NeFoRS08: Extended Submission Deadline and Last Call for Papers

=============== *DEADLINE EXTENSION and LAST CALL FOR PAPERS* ========================

Second International Workshop: 
"New forms of reasoning for the Semantic Web: scaleable, tolerant and dynamic"

Co-located with the 3rd Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC 2008)

Bangkok, Thailand, 8th-11th December 2008 


Workshop Objectives
The Semantic Web is the vision of a Web of data usable for both humans 
but also machines. This web, consists of inter-connected instance data 
annotated with possibly expressive ontologies.  Therefore a tremendous 
amount of information becomes available that should be processed based 
on formal semantics attached to it. The Semantic Web community has developed 
a number of languages (such as RDF, RDF Schema, OWL) that deploy logic 
for this purpose. Impressive progress has been made on scalable storage, 
querying and inference for these languages, and they are successfully 
being deployed on large intranets and medium-scale web-applications.

However existing reasoning techniques often fail to live up to the expectations 
put into them in this context. They can often neither deal with high number of 
instances, the expressiveness of the ontologies describing them or the inherent 
inconsistency and incompleteness of data on the Web.

This workshop is intended to focus on these problems of scalability and 
robustness of reasoning on the Web, and furthermore to investigate alternative 
reasoning methods, which take incompleteness and distribution of data and 
knowledge as inherent properties into account.

NeForS08 is the follow-up of the first international workshop on 
"New forms of reasoning for the Semantic Web: scalable, tolerant and dynamic", 
which took place in Busan, Korea in November 2007 and was co-located with the 
6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007) and 2nd Asian Semantic 
Web Conference (ASWC 2007).

Topics of Interest
We welcome all research contributions that address one or more of the 
following topics:

* Reasoning for the Web
* Querying and searching
* Scalability to the Web level
* Efficient storage of structured data that scale to a very large size 

We also aim to attract participants from scientific fields not typically seen 
at Semantic Web events:

* Economics can tell us about cost-benefit trade-off models, sunk-cost theory 
and the role of negotiation in obtaining near-optimal results under bounded resources
* Cognitive Science can tell us about strategies of human memory and human reasoning 
which is so succesful in reaching good enough conclusion in limited time-spans, using 
methods such as priming, attention scoping, recency-based self-optimising memory, etc.
* Computational Learning Theory has contributions to make with their notions of Probably 
Approximately Correct (PAC) computing, and strategies for abstraction and 
compression of information.
* Combinatorial Search has made recent breakthroughs in handling massive search-spaces 
with heuristics based on Monte Carlo simulations.

Event Information
The workshop will take place during the 3rd Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC2008) 
as a full-day event. It will be organized as a full day event and include an invited 
talk on the industrial view on semantic technologies and the need for large-scale reasoning.

Please note that for every accepted paper at least one of the authors must attend the 
workshop and must register for the workshop and the main conference.
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.

The workshop invites full papers (up to 15 pages) as well as short papers (up to 5 pages). 
All contributions will be peer reviewed by the program commitee (see 
and accepted submissions will be published in a dedicated book. The number of accepted papers 
will be kept deliberately low in order to leave sufficient time for discussion after presentations.
Additionally  we are considering a special issue in a journal on semantic computing for extended 
versions of selected, high quality submissions.

Submitted papers must be written in English and one of the following format must be used for 
the first submission: PDF, PS, DOC. For submissions please follow LNCS formatting instructions 
(see for details) to prepare your 
paper and consider using the camera ready format even for the first submission.

Furthermore papers need to be submitted electronically through the EasyChair using the following link:

Important Dates
* September 28, 2008: Submission of papers [*extended*]
* October 8, 2008: Notification of acceptance
* October 15, 2008: Camera-ready version due
* December 8, 2008: Workshop 

Zhisheng Huang, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Uwe Keller, Semantic Technology Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan and The International WIC Institute/BJUT, China

Program Committee

    * Ruzica Piskac, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
    * Guilin Qi, Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB), Karlsruhe, Germany
    * Stefan Schlobach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    * Lael Schooler, MPI for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
    * Pascal Hitzler, Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB), Karlsruhe, Germany
    * Yue Pan, IBM Research Laboratory, Beijing, China
    * Xiaoping Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
    * Emanuele Della Valle, CEFRIEL, Milano, Italy
    * Stefania Galizia, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    * Michael Witbrock, Cycorp, Austin, Texas, USA
    * Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
    * Ilya Zaihrayeu, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
    * Anupriya Ankolekar, Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB), Karlsruhe, Germany
    * Cristina Feier, Knowledge-Based Systems Group, Technical University of Viennna, Vienna, Austria
    * Stijn Heymans, Knowledge-Based Systems Group, Technical University of Viennna, Vienna, Austria
    * Kyung-Il Tony Lee, Saltlux Inc., Seoul, Korea
    * Anita Raja, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
    * Jia Hu, Bejing University of Technology, Bejing, China

Steering Committee
Dieter Fensel, Semantic Technology Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Florian Fischer
Semantic Technology Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Technikerstr. 21a, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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