CFP: Fourth International Workshop on Contexts and Ontologies

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The Fourth International Workshop on Contexts and Ontologies
(C&O- 2008) - Patras, Greece. 21-22 July 2008

Hosted by the 18th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-08)

Submission Deadline for full paper: 10th of April 2008

Workshop Description
Contexts and ontologies play a crucial role in knowledge
representation and reasoning. Computer systems which act intelligently
need the ability to represent, utilize and reason about contexts and
ontologies. There were a number of projects devoted to the definition
and usage of contexts as well as ontologies in intelligent KR systems.
With the advent of the web and the ubiquitous connectivity, contexts
and ontologies have become a relevant notion also in other, more
recent, disciplines. Many application areas such as, information
integration, distributed knowledge management, semantic web,
multi-agent systems, distributed reasoning, data grid and grid
computing, pervasive computing and ambient intelligence as well as
peer-to-peer information management systems, have acknowledged the
need of methods to represent and reason about knowledge which is
scattered in a large set of contexts and ontologies.

During the last decade, there has been a line of successful series of
workshops and conferences on the development and application of
contexts and ontologies. Three successful workshops have focused on
combining the themes of ontologies and contexts, and have discussed
them as complementary disciplines. The first two are "Contexts and
Ontologies: Theory, Practice and Applications (C&O)" and "Context
Representation and Reasoning (CRR)". These two previous series of
workshops was merged into the "Contexts and Ontologies: Representation
and Reasoning (C&O:RR)" workshop. The C&O:RR workshop aims at keeping
the focus on combination of contexts and ontologies and at emphasizing
the representation and reasoning aspects of research in the field of
context and ontology that was the peculiarity of the CRR workshop.
This workshop is the continuation of the C&O:RR 2007 under a broader

The goal of this workshop is to bring people from the context and
ontology communities together to discuss the approaches they use for
information integration from the knowledge representation and
reasoning perspective. In recent years, a number of different aspects
of contexts and ontologies have been studied and a number of
approaches have been proposed. One perspective views an ontology as an
explicit encoding of a domain model that may be shared and reused,
while a context may be viewed as an explicit encoding of a domain
model that is expected to be local and may contain one party's
subjective view of the domain. This workshop will further explore this
perspective as well as other perspectives and aims to make more
progress in leveraging increased communication between the context and
ontology communities.

Workshop Objectives and Topics of Interest
The C&O:RR workshop is open to technical areas of interest between
contexts and ontologies, with anticipated focus on:
approaches to semantic heterogeneity that utilize multiple contexts
and ontologies; analysis and understanding of technical problems related to
combination of contexts and ontologies from the knowledge
representation and reasoning perspective.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Information interoperability and reuse via multiple contexts and ontologies.
-Coordination of multiple contexts and ontologies.
-Modular ontologies.
-Ontology matching
-Scalability of techniques for combination of contexts and ontologies
-Logical formalisms for contexts and ontologies.
-Distributed reasoning algorithms for contexts and ontologies.
-Complexity of distributed reasoning for contexts and ontologies
-Comparison of uses of contexts and ontologies.
-Applications of reasoning with contexts and ontologies in the areas of
-Semantic web, information retrieval, e-commerce, telecommunications,
-Multimedia, content indexing, grid and peer-to-peer, pervasive
computing and ambient intelligence.

Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 10th of April 2008
Notification: 10th of May, 2008
Camera-ready version: 26th of May, 2008
Workshop day: July 21-22, 2008

Keynote Speakers
Marco Schorlemmer: Institute IIIA, Spain
Andreas Herzig: IRIT, Université Paul Sabatier, France

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of technical papers
or statements of interest. Technical papers should be not longer than
5 pages using the ECAI Style: Statements of
interest should not exceed 2 pages and should be handled according to
the guidelines for technical papers. Please make clear if your paper
is meant to be a statement of interest. All contributions should be
prepared in PDF format and should be submitted no later than April 10,
2008. Authors submit their contributions by email to Guilin Qi:
gqi [at] aifb [dot] uni-karlsruhe[dot] de, nolater than 10th of April 2008.

Organizing Committee
Jérôme Euzenat, INRIA Rhône-Alpes
Chiara Ghidini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Deborah L. McGuinness, Stanford University, USA
Guilin Qi, Institute AIFB, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany

Steering Committee
Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy
Valeria de Paiva, Palo Alto Research Center, USA
Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Pavel Shvaiko, University of Trento, Italy
Holger Wache, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland,
Alain Leger, France Telecom R&D, France

Program Committee (not complete)
Massimo Benerecetti, Universita' di Napoli Federico II, Italy
Patrick Brezillon, University Paris, France
Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Aldo Gangemi, Institute of cognitive sciences and technology, Italy
Peter Haase, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Pascal Hitzler, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Jingshan Huang, Benedict College, Columbia, SC
Vipul Kashyap, Clinical Informatics R&D, Partners HealthCare System, USA
David Leake, Indiana University, USA
Igor Mozetic, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Leo Obrst, MITRE, USA
Carlo Penco, University of Genoa, Italy
Dimitris Plexousakis, University of Crete, Greece
Thomas Roth-Berghofer, DFKI, Germany
Aviv Segev, Technion, Israel
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, Germany
Andrei Tamilin, ITC-IRST, Italy
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bolzano, Italy
Roy Turner, University of Maine, USA
Ludger van Elst, DFKI, Germany
Frank Wolter, University of Liverpool, UK
Roger Young, University of Dundee, UK

Primary Contact: Guilin Qi,

Dr. Guilin Qi
Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (TH)
Telefon: +49 (721) 608 6038
Fax: +49 (721) 608 5998

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