PhD Symposium – June 21

Welcome to the PhD symposium of the 13th ACM Web Science Conference 2021, an opportunity for PhD students at different stages of their candidature to find an international platform to showcase their research goals and to receive feedback on their ongoing research. We are very pleased to have a large range of interdisciplinary research covering the spectrum of Web Science research from a wonderful cohort of early career researchers.

 The symposium comprises topics ranging from digital legacy, online hate, music consumption, innovation to COVID-19 vaccine and community resilience and we are very grateful to the symposium committee for their invaluable efforts in reviewing papers and providing constructive feedback to authors. We hope that you will find this programme interesting and thought-provoking and that the PhD Symposium will continue to serve as an important forum for research trainees around the world to share their work in the field of Web Science.

Awards are listed below next to the relevant presentation. Congratulations to the winner.


All times shown are GMT+1/UTC+1 (British Summer Time)

15 mins presentation + 15 mins discussion per student

11:30 – 11:45 Symposium overview and introduction of mentors
11:45 – 12:15 Duncan Reid
Factors That May Prevent Meaningful Digital Legacy
12:15 – 12:45 Allison Noble
Researching the Impact of Music Streaming on Social and Personal Listening Behaviours
12:45 – 13:15 Nirmal Sivaraman
Exo-SIR: An Epidemiological Model to Quantify the Exogenous Information Diffusion and its Application to Detect Events
13:15 – 13:45 Raneem Alharthi
Recognizing Hate-prone Characteristics of Online Hate Speech Targets
13:45 – 14:30 Social engagement
14:30 – 15:00 Dawa Chang
Exploring the Potential of Knowledge Graphs to Support Distant Knowledge Search for Innovation
15:00 – 15:30 Yadira Sanchez Benitez
Algorithmic ecologies of justice: Using computational social science methods to co-design tools of resistance, resilience and care with communities
15:30 – 16:00 Malak Alsabban
Comparing two sentiment analysis approaches by understand the hesitancy to COVID-19 vaccine based on Twitter data in two cultures
16:00 – 16:30

Neha Keshan
Building a Social Machine for Graduate Mobility

Best PhD Symposium Presentation Award
16:30 – 17:30 Mentor advising panel / General Q&A
17:30 – 17:45 Closing Remarks
18:00 Р19:00 Keynote Talk: Matthew Weber 
Digital Data and a Multilevel Perspective of Institutions on the Web
Chair: Wendy Hall