Brainstorm - Precog's Reading Boulevard
Brainstorm is the group's reading session, which focuses on developing a wholesome knowledge about various topics (Privacy and Security in Online Social Media, Cyber crime, Privacy, and Usable Privacy and Security) in which research is being conducted at Precog. It provides an opportunity for focused discussions and exploring current state of the art. We believe these sessions help in developing scientific approach to problem articulation, sound research practices, and fact-based learning through accepted publications and case studies. The current reading group is comprised of vivacious graduate and undergraduate students at IIITD, with common interest in improving and contributing towards above mentioned areas of work.

Proceedings
The group Brainstorm's every week during the regular semester (Fall / Spring). The sessions are preceded by different members of the group; members volunteer to moderate the paper for the week. The moderator leads the discussion with briefing about the paper, highlighting various strengths and weakness of the paper.This is followed by the comments and constructive discussion on the work. The session closes with some interesting takeaways and conclusions reached from the discussion.


Winter 2017
Where: Board Room, Fifth Floor, Academic Building, IIIT-D

Schedule - Winter 2017
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
25 January Anupama Aggarwal Ribeiro, Marco Tulio, Sameer Singh, and Carlos Guestrin. "Why Should I Trust You?: Explaining the Predictions of Any Classifier." Proceedings of the 22nd ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining. ACM, 2016. PDF
30 January Srishti Gupta Nicholas Jing Yuan, Yuan Zhong, Fuzheng Zhang, Xing Xie, Chin-Yew Lin, and Yong Rui. 2016. Who Will Reply to/Retweet This Tweet?: The Dynamics of Intimacy from Online Social Interactions. In Proceedings of the Ninth ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA. ACM download link
16 February TBD Ma, Jing, et al. "Detecting rumors from microblogs with recurrent neural networks." Proceedings of IJCAI. 2016. PDF
March 2 TBD Bian, Jiang, et al. "Learning to recognize reliable users and content in social media with coupled mutual reinforcement." Proceedings of the 18th international conference on World wide web. ACM, 2009. PDF

Monsoon 2016
Where: Board Room, Fifth Floor, Academic Building, IIIT-D
When: 1300 to 1430 hrs IST, Tuesdays

Schedule 2016
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
23 August Srishti Chandok & Mansi Goel Zheleva, E., & Getoor., L.To join or not to join: the illusion of privacy in social networks with mixed public and private user profiles, WWW, 2009 PDF
30 August Indira Sen & Kushagra Singh Nobata, C., Tetreault, J., Thomas, A., Mehdad, Y., &Chang, Y.Abusive Language Detection in Online User Content, WWW, 2016 PDF
6 September Ayush Shah Cao, Q., Sirivianos, M., Yang, X., & Pregueiro, T.Aiding the Detection of Fake Accounts in Large Scale Social Online Service, NSDI, 2012 PDF
13 September Vrinda Malhotra & Amod Agrawal Doerr, B., Fouz, M., & Friedrich, T.Why Rumors Spread Fast in Social Networks, CACM, 2012 PDF
18 October Shrey Bagroy Choudhury, M., Jhaver, S., Sugar, B., & Weber, I.Social Media Participation in an Activist Movement for Racial Equality, ICWSM, 2016 PDF


Summer 2016
Where: A Wing, Fourth Floor, Academic Building, IIIT-D
When: 1630 to 1800hrs IST, Fridays

Schedule 2016
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
03 June Anupama Aggrawal Jessica Su, Aneesh Sharma & Sharad Goel,The Effect of Recommendations on Network Structure, WWW, 2016 PDF
10 June Varun Bharadhwaj Quanzeng You, Jiebo Luo, Hailin Jin & Jianchao Yang, Robust Image Sentiment Analysis Using Progressively Trained and Domain Transferred Deep Networks , 2015 PDF
17 June Srishti Bhargava Takaaki Hasegawa, Satoshi Sekine and Ralph Grishman, Discovering Relations among Named Entities from Large Corpora , ACL, 2004 PDF
24 June Divam Gupta C´ıcero Nogueira dos Santos & Maira Gatti, Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for Sentiment Analysis of Short Texts, COLING, 2015 PDF
1 July Bhavna Nagpal Jamie Mahoney, Tom Feltwell, Obinna Ajuruchi & Shaun Lawson, Constructing the Visual Online Political Self: An Analysis of Instagram Use by the Scottish Electorate, CHI, 2016 PDF
8 July Anshuman Suri Kurt Thomas, Frank Li, Chris Grier & Vern Paxson, Consequences of Connectivity: Characterizing Account Hijacking on Twitter, CCS, 2014 PDF


Winter 2014
Where: A Wing, Fourth Floor, Research Building, IIIT-D
When: 12:30 to 13:30 IST, Tuesday

