly detection in social network evolution
  • Role identifcation and relation analysis in social network
  • Collective social network integration and analysis
  • Game theoretic and economic analysis
  • Social relationship graphs of mobile devices
  • Topology control for complex networks
  • Resilience and fault-tolerant network optimization
  • Mobile cyber-physical systems
  • Optimal content dissemination in complex networks
  • Complexity and approximation of social/mobile network optimization
  • Structure of social networks and their influence to the design of advanced wireless networks
  • Analysis, control and optimization from the perspective of Complex Network Analysis
  • Reputation and trust systems
  • Anonymity and privacy in mobile OSNs
  • Economic incentives for privacy

Important Dates

Submission Deadline April 24, 2014
Notification of Acceptance May 30, 2014
Camera Ready Deadline June 30, 2014

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit their papers (6 pages, single space, Times Roman font size of 10 to 12 conforming to IEEE style guidelines) using EDAS:

All papers will be peer reviewed. If accepted, at least one of the authors must register and attend the conference for the paper to be included in the proceedings.

Please address all enquiries about submission issues to:

Workshop Co-chairs

  • Dr. Fatih Senel, Antalya International University, Antalya, Turkey
  • Dr. Kemal Akkaya, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA
  • Dr. Umit Catalyurek, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Program Co-chairs

  • Dr. Izzet Senturk, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Dr. Hazer Inaltekin, Antalya International University, Antalya, Turkey