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IJCAI 2007 Workshop on Semantic Web for Collaborative Knowledge Acquisition

From: Vasant Honavar <honavar@cs.iastate.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2006 20:47:26 +0000 (UTC)
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Workshop on Semantic Web for Collaborative Knowledge Acquisition
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Hyderabad, India
January 2007


Call for Papers

SWeCKa 2007 

Workshop Description
Recent advances in computing and communications together with the rapid
proliferation of information sources and services present unprecedented
opportunities in integrative and collaborative analysis and interpretation of
distributed, autonomous (and hence, inevitably semantically heterogeneous) data
and knowledge sources and services in virtually every area of human activity.
Fundamental advances in collaborative approaches to knowledge acquisition and
data-driven decision making from distributed, autonomous, semantically
heterogeneous data and knowledge sources require synergistic synthesis of
research advances, insights, algorithms, and results in multiple areas of: 
* Artificial Intelligence - especially machine learning, data mining, knowledge
representation and inference, intelligent agents and multi-agent systems; 
* Information Systems - especially databases, information integration, semantic
web; and 
* Distributed computing and software engineering (e.g., service-oriented
The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the
relevant areas of artificial intelligence, 
databases, knowledge bases, machine learning, information integration,
ontologies, semantic web, web services, 
and relevant application areas (e.g., bioinformatics, environmental informatics,
enterprise informatics e-science, 
e-government, medical informatics, security informatics, social informatics,
among others) to discuss the current 
state of the art and open research problems in semantic web for collaborative
knowledge acquisition. A secondary goal of the workshop is to facilitate
collaborations between different research groups. 

Workshop Topics 
* Cyber-infrastructure and semantic web technologies for collaborative knowledge
* Modeling semantically heterogeneous data and knowledge sources and services 
* Collaboratively developing and sharing ontologies and inter-ontology mappings
* Representing and reasoning with ontologies and mappings between ontologies 
* Discovering mappings between data source schema and between ontologies 
* Reasoning with distributed modular ontologies 
* Integrating modular ontologies 
* Visualizing large distributed ontologies 
* Semantically annotating information sources 
* Querying distributed, semantically heterogeneous information sources 
* Acquiring knowledge from distributed data sources /span>
* Acquiring knowledge from semantically heterogeneous data sources 
* Extracting knowledge and facts from distributed text and multimedia data 
* Exploiting distributed knowledge and data in dynamic data-driven applications 
* Finding, composing, and using semantically heterogeneous services 
* Modeling, tracking, and using information provenance 
* Modeling, and reasoning about trust of information sources and services 
* Preserving privacy, selectively sharing information and knowledge 
* Applications in bioinformatics, security informatics, enterprise informatics,
social informatics, engineering informatics, health informatics, environmental
informatics, and related areas 
* Case studies, software tools, use cases, and application 
* Open problems 
Workshop Format 
The workshop will consist of: 
* An opening session for introducing the workshop topics, goals, participants,
and expected outcomes 
* A small number of invited talks carefully intermixed with presentation of
contributed papers. 
* Breaks between sessions, meant to encourage informal discussions related to
the topics discussed in the sessions and to create opportunities for
* Discussion of open problems and future research directions 
* A wrap-up session summarizing the workshop (including formal or informal
Paper Submissions 
We invite papers that report on completed or work in progress on relevant topic
areas. All papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee. The
contributions should be submitted in the form of PDF documents using the
templates provided for WORD and LaTeX. 
Submissions should be limited to a maximum of 6 pages for short papers, and 10
pages for long papers. PDF versions of the papers should be submitted through
the SWeCKa 2007 paper submission web site at
http://www.easychair.org/SWeCKa2007/ no later than September 30, 2006. 
Extended versions of selected papers may be published in a special issue of a
journal or an edited book. 
Important Dates
* Submissions Due: September 30, 2006
* Notification of Acceptance: October 23, 2006
* Camera-ready versions due: November 1, 2006
* Workshop: January 6, 7, or 8, 2007

Dr. Vasant Honavar (Workshop Chair) 
Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA. 
Dr. Tim Finin, (Workshop Co-Chair) 
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of
Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. 
Dr. Doina Caragea 
Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Kansas State University,
Manhattan, Kansas, USA. 
Dr. Dunja Mladenic 
Department of Knowledge Technologies, J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
Dr. York Sure 
Institut AIFB, Universitat Karlsruhe, Germany. 
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