US Census Bureau Employees tabulating data using one of the first UNIVAC I computers, circa 1960.

US Census Bureau Employees tabulating data using one of the first UNIVAC I computers, circa 1960.1

Keynote speaker: Andreas Gros, Facebook Core Data Science

Andreas is a scientist with a background in complex systems on Facebook's Core Data Science team. He currently works on machine learning problems to tackle large quantities of textual data (topic modeling). He also works on spatial demographic questions for Full bio.

The workshop program is now available. See you soon!


Demography has been a data-driven discipline since its birth. The global spread of the Internet, social media and cell phones opens up new opportunities for understanding traditional demographic research questions. At the same time, the use of social media and the Internet can influence people’s demographic behavior at a wide range of scales--from the planning of major life events like childbirth and migration, to daily decisions like commuting patterns and kin interactions.

There are clear benefits to connecting demography and data science. As ever more complex population-level data become available, demography can offer rigorously-developed concepts, measures and methods to those involved in the ‘big social data’ revolution. As social media services become a major source of social scientific data, the interaction with data science holds great potential to advance demographic research as well. Despite the great potential involved in these interactions, there is unfortunately very limited communication between population researchers and data scientists. This workshop is intended to foster communication and exchange between the two communities, revolving around the main theme of applications and implications of Web, social media and cellphone data for demographic research.

Topics that are relevant for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

Call for Submissions

Deadline: September 30, 2016, 5pm Pacific Time
submissions email:

Participants who would like to present must submit an extended abstract (2-4 pages) or a full paper. The submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of quality and fit to the workshop theme. Please attach submissions to an email and send them to by 5pm Pacific Time on September 30, 2016.

Accepted abstracts and papers will be presented as short presentations, lightning talks or posters. Participants who are interested in attending but do not submit a research paper or a position paper should submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in participating, what they would gain from participation, and how they can contribute to the workshop.

There will be no formal ACM Proceedings for the abstract and papers submitted. However, if we receive enough high quality submissions, and if there is enough interest from participants to the workshop, we will propose a special issue of a top demographic journal.

Organizing Committee

  1. Image source: US Census Bureau / Census History