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CFP: VLDB Workshop on Semantic Web and Databases

Vipul Kashyap kashyap at lhc.nlm.nih.gov
Tue May 27 18:06:15 PDT 2003


                  *******CALL FOR PAPERS*******
               New: Extended Deadline: June 25, 2003
               New: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anatole Gershman, Director of
Research
                                     Accenture Technology Labs

                           Workshop on
                    Semantic Web and Databases
                     colocated with VLDB 2003
                         Berlin, Germany
                      September 7-8, 2003
          Workshop URL: http://swdb.semanticweb.org 

Topics and Content
===============
The Semantic Web is a key initiative being promoted by the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the next generation of the current
web. Machine-understandable metadata is emerging as a new
foundation for component-based approaches to application development.   
Within the context of reusable distributed
components, Web services represent the latest architectural
advancement. Such concepts can be synthesized providing powerful
new mechanisms for quickly modeling, creating and deploying
complex applications that readily adapt to real world need.

The objective of this workshop is to present database and
information system research as they relate to the Semantic Web and
more broadly, to gain insight into the Semantic Web technology as
it relates to databases and information systems.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

INFRASTRUCTURE: component models (e.g., J2EE, .NET); distributed
object-based architectures; scalability, extensibility and
robustness of applications;  algebras  for modeling and ontology
management; creation, maintenance and versioning of annotations,
metadata and mappings; tools (including visual tools) for creating
components (e.g., ontologies, mappings, views, etc.); workflow
systems, web services and quality of service contracts; support
for negotiation and trust; security; Peer-to-Peer systems.

SEMANTICS: conceptual clustering and statistical approaches;
social networks and consensus analysis approaches; information
analysis accuracy (e.g., precision, recall, false positives);
ontologies, conceptual models, taxonomies; semantic
interoperability and integration; semantic composition of web
services; view definition and transformations (e.g., global/local
as view); query algebras for combined data and metadata queries;
semantics-based query relaxation techniques, loss of information;
logic based (centralized and distributed) inferences; intensional
query answering; emergent semantics.

APPLICATIONS: Semantic Web applications (prototypes, pilots,
deployed) based on XML, RDF, and various variants; web services
based applications (prototypes, pilots, deployed) based on WSDL,
SOAP, UDDI, ebXML and other related standards; natural language
processing; Semantics-based integration of data/applications
within enterprises; geographical information systems;
bio-informatics; business aspects for Semantic Web applications
(e.g., return of investment, sustainable  business  models).

Joint Sessions
--------------
We are aiming at organizing a joint session with the International
Workshop On Databases,  Information  Systems  and  Peer-to-Peer
Computing (http://www.intelligence.tuc.gr/dbisp2p/) about
"Semantics in P2P Systems".

Submission and Important Dates
------------------------------
We invite the submission of short (up to six pages) and long
papers (up to twenty pages) on:

*research, focusing on foundational or technological aspects
*experience, describing industrial aspects
*position, discussing a wide variety of issues

The  submitted  papers should be formatted as close as possible to
the rules of Springer LNCS (see
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html, section
"Proceedings and Other Multi-author Volumes" for formatting
instructions).
Please submit documents as HTML, PDF, or Word to Isabel Cruz
(ifc at cs.uic.edu) and Stefan Decker (stefan at isi.edu).

Revised Submission Deadline: June 25, 2003.
Notification of Acceptance: August 11, 2003.
Camera Ready Papers Due: August 18, 2003.
Workshop:  September 7-8, 2003.

Workshop Chairs
=============
Program Committee Chairs
Isabel Cruz
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
ifc at cs.uic.edu

Vipul Kashyap
National Library of Medicine, NIH, USA
kashyap at nlm.nih.gov

Proceedings and Publicity Chair
Stefan Decker
USC Information Sciences Institute, USA
stefan at isi.edu

Organization Chair
Rainer Eckstein
Humboldt University, Germany
Rainer. Eckstein at informatik.hu-berlin.de

Program Committee
===============
*Karl Aberer, EPFL, Switzerland
*Sibel Adali, Rensselaer Polytechnic I., USA
*Paolo Atzeni, U. Rome Tre, Italy
*Olivier Bodenreider, NLM, NIH, USA
*Alex Borgida, Rutgers U., USA
*Stéphane Bressan, National U. of Singapore
*Christoph Bussler, Oracle, USA
*Isabel Cruz, U. of Illinois at Chicago, USA
*Umesh Dayal, HP Labs, USA
*Stefan Decker, USC-ISI, USA
*Max Egenhofer, U. Maine, USA
*Rainer Eckstein, Humboldt U., Germany
*Dieter Fensel, University of Innsbruck, Austria
*Mary Fernandez, AT&T Labs - Research, USA
*Susan Gauch, U. Kansas, USA
*Carole Goble, U. Manchester, UK
*Rick Hull, Lucent Technology, USA
*Vipul Kashyap, NLM-NIH, USA
*Maurizio Lenzerini, U. Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
*Ling Liu, Georgia Tech, USA
*Robert Meersman, Vrije U., Belgium
*John Mylopoulos, U. Toronto, Canada
*Aris Ouksel, U. Illinois at Chicago, USA
*Dimitris Plexousakis, U. Crete, Greece
*Steve Ray, NIST, USA
*Amit Sheth, U. Georgia and Semagix, USA
*Surya Sripada, Boeing, USA
*Munindar Singh, N. Carolina U., USA
*V.S. Subrahmanian, U. Maryland, USA
*Rudi Studer, U. Karlsruhe, Germany
*Ram Sriram, NIST, USA
*Clement Yu, U. Illinois at Chicago, USA

===============================
Vipul Kashyap
National Library of Medicine,
Phone: +1 (301)451-4634
Fax: +1 (301)402-0118
E-mail: kashyap at nlm.nih.gov	
URL: http://cgsb2.nlm.nih.gov/~kashyap	



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