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DEADLINE EXTENSION: Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

From: Mike Pool <mpool@convera.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 13:07:38 -0400
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To accommodate some difficulties in sending out previous announcements,
the submission deadline is being extended to July 31. However, this is a
hard deadline in order to meet other ISWC commitments.  More information
about the workshop is available at:   http://www.iet.com/iswc/2006/ursw
<http://www.iet.com/iswc/2006/ursw/> /.



                       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




You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty
Reasoning for the Semantic Web ( http://www.iet.com/iswc/2006/ursw
<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
<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


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.




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

- 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 31, 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


     URSW2006_submissions@iet.com <mailto: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:




Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 10
pages, including figures. Submissions exceeding this limit will not be


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


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


Program Committee


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


Ameen Abu-Hanna <http://kikpage.amc.uva.nl/home/aabuhanna/>  -
Universiteit van Amsterdam <http://www.english.uva.nl/> , the


Bill Andersen - Ontology Works, Inc. <http://www.ontologyworks.com/> ,


Paulo C. G. Costa <http://mason.gmu.edu/%7Epcosta>  - George Mason
University <http://www.gmu.edu/index.html> , USA. 


Fabio G. Cozman <http://www.poli.usp.br/p/fabio.cozman/>  - Universidade
de Sao Paulo
<http://www2.usp.br/publishing/insite.cgi?template=index_en> , Brazil. 


Bruce D'Ambrosio
<http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/research/members/dambrosio/index.html>  -
Cleverset, Inc. <http://www.cleverset.com/index.html> , USA. 


Francis Fung - Information Extraction & Transport, Inc.
<http://www.iet.com/index.html> , USA. 


Linda van der Gaag <http://www.cs.uu.nl/staff/linda.html>  -
Universiteit Utrecht
<http://www.uu.nl/uupublish/homeuu/homeenglish/1757main.html> , the


Ivan Herman <http://www.w3.org/People/Ivan/>  - C.W.I.
<http://www.cwi.nl/>  , the Netherlands. W3C Activity Lead
<http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/>  for the Semantic Web. 


Markus Holi <http://www.seco.tkk.fi/u/mholi/>  - Helsinki University of
TechnologyA <http://www.tkk.fi/English/> , Finland. 


Kathryn B. Laskey <http://mason.gmu.edu/%7Eklaskey>  - George Mason
University <http://www.seor.gmu.edu/index.html> , USA. 


Kenneth J. Laskey - MITRE Corporation <http://www.mitre.org/index.html>
, USA. Member of the W3C Advisory Board <http://www.w3.org/2002/ab/> . 


Thomas Lukasiewicz
<http://www.kr.tuwien.ac.at/staff/lukasiew/lukasiew.html>  - Universita
di Roma "La Sapienza" <http://www.uniroma1.it/> , Italy. 


Anders Madsen - Hugin Expert A/S <http://www.hugin.com/> , Denmark. 


Scott Marshall <http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Emarshall>  - Integrative
Bioinformatics Unit <http://integrativebioinformatics.nl/> ,
Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 


Trevor Martin <http://www.enm.bris.ac.uk/ai/martin/>  - University of
Bristol <http://www.bris.ac.uk/> , UK. 


Kirk Martinez <http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/%7Ekm/>  - University of
Southampton <http://www.soton.ac.uk/> , UK. 


Bill McDaniel - DERI <http://www.deri.ie/>  , Ireland. 


Leo Obrst - MITRE Corporation <http://www.mitre.org/index.html> , USA. 


Yung Peng <http://www.csee.umbc.edu/%7Eypeng/>  - University of
Maryland, Baltimore County <http://www.cs.umbc.edu/CSEE/index.html> ,


Michael Pool - Convera, Inc. <http://www.convera.com/> , USA. 


Dave Robertson <http://www.dai.ed.ac.uk/groups/ssp/members/dave.htm>  -
The University of Edinburgh <http://www.ed.ac.uk/> , UK. 


Oreste Signore <http://www.weblab.isti.cnr.it/people/oreste/>  -
Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell' Informazione "A. Faedo"
<http://www.isti.cnr.it/> , Italy. Manager of the W3C Office in Italy


Masami Takikawa - Information Extraction & Transport, Inc.
<http://www.iet.com/index.html> , USA. 


Frans Voorbraak <http://staff.science.uva.nl/%7Efransv/>  - Universiteit
van Amsterdam <http://www.english.uva.nl/> , 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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