Call For Papers

2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP15)
March 31 – April 3, 2015, UCDC Center, Washington DC, USA


Paper Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014

Extended to November 21, 2014

Paper/full text poster Due: November 14, 2014

Extended to November 21, 2014

Author Notification: December 19, 2014
Camera-ready version Due: January 16, 2015


Papers and posters are solicited on research issues, theories, and applications. Topics of interests include, but are not limited to,

Basic Research on Sociocultural & Behavioral Processes using SBP

 Group interaction and collaboration
 Group formation and evolution
 Group representation and profiling
 Collective action and governance
 Cultural patterns & representation
 Social conventions and social contexts
 Influence process and recognition
 Public opinion representation
 Viral marketing and information diffusion
 Psycho-cultural situation awareness

Methodological Issues in SBP

 Mathematical foundations
 Verification and validation
 Sensitivity analysis
 Matching technique or method to research questions
 Metrics and evaluation
 Methodological innovation
 Model federation and integration
 Evolutionary computing
 Network analysis and optimization

Military & Security Applications

 Group formation and evolution in the political context
 Technology and flash crowds
 Networks and political influence
 Information diffusion
 Group representation and profiling
 Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them

Health Applications of SBP

 Social network analysis to understand health behavior
 Modeling of health policy and decision making
 Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
 Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health

Other Applications of SBP

 Economic applications of SBP
 Reasoning about development aid through SBP
 Reasoning about global educational efforts through SBP


Paper Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014

November 21, 2014 (11:59pm, EST)

Full Paper/Poster Submission: November 14, 2014 (11:59pm, EST)

November 21, 2014 (11:59pm, EST)

Author Notification: December 19, 2014 (11:59pm, EST)
Camera-ready version Due: January 16, 2015 (11:59pm, EST)


Papers for SBP15 can be in one of two categories: regular papers or short papers. Regular papers will have up to 10 pages and short papers will have up to 6 pages. The short papers will be presented as posters at the conference. Both regular and short papers will be included in the final conference proceedings.

SBP15 Conference Proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LCNS) by Springer. The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. Sample LaTeX2e and WORD files are available at

To be in the proceedings we need three things from you assembled into a single zip file and upload to EasyChair by 16 Jan. 2015:
(1) a pdf of your LNCS formatted paper (no more than 10 pages for full paper and no more than 6 pages for short paper),
(2) the source files used to create the pdf (MS Word .doc or .docx files, LaTeX files, etc.), and
(3) a signed and scanned Springer copyright release.

Abstract and full text for both oral presentations and posters should be submitted electronically before the specified deadlines.


The conference proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, available from Springer.

For any questions and inquiries concerning submissions, please send to or


Four half-day sessions will be offered: two concurrent sessions in the morning and two concurrent sessions in the afternoon on the day before the full conference. Sessions will be designed to meet the needs of one of two distinct groups. One group will consist of attendees who have backgrounds in computational science; computer science, engineering, and other mathematically oriented disciplines. Other tutorial sessions will be designed for behavioral and social scientists and others (e.g. those with medical backgrounds or training in public health) who may have limited formal education in the computational sciences. Attendees will gain an understanding of terminology, theories, and general approaches employed by computationally based fields, especially with respect to modeling approaches.

More details regarding the preconference tutorial sessions, including instructors, course content, and registration information will be posted to the conference website as soon as this information becomes available.

Note that the plans for the tutorial sessions are in progress and are subject to change.


The SBP Challenge aims to demonstrate the real-world and interdisciplinary impact of social computing. The challenge will engage the social computing research community in solving a relevant, interesting, and challenging research problem that will advance the theory, methodology, and/or application of social computing.


The conference will feature keynotes and tutorials on several special topics.

Keynotes and tutorials delivered in the previous SBP meetings are available through the SBP website


The SBP15 Cross-fertilization Roundtable session will be held in the afternoon of the first day of the technical portion of the conference. The purpose of the cross-fertilization roundtables is to help participants become better acquainted with people outside of their discipline and with whom they might consider partnering on a future SBP project.


SBP15 will feature a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award. All papers are qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers where the senior author says the principal author is a student will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.


Information on hotel and logistics will be provided at the conference website as it becomes available.


It is anticipated that a limited number travel scholarships will be available on a competitive basis. Additional information will be provided on the SBP Conference website as it becomes available.