CFP: Semantic Web Journal - Special Issue on Machine Learning for Knowledge Base Generation and Population

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SEMANTIC WEB JOURNAL  - Call for papers: SPECIAL ISSUE ON Machine Learning for Knowledge Base 
Generation and Population

In the last decade, in the Semantic Web field, knowledge bases have attracted tremendous interest 
from both academia and industry and many large knowledge bases are now available. However, both 
generation of new knowledge and population of already existing knowledge bases with new facts face 
several challenges. Most of the time knowledge bases have been manually built, resulting in a highly 
specialistic and time consuming activity. Nevertheless, sources of unstructured and semi-structured 
data are still growing at a much faster rate than structured ones, as such it could be desirable to 
exploit such a large non-structured sources to populate structured knowledge bases. In the Semantic 
Web, a major cornerstone of knowledge bases are ontologies and schemas that play a key role for 
providing common vocabularies and for describing and constructing the Web of Data. However, 
nowadays, schema level and instance level data are often decoupled and as such can be out of sync, 
e.g., schema level knowledge may be inconsistent with the actual usage of its conceptual vocabulary 
in the assertions. In order to cope with this issue, the availability of automatic methods for 
schema aware generation and population of knowledge bases results fundamental. Furthermore, even in 
the cases of largely populated knowledge bases, they still often result incomplete and/or noisy with 
respect to the domain of reference. Automatic methods for dealing with such problems, namely for 
enriching and completing knowledge bases, both at schema and instance level are needed.

In this scenario, by exploiting evidence derived from the data, new machine learning and data mining 
methods, that are able to deal with the heterogeneity, the intrinsic uncertainty and complexity of 
Semantic Web data, can be used for: learning new concept definitions, capturing emerging concepts 
(only extensionally defined) and/or concepts drift, predicting new links among resources and new 
assertions, discovering matches among resources and many others, with the final goal of constructing 
new knowledge bases, enriching existing ones, supporting their continuous evolution.

The primary goal of the special issue is to provide novel machine learning/data mining methods for 
knowledge base generation, population, enrichment, evolution showing advances in the Semantic Web field.

Topics of Interest
We welcome original high quality submissions on (but are not restricted to) the following topics:
- Machine Learning for constructing, enriching, refining, maintaining, interlinking Semantic Web 
Knowledge Bases
- (Statistical) relational learning for the Web of Data
- Semi-supervised, unbalanced, inductive learning for mining and maintaining Semantic Web Knowledge 
- Data mining and knowledge discovery in Semantic Web Knowledge Bases
- Population of Knowledge Bases from unstructured and semi-structured sources
- Feature extraction, pre-processing and transformation of Semantic Web Knowledge Bases
- Machine Learning for ontology/instance matching
- Deep Learning for Semantic Web Knowledge Bases
- Scalable Machine Learning algorithms for the Web of Data
- Machine Learning methods for handling uncertain knowledge
- Combination of logic reasoning and machine learning for Knowledge Base construction, population 
and enrichment
- OWA vs. CWA in Knowledge Base generation, population and enrichment
- Link Prediction in the Linked Data Cloud
- Evaluation and benchmarking of machine learning models for Knowledge Base generation and population

Submission Instructions

Submission deadline: December 12, 2016 Hawaii-Time

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Prospective authors must take notice of the submission 
guidelines posted at Note that you need to request an 
account on the website for submitting a paper. Please indicate in the cover letter that it is for 
the Special Issue on Machine Learning for Knowledge Base Generation and Population.

Submissions are possible in the full research papers category. Papers describing application 
reports, tools and systems are also welcome, provided that the main contribution still remains an 
advance of the state of the art with respect to the research perspective. While there is no upper 
limit, paper length must be justified by content.

Guest editors
Claudia d’Amato, University of Bari, Italy
Agnieszka Lawrynowicz, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Jens Lehmann, University of Bonn and Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany

Received on Friday, 29 July 2016 10:58:01 UTC