Abstracts and Awards

 

The first international conference on Big Data Meets Survey Science (BigSurv18) is currently accepting abstracts for presentation at the conference on the theme “Exploring New Statistical Frontiers at the Intersection of Survey Science and Big Data.”

BigSurv18 will be held October 25–27, 2018, at the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. The conference offers an opportunity to address the ongoing paradigm shift in how researchers produce, analyze, and use statistics. The event, hosted by the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), is intended to foster communication, collaboration, and understanding between two groups: (1) computer and data scientists focusing on emerging Big Data sources and analysis techniques, and (2) methodologists and researchers working on traditional sources of data collection and statistical analyses. By uniting efforts, we can identify and overcome academic divides and make unified “Big Survey Data” population inference a reality.

We invite presenters from the various disciplines and around the world to submit an abstract for presentation at the conference. In addition, to accommodate differences in publication objectives and cultures across the disciplines papers will be eligible for consideration in one of two publication outlets:

  1. An edited conference volume to be published by John Wiley & Sons in 2019.
  2. A special issue of a peer-reviewed computer science-oriented journal immediately following the conference (journal still to be decided).

In your submission, please indicate (1) if you would like your paper to be considered for publication and (2) state your preferred publication outlet. We will do our best to accommodate your request. When we notify you about whether your abstract was accepted, we will also let you know if you are under further consideration for one of these two publication venues.

To be considered for the conference, presentations and papers should be broad and forward-looking; they may be original research or syntheses of the state of the art. The following are examples of topics that are of particular interest:

  • Using Big Data sources—such as data from social networks, traditional business systems, and the Internet of Things—in statistics production
  • Measuring new phenomena in society using Big Data
  • Discussing methods for combining Big Data with traditional data sources
  • Using data mining and machine learning methods to develop and understand population statistics
  • Methods within machine learning for modelling human behaviors
  • Assessing new data processing and analytical tools for Big Data
  • Implementing data visualization methods for Big Data
  • Designing of interfaces, virtual agents, and computational systems for interactive data collection
  • Distributed infrastructures of data collection
  • “Total Statistical Uncertainty” frameworks for estimates derived from nonprobability datasets
  • Defining and describing data quality in a Big Data environment
  • Discussing methods to deal with threats to representativeness, including methods for mitigating coverage issues
  • Methods for dealing with variable specification inconsistencies across datasets
  • Methods for repairing or mitigating missing data and data sparseness
  • Addressing issues in population modelling and inference
  • Inferential paradigms in Big Data applications
  • Using Big Data in various ways for sampling frame development and other sampling applications
  • Exploratory data analysis with Big Data
  • Incorporating Big Data in a Bayesian framework
  • Methods for
    • selecting relevant data streams;
    • ensuring reproducibility, traceability, and provenance;
    • using Big Data to reduce, control, and evaluate total survey error; and
    • evaluating quality in Big Data applications.
  • Handling confidentiality and privacy
  • Addressing legal and proprietary issues, as well as ethical concerns and the concept of harm

Please submit your abstract (500 words or fewer) to https://www.bigsurv18.org/conference by February 28, 2018. Your submission should include the title of the paper, all co-authors and their affiliations, and e-mail address of the lead author. In addition, please remember to indicate your publication preference. The author of each accepted paper will present it at the conference. Presenters accepted for the edited conference volume must submit a complete version of the paper by the end of 2018. Presenters accepted for consideration in the special issue must submit a complete version of the paper for peer-review by the end of July 2018. A formal paper will not be required of presenters who do not wish to publish in either outlet.

Questions about BigSurv18 can be directed to Antje Kirchner (akirchner@rti.org) or Craig Hill (chill@rti.org). For travel to Spain, please see “Travel, Visa and Other Considerations in Spain” below.

