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[protege-discussion] URSW 2012: Call for Papers

N. Fanizzi nicola.fanizzi at
Fri Jun 22 02:10:27 PDT 2012


8th International Workshop on
Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW 2012)

In conjunction with the
11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2012)

Boston, USA
November 11-12, 2012

You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty 
Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW), to be held as part of the 11th 
International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in November of 2012 at the 
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, USA.

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 limited 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.


July 31, 2012     Paper submissions due
August 21         Paper acceptance notification
September 10      Camera-ready papers due
November 11-12    URSW 2012


The URSW workshop 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 2012 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 2011. 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 and must not 
exceed 4 pages. Following the general acceptance rules of the ISWC 2012 
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 2012 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 results, conclusions, and recommendations. We 
plan to convey a work meeting after the workshop, if the last session 
needs to be extended.

All papers accepted to URSW 2012 will be presented during the workshop 
and published in the workshop proceedings. 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 2012 

In addition, technical papers accepted for presentation at URSW 2012 
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
Nicola Fanizzi - University of Bari, Italy
Kathryn B. Laskey - George Mason University, USA
Kenneth J. Laskey - MITRE Corporation, USA
Thomas Lukasiewicz - University of Oxford, UK
Trevor Martin - University of Bristol, UK
Matthias Nickles - Technical University of Munich, Germany
Michael Pool - Vertical Search Works, 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
Davide Ceolin - VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paulo C. G. Costa - George Mason University, USA
Fabio G. Cozman - Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
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 - University of Oxford, UK
Trevor Martin - University of Bristol, UK
Matthias Nickles - University of Bath, UK
Rafael Peñaloza - Technical University Dresden, Germany
Michael Pool - Vertical Search Works, Inc., USA
Livia Predoiu - University of Magdeburg, Germany
Guilin Qi - Southeast University, China
Célia Ralha - University of Brasilia, Brazil
Dave Robertson - University of Edinburgh, UK
Daniel Sánchez  - European Centre for Soft Computing, Spain
Sergej Sizov - University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Giorgos Stoilos - National and Technical University of Athens, Greece
Umberto Straccia - ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Matthias Thimm - Universität Koblenz, Germany
Andreas Tolk - Old Dominion University, USA
Peter Vojtas - Charles University, Czech Republic

We are looking forward to seeing you in Boston!

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