Conference Program

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March 12, 2015 (Pre-conference Workshops)

9:30–14:00 (12:00-13:00 Lunch Break)  -MLC Room 207

A Hands-on Workshop on Data Acquisition and Visual Analytics for Social Media Data

15:00 – 17:00    - MLC Room 207

Workshop on Spatiotemporal Modeling and Analytic Tools for Geo-targeted Social Media Data

17:30  - 18:30 pm  Registration (Georgia Center Registration Desk)

18:00 – 20:00 pm  Buffet Reception (Magnolia Ballroom)

March 13, 2015

(registration packets available in the concourse outside of room K/L)

8:40 – 9:00


 Welcome & Introduction (Room K/L)  (Session Chair: Dr. Xiaobai Angela Yao)

 Dr. Tom Mote, Department Head of Geography Department, UGA

 Dr. Alan Dorsey, Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Science, UGA


9:00 – 10:00


 Plenary Session 1  (Room K/L)    (Session Chair: Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou)

 Dr. Shih-Lung Shaw, the University of Tennessee, USA

 Social Media Analytics for Physical, Virtual and Social Spaces

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment break  (concourse)

Poster Session (Session Chair: Dr. Clio Andris)

Ana Maria Quiros, Harvard Graduate School of Design, USA. Imagined geographies: Visualizing digital footprints of ecotourism models in the Galapagos Islands

Wuyang Cai, University of Georgia, USA. Visual analysis of tweets to study the pattern of asthma attacks in Atlanta

Kazunari Ishida, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan. Estimating user location to identify area specific topics based on geo-tagged term co-occurrence

Joanna Lamkin, and Joshua Miller, University of Georgia, USA. Using personality to investigate perceiver effects in social networks

Mohammad Forghani, Farid Karimipour, and Asma Kheiri, Tehran University, Iran. Analyzing human movement flow based on geo-social network data

10:30 – 12:10









 Session 1A. Mapping social networks   (Session Chair: Dr. Bin Jiang)

Yihong Yuan, and Yu Liu, Texas State University - San Marcos, USA. Exploring inter-country connections in mass media: a case study of China

Bin Jiang, University of Gävle, Sweden. Fractals emerged from big data and their aesthetic impacts on human beings

Ding Ma, Mats Sandberg, and Bin Jiang, University of Gävle, Sweden. Mapping social connections into geographic space based on head/tail breaks

Clio Andris, Quinn Armstrong, Sara Cavallo, Elizabeth Dzwonczyk, April Gunsallus, Laura Harding, Carolynne Hultquist, Timmy Huynh, Jong Hyung Lee, Michelle Lenze, Marie Ozanne, Brian Swedberg, Pennsylvania State University, USA. Friendmapping: Exploring social network geography

Su Han, San Diego State University, USA. Using social media (Twitter) to reveal human mobility patterns in different cities

10:30 – 12:10




Session 1B: Open sources and crowdsourcing   (Session Chair: Dr. Eric Delmelle)

Barry Bitters, University of West Florida, USA. Exploiting open-source data from the Web to generate verified and validated geospatial feature data

Zhanya Xu, Saisang Zhong, Chao Yang, Zhong Xie, and Yifu Chen, University of Geosciences, China. Extracting new walking facilities from pedestrian VGI data sources

Li Gong, Song Gao, and Grant Mckenzie, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. POI type matching based on culturally different datasets

Derek Marsh, Eric Delmelle, and Coline Dony, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. Evaluating travel impedance agreement among online road network data providers

Wei Lu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. Toolbox for urban mobility simulation with geo-tagged Tweets data

12: 10 -1:30 PM              Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:25


Plenary session 2           (Session Chair: Dr. Marguerite Madden)

Dr. Jean-Claude Thill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. City Images in Communication Spaces














Session 2A: Doctoral student paper competition

Chair: Dr. Marguerite Madden

Wei Huang, and Songnian Li, Ryerson University, Canada. Improved prediction of human mobility by detecting activity changes

David Parr, and Yongmei Lu, Texas State University, USA. Classifying Twitter users with the activity-context-geography model

