[DL] URSW 2010: 2nd Call for Papers

N. Fanizzi fanizzi at di.uniba.it
Mon Jul 26 11:56:41 CEST 2010

Apologies for cross-postings

                 CALL FOR PAPERS

          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 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 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


September 7, 2010   Paper submissions due
September 30, 2010  Paper acceptance notification
October 15, 2010    Camera-ready papers due
November 4, 2010    Presentations due
November 7, 2010    6th 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 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:
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 Instructions 

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 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.


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 
Springer 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 URSW 2008 to URSW 2010.


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.


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 - Technical University of Munich, Germany
* 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!

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