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Call for Papers: Advances in Semantics for Web services Workshop (semantics4ws'07)

From: Ilona Zaremba <ilona.zaremba@deri.at>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:12:04 +0200
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Call for Papers
Submissions: June 30, 2007

Advances in Semantics for Web services Workshop

at the Fifth International Conference on Business Process Management (BPM
2007) http://bpm07.fit.qut.edu.au/

Brisbane, Australia, 25-27 September 2007


Web services have added a new level of functionality to the current Web by
taking a first step towards seamless integration of distributed software
components using Web standards. Nevertheless, current Web service
technologies around SOAP, WSDL and UDDI operate at a syntactic level and,
therefore, although they support interoperability (i.e. interoperability
between the many diverse application development platforms that exist today)
through common standards, they still require human interaction to a large
extent. For example, the human programmer has to manually search for
appropriate Web services in order to combine them in a useful manner, which
limits scalability and greatly curtails the added economic value of
envisioned with the advent of Web services.

Recent research (to which we refer to as Semantic Web Services - SWS), which
draws on a variety of fields such as Semantic Web, knowledge representation,
formal methods, software engineering, process modeling, workflow, and
software agents, is gaining momentum, in particular in the context of Web
services usage. Research in the mentioned fields can be exploited to
automate Web services-related tasks, like discovery, selection, composition,
mediation, monitoring, and invocation, thus enabling seamless interoperation
between them while keeping human intervention to a minimum.
Although several initiatives, like OWL-S, WSMO, WSDL-S, or IRS, have emerged
in this area aiming at addressing the problem of semantics in Web services,
many major challenges still need to be addressed and solved in this field.

In this context, this workshop aims to provide a forum in which to focus on
selected core technical challenges for deployment of Semantic Web Services,
and reach a better understanding of the relationships between commercial Web
service standards, current SWS research efforts, and the ultimate
requirements for full-scale deployment of these technologies. More
specifically, this workshop aims to tackle the research problems (as well as
recent practical
around methods, concepts, models, languages and technology that enable
semantics in the context of Web services, as well as discussing recent
advances in semantics for Web services. Of particular interest are the
architectural, technical, and developmental foundations of SWS, and showing
how they combine synergistically to enable service automation on the scale
required by today's Internet-connected enterprises.

This proposed workshop aims to bring together researchers and industry
practitioners (e.g. leading modelers, architects, system vendors,
open-source projects, developers, and end-users) addressing many of these
issues (including recent developments in tools and techniques, and
real-world implementations of SWS applications), and promote and foster a
greater understanding of how semantics can assist automation in Web
services, thus helping people develop and manage services more efficiently
and effectively.


The following indicates the general focus of the workshop. However, related
contributions are welcome as well.

    * case studies for (semantic) Web services
    * OWL-S, WSMO, WSDL-S, IRS, SWSF-based systems and applications
    * static and dynamic logics for Web services and related aspects
    * ontologies for modeling (semantic) Web services
    * formal languages for describing (semantic) Web services
    * ontologies and languages for process modeling for (semantic) Web
    * ontological representation of quality of services (QoS), services
level agreements (SLAs),
      and non-functional properties (NFPs) of Web services
    * formal languages  for QoS, SLAs, and NFPs
    * reasoning tasks and their complexity in SWS
    * formal methods and their applications in Web services
    * validation and verification for Web services
    * advertising, discovery, matchmaking, selection, and brokering of
(semantic) Web services
    * data/process/protocol mediation in (semantic) Web services
    * composition, planning, and re-planning with (semantic) Web services
    * execution and lifecycle management of (semantic) Web services
    * monitoring, adaptability, and recovery strategies for (semantic) Web
    * policies for (semantic) Web services
    * semantics in Web services contracts
    * security and privacy for (semantic) Web services
    * semantics for Grid services and e-Services
    * architectures for (semantic) Web services deployment
    * tools, middleware, and infrastructure for (semantic) Web services


The program will occupy a full day, and will include presentations of papers
selected from the full papers category (see 'submissions' below).

Please note that at least one author of each accepted submission must attend
the workshop. The BPM 2007 conference formalities are applied for fees and
respective organizational aspects. 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 (in any category) will be given priority for registration.


The workshop invites different types of contributions:

    * Papers
    * Demos
    * Posters / Position papers

Papers: The papers should not exceed 12 pages and should have the Springer
Lecture Notes of Computer Science (LNCS) layout.

Demos: Detailed description plus sufficient number of screenshots or a video
of the demo are required. For paper-based submissions, please follow the
Springer LNCS layout. Please note that at the workshop itself no technical
support is provided except possibly Internet connection and power (to be

Posters/Position papers: The posters/position papers should not exceed 5
pages and should have the Springer LNCS layout.

All contributions will be peer reviewed by a program committee that will
incorporate well recognized experts in the area of semantic technologies and
Web services.

All submissions should be formatted in Springer's LNCS style, should be
submitted in electronic format using the link:

All accepted full papers and all position papers of attendees will be
published in the proceedings of the workshop. Workshop proceedings will be
published with Springer LNCS and will be available at the workshop.


Submissions: June 30, 2007
Acceptance: July 23, 2007
Final copy: August 1, 2007
Workshops day: September 24, 2007


Steven Battle (Hewlett-Packard Labs, UK), John Domingue (The Open
University, UK), David Martin (SRI International, USA) Dumitru Roman (DERI
Innsbruck, Austria) Amit Sheth (Wright State University, USA)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (confirmed; to be extended)

- Rama Akkiraju, IBM, USA
- Carine Bournez, W3C, France
- Jorge Cardoso, University Mediera, Portugal
- Sanjay Chaudhary, DA-IICT, India
- Emilia Cimpian, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
- Marin Dimitrov, Ontotext, Bulgaria
- Dieter Fensel, DERI, Austria
- Karthik Gomadam, University of Georgia, USA
- Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
- Sung-Kook Han, Won Kwang University, South Korea
- Rick Hull, Lucent, USA
- Jacek Kopecky, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
- Deepali Khushraj, Nokia, Finland
- Michael Kifer, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
- Michael Maximilien, IBM, USA
- Brahim Medjahed, University of Michigan, USA
- Adrian Mocan, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
- Massimo Paolucci, DoCoMo Euro-Labs, Germany
- Brahmananda Sapkota, DERI Galway, Ireland
- Tony Shan, Bank of America, USA
- Monika Solanki, De Montfort University, UK
- Ioan Toma, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
- Stuart Williams, HP Bristol, UK

Ilona Zaremba
DERI Innsbruck
University of Innsbruck
Technikerstrasse 21a
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43/512/507/6427
Fax +43/512/507/9872
E-mail: ilona.zaremba@deri.at
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