[2019-07-17] Prof. Chang-Tien Lu (呂昌田教授), Virginia Tech, "Spatiotemporal Event Forecasting in Social Media"

Poster:Post date:2019-06-20
Title: Spatiotemporal Event Forecasting in Social Media
Date: 2019-07-17 2:20pm-3:30pm
Location: R210, CSIE
Speaker: Prof. Chang-Tien Lu (呂昌田教授), Virginia Tech
Hosted by: Prof. Shou-De Lin
Social media has become a popular data source as a surrogate for monitoring and detecting events. Analyzing social media (e.g., tweets) to reveal event information requires sophisticated techniques. Tweets are written in unstructured language and often contain typos, non-standard acronyms, and spam. In addition to the textual content, Twitter data form a heterogeneous information network where users, tweets, and hashtags have mutual relationships. These features pose technical challenges for designing event detection and forecasting methods. In this talk, I will present the design and implementation a fully automated forecasting system for significant societal events using open source data including tweets, blog posts, and news articles. I will describe the system architecture, individual models that leverage specific data sources, and a fusion engine that supports trading off specific evaluation criteria. I will also demonstrate its capability to forecast significant societal happenings.
Chang-Tien Lu is a Professor and National Capital Region Program Director in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Director of the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities in 2001. Dr. Lu currently serves as Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, Data & Knowledge Engineering, and GeoInformatica. He has regularly served on the organization and program committees of conferences, including as Program Chair of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence in 2006, and General Chair of the 17th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems in 2009 and the International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases in 2017. He also served as Secretary (2008-2011) and Vice Chair (2011-2014) of the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). His research interests include spatial databases, data mining, urban computing, and intelligent transportation systems. He has published over 150 articles in top rated journals and conference proceedings. His research has been supported by NSF, NIH, DoD, IARPA, VDOT, and DCDOT. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty fellow.

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