Session 2B. Studying emotions and behavior through social media data

Session Chair: Dr. Chen Xu

Wei Yang, Lan Mu, and Ye Shen, University of Georgia, USA. The effect of climate and seasonality on depressed mood in Twitter users                                                                                                              

Chen Xu, University of Wyoming, USA. Studying human behaviors using digital traces left by social media users: Using Twitter as an exemplary case

Eun-Kyeong Kim and Alan MacEachren, Pennsylvania State University, USA. Spatial Bursts of Geo-Tweeting Behaviors in Geo-Located Twitter data


                                                 Refreshment Break

16:00 – 17:30



Session 3A: Human activities through the lens of social

Session Chair: Dr. Monica Wachowicz

Monica Wachowicz, Yves Bourgeois, and Maria Dolores Arteaga, University of New Brunswick, Canada. What do people do all day? Using Twitter for harvesting space-time activities

Kelly Sims, Budhendra Bhaduri, Gautam Thakur, and David Resseguie, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. Spatiotemporal analysis of geolocated social media for characterizing a spectator sporting event

Xiaolu Zhou, and Liang Zhang, Georgia Southern University, USA. My city profile - Crowdsourcing city knowledge from social media data

Session 3B: Doctoral student paper competition

Chair: Dr. Marguerite Madden

Ziliang Zhao, Shih-Lung Shaw, Yang Xu, and Ling Yin, University of Tennessee, USA. Extract and compare generalized urban population movement patterns derived from different tracking datasets

Xuebin Wei, and Xiaobai Angela Yao, University of Georgia, USA. Representing location-based social media activity in GIS

Yuan Huang, Diansheng Guo, Alice Kasakoff, and Jack Grieve, University of South Carolina, USA. Understanding U.S. regional linguistic variation with Twitter data analysis

18: 00 – 20:00               Conference Banquet (Magnolia Ballroom)

March 14, 2015

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Plenary Session 3 (Session chair: Dr. Xiaobai Angela Yao)

Dr. Daniel Sui, The Ohio State University, USA

Understanding location-based social media: Perspectives from McLuhan's laws of the media

9:30 – 10:00

Refreshment break

10:00 – 11:40









Session 4A: Spatial analysis of social media data (Session Chair: Dr. Xiang Chen)

Amanda Richard, and Mark Horner, Florida State University, USA. Measuring perceptions of autonomous vehicle technology on Twitter: A naïve Bayesian approach to sentiment classification

Jeanette J Rainey, Megan O’sullivan, Jasmine Kenney, Erin Keyes, Ami Putman, Yenlik Zheteyeva, and Noreen Qualls, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA. Using social media and an online work force to learn about the costs and consequences of an unplanned school closure

Xiang Chen, Emily Blackard, and Bo Zhao, Arkansas Tech University, USA. What do social media tell us about food security in China?

Grant McKenzie, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. The pretense of residential privacy in geosocial networking data

Session 4B: Monitoring social and environmental phenomena  (Session Chair: Dr. Xinyue Ye)

Chao Yang, Saishang Zhong, Zhanya Xu, Zhong Xie, and Ning Han, University of Geosciences, China. The designing and implementation of social media sensing service under sensor Web environment and its application of sensing earthquake relief information in Ya’an earthquake

Chin-Te Jung, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, and Elias Issa, San Diego State University, USA. Developing a real-time situation awareness viewer for monitoring disaster impacts using location-based social media messages in Twitter

Qinjin Fan, University of Georgia, USA. Tracking the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa by analyzing the Twitter messages

Xinyue Ye, Shengwen Li, and Jay Lee, Kent State University, USA. Space-time social media analysis of infectious disease in China

Vinicius M Netto, Maíra Pinheiro, João Meirelles, and Henrique Leite, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil. Digital footprints in the city: Segregation in social networks

11:40 – 12:00PM

Conference Wrap-up and the Next Step

Dr. Bin Jiang, Dr. Marguerite Madden, Dr. Xiaobai Angela Yao




Sponsored by

Department of Geography, University of Georgia (UGA)

Office of the President, University of Georgia

Computational Social Science Workgroup, Owens Institute of Behavior Research (OIBR), UGA

The International Cartographic Association Commission on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling

Key Laboratory of Eco Planning & Green Building,Tsinghua University, China