max planck institut
Seminar "Social Networks"
- There will be an additional block seminar on February 17 and 18, 2010, with the same topics; see here for details. The block seminar has been completely filled with students from the waiting list of this seminar.
- Topic assignments have been made, all topics are taken.
- The first
meeting, including registration, took place on
Wednesday, October 14, at 16 c.t. in room 433, building E 1.4.
- Regular meetings
are on Wednesdays at 16 c.t. in room 433 (rotunda 4th floor),
building E 1.4, starting November 11..
- 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
participation! If you are sick, please let us know in advance by
writing a short mail.
- Read your papers and other related literature.
- Contact your tutor before November 11 and present a brief draft of your intended talk.
- 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 the Friday before
your talk (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.
- Two weeks 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).
- After your talk, there will be another meeting with your tutor
and 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).
- Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 16:15: Thomas Dackweiler (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Andrey Tarasevich)
- Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 16:15: Xiaoqi Cao (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Michael Kaczmarczyk)
- Wednesday, November 25, 2009, 16:15: Christina Teflioudi (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Chengli)
- Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 16:15: Julia Wolf (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Fatemeh Shirazi)
- Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 16:15: Cheng Li (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Christoph Pinkel)
- Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 16:15: Michael Kaczmarczyk (tutor Sebastian Michel), opponent Shujie Li
- Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 16:15: Thomas v. Bomhard (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Christina Teflioudi)
- Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 16:15: Shujie Li (tutor Sebastian Michel, opponent Julia Wolf)
- Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 16:15: Andrey Tarasevich (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Xiaoqi Cao)
- Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 16:15: Fatemeh Shirazi (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Thomas Dackweiler)
- Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 16:15: Christoph Pinkel (tutor Ralf Schenkel, opponent Thomas v. Bomhard)