Second International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 

October 1-3, 2008
Naples, Italy

Originally, managing uncertainty and inconsistency has especially been
explored in Artificial Intelligence. During the recent years, especially
with the availability of massive amounts of data in different repositories
and the possibility of integrating and exploiting these data, technologies
for managing uncertainty and inconsistency have started to play a key role
in databases and the Web. Some of the most prominent such technologies
are probably the ranking algorithms standing behind web search engines.
Techniques for handling uncertainty and inconsistency are expected to
play a similarly important role in the context of the Semantic Web.

The annual International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management
(SUM) has grown out of this very large interest on managing uncertainty
and inconsistency in databases, the Web, the Semantic Web, and AI. It aims
at bringing together all those interested in the management of large
volumes of uncertainty and inconsistency, irrespective of whether
they are in databases, the Web, the Semantic Web, or in AI.

The very successful First International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty
Management (SUM 2007) was held in Washington DC, USA, October 10-12, 2007
(see The Second
International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2008)
will be held in Naples, Italy, October 1-3, 2008.

Submissions are solicited in all areas of massive uncertainty and
inconsistency, including (but not restricted to) the topics listed below:

probability logic
fuzzy logic
annotated logic
Bayesian models
Markov models
possibilistic logic
paraconsistent logic
semantics of uncertain data
formal models of uncertain data
reasoning with uncertain and inconsistent information
managing uncertain and imprecise information
spatio-temporal uncertainty management
probabilistic databases
inconsistent databases
uncertainty and inconsistency in the Web
uncertainty and inconsistency in the Semantic Web
uncertain database algebras
query optimization with uncertainty
query caching for uncertain databases
indexing methods for uncertainty
uncertain aggregate queries
uncertainty in view management
skyline query processing
top-k queries and ranking
approximate query processing
uncertainty in data integration and exchange
uncertainty in data streams
uncertainty in information retrieval
data sharing and uncertainty
approximate schema and ontology mapping
similarity in ontology languages
similarity search and extraction
information extraction
data mining and machine learning
vision and uncertainty
audio processing and uncertainty
multimedia and uncertainty
text and uncertainty
mobile systems and uncertainty
image, speech, multimedia, and text information retrieval
mining image, speech, multimedia, and text data
personalization and user preferences
mining in social networks
uncertainty and trust issues
ranking in information retrieval
matchmaking and negotiation
recommender systems
implemented systems
commercial systems
novel applications

We especially want to encourage submissions from uncertainty and
inconsistency management in databases, as well as from uncertainty
and inconsistency handling in the Web and the Semantic Web. We
seek both theoretical and practical works.


The proceedings will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes
in Computer Science/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/
LNAI) series ( and will be available
at the conference. After the conference, we are also planning to
bring out a special issue of a journal with selected papers from
the conference.


Submissions must be typeset using the Springer LaTeX2e style llncs
for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (see
comp/lncs/Authors.html). The length should not exceed 4 pages for
posters and 6 pages for system descriptions (for system demos at
the conference). Posters and system descriptions should be clearly
marked as such in the title and in the easychair submission system.
Submissions which deviate substantially from these guidelines may be
rejected without review. Submissions will especially be judged for
originality and scientific quality. All accepted posters and system
descriptions will be included in the proceedings.


Poster/demo submission deadline: June 12, 2008
Accept/reject decisions: July 8, 2008
Camera ready posters/demos due: July 18, 2008
Last day for early registration fee: July 18, 2008


Antonio Picariello (University of Naples, Italy)


Sergio Greco (University of Calabria, Italy)
Thomas Lukasiewicz (Oxford University, UK; TU Vienna, Austria)


Chitta Baral (Arizona State University, USA)
Leopoldo Bertossi (Carleton University, Canada)
Bir Bhanu (University of California-Riverside, USA)
Fabio Gagliardi Cozman (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Michael I. Dekhtyar (Tver State University, Russia)
Debabrata Dey (University of Washington, USA)
Juergen Dix (TU Clausthal, Germany)
Francesco Donini (University of Tuscia, Italy)
Didier Dubois (IRIT, France)
Thomas Eiter (TU Vienna, Austria)
Nicola Fanizzi (University of Bari, Italy)
Filippo Furfaro (University of Calabria, Italy)
Avigdor Gal (Technion, Israel)
John Grant (Towson University, USA)
Pascal Hitzler (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
Eyke Huellermeier (University of Marburg, Germany)
Edward Hung (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Anthony Hunter (University College London, UK)
Gabriele Kern-Isberner (University of Dortmund, Germany)
Christoph Koch (Cornell University, USA)
Laks V.S. Lakshmanan (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Nicola Leone (University of Calabria, Italy)
Mounia Lalmas (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Kathryn Blackmond Laskey (George Mason University, USA)
Weiru Liu (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Serafin Moral (University of Granada, Spain)
Simon Parsons (City University of New York, USA)
Gabriella Pasi (University of Milan, Italy)
Michael Pittarelli (State University of New York, USA)
Henri Prade (IRIT, France)
Andrea Pugliese (University of Calabria, Italy)
Luc de Raedt (K.U. Leuven, Belgium)
Emad Saad (Abu Dhabi University, UAE)
Domenico Sacca (ICAR-CNR, Italy)
Maria Luisa Sapino (University of Turin, Italy)
Umberto Straccia (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Heiner Stuckenschmidt (University of Mannheim, Germany)
V.S. Subrahmanian (University of Maryland, USA)
Maurice van Keulen (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Peter Vojtas (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Nic Wilson (University College Cork, Ireland)
Carlo Zaniolo (UCLA, USA)


Prabhakar Raghavan (Yahoo! Research, USA)
Dan Suciu (University of Washington, USA)


Jan Chomicki (University at Buffalo, USA)


For further information refer to the SUM 2008 web site at

Received on Monday, 9 June 2008 20:24:21 UTC