Summer 2018 Workshops

Analyzing Social Perception and Amplification using Social Media and Big Data in Human Dynamics

This specialist meeting (workshop) is co-funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) project award #1416509, IBSS: Spatiotemporal Modeling of Human Dynamics Across Social Media and Social Networks and award #1634641, IMEE: Integrated Stage-Based Evacuation with Social Perception Analysis and Dynamic Population Estimation The goal of this workshop is to foster the multidisciplinary collaboration in related research disciplines, including geography, linguistics, computer science, political science, public health, civil engineering, and communication. The two-day workshop, organized by the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) at San Diego State University, will bring together over 30 specialists drawn from many disciplines. The workshop will assess the current state of the art technologies and tools for studying social media analytics and decision support systems, identify and prioritize a research agenda, and begin the development of a research community of collaborating scholars working on these Big Data, social media, and decision support systems (DSS) issues.

Over 30 specialists and scholars will be invited by the NSF IBSS and IMEE project team, consisting of PI Ming-Hsiang Tsou (Geography) and Co-PIs Brian Spitzberg (Communication), Jean Mark Gawron (Linguistics), Heather Corliss (Public Health), Jay Lee (Geography, Kent State), Xinyue Ye (Geography, Kent State), Xuan Shi (Geosciences, U of Arkansas), Atsushi Nara (Geography, SDSU), Xianfeng Yang (Civil Engineering, University of Utah), and Sahar Ghanipoor Machiani (Civil Engineering, SDSU). The meeting will include plenary presentations by invited experts, lightning talks, and focus group discussions. This workshop will generate a final report to be published on the IBSS and IMEE project website. This year, our research theme will be “Analyzing Social Perception and Amplification using Social Media and Big Data in Human Dynamics”. The dynamic supply of big data from millions of social media messages, GPS tracks, medical records, wireless sensors, electronic health records, web pages, and cellular phones, becomes an important research domain for social perception and social amplification processes. Big data offer golden opportunities for scientists to develop new theories and tools for analyzing social perceptions and social amplification, which require transdisciplinary collaboration and research methodologies to integrate multiple perspectives into collaborative research endeavors. This workshop will build a collaborative platform for scientists and researchers to work together. Specific research topics and applications to be addressed in the workshop may include:
1. Theoretical models can facilitate prediction of public health crisis information diffusion and response.
2. Understanding the influence of social media on the processes of social perception and amplification.
3. The estimation of evacuation rates and the uncertainty of evacuation human behaviors during different types of disaster events.
4. User interface design and functionalities on a web-GIS based decision support system for crisis management and health disparities.
5. The linguistic analysis and geospatial visualization of public health data or social media data related to disaster events or health disparities.

Co-PIs, and Senior Personnel

Dr. Ming-Hsiang Tsou (PI, SDSU) bio

Dr. Brian Spitzberg (IBSS Co-PI, SDSU) bio

Dr. Mark Gawron (IBSS Co-PI, SDSU) bio

Dr. Atsushi Nara (IMEE Co-PI, SDSU) bio

Dr. Sahar Ghanipoor Machiani (IMEE Co-PI, SDSU) bio

Dr. Xianfeng Yang (IMEE Co-PI, University of Utah) bio

Dr. Jay Lee (Co-PI, Kent State) bio

Dr. Xinyue Ye (Co-PI, Kent State) bio

Dr. Xuan Shi (Co-PI, University of Arkansas) bio


Participant List

IBSS Project National Visiting Committee Members

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd (Associate Professor, Director of the Social Media Lab, Ryerson University, Canada) bio

Dr. May Yuan (Ashbel Smith Professor, Geospatial Information Sciences, UT-Dallas) bio Paper

Dr. WenWen Li (Arizona State University)bio


IMEE National Visiting Committee Members

Dr. Tom Cova (Professor, Geography, Director of Center for Natural & Technological Hazards, University of Utah) bio

Mr. Michael Robles (San Diego County OES staff)

Gang-Len Chang (University of Maryland)

Michael R.Robinson (Old Dominion University) bio Paper



Dr. Andrew Pilny (University of Kentucky) bio Paper

Dr. Lourdes Martinez (Communications, SDSU) bio Paper

Dr. Ilkay Altintas (UCSD and CalIT2) bio

Dr. Gabriel Doyle (SDSU Linguistics) bio

Ms. Noe Crespo (SDSU)

Dr. Caroline Thomson (SDSU) Paper

Dr. Rob Malouf (SDSU)

Dr. Joseph Gibbons (SDSU)

Dr. Ilya Zaslavsky (UCSD) bio Paper

Dr. Bruce Appleyard (SDSU)

Dr. Arash Jahangiri (SDSU)

Dr. Philip Mai (Ryerson University, Canada)

Ms. Jessica Block (UCSD) bio


HDMA Center Research Team

Jaehee Park (Ph.D. Geography student, SDSU)

Chanwoo Jin (Ph.D. Geography student, SDSU)

Yulu Chen (Ph.D. Geography student, SDSU)

Melanie Lopez (MS Geography student, SDSU)

Haihong Huang (MS Geography student, SDSU)

Ilana Goldman (Linguistic graduate student, SDSU)

Gnanidhar Reddy (Bioinformatics graduate student, SDSU)

Bonnie Deal (Communication graduate student, SDSU)

Zhuo Chen (Ph.D. Geography student, Kent State University)

Purva Jain (Ph.D. Public Health student, SDSU)

Chelsea Obrochta (Ph.D. Public Health student, SDSU)