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2nd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies

19 Sep 2011 to 21 Sep 2011

Ontario, Canada

Submissions due: 15 Mar 2011

Topic: networks ambient

Notes: The 2nd International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT-2011) is a leading international conference for researchers and industry practitioners to share their new ideas, original research results and practical development experiences from all Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies related areas. The ANT-2011 will be held at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in September 19-21, 2011. The ANT-2011 will be held in conjunction with the 8th International Conference in Mobile Web Information Systems (MobiWIS-2011).
Ambient systems can be viewed as interconnected systems that exist anywhere and everywhere in the environment. These systems are able to work together in the network collaboratively or competitively to provide human users with their daily technological needs, during which these systems remain invisible. This concept has emerged as a major research area with many potential applications. This is because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the themes required such as ubiquitous and pervasive computing, artificial intelligence, networks and communications.

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Third International Conference on Computational Aspects of Social Networks

19 Oct 2011 to 20 Oct 2011

Salamanca, Spain

Submissions due: 30 Jun 2011

Topic: social networks

Notes: The International Conference on Computational Aspects of Social Networks organized in Salamanca, Spain brings together an interdisciplinary venue for social scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, computer users, and students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects (theory, applications and tools) of intelligent methods applied to Social Network, and to discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. Industrial Workshop/Tutorials and conference sessions will allow individuals interested in the theory, methods, or applications of social network analysis to share ideas and explore common interests.


4th International Workshop on Security and Online Social Networks

19 Mar 2012 to 19 Mar 2012

Lugano, Switzerland

Submissions due: 26 Sep 2011

Topic: security social networks

Notes: Online Social Networks arguably are the most accepted service on the web, today. Facebook alone has a claimed base of over 650 millons of users world wide and several traffic analysis reports show that their website is not only among the top 3 most visited sites, but that the average time spent on their pages per week exceeds all other services on the web by far. So far, Online Social Networks are self-contained, walled garden services, which see next to no integration among each other at all. Yet, the history of the Internet has shown that open and integrated services on the long run prevail.

The future hence will see an open social layer on the web, and enhancements of several services, which take the users and their relationships into account.
The problems of security and privacy in such an environment are becoming more and more crucial. New communication systems are becoming even more dynamic, open and heterogeneous, enriched with social information. The emerging pervasive communication systems, which, with high probability will more often than today face lack of connectivity to central services, cannot rely on any a-priori knowledge, on any pre-established trust relationship nor on sophisticated integrated security infrastructures. They therefore are calling for new and dedicated security and trust mechanisms.
Moreover, observing the current trends, future pervasive communication systems aim at supporting social and collaborative communications: the evolving topologies are expected to resemble the actual social networks of the communicating users and information on their characteristics can be a powerful aid for any network operation. Social networking services (facebook, linkedin, xing, ...) may be leveraged for providing extended information on contacts and their relations based on the containing online identities and the information they share. However, this information, spanning social relations and personal opinions, consist of highly sensitive data at the same time, a fact that leads to a high risk of misuse or abuse.
New emerging technologies using some information on the social characteristics of nodes raise entirely new privacy concerns and require new reflections on security problems such as trust establishment, cooperation enforcement or key management.

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