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Final CFP: 2nd Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

From: Ken Laskey <klaskey@mitre.org>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2006 13:00:15 -0400
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                                 CALL FOR PAPERS

     2nd Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web
                               In conjunction with the
                5th International Semantic Web Conference
                 Athens, GA - USA      November 5/6, 2006

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You are invited to participate in the upcoming 
workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the 
Semantic Web (http://www.iet.com/iswc/ 
2006/ursw), to be held as part of the 5th 
International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC - 
http://iswc2006.semanticweb.org/index.html). 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.

Practical 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, as evidenced by the remarkable level 
of interest and participation the first URSW 
(http://www.iet.com/iswc/2005/ursw) received 
during last year’s ISWC. There is also increasing 
awareness in areas such as search and service 
oriented architectures where uncertainty and semantics are growing concerns.

This surge of interest creates a unique opening 
to bring together 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.

Audience

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, Protege and Protege-OWL developers

Topic List

We intend to have an open discussion on any topic 
relevant to the general subject of uncertainty in 
the Semantic Web. 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 i different ontologies 
refer to the same or similar concepts
- Architectures for applying plausible reasoning 
to the problem of ontology mapping
- 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

Important Dates

July 20, 2006             Paper submissions due
August 25, 2006        Paper acceptance notification
September 15, 2006  Camera-ready papers due
November 5/6, 2006   2nd Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the
Semantic Web

Submission Details

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 2006 Conference, and 
committed to attend the URSW Workshop.

Submission to the Workshop is only accepted in 
electronic format and should be sent to the 
organizing committee via the workshop email address:

         URSW2006_submissions@iet.com

Papers must be submitted in PDF format, and 
follow the same submission format used by the 
ISWC 2006 Conference, the Springer Publications 
format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), available at:

www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html

Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop 
must not exceed 10 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 2 pages.

Following the general acceptance rules of the 
ISWC 2006 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.

Presentation and Publication

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 5-minute slot to share their ideas.

In addition, both technical and position papers 
will be published in the URSW Workshop 
proceedings, to be available after the ISWC 2006 Conference.

Program Committee

The program committee is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Ameen Abu-Hanna ­ Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Bill Andersen ­ Ontology Works, Inc., USA.
Paulo C. G. Costa ­ George Mason University, USA.
Fabio G. Cozman ­ Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
Bruce D’Ambrosio ­ Cleverset, Inc., USA.
Francis Fung ­ Information Extraction & Transport, Inc., USA.
Ivan Herman ­ CWI, the Netherlands.
Markus Holi ­ University of Helsinki, Finland.
Kathryn B. Laskey - George Mason University, USA.
Kenneth J. Laskey - MITRE Corporation, USA.
Thomas Lukasiewicz ­ Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy.
Anders Madsen ­ Hugin Expert A/S, Denmark.
M. Scott Marshall ­ Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Trevor Martin ­ University of Bristol, UK.
Kirk Martinez ­ University of Southampton, UK.
Bill McDaniel ­ DERI, Ireland.
Leo Obrst ­ MITRE Corporation, USA.
Yun Peng ­ University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.
Michael Pool - Convera, Inc., USA.
Dave Robertson ­ The University of Edinburgh, UK.
Oreste Signore ­ Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'
                    Informazione "A. Faedo", Italy.
Masami Takikawa ­ Information Extraction & Transport, Inc., USA.
Frans Voorbraak ­ Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Organizing Committee

The organizing committee is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Paulo C. G. Costa - George Mason University
Francis Fung ­ Information Extraction & Transport, Inc.
Kathryn B. Laskey - George Mason University
Kenneth J. Laskey - MITRE Corporation
Michael Pool - Convera, Inc.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!




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