Conference Invited Speaker

The Era of Social Computing

Irwin King

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


The Web has changed the landscape of how humans interact socially. With the advent of Web 2.0, Social Computing has emerged as a new and innovative paradigm that changes the way we communicate, interact, and learn. Social Computing involves the investigation of collective intelligence by using computational techniques such as machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, etc. on social behavioral data collected from blogs, wikis, emails, instant messages, clickthrough data, query logs, social bookmarks, tags, etc. In this talk, I will first introduce Social Computing by outlining some of the unique characteristics and aspects that are found on the various social platforms. Applications in each of the platforms will be presented to further demonstrate the use of these new technologies, e.g., learning to rank, query suggestions, human computation, etc., to enhance and enrich our lives. Lastly, I will conclude with some current challenges and potential future promises of Social Computing.

Brief Profile

Irwin King is with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his B.Sc. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His research interests include machine learning, web intelligence & social computing, and multimedia processing. In these research areas, he has over 200 technical publications in journals and conferences. In addition, he has contributed over 20 book chapters/edited volumes and has over 30 research and applied grants.

He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks (TNN) and IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (CIM). He is also on the editorial board of several journals and book projects. He is a member of the Board of Governors, INNS and also a Vice-President and Governing Board Member of APNNA.

Presentation Materials

  • [November 18-20, 2010, misc | www]
    Irwin King, {The Era of Social Computing, The 2010 Conference on Technoogies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI2010), Hsinchu, Taiwan}, November 18-20, 2010.
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