[DL] Call for Tutorials (ISWC 2007 + ASWC 2007)

Masahiro Hori horim at res.kutc.kansai-u.ac.jp
Fri Feb 9 16:43:23 CET 2007

Apologies for multiple postings.

               ##### Call for Tutorials #####

  The 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007)
                         combined with
      the 2nd Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC 2007)

                    November 11-15, 2007
 BEXCO (Busan Exhibition and Convention Center), Busan, KOREA


  The Semantic Web is an extension of the current Web which facilitates the use of machine processable meta-data based upon ontologies. As such, Semantic Web research incorporates a number of technologies and methodologies including those from the fields of fields of Artificial Intelligence, Ontology Engineering, Human Language Technology, Machine Learning, Web Services, Databases, Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction and Information Systems.

 In addition to the regular research and workshop programme, ISWC 2007 invites tutorials on relevant topics of interest. A tutorial should present the state of the art of a Semantic Web area enabling attendees to fully appreciate the current issues, main schools of thought and possible application areas. See below for proposal instructions and suggested topics.


 Organizers of accepted tutorials are responsible for preparing and maintaining a Web site that describes the tutorial and provides any required materials. Submit the URL for your tutorial site to the tutorial chair by July 16, 2007. The description should make it clear that the tutorial is open to all members of the ISWC community. It should also mention that all tutorial participants must pay the ISWC 2007 conference registration fee, as well as the tutorial fee.

Organizers are also responsible for the production and distribution of all technical material to be used for teaching the tutorial tutorial slides, notes, technical papers, etc. except for the reproduction of hard copies of printed materials, which will be handled by ISWC. In the case of a hands on tutorial requiring software, it is strongly recommended that the organizers provide CDs from which the participants can install the software needed on their computers. (It is not realistic to expect tutorial attendees to download the software at the beginning of the tutorial!)

Tutorial presenters will need to submit the material for printed hand-outs to the tutorial organizers for pre-printing.

The ISWC 2007 Organizing Committee will be responsible for the following:

    * Providing publicity for the tutorial as a whole on the conference's web page. The ISWC 2007 page will include the tutorial abstract and provide a link to the tutorial's local page.
    * Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the tutorial.
    * In conjunction with the organizers, determining the tutorial date and time.
    * Production of sufficient copies of the tutorial materials provided by the tutorial organisers. 


 ISWC 2007 tutorials may be either for a full day or for a half day. Although tutorials may focus entirely on theoretical aspects, we encourage organisers to incorporate hands-on sessions where appropriate.

 Tutorial proposals should not exceed 5 pages in Springer LNCS format and should contain the following information:

    * an abstract (200 words maximum; to be published on ISWC 2007 website)
    * a brief description of tutorial, including aims, overview of content, presentation style, target audience, and prerequisite knowledge
    * an indication of full- or half-day, and a draft outline of the tutorial content and schedule
    * a justification of the tutorial, including relevance to ISWC 2007
    * audio-visual or technical requirements and any special room requirements
    * for a “hands-on” tutorial, please describe the software that will be needed for the hands-on activities, the procedure to allow the participants to install the software on their computers, and any special technical requirements related to these activities. Please note that any software needed for hands-on activities, and download sites for the software, must be provided by the Tutorial speakers.
    * information on presenters (name, affiliation, contact info, expertise, experiences in teaching and in tutorial presentation). Please indicate which presenter is the primary contact. 

 The organisers of accepted tutorials will be required to create a tutorial website which gives an overview of the tutorial includes other relevant information. Additionally we may require tutorial meta-data according to the ISWC 2007 ontology.

Tutorial proposals should be submitted to John Domingue,
email: j.b.domingue at open.ac.uk


May 28, 2007: Tutorial proposals due
June 15, 2007: Notification of proposal acceptance
July 16, 2007: Deadline for receipt of URL for tutorial web page
September 25, 2007: Deadline for sending the tutorial notes
  (handouts) to the tutorial chair for reproduction (PDF preferred)
November 11-12, 2007: Presentation of Tutorial Program


The topics of interest for tutorials include, but are not limited to the following:

    * Applications of the Semantic Web
          o Applications with clear lessons learned
          o Evaluation of Semantic Web technologies
          o Semantic Web for e-business, e-science, e-government, e-learning, and other application domains
          o Semantic Web technologies for multimedia content
          o Personal Information Management 
    * Management of Semantic Web Data
          o Languages, tools and methodologies for representing and managing Semantic Web data
          o Database technologies for the Semantic Web
          o Search, query, and visualization of the Semantic Web
          o Robust and scalable knowledge management and reasoning on the Web
          o Machine learning and human language technologies for the Semantic Web
          o Semantic Web content creation, annotation, and extraction 
    * Ontologies
          o Ontology creation, extraction, and evolution
          o Ontology mapping, merging, and alignment
          o Evaluation and tanking of ontologies
          o Ontology search 
    * Semantic Web Architecture
          o Semantic Web middleware
          o Semantic Web services
          o Agents on the Semantic Web
          o Semantics in peer-to-peer systems and grids 
    * Social Semantic Web
          o Social networks and processes on the Semantic Web
          o Semantic web technology for collaboration and cooperation
          o Representing and reasoning about trust, privacy, and security 


John Domingue, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, UK. J.b.domingue at open.ac.uk
David Martin, SRI International, USA. martin at AI.SRI.COM 


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