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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary SeminarSeries - Monday, December 12, 2011

Linda Casals lindac at
Fri Dec 2 10:48:05 EST 2011


DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Presents

Title: Social Media and Public Safety: The Hat Chase Experiments

Speaker: Paul Kantor, Rutgers University

Date: Monday, December 12, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University                 
             Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


The Department of Homeland Security is concerned that social media
provide a huge, but uncoordinated network that might detect problems
of all kinds, from tornadoes to terrorists, and facilitate
response. But there are substantial problems. First, it is hard to
spot meaningful messages in the torrent of social chatter. Methods
with false alarm rates of 10^-5 will still produce too many false
alarms. Second, there are complex policy and legal ramifications if it
is expected that first responders are indeed monitoring the
streams. Third, there are substantial legal restrictions imposed on
the ability of federal, state and local governments to scan or collect
information about innocent persons. In this context, CCCICADA/Rutgers
has designed a number of experiments to assess the potential cf social
media to serve as a means for discovering significant events. The
experiments and findings will be described.

This is work in progress, joint with Mor Naaman of SC&I and Fred
Roberts of CCICADA.

Bio: Paul Kantor is Prof. of Information Science, with appointments in
Library Information Science, Computer Science, and Operations
Research. He is also a licensed private pilot. His homepage is at: 

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