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2nd CFP: The ISWC Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (SWESE06)

From: Jeff Z. Pan <jpan@csd.abdn.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 08:47:11 +0100 (BST)
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Apologies for cross-posting!

* submission deadline is approaching: about 14 days left
* 2nd Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering - SWESE06
* http://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/swese2006
* located at the 5th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC2006
* 6th November 2006
* Athens, GA, USA

Workshop Description

The advent of the World Wide Web has led many corporations to web-enable
their business applications and to the adoption of web service  standards
in middleware platforms. Marking a turning point in the  development of
the Web, the Semantic Web is expected to provide more  benefits to
software engineering. Over the past five years there have been a number of
attempts to bring together languages and tools, such  as the UML,
developed for Software Engineering with Semantic Web languages such as RDF
and OWL. The Semantic Web Best Practice and Deployment Working Group
(SWBPD) in W3C has started a Software Engineering Task Force (SETF) to
investigate potential benefits. Another recent related international
standardisation activity is OMG's Ontology Definition Metamodel (ODM).

It has been argued that the advantages of Semantic Web Technologies in
software engineering include reusability and extensibility of data models,
improvements in data quality, and discovery and automated execution of
workflows. According to SETF's recent note "A Semantic Web Primer for
Object-Oriented Software Developers"
(http://www.w3.org/TR/sw-oosd-primer/), the Semantic Web can serve as a
platform on which domain models can be created, shared and reused.
However, are there any other potential benefits related to the reversal of
this approach and the use of Semantic Web concepts in the field of
Software Engineering? Could the Web-based, semantically rich formality of
OWL be combined with emerging model driven envelopment tools such as the
Eclipse Modelling Framework to provide some badly needed improvements in
both the process and product of software development activities? What is
it about the amalgamation of OWL, UML and the Model Driven Architecture
(MDA) that could make a difference? Certainly, there appear to be a number
of strong arguments in favour of this approach but consensus on the best
way forward, or if there is indeed a way forward at all has not yet
formed. This workshop seeks to explore and evaluate this area. The
popularity and power of the MDA approach has made many software
development practitioners familiar with modelling and appreciative of
additional levels of abstraction in their models. In parallel, Semantic
Web language standards have arrived at substantial tool support that also
provide a means of describing models, but providing different capabilities
than the UML and MOF models typical of MDA tools. The advantages of
bridging these approaches has been compelling enough for tool vendors to
build products which do this and to spend considerable effort defining an
OMG standard for these products (ODM). While the primary purpose of these
efforts is to enable SW development with MDA tools, the bridge could also
be exploited in the other direction. We think with the standards for this
bridge close to completion, the time IS right to explore the potential
created by the flow of capabilities of the Semantic Web into the software
development environment.

The workshop organizers believe that the informal nature of the workshop,
located at the major event on the Semantic Web, will aid to further
exchange between practitioners and researchers working on these and other
issues related to Semantic Web enabled software engineering by providing a
forum for discussing the major challenges of the area and the different
approach being taken to resolve them. In fact, the 1st SWESE workshop at
ISWC2005 turned out to be a huge success with more than 50 participants in
the full day workshop.

Intended Audience

While the intended audience for this workshop includes those with
experience or interest in Semantic Web languages and tools, it is also
crucial to have participation by those with expertise in other areas such
as Automatic Software Engineering, Software Engineering, OO/UML/MDA,
Semantic Web, and  Software/legacy Modernization.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- Visions for Semantic Web driven software engineering
- Tools developed or being developed for software engineering using SW
- Integration or application development projects combining Software
Engineering techniques and Semantic Web tools or languages
- Lessons learned in Automatic Software Engineering or KBSE applicable to
SW   based SE
- Shortcomings with the Semantic Web with respect to Software Engineering
- Uses, extensions and/or issues with ODM
- Visions for SW driven software modernization
- Integration of UML, OO programming languages and Semantic Web languages
- Integration of formal methods and Semantic Web languages
- Software specification and Semantic Web languages
- Ontologies for software engineering
- Component discovery and ontologies
- Feature modelling and ontologies
- Ontology reasoning for software engineering
- Semantic annotations in software engineering
- Ontology-Driven Architecture: How to introduce Semantic Web technology  
into mainstream development processes

Workshop Format and Attendance

This will be an all day workshop a poster session and technical talks
discussing competing visions for Semantic Web enabled software engineering
(final format will be dependent on submissions; keynotes and panel are

This workshop is open to all members of the ISWC community, as well as
other communities identified in the Intended Audience discussion above.

Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the
workshop.However, in the event that the workshop cannot accommodate all
who would like to participate, those who have submitted a paper will be
given priority for registration. All workshop attendees must pay the
ISWC2006 workshop registration fee, as well as the conference registration
fee. We encourage those who plan to attend this workshop, to register
early in order to help conference organizers with their planning as well
as insure that the workshop is not cancelled do to projected poor

Organizing Committee

Elisa F. Kendall, Sandpiper Software
Daniel Oberle, SAP Research
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen (contact)
Phil Tetlow, IBM
Marwan Sabbouh, MITRE Corporation
Holger Knublauch, Top Quadrant Software

Program Committee

Colin Atkinson (DE), University of Mannheim
Ken Baclawski (US), Northeastern University
Roberta Cuel (IT), University of Trento
Jin Song Dong (SG), National University of Singapore
Dragan Gasevic, (CA) Simon Fraser University Surrey
Michael Goedicke (DE), University of Essen
Mitch Kokar (US), Northeastern University
Alex Kozlenkov (UK), Betfair
Alain Leger (FR), France Telecon
Bob Lojek (UK), IBM
David Martin (US), SRI International
Jishnu Mukerji (US), Hewlett-Packard Company
Steffen Staab (DE), University of Koblenz
Michael K. Smith (US), Electronic Data System
Evan Wallace (US), NIST
Hai Wang (UK), University of Manchester

Submissions and Publication

We invite three forms of submission to this workshop:
  Full papers
  Short position papers

Format required for submissions:

  Full technical papers should not exceed fifteen pages in length,
  while the body of short position papers should not exceed two pages.
  Papers can be submitted at the website
  http://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/swese2006.   Please use the
Springer's LNCS format for accepted papers. Complete details   on this
format are available at Springeronline


Technical papers will be peer reviewed by a group of experts
representing a cross-section of fields relevant to Semantic Web
enabled software engineering.


All accepted papers will be published online as part of the workshop

A publication of extended versions of the best technical papers of the
workshop in a journal is pending.

Important Dates

   10 August 2006           - Paper submission deadline
   31 August 2006           - Notification of acceptance to authors
   16 September 2006        - Camera-ready version of accepted papers
   Sunday, 6 November 2006  - Workshop
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