Social Computing in the e-Era

Irwin King

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong


With the pervasive electronic access readily available, the e-Era has brought on new paradigms in e-government, e-commerce, e-health, e-learning, etc. In recent years, the emergence of social computing has further expanded this e-paradigm with new approaches and techniques on how we process social media data. It is not difficult to see how social computing as a natural extension that builds on the e-paradigm scaffolding that promotes social interactivity. However, what does this new social interactivity bring us? The talk outlines some novel research work and applications in social computing in the e-Era. It will also reflects on some obvious and also subtle aspects of social computing with a few of our work that further illustrate how social media influence our everyday life and impact our society.

Research Interests

Irwin King's research interests include social computing, machine learning, web intelligence, and multimedia processing. In these research areas, he has over 200 technical publications in journals, conferences, book chapters, and edited volumes. He was the General Chair of Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM2011), and also has been involved with the organization and/or technical program of many international conferences such as WWW, SIGIR, KDD, AAAI, etc. Moreover, he has served as reviewer and panel member for Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and Natural Science, and Engineering of Academy of Finland. Dr. King is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (ACM TKDD) and a former Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (TNN). He is a member of the Editorial Board and Special Issue Editor of a number of international journals. He is Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Currently he is on leave with AT&T Labs Research, San Francisco and is also teaching Social Computing and Data Mining as a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena and both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. See http://irwinking.com for more information.

Presentation Materials

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    Irwin King, Social Computing in the e-Era, Keynote at IADIS WWW/Internet Conference (ICWI2012), Madrid, Spain, 2012.
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