Block Seminar "Social Networks"
- The block seminar will take place on February 17 and 18, 2010, in room 024, building E1.4 (MPI-INF), starting at 9:00 s.t.
- Prerequisite for attending the
seminar is some knowledge of information systems in general. We
participants have successfully participated in the basic course
"Informationssysteme", in a database systems course, or in a course on information retrieval.
- We checked
that any linked papers are available from the MPI-INF
network (last check: October 7, 2009, 2pm). If you encounter any
problems accessing a paper, please
- Here are the slides from the first meeting.
Contents of the Seminar
The seminar discusses current research issues in social networks, including data management, retrieval, analysis, and mining of social networks.
Requirements for the Certificate
- Attend all talks - not just your own. We will keep track of
- Read your papers and other related literature.
- Prepare a 45 minutes talk about your topic that introduces the
matter to your fellow students. This is about twice the size of a
conference talk, so there should be enough time to present some
background information on the topic. Try to pick the most interesting,
challenging or futuristic contribution(s) from the paper.
You are very welcome to discuss any potential weaknesses or problems of
the paper(s) in your talk. If you are unsure about what to present, ask
your tutor. Note that, even though the conference slides of some papers
are available on the Web, we expect that you prepare your own slides
(which may be, of course, inspired by the original slides).
You must send
your slides to and discuss them with your tutor by Friday, February 12 (4pm) at the latest, otherwise your talk will be cancelled
(this is a hard deadline).
the slides and the presentation
itself must be given in English.
Otherwise, some students will not be able to follow all talks, which is
one of the main purposes of the seminar. After the presentations, there
will be a discussion in which all fellow students are encouraged to ask
questions. We will keep track of your participation (i.e., if you ask
questions) and, of course, the answers of the presenter.
- For each talk, a second student will be preselected as an
opponent. His or her role is to prepare tough questions to challenge
the paper presented in the talk (not the talk itself or the speaker!).
To make life a little easier, the preliminary version of the
slides will be sent to the opponent on the Friday before the talk.
However, as interaction is an important part of science, we expect that
every participant actively participates in the discussions.
- After the talk, the presenter and the opponent together have to submit
a short (usually not longer than 5
pages) summary of the topic of the talk. The focus of this report
should be on pointing out strengths
and weaknesses of the approach presented in the paper(s), not just
summarizing the paper(s). The deadline for submitting this report is March 31, 2010.
- After your talk, there will be another meeting with Sebastian and/or Ralf to give feedback on the talk and the report.
- In other words: Your final grade will be influenced by the
following components: Your oral presentation, the knowledge about your
topic (your answers to questions after the presentation), the questions
you asked as opponent, your general
participation in the seminar, and your two written reports (one in the
role of presenter, one in the role of opponent).
The seminar consists of several sessions of approximately 150 minutes. Each session consists of up to two talks and the corresponding discussion, with a small break between the talks.
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 09:00: Yanchuan Li (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Erdal Kuzey)
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 10:15: Justin Parks (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Isha Khosla)
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 12:30: Peter Rau (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Ciolacu Ines)
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 13:45: Anh Tuan Tran (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponents Martin Vasileski, Yanchuan Li)
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 15:30: Wenkai Dai (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Razvan Belet)
- Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 16:45: Ahed Alahmar (tutor Sebastian Michel), opponent Yanchuan Li)
- Thursday, February 18, 2010, 09:00: Erdal Kuzey (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Justin Parks)
- Thursday, February 18, 2010, 10:15: Isha Khosla (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Peter Rau)
New Applications (1)
- Thursday, February 18, 2010, 12:30: Ciolacu Ines (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Anh Tuan Tran)
- Thursday, February 18, 2010, 13:45: Martin Vasileski (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Wenkai Dai)
New Applications (2)
- Thursday, February 18, 2010, 15:30: Razvan Belet (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Ahed Alahmar)