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[Call for participation] 1st NEPOMUK - Social Semantic Desktop - Summer School -- DEADLINE APPROACHING

From: Tudor Groza <tudor.groza@deri.org>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 19:33:36 +0100
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To: SW-forum <semantic-web@w3.org>

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     FIRST NEPOMUK -- SOCIAL SEMANTIC DESKTOP -- SUMMER SCHOOL

          http://summerschool.nepomuk.semanticdesktop.org

                   Victoria Hotel, Sliema, Malta

                        7-13 September 2008

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*IMPORTANT DATES*
Deadline for applications:        9th June 2008
Notification of acceptance:    16th June 2008
Deadline for registration:        15th July 2008

INTRODUCTION
We are pleased to announce the first NEPOMUK -- Social Semantic
Desktop -- Summer School, sponsored by the EU-funded Project
NEPOMUK. NEPOMUK brings together researchers, industrial software
developers, and representative industrial users, to develop a
comprehensive solution for extending the personal desktop into a
collaboration environment that supports both personal information
management and sharing and exchange across social and
organisational relations.

The NEPOMUK Summer School will represent a very good opportunity
for postgraduates students to refine their knowledge in a variety
of topics such as Semantic Web, Personal Information Management,
P2P, HCI, or Social Networking, all in the context of the Social
Semantic Desktop. It will consist of a range of theoretical and
practical sessions taught by leading researchers in the field
and combined with a series of mini-projects to encourage
collaboration between the participants. In order to provide
high-quality results, the number of accepted participants will
be limited to 35. They will have to bring their own computers
and will be supported with the proper set-up for the practical
sessions.

All participants will be provided with a copy of the teaching
material. In addition to the taught and practical sessions,
the participants will also benefit from and enjoy a stimulating
environment through social interactions with the lecturers,
tutors, and other participants.


LECTURERS
 Ansgar Bernardi, DFKI Kaiserslautern, Germany
 Stefan Decker, NUIG/DERI Galway, Ireland
 Edith Felix, Thales, France
 Siegfried Handschuh, NUIG/DERI Galway, Ireland
 Mehdi Jazayeri, University of Lugano, Switzerland
 Ernie Ong, SAP, UK
 Thomas Roth-Berghofer, DFKI Kaiserslautern, Germany
 Yngve Sundblad, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
 Alexander Troussov, IBM Dublin, Ireland
 Sebastian Trueg, Mandriva, France
 Bo Westerlund, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
 ... and others


ORGANISING COMMITTEE
 Thomas Roth-Berghofer, DFKI Kaiserslautern, Germany
 Siegfried Handschuh, NUIG/DERI Galway, Ireland
 Yngve Sundblad, KTH Stockholm, Sweden
 Charlie Abela, University of Malta
 Tudor Groza, NUIG/DERI Galway, Ireland


PARTICIPANTS
We welcome applications from all over the world. Main requirement:
Applicants should be PhD students, postdocs, or young researchers
acting in relevant disciplines for the field.

All participants are expected to arrive on Malta on September 7th
and to be willing to fully commit themselves to the Summer School's
activities until around noon September 13th. Applications that do
not fulfil these requirements, will not be considered.

Accepted participants will be advised on the registration process.

ACCOMMODATION, TRAVEL, AND LOCAL INFORMATION
The Victoria Hotel in Sliema will act both as a venue for the
Summer School and accommodation place for all the participants and
lecturers. It provides a range of facilities which will make your
stay more pleasant, including a swimming pool and fine dining.

In terms of location, Sliema is one of the best places in Malta.
It represents a centre for shopping, restaurants and cafes, close
Paceville, the night-life centre of Malta, and to the capital
Valletta.

Regarding transportation, there are two main options of travelling
to Malta: by boat from Sicily (Italy) or flying to Luqa, the main
airport in Malta. We would advise the participants to follow the
second option. The Luqa Airport is very well connected. We will
provide local transportation from the airport to the venue. The
travelling time between the airport and the venue is around 30 min.


COST AND APPLICATION
The cost of the Summer School is 700 Euro per participant. It
includes accommodation for the entire period, three meals per day,
coffee breaks, the teaching material and the social event.
The application form can be found on the Summer School website.


GRANTS
A small number of grants will be available for PhD students pursuing
their research in the field and who are else unable to afford
participating in the Summer School. A grant will cover registration
fees. To apply for a grant, the students will have to contact the
organisers at summerschoolorganisation@nepomuk.semanticdesktop.org
and provide a letter signed by their institution, confirming their
status as students and the fact that it cannot contribute to their
participation in the Summer School. The letter has to be scanned
and emailed to the organisers, and in the case in which the grant is
provided, the original letter has to be handed in at arrival time.
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