Special Issue "Recent Advances in Social Data and Artificial Intelligence II"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science and Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 448

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Prof. Dr. Gautam Srivastava
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Prof. Dr. Hari Mohan Srivastava
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Dear colleagues,

The importance and usefulness of subjects and topics involving social data and artificial intelligence are becoming widely recognized.

In this Special Issue, we cordially invite and welcome review, expository, and original research articles dealing with the recent advances in the subjects of social data and artificial intelligence, as well as their links potential to cyberspace.

Cyberspace, the seamless integration of physical, social, and mental spaces, is an integral part of our society, ranging from learning and entertainment to business and cultural activities, and so on. However, there are a number of pressing challenges associated with cyberspace. For example, how do we strike a balance between the need for strong cybersecurity and preserving the privacy of ordinary citizens?

This Special Issue has emerged from the International Conference on Social Data and Artificial Intelligence (SDAI 2020) held in Toronto, Canada on 26–27 May 2020 and the IEEE Cyber Science and Technology Congress (CyberSciTech 2020), which will also be held in Canada (CyberSciTech 2020, Calgary, Canada, 22–26 June 2020).

To address the challenges described for both conferences, there is a need to establish new science and research portfolios that incorporate social data and artificial intelligence alone or in combination with cyber-physical, cyber-social, cyber-intelligent, and cyber-life technologies in a cohesive and efficient manner.

Prof. Dr. Gautam Srivastava
Prof. Dr. Hari Mohan Srivastava
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  • social data inadequacies and inconsistencies
  • predictive models of social behaviors
  • infrastructure and architecture for testing social theories
  • data collection and analysis platforms
  • relevance of IoT for social science theories
  • building capacity to continuously collect data across a range of social media networks
  • designing efficient parsers to deal with noisy social media data-sets for real-time tracking of health issues, diseases, and wellness
  • designing tools to map and measure the effectiveness of health campaigns by healthcare organizations
  • cross-validating the predictive models of social media data-sets with ground truth data
  • developing frameworks and algorithms to perform real-time analysis of social media data-sets
  • cyberspace theory and technology
  • cyber social computing and networks
  • cyber life and wellbeing
  • cyber intelligence and cognitive science

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Prediction of Spread Trend of Epidemic Based on Spatial-Temporal Sequence
Symmetry 2022, 14(5), 1064; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym14051064 - 23 May 2022
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, and it is necessary for us to implement effective methods to prevent and control the spread of the epidemic. In this paper, we propose a new model called Spatial–Temporal Attention Graph Convolutional Networks [...] Read more.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world, and it is necessary for us to implement effective methods to prevent and control the spread of the epidemic. In this paper, we propose a new model called Spatial–Temporal Attention Graph Convolutional Networks (STAGCN) that can analyze the long-term trend of the COVID-19 epidemic with high accuracy. The STAGCN employs a spatial graph attention network layer and a temporal gated attention convolutional network layer to capture the spatial and temporal features of infectious disease data, respectively. While the new model inherits the symmetric “space-time space” structure of Spatial–Temporal Graph Convolutional Networks (STGCN), it enhances its ability to identify infectious diseases using spatial–temporal correlation features by replacing the graph convolutional network layer with a graph attention network layer that can pay more attention to important features based on adaptively adjusted feature weights at different time points. The experimental results show that our model has the lowest error rate compared to other models. The paper also analyzes the prediction results of the model using interpretable analysis methods to provide a more reliable guide for the decision-making process during epidemic prevention and control. Full article
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