Workshop on Link Analysis, Counterterrorism and Security
Call for Papers

26th April, 2008
Hyatt Regency Hotel
at the SIAM International Conference on Data Mining.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: passed.
Notification of acceptance: passed.
Camera ready copy due to David Skillicorn: passed

The workshop schedule, with copies of the papers and an open problems list, is now available.

Workshop Co-chairs:

David Skillicorn
School of Computing
Queen’s University
Kingston Canada
skill at

Antonio Badia
Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science
University of Louisville
abadia at

Program Committee:

Submission Information

Submit by email to skill at cs dot queensu dot ca please. It would be helpful if you could name your attached file in a way that includes the name of one of the authors.

See the main conference web page for details of format and page limits (Paper Submission Instructions para, but do not submit to the main conference site), but no need to get formats precisely right for initial submissions.


This workshop is the fifth workshop on this topic at the SIAM International Data Mining Conference. The workshop attracts a mixture of academics, and security and law-enforcement and counterterrorism practitioners.

The workshop provides a venue in which to present early work in relevant areas. An online proceedings will be created, and hardcopy proceedings will be available to conference attendees (and through SIAM afterwards). However, authors may retain copyright.

Industrial organizations with products that are suitable for analyzing large datasets may also wish to participate, either directly in the workshop or in an industrial track in the main conference.

Topics of Interest:

Papers on any of these issues, and related topics, are welcome provided that their primary focus is on terrorism and counterterrorism, or law enforcement and related issues such as money laundering interdiction.

This year a special focus will be the VAST dataset, The dataset consists of: about 1500 news stories from a ficticious newspaper plus a few other items collected by the previous investigators; about 150 blog entries, a few pictures (in jpg format), a few small databases (in XLS and CVS format), and a few pages of background information (in .DOC or PDF format).

The dataset has already been analyzed in the context of the VAST 2007 conference. The intent for this workshop is not to set up an explicit challenge problem (the 'correct' answers will be available before the worskhop submission deadline), but to provide a way to compare the power and usefulness of a wide range of different analysis technologies on the same base data.

A starting point for obtaining the data is: here. (Note that it is the 2007 data that we will be using.)

A workshop session will be devoted to papers presenting results from this dataset. The concurrent Text Mining Workshop will also accept submissions related to this dataset that are primarily concerned with text mining, and sessions will be scheduled, if required, to allow attendees to attend both.

The workshop is part of the SIAM International Data Mining Conference, which takes place from 24-26th April 2008. In a change of policy, SIAM is now making it possible to register for any single day, for those who do not wish to attend the entire conference. Sadly, there is no student rate for this, so students are better off registering for the entire conference.

Download a pdf version of this call.