ACM TKDD Special Issue: Connected Health at Big Data Era

The availability of big data and the emergence of wearable computing, network science, and computational social science as areas of inquiry has been changing the landscape of how we decipher our lives, our social interactions, and our day-to-day activities. This well-connected world has proposed novel requirements on transforming healthcare from reactive and hospital-centered, to preventive, proactive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than ailment recovery.

This special issue aims to summarize how data mining techniques echo with these emerging challenges. The topics of this special issue include, but are not limit to, the following:

         Health care applications advanced by data mining techniques

o    Disease modeling and early intervention

o    Infectious disease modeling and controlling

o    Data-driven methods for personalized medicine

o    Care coordination and pathway analysis

o    Mobile health

o    Social media and public health

o    Comprehensive risk prediction

o    Community based elder care

         New data mining techniques motived by health care applications

o    Multi-source data sets integration and linkage

o    Quality assessment and improvement of different data

o    Big graph mining (e.g., social networks, patient networks, etc.)

o    Medical text mining (e.g., clinical notes, medical forums, etc.)

o    Behavioral modeling and sentiment analysis

o    Large scale and longitudinal analysis of multi-faceted information

o    Visual analytics and interactive computation

o    Scalable (medical) data management and mining systems

o    Privacy preservation and information security

Submission Format and Guidelines

All submitted papers must be clearly written in English and must contain only original work, which has not been published by, or is currently under review for, any other journal, conference, symposium, or workshop. Submissions should be prepared according to the instruction at:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the Manuscript Center for TKDD: The authors must select "SI: BIGCHAT special issue" as Manuscript Type during the submission.

All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.

Important Dates

      October 30th, 2014: paper submission due

      December 30st, 2014: first round review due

      February 15th, 2015: author revision due

      March 15th, 2015: second round review due

      April 15th, 2015: final decision (approximate date)

      April 30th, 2015: camera-ready due

Guest Editors

         Hanghang Tong. Assistant Professor. Computer Science Department. CUNY City College. Email:

         Fei Wang. Research Staff Member. IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Email:

         Munmun De Choudhury. Assistant Professor. School of Interactive Computing. Georgia Institute of Technology. Email:

         Zoran Obradovic. Laura H. Carnell Professor. Computer and Information Sciences Department, Temple University. Email: