[DL] 2nd CFP: ISWC2008 Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (STUDENT GRANTS AVAILABLE)

Pan, Dr Jeff Z. jeff.z.pan at abdn.ac.uk
Wed Jul 16 07:50:35 CEST 2008

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* submission deadline: 25 July 2008 *
* 4th Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering - SWESE2008
* http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~r01srt7/swese2008/
* ==INVITED SPEAKER (Prof. Steffen Staab)==
* ==INVITED SPEAKER (Dr. Daniel Oberle)==
* ==STUDENT GRANTS AVAILABLE (see below for details)==
* located at the 7th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC2008
* 26th October 2008
* Karlsruhe, Germany

Workshop Description

Modern software architectures reflect advances in shared services
delivery through service oriented architecture (SOA), master data
management and data governance policies, and increasingly
sophisticated, multi-media delivery and end-user interactions that
leverage World Wide Web based technologies.  Semantic Web
technologies are beginning to play a significant role in each of
these arenas, marking a turning point in the evolution of the Web
and software engineering in general.  There is increasing
convergence in terms of methodology, language, and tool support to
address the needs of software architects and other practitioners
who require bridging technologies - between traditional software
engineering, as embodied in Model Driven Architecture (MDA) and
modelling languages such as the Unified Modelling Language (UML)
and the Semantic Web, through the Resource Description Framework
(RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL), for example.  The
Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment Working Group (SWBPD) in
W3C included a Software Engineering Task Force (SETF) to
investigate potential benefits. The Object Management Group
(OMG)'s Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM), spearheaded by the
Ontology Platform Special Interest Group (PSIG), has become an
international standard (formally adopted by the OMG in October
2006), and is on its way to becoming an ISO standard.

Advantages of applying Semantic Web technologies to software
engineering include reusability and extensibility of data models,
improvements in data quality, enhanced discovery, and automated
execution of workflows.  According to SETF's note "A Semantic Web
Primer for Object-Oriented Software Developers"
(http://www.w3.org/TR/sw-oosd-primer/), the Semantic Web can serve
as a platform on which domain models can be created, shared and
reused.  What other potential benefits might be gained by applying
Semantic Web technologies to software engineering?  Could the
Web-based, semantically rich formality of OWL be combined with
emerging model driven development tools such as the Eclipse
Modelling Framework to provide some badly needed improvements in
both the process and products of software development activities?
How should practitioners go about transitioning legacy software
applications to ontology-based approaches and what software is
needed to support development teams with intelligent
semantic-based assistive tools?  What is it about the amalgamation
of OWL, UML and the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) that could
make a difference?  There appear to be a number of strong
arguments in favour of bringing these technologies and methods
together, but consensus on the best way forward has yet to emerge.
This workshop seeks to build on prior events that have begun to
address this important area.

Intended Audience

While the intended audience for this workshop includes those with
experience or interest in Semantic Web languages and tools, it is
also crucial to have participation by those with expertise in
other areas such as software engineering, automatic software
engineering (ASE), knowledge based software engineering (KBSE),
UML/MDA, and software/legacy modernization.


Topics of interest to the workshop include (but are not restricted to):
-   Perspectives on the future of Semantic Web driven software engineering
or modernization
-   Tools supporting software engineering using Semantic Web languages
-   Case studies describing applications that leverage traditional
software engineering methodologies, object-oriented programming, and/or
model-driven architecture (MDA) and Semantic Web tools or languages
-   Lessons learned in Automatic Software Engineering or KBSE applicable
to Semantic Web based software engineering
-   Applications, case studies, and/or recommendations regarding the
Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM)
-   Case studies describing application of formal methods and Semantic Web
-   Software specification, feature modelling, component discovery, and
Semantic Web languages, ontologies, and/or reasoning
-   Ontologies for requirements, software engineering, and/or software
-   Ontology-based reasoning for software engineering
-   Semantic annotations in software engineering
-   Transitioning legacy applications to semantically-enhanced or
ontology-based applications
-   Semantic-based intelligent assistance tools for software developers

Workshop Format and Attendance

This will be an all day workshop, including a poster session and
technical talks discussing competing and complementary visions for
Semantic Web enabled software engineering.


1) Joint Metamodels for UML and OWL (by Prof. Steffen Staab)

Steffen Staab is professor for databases and information systems
at the University of Koblenz-Landau, leading the research group on
Information Systems and Semantic Web (ISWeb). His interests lie in
researching core technology for ontologies and semantic web as
well as in applied research for exploiting these technologies for
knowledge management, multimedia and software technology. He has
participated in numerous national, European and intercontinental
research projects on these different subjects and his research has
led to over 100 refereed contributions in journals and
conferences. Dr. Staab held positions as researcher, project
leader and lecturer at the University of Freiburg, the University
of Stuttgart/Fraunhofer Institute IAO, and the University of
Karlsruhe and he is a co-founder of Ontoprise GmbH. For more
information see: http://isweb.uni-koblenz.de/ and

2) Challenges beyond the scientific contributions: Ontologies in
existing software development lifecycles and infrastructures (by
Dr. Daniel Oberle)

Daniel Oberle received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe
(Germany), Institute AIFB, Prof. Studer's group, in 2005. His
thesis discussed the application of Semantic Web technologies
(ontologies, reasoning) in current middleware solutions, such as
application servers and Web services, to facilitate the daily
tasks of developers and administrators. Daniel (co)authored over
40 refereed publications in selected workshops, conferences and
journals. He is working at SAP Research CEC Karlsruhe March 2006
and is responsible for the topic of ontologies & reasoning.

*Information about the SWESE2008 panel will be available soon.
Please check our web site:


This workshop is open to all members of the ISWC community, as
well as other communities identified in Intended Audience, above.

Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the
workshop. However, in the event that the workshop cannot
accommodate all who would like to participate, those who have
submitted a paper will be given priority for registration.

We encourage those who plan to attend this workshop, to register
early in order to help conference organizers with their planning
as well as insure that the workshop is not cancelled do to
projected poor attendance.

Organizing Committee

Elisa F. Kendall, Sandpiper Software, Inc., USA
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK (contact)
Marwan Sabbouh, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Ljiljana Stojanovic, FZI, Germany
Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK

Program Committee

    * Ioannis N. Athanasiadis (CH), IDSIA
    * Colin Atkinson (DE), University of Mannheim
    * Ken Baclawski (US), Northeastern University
    * Roberta Cuel (IT), University of Trento
    * Jin Song Dong (SG), National University of Singapore
    * Dragan Gasevic, (CA) Simon Fraser University Surrey
    * Michael Goedicke (DE), University of Essen
    * Jakob Henriksson (DE), Technical University of Dresden
    * Mitch Kokar (US), Northeastern University
    * David Martin (US), SRI International
    * Jishnu Mukerji (US), Hewlett-Packard Company
    * Daniel Oberle (DE), SAP Research
    * Dave Reynolds (UK), Hewlett-Packard Company
    * Steffen Staab (DE), University of Koblenz
    * Michael K. Smith (US), Electronic Data System
    * Hai Wang (UK), University of Southampton
    * Rene Witte (DE), University of Karlsruhe
    * Andrea Zisman, (UK) City University, London


Authors are invited to submit original contributions of practical
relevance and technical rigor, experience reports, and show case /
use case demonstrations of effective, practical technologies or
applications combining software engineering with semantic

Papers must be in English and may be submitted at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=swese2008 as:

-   Full Papers (15 pages in the proceedings)
-   Short Papers (5-8 pages in the proceedings)
-   Position Statements (2 pages in the proceedings)
-   Posters (to be presented during the workshop, with 2 page descriptions
submitted via the conference site for review)

Please upload all submissions as PDF files in LNCS format
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). Submissions will
be peer-reviewed by at least 3 PC members based on originality,
significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.
Authors are requested to upload their complete papers by July 25,

Publication details will be posted to the workshop web site,
http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~sttaylor/swese2008/index.php, as they
become available.

Important Dates

Submission deadline:  25 July 2008
Notification of acceptance: 25 September 2008
Final submissions due: 26 September 2008
Workshop proceedings available:  26 October 2008


The workshop is being held in cooperation with a prominent network
of excellence and is meant to act as a focal point for joint
interests and future collaborations.  Interested sponsors are
welcome to contact the program committee.  Current sponsors

- The EU TAO Project, http://www.tao-project.eu/

- The EU MOST Project, http://www.most-project.eu/


We have a limited number of student grants available, funded our
workshop sponsors. We invite students to apply for this grant by
Sept 30, 2008.  Applications should include a statement of
interest (i.e. what you bring to and expect to get from SWESE), a
brief CV, a scan of a student ID or other evidence of professional
status, and a letter of support from their supervisor. Any
interested student can apply.  Please send your application to
Kalina Bontcheva and Elisa Kendall.

The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC013683.

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