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[EKAW 2012] Call for Papers

From: Frank van Harmelen <Frank.van.Harmelen@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 13:08:56 +0100
Message-ID: <4F65D058.1030303@cs.vu.nl>
To: semantic-web@w3.org
Call for Papers:

18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge 
Management (EKAW 2012) National University of Ireland Galway Quadrangle 
October 8-12, 2012.


The 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge 
Management is concerned with all aspects of eliciting, acquiring, modeling 
and managing knowledge, and its role in the construction of 
knowledge-intensive systems and services for the semantic web, knowledge 
management, e-business, natural language processing, intelligent 
information integration, etc.

The special focus of the 18th edition of EKAW will be on "Knowledge 
Engineering and Knowledge Management that matters". We are explicitly 
calling for papers that have a potentially high impact on a specific 
community or application domain (e.g. pharmacy and life sciences), as well 
as for papers which report on the development or evaluation of publicly 
available data sets relevant for a large number of applications. Moreover, 
we welcome contributions dealing with problems specific to modeling and 
maintenance of real-world data or knowledge, such as scalability and 
robustness of knowledge-based applications, or privacy and provenance 
issues related to organizational knowledge management.

In addition to the main research track, EKAW 2012 will feature a tutorial 
and workshop program, as well as a poster and demo track. Moreover, there 
will be a Doctoral Consortium giving new PhD students a possibility to 
present their research proposals, and to get feedback on methodological and 
practical aspects of their planned dissertation.

The proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer Verlag in 
the LNCS series. The LNCS volume will contain the contributed research 
papers as well as descriptions of the demos presented at the conference. 
Papers published at any of the workshops will be published in dedicated 
workshop proceedings.

EKAW 2012 welcomes papers dealing with theoretical, methodological, 
experimental, and application-oriented aspects of knowledge engineering and 
knowledge management. In particular, but not exclusively, we solicit papers 
about methods, tools and methodologies relevant with regard to the 
following topics:

1) “Knowledge Management and Knowledge Engineering that matters”

• Real-world applications of methods for knowledge management and 
engineering in domains such as
- e-Government and public administration
- Life sciences, health and medicine
- Automotive and manufacturing industry
- Cultural heritage applications
- Digital libraries
• Development and evaluation of publicly available knowledge repositories 
for new applications or domains
• Methods and methodologies addressing the challenges of real-world data, e.g.,
- Scalability, robustness etc.
- Maintenance costs and financial risks
- Privacy and data security
• Lessons learned from case studies, e.g.,
- Knowledge management in large organizations
- Adoption of semantic web technologies
- Maintenance of corporate knowledge repositories

2) Knowledge Management

• Methodologies and tools for knowledge management
• Knowledge sharing and distribution, collaboration
• Best practices and lessons learned from case studies
• Provenance and trust in knowledge management
• Methods for accelerating take-up of knowledge management technologies
• Corporate memories for knowledge management
• Evolution, maintenance and preservation of knowledge
• Web 2.0 technologies for knowledge management
• Incentives for human knowledge acquisition (e.g. games with a purpose)

3) Knowledge Engineering and Acquisition

• Tools and methodologies for ontology engineering
• Ontology design patterns
• Ontology localization
• Ontology alignment
• Knowledge authoring and semantic annotation
• Knowledge acquisition from non-ontological resources (thesauri, 
folksonomies etc.)
• Semi-automatic knowledge acquisition, e.g., ontology learning
• Mining the Semantic Web and the Web of Data
• Ontology evaluation and metrics
• Uncertainty and vagueness in knowledge representation
• Dealing with dynamic, distributed and emerging knowledge

4) Social and Cognitive Aspects of Knowledge Representation

• Knowledge representation inspired by cognitive science
• Synergies between humans and machines
• Knowledge emerging from user interaction and networks
• Knowledge ecosystems
• Expert finding, e.g., by social network analysis
• Trust and privacy in knowledge representation
• Collaborative and social approaches to knowledge management and acquisition
• Crowdsourcing in knowledge management

As last EKAW conference we will accept different types of papers. The 
papers will all have the same status and follow the same formatting 
guidelines in the proceedings but will receive special treatment during the 
reviewing phase. In particular, each paper type will be subject to own 
evaluation criteria. The PC will also make sure that there is a reasonable 
balance of the paper types accepted. At submission time the paper has to be 
clearly identified as belonging to one of the following categories.

• Research papers: These are “standard” papers presenting a novel method, 
technique or analysis with appropriate empirical or other types of 
evaluation as proof-of concept. The main evaluation criteria here will be 
originality, technical soundness and validation.

• In-use papers: Here we are expecting papers describing applications of 
knowledge management and engineering in real environments. Applications 
need to address a sufficiently interesting and challenging problem on 
real-world datasets, involving many users etc. The focus is less on the 
originality of the approach and more on presenting systems that solve a 
significant problem while addressing the particular challenges that come 
with the use of real-world data. Evaluations should involve a 
representative subset of the actual users of the system.

• Position papers: We invite researchers to also publish position papers 
which describe novel and innovative ideas. Position papers may also 
comprise an analysis of currently unsolved problems, or review theses 
problems from a new perspective, in order contribute to a better 
understanding of these problem in the research community. We expect that 
such papers will guide future research by highlighting critical 
assumptions, motivating the difficulty of a certain problem or explaining 
why current techniques are not sufficient, possibly corroborated by 
quantitative and qualitative arguments.

Submissions of research and in-use papers should comprise a maximum of 15 
pages formatted according to Springer Verlag LNCS guidelines and uploaded 
using Easychair (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ekaw2012). 
Position papers are required to have at most 5 pages in the same format.

We will select the best papers from EKAW and invite the authors for a 
special edition of Journal of Data Semantics.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission: 18th of April 2012
Paper Submission: 25th of April 2012
Notification: 6th of June 2012
Camera Ready: 30 of June 2012

Organizing Committee:

General chair: Heiner Stuckenschmidt
Co-chair and local organizer: Siegfried Handschuh
Program chairs: Annette ten Teije, Johanna Voelker
Workshop and tutorials chairs: Claudia d’Amato, Krysztof Janowicz
Demo and poster chairs: Mathieu d’Aquin, Andriy Nikolov
Doctoral consortium chairs: Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, Nathalie Hernandez
Sponsor chair: Christian Bizer
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