Data Management and Mining Lab, Computer Science Dept., UBC

What is SNRG?

SNRG is a reading group that holds weekly meetings to discuss interesting papers and problems, generally related to social networks. Feel free to attend meetings and participate in discussions. All ideas about problems, papers, talks, etc. are welcome. Meetings usually start with stating an interesting problem without getting into possible solutions, and then following up possible approaches to previously stated problems. An informal talk by a volunteer follows, and attendants discuss about the paper(s) as the speaker proceeds. Finally, possible applications of and extensions to the approach are discussed.

When, where, and how?

Currently, in the second Winter term of 2017/2018, meetings are held on Thursday 2:00-3:00 pm in ICICS X530 .
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SNRG talks

List of previous and upcoming talks:

Date Speaker Title or Paper Name
Feb 1 Glenn Xiang Li, J. David Smith, Thang N. Dinh, My T. Thai. Why approximate when you can get the exact? Optimal Targeted Viral Marketing at Scale. INFOCOM 2017.
Feb 8 - -
Feb 15 Ezequiel Forecasting Multiple Time Series with One-Sided Dynamic Principal Components
Feb 23 Jason and Devon Deep Models of Interactions Across Sets
Mar 1 Mohit Chao-Yuan Wu, Amr Ahmed, Alex Beutel, Alexander J. Smola, How Jing. Recurrent Recommender Networks. WSDM 2017.
Mar 8 Sharan Cheng Li, Jiaqi Ma, Xiaoxiao Guo, Qiaozhu Mei. Deepcas-An End-to-end Predictor of Information Cascades. WSDM 2017.
Mar 15 - -
Mar 22 Yu Fernando Chirigati, Jialu Liu, Flip Korn, You (Will) Wu, Cong Yu, Hao Zhang. Knowledge Exploration Using Tables on the Web. VLDB 2016.
Mar 29 Alex Deepak Agarwal, Dhiman Barman, Dimitrios Gunopulos, Neal E. Young, Flip Korn, Divesh Srivastava. Efficient and effective explanation of change in hierarchical summaries. KDD 2007.
April 5 Prithu EPIC: Economically Postulated Independent Cascade
April 12 Zainab Zainab Zolaktaf, Reza Babanezhad, Rachel Pottinger. A Generic Top-N Recommendation Framework For Trading-off Accuracy, Novelty, and Coverage. ICDE 2018.
April 19 Prithu EPIC: Economically Postulated Independent Cascade
April 26 Sarah Naoto Ohsaka and Yuichi Yoshida. Portfolio optimization for influence spread. KDD 2007.
May 3 - -
May 10 Glenn Emre Sefer and Carl Kingsford. Diffusion Archaeology for Diffusion Progression History Reconstruction. ICDM 2014.
May 14 Carson Leung Visual Analytics of Big Data: Visualizing Popular/Frequent Patterns
May 24 - -
May 31 - -
June 7 Alex Polina Rozenshtein, Aristides Gionis, B. Aditya Prakash, Jilles Vreeken. Reconstructing an Epidemic Over Time. KDD 2016.
June 14 - -
June 21 Prithu Lichao Sun, Weiran Huang, Philip S. Yu, Wei Chen. Multi-Round Influence Maximization. KDD 2018.
June 28 Prithu Lichao Sun, Weiran Huang, Philip S. Yu, Wei Chen. Multi-Round Influence Maximization. KDD 2018.
July 5 Sarah Sharan Vaswani and Laks V.S. Lakshmanan. Adaptive Influence Maximization in Social Networks: Why Commit when You can Adapt?
July 12 Himanshu Cheng Li, Jiaqi Ma, Xiaoxiao Guo, Qiaozhu Mei. DeepCas: an End-to-end Predictor of Information Cascades .
July 19 Alex Matthias Ruhl, Mukund Sundararajan, Qiqi Yan. The Cascading Analysts Algorithm. SIGMOD 2018
July 26 - -
Aug 2 Michael Simpson Scalable Misinformation Prevention in Social Networks
Aug 9 Remi Mehrdad Farajtabar, Jiachen Yang, Xiaojing Ye, Huan Xu, Rakshit Trivedi, Elias Khalil, Shuang Li, Le Song, Hongyuan Zha. Fake News Mitigation via Point Process Based Intervention. ICML 2017.