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[protege-discussion] URSW'10: (3rd) Call for Papers

Claudia d'Amato claudia.damato at
Wed Sep 1 04:19:51 PDT 2010

Apologies for cross-postings


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 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 
* 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 
* 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 reviewed.
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 

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 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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