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

From: Ken Laskey <klaskey@mitre.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 00:37:43 -0400
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                                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),
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  
the uncertainty reasoning community and the Semantic Web community.

Practical methods for reasoning under uncertainty are vital for  
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) 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
- 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  
subject of uncertainty in the Semantic Web. Therefore, the following  
should be just an initial guide.

- Syntax and semantics for extensions to Semantic Web languages to  
     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  
- The concept of a probabilistic ontology and its relevance to the  
- 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  
- Existing implementations of uncertainty reasoning tools in the  
context of
      the Semantic Web
- Issues and techniques for integrating tools for representing and  
      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  
authors must be a registered participant at the ISWC 2006 Conference,  
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  
for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), available at:


Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 10  
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,  
that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already  
published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another  
will not be accepted to the URSW workshop.

Presentation and Publication

All papers accepted to the URSW will be presented during the workshop  
published in the workshop proceedings, which will be available as a  
publication after the Conference. Authors of accepted technical  
papers will
have 20 minutes to present their work, while authors of accepted  
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 Conference.

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!
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