[DL] 1st CFP URSW at ISWC2010

N. Fanizzi fanizzi at di.uniba.it
Tue Jul 6 09:56:56 CEST 2010

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6th International Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

In conjunction with the 9th International Semantic Web Conference

Shanghai, China
November 7, 2010

You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty 
Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW), to be held as part of the 9th 
International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in November of 2010 at the 
Shanghai International Convention Center, China.
     ISWC is a major international forum for presenting visionary 
research on all aspects of the Semantic Web. The Uncertainty Reasoning 
Workshop is an exciting opportunity for collaboration and 
cross-fertilization between the uncertainty reasoning community and the 
Semantic Web community.
     Effective methods for reasoning under uncertainty are vital for 
realizing many aspects of the Semantic Web vision, but the ability of 
current-generation web technology to handle uncertainty is extremely 
limited. Recently, there has been a groundswell of demand for 
uncertainty reasoning technology among Semantic Web researchers and 
     This surge of interest creates a unique opening to bring together 
two communities with a clear commonality of interest but little history 
of interaction. By capitalizing on this opportunity, URSW could spark 
dramatic progress toward realizing the Semantic Web vision.

The intended audience for this workshop includes the following
* Researchers in uncertainty reasoning technologies with interest in 
Semantic Web and Web-related technologies.
* Semantic web developers and researchers.
* People in the knowledge representation community with interest in the 
Semantic Web.
* Ontology researchers and ontological engineers.
* Web services researchers and developers with interest in the Semantic 
* Developers of tools designed to support semantic web implementation, 
e.g., Jena developers, Protégé developers, OWL-API developers...

Topic List
We intend to have an open discussion on any topic relevant to the 
general subject of uncertainty in the Semantic Web (including fuzzy 
theory, probability theory, and other approaches). Therefore, the 
following list should be just an initial guide.

* Syntax and semantics for extensions to Semantic Web languages to 
enable representation of uncertainty
* Logical formalisms to support uncertainty in Semantic Web languages
* Probability theory as a means of assessing the likelihood that terms 
in different ontologies refer to the same or similar concepts
* Architectures for applying plausible reasoning to the problem of 
ontology mapping
* Using fuzzy approaches to deal with imprecise concepts within ontologies
* The concept of a probabilistic ontology and its relevance to the 
Semantic Web
* Best practices for representing uncertain, incomplete, ambiguous, or 
controversial information in the Semantic Web
* The role of uncertainty as it relates to Web services
* Interface protocols with support for uncertainty as a means to improve 
interoperability among Web services
* Uncertainty reasoning techniques applied to trust issues in the 
Semantic Web
* Existing implementations of uncertainty reasoning tools in the context 
of the Semantic Web
* Issues and techniques for integrating tools for representing and 
reasoning with uncertainty
* The future of uncertainty reasoning for the Semantic Web

Important Dates
September 7 Paper submissions due
September 30 Paper acceptance notification
October 15 Camera-ready papers due
November 4 Presentations due
November 7 6th Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

Submission Details
The URSW will be accepting submissions of technical papers and position 
papers. Each submission will be evaluated for acceptability by at least 
three members of the Program Committee. Decisions about acceptance will 
be based on relevance to the above topic list, originality, potential 
significance, topicality and clarity. Since all accepted papers will be 
presented at the workshop, we require that at least one of the 
submitting authors must be a registered participant at the ISWC 2010 
Conference, and committed to attend the URSW Workshop.
Submissions to the Workshop are only accepted in electronic format and 
should be sent via the workshop's submission site: 
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ursw2010. Papers must be 
formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture 
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). This is the very same format adopted 
by the ISWC 2010. For complete details, see Springer's Author 
Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 12 
pages, including figures. Submissions exceeding this limit will not be 
Position papers consist of a summary of ideas, projects, or any research 
efforts that are relevant to the URSW Workshop and must not exceed 4 pages.
Following the general acceptance rules of the ISWC 2010 conference, 
papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have 
already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or 
another conference will not be accepted to the URSW workshop.

Presentation and Publication
URSW 2010 will be a full-day workshop divided into three sessions. Two 
of those sessions will be devoted to paper presentations, while the 
remaining session will be planned in a format that invites an open 
debate on the results, conclusions, recommendations, and follow-up work 
of the URSW-XG group. We also plan to convey a work meeting after the 
workshop, in case the last session need to be extended.
All papers accepted to the URSW will be presented during the workshop 
and published in the workshop proceedings, which will be available as a 
separate publication after the Conference. Authors of accepted technical 
papers will have 20 minutes to present their work, while authors of 
accepted position papers will have a 10-minute slot to share their 
ideas. Both technical and position papers will be published in the URSW 
Workshop proceedings, to be available after the ISWC 2010 Conference.
In addition, technical papers accepted for presentation at the URSW 2010 
will be eligible for participating in the selection to the planned LNCS 
volume on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web -- Vol. II. This 
will be the second volume of this series and will include selected 
papers from the URSW 2008 to URSW 2010.

Organizing Committee
The organizing committee is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Fernando Bobillo - University of Granada, Spain.
Rommel N. Carvalho - George Mason University, USA
Paulo C. G. Costa - George Mason University, USA.
Claudia d'Amato - University of Bari, Italy.
Nicola Fanizzi - University of Bari, Italy.
Kathryn Laskey - George Mason University, USA.
Ken Laskey -- MITRE Corporation, USA.
Thomas Lukasiewicz - Oxford University, UK.
Trevor Martin - University of Bristol, UK.
Matthias Nickles - Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Michael Pool - Convera, Inc., USA.

Program Committee
The confirmed members of the program committee are the following (in 
alphabetical order):

Fernando Bobillo - Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Rommel N. Carvalho - George Mason University, USA
Paulo C. G. Costa - George Mason University, USA
Fabio G. Cozman - Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Claudia D'Amato - University of Bari, Italy
Nicola Fanizzi - University of Bari, Italy
Marcelo Ladeira - University of Brasilia, Brazil
Kathryn B. Laskey - George Mason University, USA
Kenneth J. Laskey - MITRE Corporation, USA
Thomas Lukasiewicz - Oxford University, UK
Trevor Martin - University of Bristol, UK
Matthias Nickles - University of Bath, UK
Jeff Z. Pan - University of Aberdeen, UK
Michael Pool - Convera, Inc., USA
Livia Predoiu - Universität Mannheim, Germany
Guilin Qi - University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Dave Robertson - University of Edinburgh, UK
Daniel Sánchez - University of Granada, Spain
Sergej Sizov - University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Giorgos Stoilos - Oxford University, UK
Umberto Straccia -- ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Andreas Tolk - Old Dominion University, USA
Johanna Voelker - University of Karlsruhe, Germany

We are looking forward to seeing you in Shanghai!

Nicola Fanizzi
Dipartimento di Informatica . Università di Bari
Via E. Orabona, 4 . 70125 Bari . Italy
tel: +39-80-5442246 . fax: +39-80-5443196

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