Summer School Series on Methods
for Computational Social Science
July 22-27, 2019
Methods for Analyzing Multimedia Data
|March 13th, 2019 (midnight GMT)||Application Deadline|
|April 3rd, 2019||Notifications|
|July 22nd, 2019||Start of Summer School|
The third summer school of this series will focus on methods for analyzing multimedia data (e.g. computer vision methods, spatial and temporal analysis of urban spaces via multimedia content analysis, spreading and mutation models for multimedia content). We have invited outstanding speakers from different disciplines that will teach different methods and show how multimedia data can be used to answer interesting research questions that are relevant for the social sciences and gain insights into cultural phenomena like social orientation and its expression for instance in urban spaces, images and art. Students will conduct small projects in which they will apply the newly learned methods and will be supervised by the invited speakers.
We will offer full financial support for up to 10 students (or early career researchers). Students have to apply for the travel grants and a committee of experts will select scholars based on academic excellence, financial needs and diversity (e.g. gender, ethnic and disciplinary diversity).
We’re honoured to have amazing speakers who teach the basics and specifics of their research.
The Summer School will take place in Germany. The venue will be announced soon.
Meet excellent researchers and scholars – a great chance to develop cooperations for your career.
Socialize with all participants, enjoy local food and drinks close to the beach.
The application is closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted.
Please submit your motivation letter (one page max), CV, and publication list in one PDF file via EasyChair.
The school is open to anyone interested in learning about Computational Social Science. The aim is to bring together an heterogeneous international group of people. However, we have a limited number of places for participants. That means everyone needs to apply (also if you have your own funding).
Registration fee for the summer school is 100 EUR. Lunch, coffee breaks and a social event are included.
Please indicate in your motivation letter if you would like to apply for a travel grant which will cover your registration fee, accommodation for the whole week and basic travel costs. Please note that travel grants are intended for students.
Please also indicate if you will only participate if you receive the travel grant or if we should also consider your application for normal positions if no travel grants are left. Students with travel grant will have to share rooms.
Do you accept applications per email?
No, please submit your application via EasyChair.
Do I need an EasyChair account to submit my application?
Yes. If you do not have an EasyChair account, please click “create an account” in EasyChair.
When I fill in the submission form in EasyChair, what should I enter into the compulsory text fields “Title” and “Keywords”?
“Title”: It is a predefined field that cannot be deactivated in EasyChair. Please enter “CSS Summer School Application Your First + Last Name”.
“Keywords”: You can enter the areas (e.g. computational social science) that you are interested in.
The school will take place in Berlin, Germany’s capital city. The school will be at the conference hotel Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz located in South-East Berlin. The historic mansion is surrounded by the beautiful nature of the Wernsdorfer Lake.
We have some rooms reserved at the Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz. There are both twin rooms and single rooms – more details will be available after the notification deadline.
There are two airports in Berlin.
The nearest airport to the Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz is the Schönefeld Airport. At the airport, you can take the bus 734 to “S Zeuthen”, then change to bus 733 and get off at the bus station “Berlin, Schmöckwitzwerder”. The conference hotel is only one-minute walk from the bus station.
From the Tegel Airport, there are no direct connections to the train and metro system in Berlin. You will have to take the express bus TXL at Tegel Airport to the Berlin Central Station “S+U Hauptbahnhof”. From there, you can take a train such as the Regional Express “RE 2” to the train station “S Königs Wusterhausen”, then change to bus 733 and get off at the bus station “Berlin, Schmöckwitzwerder”. Akademie Berlin-Schmöckwitz is then only one-minute walk from the station.
For real-time directions, please check the website of Berlin Traffic Information Center.
In association with the CPT in Marseille and the ISI Foundation in Turin, GESIS will host a SocioPatterns study during the Summer School. The setup is very simple: if you agree to participate, you will be given a small sensor to wear in your badge. This sensor will simply detect every encounter you have with other people wearing sensors, allowing us to analyse the pattern of social interactions at the event. In parallel, we will kindly ask you to fill a brief online survey (ca. 4-8 min.). This survey is intended to collect information about the participants (e.g., disciplinary background, personality traits) that might determine social interactions.
Participation in the sensor study and online survey is of course voluntary, but we strongly encourage you to participate in both parts of our research project. Note that both the study and the online survey will be completely anonymous. No information about your personal identity will be recorded to this point. A second survey will be conducted on the last day of the event. Participation is as well voluntary. Here, we ask for the attendee’s name and the perception on the other attendees. This name-information is matched automatically in the background with the anonymous ID and then deleted. The final collected data is completely anonymous.
This is the seventh time GESIS conducts a SocioPatterns study, and hopefully it will not be the last. This study is a very good opportunity to gather valuable data about human interactions, but also to present the SocioPatterns setup to the computational social science community. The Computational Social Science Department and the Survey Design & Methodology Department at GESIS thus encourage all participants of the CSS Summer School 2019 to take part in this study. Your contribution to this innovative project will be greatly appreciated.
With this email you will find the form of consent for the study, which explicitly details its features. A printed version will be available at the registration desk for you to sign if you agree to participate in the study.
If you agree to participate, the setup is very simple:
– Do I keep the sensor during the event?
Yes. You keep the sensor in your badge during the whole summer school, take it with you at the hotel room and bring it back every morning, and return it only when you leave definitely.
– Do the sensors work outside of the event?
No. The data is collected only within the area covered in the venue. Everything that happens outside of the venue cannot be recorded by the setup.
– How will the data be used?
The data will be used only for research purposes. It will not be used in any commercial way.
– I accepted/refused to participate, can I change my mind?
Yes, absolutely. At any point in time you can reach the main desk and decide to quit/join in the study.
IMPORTANT: Do not forget to return the sensor to the main desk when you leave the conference for good!
If you have any other questions about the study, please send an email to Johann Schaible (contact below) or ask Claudia Wagner and Nicola Perra on site
Johann Schaible, postdoctoral researcher at GESIS and Team Lead of Knowledge Discovery Team.