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Humanist Archives: April 22, 2021, 6:41 a.m. Humanist 34.340 - events: behavioural & social computing cfp

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 340.
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        Date: 2021-04-21 08:38:30+00:00
        From: Wajdi Zaghouani <>
        Subject: First Call for papers - The 8th International Conference on Behavioral and Social Computing (BESC 2021) - Doha, Qatar

                       CALL FOR PAPERS
      The 8th International Conference on Behavioral and
                 Social Computing (BESC 2021)
  Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar, November 9-11, 2021
             Conference website:

The 8th International Conference on Behavioral and Social Computing
(BESC 2021) will take place in Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar,
9-11 November 2021. BESC conference aims to become a premier forum
in which academic researchers and industry practitioners from artificial 
intelligence, computational social sciences, natural language processing,
business and marketing, and behavioral and psychological sciences could
present updated research efforts and progresses on foundational and emerging
interdisciplinary topics of BESC, exchange new ideas and identify future 
research directions.

The BESC Organizing Committee invites submissions of applied or
theoretical research and application-oriented papers on any below
topics as well as two special sessions and a Doctoral Symposium track.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Natural Language Processing
  - Web mining and its social interpretations
  - Sentiment Analysis, Stylistic Analysis, and Argument Mining
  - Opinion mining and social media analytics
  - Credibility of online content
  - Computational Linguistics
  - Mining big social data
  - Cognitive Modeling and Psycholinguistics

* Social Computing, Computational Social Science and Applications
  - Computational models of social phenomena
  - Social behavior
  - Social network analysis
  - Semantic web
  - Collective intelligence
  - Security, privacy, trust in social contexts
  - Social recommendation
  - Social influence and social contagions
  - Quantifying offline phenomena through online data
  - Forecasting of social phenomena
  - Science and technology studies approaches to computational
    social science
  - Social media and health behaviors
  - Social psychology and personality
  - New theories, methods, and objectives in computational social

* Digital Humanities
  - Digital media
  - Digital humanities
  - Digital games and learning
  - Digital footprints and privacy
  - Crowd dynamics
  - Digital arts
  - Digital healthcare
  - Activity streams and experience design
  - Virtual communities (e.g., open-source, multiplayer gaming,

* Information Management and Information Systems (IS)
  - Decision analytics
  - E-Business
  - Decision analytics
  - Computational finance
  - Societal impacts of IS
  - Human behavior and IS
  - IS in healthcare
  - IS Security and privacy
  - IS strategy, structure and organizational impacts
  - Service science and IS

* Behavior and User Modelling, Privacy, and Ethics
  - Behavior change
  - Positive technology
  - Personalization for individuals, groups and populations
  - Large scale personalization, adaptation and recommendation
  - Web dynamics and personalization
  - Privacy, perceived security and trust
  - Technology and Wellbeing
  - Ethics of computational research on human behavior

This year, we also welcome submissions to two special sessions and a
Doctoral Symposium track:

* Special Session 1 - Covid-19 and Social Computing
We call for papers focusing on the relation between Computing and Social
Psychology in the context of Covid-19.  This includes papers relating to
usage of social media and all aspects of social behaviour in the online
world in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

* Special Session 2 - Psychology for Cyber Security
Papers for this session will focus on how psychology can be applied to
cybersecurity.  A wide range of aspects of this topic are welcomed, which
encompass understanding the motivations of hackers and the social context
in which they operate, and how psychology can be applied to protect
individuals and organisations from cyber attacks.

* Doctoral Symposium track
The BESC 2021 Doctoral Symposium aims to provide a supportive environment
that enables doctoral students to get constructive feedback on their
research. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with
experienced members in the interdisciplinary field of behavioral and social
computing. The BESC doctoral symposium covers the same research topics as
the conference. The Doctoral Symposium track has its own important dates,
please consult the Doctoral Symposium track website for more details.


Submission of papers:     30 Jul 2021
Acceptance notification:  15 Sep 2021
Conference date:         9-11 Nov 2021


The paper submission system is available at:

All papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of
technical quality, relevance to BESC 2021, originality, significance and
clarity. Please note:

* Submissions are not anonymous (Single Blind Review process)
* All submissions should use IEEE two-column style. Templates are
  available from
* All papers must be submitted electronically through the paper
  submission system in PDF format only. BESC 2021 accepts research
  papers (6 pages), special session papers (6 pages) and Doctoral Symposium
  papers (4 pages).

* The page count above excludes the references.

* Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that
  have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal
  or a conference with proceedings.

* Papers must be clearly submitted in English and will be selected
  based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and
  clarity of presentation.

* Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that,
  should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register
  and attend the conference to present the work.

All accepted papers will be included in IEEE Xplore and indexed by EI.
Top quality papers after presented in the conference will be selected
for extension and publication in several special issues of international
journals, e.g., World Wide Web Journal (Springer), Web Intelligence, and
Social Network Analysis and Mining (Springer).



All inquiries about the conference, including submissions, can be
directed to the organising committee:

For inquiries specific to the special sessions, please contact:
Emily Arden-Close <>


Wajdi Zaghouani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
P.O. Box 34110 | Education City | Doha, Qatar
tel: +974 4454 5601 | mob: +974 33454992| Office A141, LAS Building

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