[DL] URSW 2011: 2nd Call for Papers

Claudia d'Amato claudia.damato at di.uniba.it
Tue Jul 26 11:35:57 CEST 2011

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7th International Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

In conjunction with the 10th International Semantic Web Conference

Bonn, Germany
October 23-27, 2011

You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning
for the Semantic Web (URSW), to be held as part of the 10th International
Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in October of 2011 at the Hotel Maritim Bonn,

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 developers.

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 Web;
     * Developers of tools designed to support semantic web implementation, e.g.,
Jena developers, Protégé developers, OWL-API developers.


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
     * Using fuzzy approaches to deal with imprecise concepts within ontologies;
     * The concept of a probabilistic ontology and its relevance to the Semantic
     * 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
     * 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.


August 10 Paper submissions due
August 31 Paper acceptance notification
September 5 Camera-ready papers due
October 17 Presentations due
October 23 7th Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web


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 2011 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=ursw2011. 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 2011. For complete details, see Springer’s
Author Instructions (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-

Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 12 pages,
including figures. Submissions exceeding this limit will not be reviewed.

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 2011 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.


URSW 2011 will be a full-day workshop divided into 4 sessions. The first session
will start with the workshop's keynote presentation, which will be followed by
technical paper presentations. Sessions two and three will be devoted to
presenting our selected technical and position papers, 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 URW3-XG group. We plan
to convey a work meeting after the workshop, if the last session needs to be

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. After each presentation, 5 minutes
will be allocated to questions from the audience. Both technical and position
papers will be published in the URSW Workshop proceedings, to be available after
the ISWC 2011 Conference.

In addition, technical papers accepted for presentation at the URSW 2011 will be
eligible for participating in an international journal special issue or in a
post-proceedings book.


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

     * Fernando Bobillo - University of Zaragoza, 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


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

     * Fernando Bobillo - Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
     * Silvia Calegari - University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
     * 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
     * Rafael Peñaloza, Technical University Dresden, Germany
     * Michael Pool - Convera, Inc., USA
     * Livia Predoiu - Universität Mannheim, Germany
     * Célia Ralha - University of Brasilia, Brazil
     * David Robertson - University of Edinburgh, UK
     * Daniel Sánchez - European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain
     * Thomas Scharrenbach - Swiss Federal Institute WSL, Switzerland
     * Sergej Sizov - University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
     * Giorgos Stoilos - Oxford University, UK
     * Umberto Straccia – ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
     * Andreas Tolk - Old Dominion University, USA
     * Peter Vojtas – Charles University, Czech Republic

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bonn!
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