Conferator - A Social Conference Management System

Conferator - A Social Conference Management System


Conferator is a social and ubiquitous conference guidance system, aiming at supporting conference participants during conference planning, attendance, and their post-conference activities. It features the ability to manage social and face-to-face contacts during the conference and to support social networking.


For research purposes we offer a dataset that contains temporal networks of contacts between conference participants. Before you get access to the datasets, you have to sign up our license agreement and send it via fax to our office. Additionally, we would like to ask you to subscribe to the Ubicon-Research mailing list. Upon receipt of your faxed license agreement, we will approve the subscription request and in the welcome mail you will get instructions on how to access the dataset.

We are quite interested in results you got with the help of this dataset. Therefore, please inform us about your publications. Concerning citing this data in publications, refer to the following references:

Mark Kibanov, Martin Atzmueller, Jens Illig, Christoph Scholz, Alain Barrat, Ciro Cattuto and Gerd Stumme. Is Web Content a Good Proxy for Real-Life Interaction? A Case Study Considering Online and Offline Interactions of Computer Scientists. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2015, Paris, France, August 25-28, 2015. URL
Christoph Scholz, Martin Atzmueller, and Gerd Stumme. On the Predictability of Human Contacts: Influence Factors and the Strength of Stronger Ties. In Proceedings of the Fourth ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom 2012), 2012. URL

If you want to refer to the system, please use the following publication:

Martin Atzmueller, Dominik Benz, Stephan Doerfel, Andreas Hotho, Robert Jaeschke, Bjoern Elmar Macek, Folke Mitzlaff, Christoph Scholz, and Gerd Stumme. Enhancing Social Interactions at Conferences. it - Information Technology, (53)3:101--107, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH, May 2011. URL

The datasets were collected during several academic conferences, where we deployed the Conferator application. We ask each participant to wear active RFID devices that can sense and log the close-range face-to-face proximity of the individuals wearing them, up to a range of about 1.5 meters. This allows us to map out time-resolved networks of face-to-face contacts among the conference attendees. In the provided datasets no personal data are released.

Contact List. Each provided dataset contains a list of all recorded face-to-face contacts between conference participants Each line has the form id1;id2;tsfrom;tstill, which means that a face-to-face contact between participant id1 and participant id2 was active during the time intervall [tsfrom;tstill].

File Size Description
LWA2010.crypt 1.03 Mb F2F contact data collected at the LWA 2010, October 4-6, 2010
HT2011.crypt 1010 Kb F2F contact data collected at the Hypertext 2011, June 7-9, 2011
LWA2012.crypt 1.01 Mb F2F contact data collected at the LWA 2012, September 12-14, 2012
Conferator_License_Agreement.pdf 393 Kb Conferator license agreement (Version 2016-03-27)


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