Schedule 2014
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
04 Feb Aditi Morstatter, F., Pfeffer, J., Liu, H., & Carley, K. M. (2013). Is the sample good enough? Comparing data from Twitter's streaming API with Twitter's firehose. Proceedings of ICWSM. PDF
11 Feb Sudip Abisheva, A., Garimella, V. R. K., Garcia, D., & Weber, I. (2013). Who Watches (and Shares) What on YouTube? And When? Using Twitter to Understand YouTube Viewership. arXiv preprint arXiv:1312.4511. PDF
25 Feb Abhishek Cohen, R., & Ruths, D. (2013, June). Classifying Political Orientation on Twitter: It's Not Easy!. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. PDF
04 Mar Anupama Ribeiro, B. Modeling and Predicting the Growth and Death of Membership-based Websites. WWW 2014. PDF
11 Mar Niharika Grevet, C., Terveen, L., & Gilbert, E. Managing Political Differences in Social Media. CSCW 2014. PDF
18 Mar Neha Nikiforakis, N., Maggi, F., Stringhini, G., Rafique, M. Z., Joosen, W., Kruegel, C., ... & Zanero, S. Stranger Danger: Exploring the Ecosystem of Ad-based URL Shortening Services. WWW 2014. PDF
25 Mar Srishti User Profiling in an Ego Network: Co-profiling Attributes and Relationships. R. Li, C. Wang, and K. C.-C. Chang. In WWW, 2014. PDF
01 Apr Paridhi Yuan, N. J., Zhang, F., Lian, D., Zheng, K., Yu, S., & Xie, X. (2013, October). We know how you live: exploring the spectrum of urban lifestyles. In Proceedings of the first ACM conference on Online social networks (pp. 3-14). ACM. PDF
08 Apr Mayank TBD
15 Apr Hemank TBD
22 Apr TBD TBD
29 Apr TBD TBD


Monsoon 2013
Where: A Wing, Fourth Floor, Research Building, IIIT-D
When: 15:30 to 16:30 IST, Wednesday

Schedule 2013
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
21 Aug Aditi Denef, S., Bayerl, P. S., & Kaptein, N. A. (2013, April). Social media and the police: tweeting practices of british police forces during the August 2011 riots. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 3471-3480). ACM. PDF
27 Aug Anupama Akhawe, D., & Felt, A. P. Alice in Warningland: A Large-Scale Field Study of Browser Security Warning Effectiveness. PDF
4 Sept Neha Amleshwaram, A. A., Reddy, N., Yadav, S., Gu, G., & Yang, C. (2013, January). CATS: Characterizing automation of Twitter spammers. In Communication Systems and Networks (COMSNETS), 2013 Fifth International Conference on (pp. 1-10). IEEE. PDF
11 Sept Abhishek Patil, A., Liu, J., & Gao, J. (2013, May). Predicting group stability in online social networks. In Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on World Wide Web (pp. 1021-1030). International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. PDF
18 Sept Niharika Jung, Y., Gray, R., Lampe, C., & Ellison, N. (2013, April). Favors from facebook friends: unpacking dimensions of social capital. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 11-20). ACM. PDF
25 Sept Paridhi Zafarani, R., & Liu, H. Connecting Users across Social Media Sites: A Behavioral-Modeling Approach. PDF
2 Oct Megha Schulz, A., Hadjakos, A., Paulheim, H., Nachtwey, J., & Muhlhäuser, M. (2013, June). A Multi-Indicator Approach for Geolocalization of Tweets. In Seventh International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. PDF
TBD Prateek Cohen, R., & Ruths, D. (2013, June). Classifying Political Orientation on Twitter: It’s Not Easy!. In Seventh International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. PDF
TBD Prachi Morstatter, F., Pfeffer, J., Liu, H., & Carley, K. M. (2013). Is the sample good enough? comparing data from twitter’s streaming api with twitter’s firehose. Proceedings of ICWSM. PDF
TBD Hemank Anderson, A., Huttenlocher, D., Kleinberg, J., & Leskovec, J. (2013, May). Steering user behavior with badges. In Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on World Wide Web (pp. 95-106). International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. PDF
TBD PK Wang, G., Gill, K., Mohanlal, M., Zheng, H., & Zhao, B. Y. (2013, May). Wisdom in the social crowd: an analysis of quora. In Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on World Wide Web (pp. 1341-1352). International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. PDF
TBD Shristi Lee, K., Tamilarasan, P., & Caverlee, J. (2013). Crowdturfers, Campaigns, and Social Media: Tracking and Revealing Crowdsourced Manipulation of Social Media. PDF
TBD Sudip Thomas, K., Grier, C., Song, D., & Paxson, V. (2011, November). Suspended accounts in retrospect: an analysis of twitter spam. In Proceedings of the 2011 ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement conference (pp. 243-258). ACM.PDF
TBD Soumya Huang, T. K., Rahman, M. S., Madhyastha, H. V., & Faloutsos, M. (2013, May). An analysis of socware cascades in online social networks. In Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on World Wide Web (pp. 619-630). International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee. PDF


Spring 2013
Where: A Wing, Fourth Floor, Research Building, IIIT-D
When: 12:00 - 13:00 IST, Monday

