[DL] 2nd CFP: 5th International Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (SWESE2009)

Pan, Dr Jeff Z. jeff.z.pan at abdn.ac.uk
Thu Aug 6 15:34:15 CEST 2009

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* 5th International Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering
* (SWESE2009)
* http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~r01srt7/swese2009
* ==INVITED SPEAKER (Prof. Abraham Bernstein)==
*******Extended Deadline: 17 Aug******
* located at the 8th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC2009
* 26th October 2009
* Virginia, United States

Workshop Description

The advent of the World Wide Web has led many corporations to web-enable their business applications and to the adoption of  web service standards in middleware platforms. Marking a turning point in the evolution of the Web, the Semantic Web is  expected to provide more benefits to software engineering.
Over the past five years there have been a number of attempts to bring together languages and tools, such as the Unified  Modelling Language (UML), originally developed for Software Engineering, with Semantic Web languages such as RDF and OWL.  The Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment Working Group
(SWBPD) in W3C included a Software Engineering Task Force (SETF) to investigate potential benefits. A related international  standardisation activity is OMG's Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM), which was formally adopted in October 2006, and  finalized in December 2008. Another interesting question is how to use ontology to improve guidance and traceability in  software development.

It has been argued that the advantages of Semantic Web Technologies in software engineering include reusability and  extensibility of data models, improvements in data quality, and 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.

However, are there other potential benefits in the use of Semantic Web concepts in the field of 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 product of software  development activities? What is it about the amalgamation of OWL, UML and MDA methodology that could make a difference?  Certainly, there appear to be a number of strong arguments in favour of this approach but consensus on the best way forward,  if there is indeed a way forward at all has not yet formed. This workshop seeks to build on prior events that have begun to  explore and evaluate 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):
-   Visions for Semantic Web driven software engineering
-   Tools developed or being developed for software engineering using
    SW languages
-   Integration or application development projects combining Software
    Engineering techniques and Semantic Web tools or languages
-   Shortcomings with the Semantic Web with respect to Software Engineering
-   Uses, extensions and/or issues with ODM
-   Visions for SW driven software modernization
-   Integration of UML, OO programming languages and Semantic Web languages
-   Integration of formal methods and Semantic Web languages
-   Software specification and Semantic Web languages
-   Ontologies for software engineering
-   Ontologies for requirement engineering
-   Ontologies for software guidance, traceability and maintenance
-   Component discovery and ontologies
-   Feature modelling and ontologies
-   Metamodel engineering
-   Ontology reasoning for software engineering
-   Semantic annotations in software engineering
-   Transitioning legacy applications to ontologies
-   Semantic-based intelligent assistance tools for software developers
-   Lessons learnt and outstanding challenges for the usage of semantic
    technologies in software engineering
-   Ontology-Driven Architecture: How to introduce Semantic Web technology into
    mainstream development processes

Workshop Format and Attendance:

This will be a half day workshop, including a keynote presentation and technical talks discussing competing and  complementary visions for Semantic Web enabled software engineering.


* Prof. Abraham Bernstein, Head of Dynamic and Distributed Information Systems Group, Department of Informatics, University  of Zurich, Switzerland

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

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
    Yuting Zhao, University of Aberdeen, UK

Program Committee

    * Uwe Assman (DE), Technical University of Dresden
    * 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
    * Jürgen Ebert (DE), University of Koblenz
    * Andreas Friesen (DE), SAP Research
    * Dragan Gasevic, (CA) Simon Fraser University Surrey
    * Michael Goedicke (DE), University of Essen
    * Jakob Henriksson (US), Intelligent Automation, Inc.
    * Mitch Kokar (US), Northeastern University
    * Harald Kühn (AT), BOC
    * David Martin (US), SRI International
    * Krzysztof Miksa (PL), Comarch
    * Jishnu Mukerji (US), Hewlett-Packard Company
    * Daniel Oberle (DE), SAP Research
    * Fernando Silva Parreiras (DE), University of Koblenz
    * Yuan Ren (UK), University of Aberdeen
    * Dave Reynolds (UK), HP Lab
    * Michael K. Smith (US), Electronic Data System
    * Hai Wang (UK), Aston University
    * 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 technologies.

Papers must be in English and may be submitted at
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=swese2009 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 August 10, 2009.

Publication details will be posted to the workshop web site, http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~r01srt7/swese2009, as they become  available.

Important Dates

    Submission deadline:  17 Aug 2009
    Notification of acceptance: 11 Sept 2009
    Final submissions due: 25 Sept 2009
    Workshop proceedings available:  26 October 2009


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 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, 2009.  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 Yuting Zhao (yuting.zhao at adbn.ac.uk) by Sept  30, 2009.

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

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