1st Workshop on Automatic Detection of Fake News in Social Media (ADFNSM 2021)

Scope and objectives

The current torrent of information conveyed by social networks has escalated the impact of the so-called "fake news", a term used to describe erroneous information, many times impactful disinformation, and sometimes just in the form of gossips or rumors. Recently, "fake news" has been reported as a means to promote (and demote) presidential candidates in elections, to escalate fear and terror, and even to create false expectations for the cure of diseases. This type of information mines the credibility of social media eventually damages the reputation of people without a real base for that and ultimately poses a dangerous situation to democracy. In this workshop, we intend to address these concerns, describe them in scientific ways such that their identification and mitigation is simpler, implementable, and hopefully, fully automatic. All submissions will be reviewed based on relevance, originality, importance, and clarity. We invite authors to submit works based on the following (but not limited) topics:

Topics of interest

·         Data mining for Fake News identification

·         Identification of rumors, gossips, clickbait, or biased information in Social Networks

·         Models for spreading and propagation of Fake News

·         New metrics for Fake News impact and accountability

·         Reputation of Social Media Accounts

·         Browser Plug-Ins for Fake News identification and warnings

·         Automatic distinction of intended and un-intended erroneous content

·         Visualization methods for Fake News in social media

·         NLP for Fake News detection

·         Fake and Deep Fake image identification

·         Deep Learning for Fake News detection

·         Creation of synthetic Fake News for data balance

Types of submissions

Two types of papers can be submitted to the workshop (both will be published at the Springer AISC proceedings):
- Full papers: Finished or consolidated R&D works. These papers are assigned a 10-page limit.
- Short papers: Finished or consolidated R&D works and also Ongoing work but with relevant preliminary results, open to discussion. These papers are assigned a 7-page limit.

All papers must be written in English and comply with the format of Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Series (see Instructions for Authors at Springer Website).

All papers should be submitted through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=worldcistworkshops2021

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the program committee.


Important dates

- Deadline for paper submission: November 30th, 2020

- Notification of paper acceptance: December 23rd, 2020

- Deadline for final versions and conference registration: January 2nd, 2021.

- Conference dates: 30-31 March to 1-2 April 2021

Publication of Proceedings

The workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in a book of the AISC series. Proceedings will be submitted for indexation by ISI Clarivate, SCOPUS, DBLP, EI-Compendex among several other scientific databases. Extended versions of best-selected papers will be published in journals indexed by ISI/SCI, SCOPUS and DBLP. Detailed and up-to-date information may be found at WorldCist'21 website: http://www.worldcist.org/

Workshop Organizers

Álvaro Figueira, CRACS / INESCTEC and University of Porto

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Julio Amador Lopez, Data Science Institute, Imperial College London

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Program Committee

•    Ana Azevedo, CEOS.PP / ISCAP / P.PORTO
•    Ana Alves,Centre for Informatics and Systems - University of Coimbra
•    Juan Gómez Romero, Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence - University of Granada.
•    Luís Torgo, Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
•    Miguel Molina-Solana, University of Granada
•    Nuno Guimaraes, CRACS / INESCTEC
•    Nuno Moniz, INESC TEC and University of Porto
•    Ricardo Campos, Ci2 - Polytechnic Institute of Tomar; INESC TEC
•    Rita P. Ribeiro, LIAAD - University of Porto
•    Vimala Balakrishnan, University of Malaya - Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology



PS: If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.


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