[DL] CfP : Semantic Matchmaking and Resource Retrieval - IJEC Special Issue

Eugenio Di Sciascio disciascio at poliba.it
Wed Aug 16 15:20:21 CEST 2006

Apologies for multiple copies

International Journal of Electronic Commerce (IJEC)

Call for Papers - Special Issue on:  
“Semantic Matchmaking and Resource Retrieval”

* Matchmaking is basically the process of discovering, based on a given
request, promising partners or resources for some kind of purpose, as
expressed in the match request. It is a process common to several scenarios
in the Internet era, spanning from e-commerce to web services, to grid
computing, to human resource management, to actual dating services, to
peer-to-peer computing. Both requests and resource/partner descriptions are
usually, but not always, given some kind of structure within matchmaking
* Principal issues emerge when the search has to be carried out in an
automated way and is not limited to identity matches but, as in real life,
when the objective is finding resources/partners suitable at least to some
extent, or -- when a single partner cannot fulfil the request -- finding a
pool of cooperating partners able to accomplish it. As this process may lead
to various possible matches, the notion of ranking becomes central, to
provide a list of potential partners ordered according to some criteria. 
Due to the diversity of frameworks of application, matchmaking has been
studied by several communities and it has been investigated under various
perspectives and techniques, including text-based information retrieval,
vague query answering, planning, constraint programming, fuzzy logic, frame
logic, and description logics. Also, different definitions and terminologies
have been given to common matchmaking issues. 
* Recently, the Semantic Web initiative has shifted the research towards
logic-based approaches, where requests/demands and  resources/supplies are
described with reference to a shared ontology. Such approaches are far from
being a "silver bullet", as several problems remain unsolved, such as the
need for shared or at least integrated schemas, the need for reasoning
services smarter than standard ones, time constraints and scalability
* This Special Issue seeks original papers that provide a significant novel
contribution to the field. Papers are solicited that advance the current
state-of-the-art in semantic matchmaking and resource retrieval, providing
the latest breakthroughs achieved by scientists working in the area, and
identifying  promising research directions. Theoretical papers should
present at least a proof of concept application .

Topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to: 

•       approximate semantic matchmaking 
•       hybrid resource retrieval 
•       approximate reasoning for resource retrieval 
•       non-monotonic reasoning for resource retrieval 
•       resource annotation for matchmaking 
•       (web/mobile) services discovery and composition 
•       efficient storage of semantic-based annotations for matchmaking and
•       evaluation strategies of matchmaking procedures
•       semantic matchmaking and retrieval applications for: 
	-       P2P and B2C E-marketplaces 	
	-       Mobile Commerce 
	-       Ubiquitous Computing
	-       Workflow composition 
	-       Business processes 
	-       Dating systems 
	-       Semantic Grid 
	-       Competencies management 
	-       Multimedia

Submission Guidelines:
Manuscripts submitted to the special issue should contain original material
not published in nor submitted to other journals. Submissions should be sent
via e-mail to disciascio at poliba.it, in PDF format, and should not exceed 30
pages. Detailed formatting instructions and templates will be made available
soon at: http://sisinflab.poliba.it/ijec-si-smr/

Important Dates:
- September 30th , 2006: Submission deadline 
- December 15th, 2006: Notification of acceptance/rejection/revision 
- February 15th, 2007: Revised manuscripts due:
- April 5th, 2007: Final manuscripts due 

Guest Editors:
- Tommaso Di Noia -  Politecnico di Bari, Via E.Orabona, 4 I-70125 Bari,
  tel: +39 080 596 3903   
  fax: +39 080 596 3410 
  e-mail: t.dinoia at poliba.it
- Eugenio Di Sciascio -  Politecnico di Bari, Via E.Orabona, 4 I-70125 Bari,
  tel: +39 080 596 3641   
  fax: +39 080 596 3410 
  e-mail: disciascio at poliba.it
- Francesco M. Donini – Università della Tuscia Via S. Carlo 32,  I-01100
Viterbo, Italy 
  tel: +39 0761 357 861 
  fax: +39 0761 357 887
  email: donini at unitus.it

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