 

Student Paper Competition

Current graduate students or recent graduates (2017 or 2018 only) are encouraged to apply for the student paper award. The authors of the two winning papers receive an equivalent of Euro 150 award and a travel stipend of an equivalent of Euro 1,400 if traveling from outside of Europe and Euro 800 if traveling from within Europe. To apply please see the following information:

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be registered as a graduate student at a higher education institution at any level, or
  • Be a recent 2017 or 2018 graduate.
  • Be explicitly listed as first author of a paper accepted for BigSurv18.
  • Only one paper of your choice will be considered for the student paper competition.

Topics: See examples of topics above

Application process:

  • Applicants will submit their abstracts (500 words or less) to the BigSurv18 conference by February 28, 2018 (see ‘Abstract submission’ above for details). Please clearly indicate in the submission process that you would like to be considered for the Student Paper Competition. References are not required at this point.
  • Participants will be notified by March 30, 2018, whether their papers will be considered for the Student Paper Competition.
  • Full papers and all accompanying materials must be sent to info@BigSurv18.org by Monday, April 30, 2018 by 5 pm EDT. More specifically, the email should include,
    • A cover letter with the author’s name, current affiliation and status, and contact information (address, telephone, and e-mail) and names and e-mail addresses for all co-authors.
    • A paper (in Word or pdf), fully blinded, not exceeding 7,000 words (including title page, abstract, tables/figures, references, and appendices).
    • A letter from the adviser that certifies the applicant's status (e.g., current student or recent graduate), research plans, and contribution to the paper (esp. if co-authored).
    • All submissions must be in English.
  • Awardees will be notified by Saturday, June 30, 2018.
  • Awardees must confirm their BigSurv18 attendance and register by Sunday, July 15, 2018.
  • Awardees will be officially announced at the conference dinner.

Notes:

  • The award is conditional upon attendance. The actual award will be made within two weeks of the conference via electronic fund transfer to a designated, personal bank account.
  • For travel to Spain, please see "Travel, Visa and Other Considerations in Spain" below.

Good luck, and see you in Barcelona!

 

Travel Awards

We also are interested in supporting early career scholars (graduate students or graduation date in 2017 or 2018) from all parts of the world and have established a travel award fund for this purpose. These travel awards include a travel stipend of an equivalent of Euro 1,400 if traveling from outside of Europe and Euro 800 if traveling from within Europe. Early career scholars from underrepresented regions are especially encouraged to apply. 

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be registered as a graduate student at a higher education institution at any level, or
  • Be a recent 2017 or 2018 graduate
  • Be explicitly listed as an author of a presentation accepted for BigSurv18.

Application process:

  • Applicants will submit their abstracts (500 words or less) to the BigSurv18 conference by February 28, 2018 (see ‘Abstract submission’ above for details). Please clearly indicate in the submission process that you would like to be considered for the Travel Award. References or letters of motivation are not required at this point.
  • Participants whose abstracts have been accepted for the conference will be notified by March 30, 2018, that they will be considered for the Travel Award.
  • Full application materials must be sent to info@BigSurv18.org by Monday, April 30, 2018 by 5 pm EDT. These should include:
    • A curriculum vitae.
    • A letter of motivation as to how attending the conference would benefit the applicant (in Word or pdf, a maximum of 2 pages, standard formatting).
    • A letter from the adviser that certifies the applicant's status (e.g., current student or recent graduate), research plans and current achievements.
    • All submissions must be in English.
  • Awardees will be notified by Saturday, June 30, 2018.
  • Awardees must confirm their BigSurv18 attendance and register by Sunday, July 15, 2018.
  • Awardees will be officially announced at the conference dinner. 

Notes:

  • Please note that participation in the Travel Award program carries with it an obligation to be a student volunteer during the conference.
  • The award is conditional upon attendance. The actual award will be made within two weeks of the conference via electronic fund transfer to a designated, personal bank account.
  • For travel to Spain, please see “Travel, Visa and Other Considerations in Spain” below.

Good luck, and see you in Barcelona!

 

Travel, Visa and Other Considerations in Spain