Special Session on Optimization in Social Network Analysis

Optimization techniques play an important role in social network analysis. From network topology perspective, broad classes of optimization problems arising in social networks include detecting tightly-knit "community" structures within a social network, as well as problems associated with centrality concepts, for instance, identifying "key players" (also referred to as "critical nodes") in a social network. Another well-known example of utilizing optimization techniques is determining effective strategies of advertising and increasing awareness of certain products and services via social media marketing.

We welcome papers or abstracts on all topics related to optimization in social network analysis. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Detecting and analyzing community structures in social networks
  • Analyzing dynamics of social networks
  • Information diffusion models with related optimization problems
  • Identifying "influential" ("critical") nodes and/or groups of nodes in a social network
  • Robustness and vulnerability analysis of social networks
  • Optimization techniques for effective advertising strategies in online social networks
  • Big data analysis in the context of social networks

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline: March 20, 2016 April 03, 2016 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: May 4, 2016
  • Camera Ready and Registration: May 19, 2016
  • Conference Dates: August 2-4, 2016

Submission instructions:

Authors who are interested in the above topics can submit their unpublished work to Special Session on Optimization in Social Network Analysis in CSoNet2016 via the Springer Online Conference System at https://ocs.springer.com/ocs/home/CSoNet2016. A clear indication of the motivation and comparison with prior related work should be presented. Simultaneous submissions to a journal or another conference with refereed proceedings are not allowed.

Submitted papers should be prepared in LNCS style and should not exceed 12 pages. Each paper is to be submitted electronically as a single PDF file through the Springer Online Conference System. Please read carefully Springer's instructions on preparing the manuscript.

Note that proofs omitted due to space constraints must be placed in an appendix to be read by the program committee members at their discretion. All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors who must register for the conference and pay the fee.


The proceedings of CSoNet 2016 will be published by Springer in series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and will be distributed at the conference. Selected papers can be invited to publish in special issues of Journal of Combinatorial Optimization (ISI) and Computational Social Networks (Springer).


Vladimir Boginski, University of Florida, USA

CSoNet 2016

August 2-4, 2016 - Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam