[DL] CFP: Managing Vagueness and Uncertainty in the Semantic Web (VUSW09)

Davide Ciucci ciucci at disco.unimib.it
Thu Mar 12 14:00:25 CET 2009


*Managing Vagueness and Uncertainty in the Semantic Web (VUSW-09)*
Milano, 15 th September 2009


The Semantic Web has recently attracted much attention both from 
academia and industry,
 and it is widely regarded as the next step in the evolution of the 
World Wide Web, towards
the Intelligent Web. It aims at enhancing content on the World Wide Web 
(WWW) with
meta-data, enabling agents (machines or human users) to process, share 
and interpret Web
 content. Nowadays, for many people, the WWW has become an indispensable 
tool of
 research  (it is used in order to provide useful information to humans).
Unfortunately, searching the Web in its current form is not well suited 
for finding information
 which is ill-defined (in texts, pictures, videos, and so on). Up to 
now, users are able to only
 find "precise information", using the underlying binary logic. An 
immediate problem is that
search engines usually provide a huge number of answers, many of which 
are completely
irrelevant, whereas some of the more interesting answers are not found. 
One of the reasons
for this unsatisfactory state of affairs is that existing Web resources 
are mainly oriented
towards human understandability: the mark-up (meta-data) only provides 
rendering information
 for textual and graphical information intended for human consumption. 
Hence, a way to improve
 the expressiveness of the Web-knowledge is to integrate it with 
uncertain and vague features.
The Semantic Web challenge is to develop frameworks to bring semantics 
to Web contents,
with the aim to make agents (i.e. machines and humans) understand each 
other by sharing knowledge.
Any agent might thus process and interpret Web contents. This could only 
be performed if imprecise
and uncertain information can be correctly interpreted and processed. 
Thus, to reach this scope,
Web-based Retrieval Systems must include new semantic features in order 
to retrieve semantically
 correlated information and to satisfy user's queries. However, up to 
now, the use of the techniques
for making the Web more intelligent is still in the early stages. Hence, 
the objective of this workshop
 is to provide a concrete study and analysis for making Web-knowledge 
more expressive and fruitful,
hosting novel research contributions (i) to develop Semantic Web tools, 
models and languages
(e.g., Jena developers, ontologies editors developers), and (ii) to 
provide facilities for representing
knowledge and reasoning under uncertainty and/or imprecision.

The topics of main interest are:

    * Fuzzy Ontology and Fuzzy Description Logics
    * Probabilistic Ontology and Probabilistic Description Logics
    * Ontology Approximation
    * Ontology languages
    * Granular computing tools for the Semantic Web
    * Uncertainty reasoning tools for the Semantic Web
    * Concept-based Information retrieval

All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, 
relevance, significance, and clarity.
All workshops are required to use the WI-IAT 2008 Cyberchair system for 
on-line paper submission process.
The length of accepted papers should NOT exceed 4 pages (IEEE-CS format, 
extra payment is only available
 for one more extra page). Accepted workshop papers will be published in 
the Proceedings of WI-IAT08
Workshops by IEEE-CS Press.

*Important dates:*
- Due date for full workshop papers submission: April 30, 2009
- Notification of paper acceptance to authors: June 8, 2009
- Camera-ready of accepted papers: June 30, 2009

*Organizing Committee:*
Silvia Calegari, /Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy/
Davide Ciucci, /Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy/
<mailto:ciucci at disco.unimib.it>Elie Sanchez, /LIF, Faculte de Medecine 
(Universite Aix-Marseille), France/
Umberto Straccia, /ISTI-CNR, Italy/

*Program Committee:*
Paulo Cesar da Costa, /George Mason University, USA/
Ernesto Damiani, /Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy/
Martine De Cock, /Ghent University, Belgium/
Stijn Heymans, /Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria/
Anne Laurent, /LIRMM, France/
Thomas Lukasiewicz, /Oxford University / TU Vienna, U.K. / Austria/
Trevor Martin, /University of Bristol, UK/
Peter Vojtas, /Charles University Prague, Czech Republic


Davide Ciucci
Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo)

University of Milano-Bicocca
Building U14 - Room 2001
Viale Sarca 336 
20126 Milano, Italy

Tel.:  +39 02 64487902
Fax:   +39 02 64487839


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