Schedule 2013
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
10 Jan Anupama Chao Yang,Robert Harkreader,Jialong Zhang,Seungwon Shin, Guofei Gu, Analyzing Spammer's Social Networks for Fun and Profit. WWW'12. PDF
14 Jan Paridhi Mohamed Shehab, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Arik Friedman, Roksana Boreli, Is more always merrier?: a deep dive into online social footprints. WOSN '12. PDF
21 Jan Niharika Jialiu Lin,Shahriyar Amini,Jason I. Hong,Norman Sadeh,Janne Lindqvist,Joy Zhang ,Understanding Users' Mental Models of Mobile App Privacy through Crowdsourcing. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Sep 2012. PDF
28 Jan Srishti Eytan Bakshy,Itamar Rosenn,Cameron Marlow,Lada Adamic, The Role of Social Networks in Information Diffusion. WWW'12 PDF
04 Feb Prachi Farshad Kooti, Winter A. Mason, Krishna P. Gummadi, and Meeyoung Cha., Predicting Emerging Social Conventions in Online Social Networks. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM'12), Hawaii, USA 2012. PDF
18 Feb Sudip Andreas Pitsillidis, Chris Kanich, Geoffrey M. Voelker, Kirill Levchenko, and Stefan Savage, Taster's Choice: A Comparative Analysis of Spam Feeds. IMC'12 PDF
04 March Neha Ratan Dey , Cong Tang , Keith Ross, Nitesh Saxena, Estimating Age Privacy Leakage in Online Social Networks. International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM) PDF
11 March Sumit G. Magno, G. Comarela, D. Trumper, M. Cha, and V. Almeida. New Kid on the Block: Exploring the Google+ Social Graph.In Proc IMC'2012 PDF
18 March Nikita Ceren Budak, Rakesh Agrawal, On Participation in Group Chats on Twitter. To Appear at Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on World Wide Web, 2013 (WWW'13) PDF
8 April Vani Gabriela Marcu, Anind K. Dey, Sara Kiesler, Parent-driven use of wearable cameras for autism support: a field study with families. Ubicomp'12PDF
15 April PK Saptarshi Ghosh, Naveen Sharma, Fabricio Benevenuto, Niloy Ganguly, and Krishna Gummadi, Cognos: Crowdsourcing Search for Topic Experts in Microblogs. In Proceedings of the Annual Int'l SIGIR Conference (SIGIR'12) PDF
22 April Prateek Gonzalez, Roberto, et al. Google+ or google-?. dissecting the evolution of the new osn in its first year. WWW'13 PDF


Fall 2012
Where: A Wing, Fourth Floor, Research Building, IIIT-D
When: 12.30 - 13.30 IST, Wednesdays

Schedule 2012
Date Moderator Publication / Paper
22 Aug Niharika Y. Xu, G. Reynaga, S. Chiasson, J.M Frahm, F. Monrose, P.C. van Oorchot, Security and Usability Challenges of Moving-Object CAPTCHAs: Decoding Codewords in Motion, USENIX Security, 2012. PDF
5 Sept Anupama J. Cranshaw, R. Schwartz, J. Hong, N. Sadeh, The Livehoods Project: Utilizing Social Media to Understand the Dynamics of City, in Proc. of the 6th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM, 2012. PDF
12 Sept Paridhi A. Narayanan and V. Shmatiko, De-annonymizing Social Networks, Oakland, 2009. PDF
19 Sept Srishti I. Martinovic‚ D. Davies‚ M. Frank‚ D. Perito‚ T. Ros and D. Song, On the Feasibility of Side-Channel Attacks with Brain-Computer Interfaces, USENIX Security, 2012. PDF
26 Sept Aditi Eduardo J. Ruiz, Vagelis Hristidis, Carlos Castillo, Aristides Gionis, and Alejandro Jaimes. 2012. Correlating financial time series with micro-blogging activity. In Proceedings of the fifth ACM international conference on Web search and data mining (WSDM '12). PDF
3 Oct Prachi C. Wagner , V. Liaoy, P. Pirolliz, L. Nelsonz and M. Strohmaier, It’s not in their tweets: Modeling topical expertise of Twitter users, SocialCom, 2012. PDF
10 Oct Tatiana C. Davis Jr., G. Pappa, D. Oliveira, and F. Arcanjo, Inferring the Location of Twitter Messages Based on User Relationships. Transactions in GIS, 15(6):735–751, 2011. PDF
26 Oct PK V. Dave, S. Guha, Y. Zhang, Measuring and Fingerprinting Click-Spam in Ad Networks. SIGCOMM, 2012. PDF
2 Nov Neha M Srivatsa, M Hicks, Deanonymizing Mobility Traces: Using Social Networks as a Side-Channel. CCS 2012 PDF
9 Nov Vani M. Sato, I. Poupyrev, C. Harrison, Touché: Enhancing Touch Interaction on Humans, Screens, Liquids, and Everyday Objects. CHI 2012. PDF

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