The International Workshop on:

Graph Analytics


Held in Conjunction with the 5th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference - March 16-20, 2015.

Poughkeepsie, New York (USA) at Marist College

*** Submission Deadline is January 30th ***

    Graph data has become increasingly prevalent in data-mining and data analysis.  Many types of data can be represented naturally as graphs including social network data, log traversal, and online discussions.  Such data has grown exponentially in volume as courses have moved online and educational technology has been incorporated into the traditional classroom.  Recent work on tutorial interactions online resource use, and argumentation has highlighted educationally relevant data that lends itself to graphical analysis including: graphical solution representations such as argument diagrams; interaction logs; social networks in learner communities, and online discussion forums.  

    While data of this type has grown increasingly common it has only recently been approached by analysts, and no strong community of researchers focused on graph-based data exists.  Such a community is important to foster useful interactions, share tools and techniques, and to explore common problems.  We believe that there is a strong need for such research and an interest both from academic researchers and industrial partners. We have previously organized a successful workshop on this topic held at the 2014 Educational Datamining Conference where we discussed existing data and problems and novel graph-analysis techniques.  That workshop was widely successful and included both researchers and industry professionals.  

    Our goal in the present workshop is to continue that collaboration and to expand the community of interested researchers to include members of the learning analytics community.  We believe that the problems and analytical techniques discussed previously are relevant to the LAK community.  We also believe that the LAK 2015 focus on large-scale data presents an opportunity to address novel problems with the massive datasets under discussion.  

    We plan a half-day interactive workshop combining short research presentations with breakout groups and collaboration planning.  We will open submissions for research papers describing relevant mature work, tools and analytical techniques, open problems, and novel datasets.   We will organize the workshop into three phases:

  • Lightning Talks: We will open the workshop with short research presentations and a summary of current work.  
  • Shared Problems: We will then have a breakout for small-group discussion focused on identifying shared research problems, common analytical techniques, and the problems unique to large datasets. 
  • Collaborative Planning:  For the final session of the day we will return to breakout groups with the goal of identifying potential shared projects.  It is our hope that the final session will help to foster the development of shared proposals that will lead to future research to be presented at LAK 2016.  

Sincerely: Dr. Collin Lynch, Dr. Tiffany Barnes & Dr. Jennifer Albert.

Paper Formats

We particularly welcome submission of in-progress work both from students and researchers with problems who are seeking appropriate analytical tools, and developers of graph analysis tools who are seeking new challenges. We will accept long papers, short papers, and poster/demo submissions. All submissions should be novel and not previously published work.

Long papers should be from describe mature work and be from 7-8 pages long.

Short papers should be 5 pages long and describe planned research; existing datasets that would be amenable to graphical analysis; or analytical tools that are available for use.

Poster and demo submissions should be 3 pages and should present an overview of the planned content. Posters and demos should be focused on available datasets and tools and be designed to foster discussion.

Papers should be submitted in the LAK 2015 latex and word formats: http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates


Papers should be submitted via EasyChair https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=glak2015 


The workshop will be organized as a mini-conference with time set aside for short presentations, collaborative discussion, and demos. More information on the presentation formats will be made available once the final submissions are selected.

Important Dates

  • 30 January 2015 - Submissions Due.
  • 6 February 2015 - Acceptance notification.
  • afternoon March 16, 2015 - Tentative Workshop Date.