The IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM 2018) has taken place in Barcelona for its 2018 edition. From Tuesday to Friday, the conference has brought together researchers and practitioners from different fields to exchange of ideas/practices related to social networks analysis. In my case, the venue became a great opportunity to disseminate our recent work on generative models of online discussion threads. In particular, our survey paper Generative models of online discussion threads: state of the art and research challenges was the inspiration for a tutorial which also included a practical session with a Jupyter notebook built by our colleague Alberto Lumbreras.
The conference was also a perfect scenario to present the interactive discovery system I built last year for Participa Lab – Medialab Prado. The demo, developed to easilly navigate through topics and proposals from Decide Madrid, helped to open a discussion on the usefulness of alternative visual narratives in order to overcome the information overload problem that characterizes civic technologies. Both the tutorial and the demo were supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the María de Maeztu Units of Excellence Programme (MDM-2015-0502).