The third workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM2010) will held in conjunction with WDSM 2010 in early February. The workshop, organized this year by Eugene Agichtein (Emory University), Marti Hearst (University of California, Berkeley), Ian Soboroff (NIST), and Daniel Tunkelang (Google), will bring together academics and people from industry (including the major search engines). The keynote will be given by Jan Pedersen, who is now Chief Scientist for Core Search at Microsoft. It will address issues of what the big players are doing, what the more specialized social media companies are up to, and will also tackle important research problems in the field.
My role in the workshop will be to chair the panel on important research problems for SSM. The panel will include a bunch of great researchers:
- Jon Elsas, CMU
- LiangJie Hong, Lehigh U.
- Richard McCreadie, U. of Glasgow
- Mor Naaman, Rutgers U.
- Meena Nagarajan, Wright State U.
I am looking forward to the challenge of leading this discussion, but can use all the help I can get! If you have thoughts on research directions for search in social media, I would love to hear from you. Comments, e-mail, twitter, sky-writing are all welcome means of communication. It should be a great workshop and a great panel discussion.