This message is from the program chairs for WWW 2008: Wei-Ying Ma, Andrew Tomkins, and Xiaodong Zhang.
We wanted to give a sense of the various technical paper tracks at the conference; we won’t cover workshops, tutorials, panels, or the developer track in this post, but we will cover both research tracks and alternate tracks. This year, we’re very excited about the topics that will be covered, and about the chairs who have agreed to run the individual tracks. Since 2006, we have significantly modified the e-Applications track, removed the web services track based on the trend in volume of submissions from previous years, and introduced three new tracks: Rich Media, Internet Monetization, and WWW in China. The following discussion gives some more details about the structure of the tracks.

Research tracks (12 tracks)

Alternate tracks (3 tracks)

Of the 15 tracks, 8 of them are small evolutions from last year:

  • Search
  • Data Mining
  • Semantic Web
  • Security and Privacy
  • Browsers and UI
  • Performance and Scalability
  • Technology for Developing Regions (alternate)
  • Industrial (alternate)

Of the remaining tracks, five are modifications of tracks that existed
last year:

XML and Web Data — now includes web services discovery, composition
and choreography.

Performance and Scalability — now includes SLAs and QoS issues in web

Social Networks and Web 2.0 — last year, most of the submissions to
e-Applications fell into this category, so we’ve formalized the split,
and also extended the scope of this track to include recommender
systems and trust management. Papers that are primarily about the
structure of one or more social networks should be sent to this track,
while papers that are primarily about a data mining technique, even if
applied to a social network, should be sent to data mining.

Mobility — this is a modification of the “Pervasive Web and Mobility”
track from last year. The focus of this track is not simply on
adapting Web content for mobile devices, but also on enabling mobile
users to become important participants in the Web community: not just
passively accessing the Web, but also actively contributing rich media
content, and networking with other mobile and stationary users.

Web Engineering — this track now includes engineering issues for web

Finally, we have two new tracks:

Internet Monetization covers sponsored search, advertising auctions,
electronic markets, and broadly all research issues related to
monetization online.

Rich Media covers indexing and retrieval of Web rich-media content,
social media, algorithms and systems to deal with Web-scale media-data
analysis and management, as well as applications of Web rich media in
areas such as online advertising, online gaming, entertainment,
virtual worlds, social networking, education, and biomedicine.

The special track of “WWW in China” covers the WWW-related research
and development in China. A recent report shows that China has the
second largest number (162 millions) of internet users in the world
and the number keeps increasing rapidly. The track will include
refereed paper presentations, panels, and keynote speeches from some
of most influential leaders in China’s industry and academia. This
track will be the best venue for you to learn the latest and most
exciting WWW research and new trends in China.