Second CFP: 2nd Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

                                 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 ( 
2006/ursw), to be held as part of the 5th International Semantic Web  
Conference (ISWC - 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 (  
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 concerns.

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 Web
- Developers of tools designed to support semantic web  
implementation, e.g., Jena developers, Protege and Protege-OWL  

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 20, 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  

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:,11855,5-164-2-72376-0,00.html

Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 10  
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 and must not  
exceed 2 pages.

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 – Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Bill Andersen – Ontology Works, Inc., USA.
Paulo C. G. Costa – George Mason University, USA.
Fabio G. Cozman – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
Bruce D’Ambrosio – Cleverset, Inc., USA.
Francis Fung – Information Extraction & Transport, Inc., USA.
Ivan Herman – CWI, the Netherlands.
Markus Holi – University of Helsinki, Finland.
Kathryn B. Laskey - George Mason University, USA.
Kenneth J. Laskey - MITRE Corporation, USA.
Thomas Lukasiewicz – Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy.
Anders Madsen – Hugin Expert A/S, Denmark.
M. Scott Marshall – Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Trevor Martin – University of Bristol, UK.
Kirk Martinez – University of Southampton, UK.
Bill McDaniel – DERI, Ireland.
Leo Obrst – MITRE Corporation, USA.
Yun Peng – University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.
Michael Pool - Convera, Inc., USA.
Dave Robertson – The University of Edinburgh, UK.
Oreste Signore – Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'
                    Informazione "A. Faedo", Italy.
Masami Takikawa – Information Extraction & Transport, Inc., USA.
Frans Voorbraak – Universiteit van Amsterdam, 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!

Received on Tuesday, 4 July 2006 03:46:39 UTC