Weekly Schedule

The weekly schedule of the Summer School and Media Industry day is updated:

Lectures - Presentations

Opening presentation by Dr. Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH

Social Media Content Analysis

Online Social Interaction Modeling and Analysis

Social Media Applications and Architecture

Media Industry day (more presentations to be added)

Poster session

Student posters booklet NEW!

The Summer School on Social Media Modeling and Search is especially aimed to provide a stimulating space for young researchers and Ph.D. students. All participants are encouraged to bring their poster to the summer school, presenting the results of their research on the various topics of the school.

Suitable space and special sessions will be organized for poster presentation and discussion. The electronic version of the posters will also be available from the SSMS 2012 web site.

Urban Sensoria Lab workshop

Alejandro (Alex) Jaimes (Yahoo! Research, Spain)

This interdisciplinary workshop (participation is open to artists and researchers) will explore a mixed scenario consisting of an exploratory-creative component to allow workshop participants to use novel ubiquitous computing technologies to explore Santorini, collect information, and work on a creative project. The workshop will thus aim to allow participants to have a hands-on experience to explore the use of various technologies in a creative process. We will specifically target the senses (sight, sound, smell, etc.), within a contextual framework that considers the city a collection of sensory inputs that may be captured and transmitted via ubiquitous technologies. The goal of this workshop is twofold: (1) to explore the use of ubiquitous computing for personal urban sensing. In particular, we would like to provide the space for the presentation of tools, techniques, and methods that focus on experiencing urban environments through the senses. Specifically, this includes techniques and devices to deal with elements perceived through the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, balance, direction, etc.). (2) to explore the use of such tools, techniques, and various processes for the creation of content, preservation, and sharing of experiences. The creative Urban Sensoria workshop has been previously held in Medellin (Colombia), Manizales (Colombia), Singapore, Barcelona (Spain), and Tokyo (Japan), and Beijing, in conjunction with major art festivals such as ISEA, the Barcelona International Contemporary Art Festival, and the Festival de la Imagen.

Media Industry Day

Social Media and the News Business

The organisers of SSMS 2012 are pleased to announce that the summer school will include a day dedicated to issues relevant to the media industry. The focus of this day will be on Social Media and how it affects the news industry. It will include topics like:

  • Social Media tools and services used in the news business;
  • Market needs and business requirements in the news sector;
  • Journalistic workflows and how Social Media can aid (or hamper) journalistic processes;
  • Difficulties and dangers encountered when using Social Media for newsgathering and reporting;
  • Shortcomings as well as potential of Social Media in the news business;
  • Success stories, best practices as well as fads and failures.
  • Work from research projects that deal with and tackle some of the business issues outlined above.

Practitioners and experts active in areas such as news provision, innovation management, journalism and media market analysis, will present, discuss and share some of the challenges of, and opportunities for, the news sector with regards to Social Media. This has a four-folded aim:

  • to show Summer School participants what current, real challenges exist and what this means for the news business and journalistic work;
  • to point to needs and requirements of the news business, also highlighting areas that can do with further R&D work and new developments (e.g. semantic analysis tools and services, verification services, content analysis);
  • to establish contacts and bridge the gap between academia, R&D and the news business;
  • to share ideas, discuss and debate to gain new insights and walk away with fresh and inspiring ideas.

Planned format: presentations and panel discussions.
Detailed programme: to be announced in due course.

The SSMS 2012 Media Industry Day is organised by the Social Sensor project partners
Athens Technology Centre, Greece (, c/o Nikos Sarris - n.sarris at and
Deutsche Welle, Germany (, c/o Jochen Spangenberg - jochen.spangenberg at

The SSMS 2012 Media Industry Day is supported by the Social Sensor project (, which, in turn, is co-funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme for Information and Communication Technologies under the Grant Agreement 287975.

Social Programme 

(subject to changes)

Highlights of the SSMS 2012 social programme include a welcoming evening at a beach bar, a picturesque walk from Fira to Oia and a dinner in Oia.

  • Beach bar & swimming (Monday): After Monday's lectures and poster session, it is time for a drink by the beach. We will have our drinks at a hip beach bar at Perivolos beach. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit and towel with you! Going to and return from the beach will be arranged by the organizers.

  • Walk from Fira to Oia (Wednesday):  The route follows a path on the rim of the crater rather than the the dull road route and it offers spectacular views to the island, volcano and surrounding sea. It will take around 3 hours excluding stops and might be pretty hot but hopefully bearable due to the evening time in September. Take your running, walking, trekking shoes with you, light clothes, plenty of water and a hat. Flip-flops and similar would be very unsuitable. Return will be by bus (or on foot for the brave ones) from Oia to Fira (each participant will be responsible for getting back to Fira on their own).

  • Social diner (Thursday): The social diner will take place in a traditional restaurant of Santorini located in Oia, offering local specialties and a nice view over the sea. Going to and return from restaurant will be arranged by the organizers.


The following awards will be given at the end of the summer school:

  • Best Poster Award: Awarded to best student poster presentation by voting from all participants
  • Best SocialSensor Poster Award: For the student poster most relevant to SocialSensor project objectives, selected by a committee of SocialSensor participants
  • Social Media Award: Award given to the student who made the most interesting comments and who initiated the most interesting discussions on the Social Media Channels (Twitter, facebook)

Supported by

sociasensor logocubrik

of the EuroMM, the European Chapter of the ACM SIGMM