Face-to-Face Contacts at a Conference: Dynamics of Communities and Roles

  • Martin Atzmueller
  • Stephan Doerfel
  • Andreas Hotho
  • Folke Mitzlaff
  • Gerd Stumme
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7472)


This paper focuses on the community analysis of conference participants using their face-to-face contacts, visited talks, and tracks in a social and ubiquitous conferencing scenario. We consider human face-to-face contacts and perform a dynamic analysis of the number of contacts and their lengths. On these dimensions, we specifically investigate user-interaction and community structure according to different special interest groups during a conference. Additionally, using the community information, we examine different roles and their characteristic elements.

The analysis is grounded using real-world conference data capturing community information about participants and their face-to-face contacts. The analysis results indicate, that the face-to-face contacts show inherent community structure grounded using the special interest groups. Furthermore, we provide individual and community-level properties, traces of different behavioral patterns, and characteristic (role) profiles.


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  • Martin Atzmueller
    • Stephan Doerfel
      • Andreas Hotho
        • Folke Mitzlaff
          • Gerd Stumme

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