4th Norwegian Big Data Symposium (NOBIDS) 2018

– Place: Adressa-huset, Ferjemannsveien 10, Trondheim


The 4th Norwegian Big Data Symposium - NOBIDS 2018 welcomes the submission of original research and application papers dealing with all aspects of Big Data and also the speacial theme "News Automation and Interactivity".

The impact of Big Data and large-scale data infrastructures is now visible in science, business, government and civil society. Companies store more data than anyone could imagine just a few years back, and the proliferation of open linked data has made it possible to share well-defined data across organizational and geographical boundaries. Big data and data analytics are rapidly expanding research areas that are of great importance to both industry and academia. The focus is on scalable techniques for intelligent data production, collection, classification, storing, integration, analysis and visualization. Big Data is multi-disciplinary of nature and is closely linked to industrial innovation and value creation.

Norwegian Big Data Symposium (NOBIDS 2018) focuses on Big Data applications and Big Data research from all disciplines. This year NOBIDS has a special focus on news automation and interactivity. News automation, in other words automated reporting of news or robot journalism, seen as a great help for journalists by some people while others think that it will replace journalists. While the debate goes on the technological advancements within the domain continues to excite the computer scientists and makes the journalists to prepare for the future of journalism. News automation deals with big amounts of news data in order to create individual stories automatically.  Interactivity focuses on the human computer interaction in the context of big data and robot journalism. Automatic generation of personalized news, chatbots and, any user feedback and interactivity based systems are of interest in this context. NOBIDS 2018 aims to bring researchers and industry practitioners together to exchange ideas, establish collaborations and share experiences within the special theme of news automation and interactivity.

NOBIDS 2018 will be held in conjunction with the NxtMedia Conference in Trondheim.


Topics of Interest

Topics of interests for the research track of NOBIDS 2018 include but are not limited to:

  • News automation / robot journalism
  • Conversational systems and chatbots
  • News summarization, classification and sentiment analysis
  • Fake news detection
  • Scalable AI/machine learning
  • Industrial applications of big data and data analytics
  • Big data management and life cycle support
  • Big data architectures
  • New programming models and platforms for big data computing
  • Cloud/grid/stream computing for big data
  • Big data on mobile platforms
  • Large-scale semantics and open linked data
  • Scalable natural language processing
  • Recommender systems and personalization
  • Detection of trusted news sources
  • News analytics
  • User experience and visualization of big data
  • User intelligence and user profiling
  • Social media systems
  • Anonymization, privacy and security
  • Business models for big data
  • Legal aspects of open and protected data
  • Evaluation and benchmarking of big data applications

Important Dates

Paper submission: 30 September 2018

Authors notification: 27 October 2018

Camera-ready due: 7 November 2018

Workshop date: 14 November 2018


Call For Papers

NOBIDS 2018 welcomes the submission of original research and application papers dealing with all aspects of Big Data and special theme "News Automation and Interactivity".

The symposium itself is divided into an industry track and a research track:

  • Industrial track: Invited speeches on industrial Big Data applications in Scandinavia

  • Research track: Scientific papers on Big Data and its possible applications

Program committee members will be announced soon.


Submission Details

The papers must be formatted according to the LNCS style and submitted as a pdf file. We solicit three types of papers:
    Long papers: Up to 14 pages, including references
    Short papers: Up to 8 pages, including references
    Demo papers: 2-4 pages, including references

All submissions to the research track should be made using the EasyChair Conference System.

Click here to submit a paper.



Accepted papers will be published online in a CEUR workshop proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop. A selection of the best papers will be invited to publish in a special issue of an NTNU Open Access journal on big data and analytics.

Full Program

Full program will be announced after the paper reviews are finalized.

Keynote Speakers

Anna Fensel
From Big Data to Smart Data: Changing Behavior with Online Communication

Carl-Gustav Linden
The Bright Future of News Automation

More information about the keynote speeches.

Organization Committee

Jon Atle Gulla, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen, NxtMedia, Norway

Özlem Özgöbek, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Carl-Gustav Linden, University of Helsinki, Finland


Past Symposiums