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Final URSW'10: Call for Papers

From: Ken Laskey <klaskey@mitre.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 17:48:17 -0400
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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 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

* Using fuzzy approaches to deal with imprecise concepts within ontologies

* The concept of a probabilistic ontology and its relevance to the Semantic

* 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

* 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 (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0).


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 extended.


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!




Dr. Kenneth Laskey

MITRE Corporation, M/S H305              phone: 703-983-7934

7515 Colshire Drive                                    fax:

McLean VA 22102-7508

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