Call for Papers: Fourth IFIP SWWS 2008 -- 9-14 Nov 2008, Monterrey Mexico, proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS

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******************************** Call for Paper


       Fourth IFIP Semantic Web &Web Semantics (SWWS) 2008 

                   (9-14th November 2008, Monterrey Mexico)




With special tracks on: 

Security & Trust, Fuzzy Semantics, Biomedical Informatics,
Context-driven Methods for Ontologies and Ontology Learning and


In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM 2008) 



*********** Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS ***********



*********** Motivation ***********

The IFIP Working Group 2.12 & 12.4 on Semantic Web
( is a timely active
international community of scientists, engineers, and practitioners
dedicated to advancing the state of the art of research and practice in
the emerging field of Semantic Web, and meanwhile providing input and
guidance on the direction, scope, and importance of different aspects of
artificial intelligence, data modelling, and software theory and
practice to Web semantics. It is unique in that it targets to synthesize
the concepts from these diverse fields in a comprehensive fashion in the
context of the semantics Web. 


The Web has now been in existence for quite some time and its pervasive
in its influence on all aspects of society and commerce. It has also
produced a major shift in our thinking on the nature and scope of
information processing. However in its technological nature and its
supporting theoretical foundations, it has remained relatively
rudimentary, being currently largely suitable for information
dissemination. It is rapidly moving away from this, to application
deployment and knowledge deployment that require complex interactions
and properly structured underlying semantics. This has been a sudden
upsurge of research activity in the problems associated with adding
semantics to the Web. This work on semantics will involve data,
knowledge, and process semantics. The 4th IFIP SWWS 2008 will provide a
forum for presenting original, unpublished research results, and
innovative ideas related to this voluminous quantity of research. 


In SWWS 2008, as a complementary to the main OTM 2008 conference themes,
special focus is aimed at looking four evolving areas of interest for
the Semantic Web, namely Security & Trust, Fuzzy Semantics, Biomedical
Informatics, Context-driven Methods for Ontologies and Ontology Learning
and Evolution. The intention of the SWWS 2008 is to bring together a
community of researchers and practitioners who will provide a collection
of work that is of utmost importance to the advancement of the web
semantics and its future, reviewed by the top experts and minds in the
field, in an area of the utmost importance to business, IT and industry.


Who Should Attend

The workshop is intended for researchers, academic, practitioners, IFIP
working group WG 2.12/12.4 members and organizations who are actively
involved in present and upcoming semantic web technologies. Moreover,
the workshop concepts covered is a good reference point for academic and
industrial researchers who want to familiarize themselves with emerging
trends in semantic web research, technologies and applications.



*********** TOPICS OF INTEREST ***********


Topics of special tracks include one or more of the following (but are
not limited to) themes; 

* Security & Trust

* Fuzzy Semantics

* Biomedical Informatics

* Context-driven Methods for Ontologies

* Ontology Learning and Evolution



The following topics related to these themes including, but are not
limited to:


* Formal and practical knowledge representation and inference for the
semantic Web 

* Design, evaluation, and use of ontology 

* Metadata and knowledge markup 

* Special track on Fuzzy sets 

            o Providing semantics for the web using Fuzzy set methods 

            o Fuzzy models for the Semantic Web

            o Protoforms

* Special track on Security and Trust 

            o Security and trust for the Semantic Web 

            o Reputation Systems for the Semantic Web

* Special track on Context-driven Methods for Ontologies 

            o Engineering of regulatory ontologies: conceptual analysis,
representation, modularization and layering, reusability, evolution and
dynamics, etc; 

            o Multilingual and terminological aspects of regulatory

            o Models of legal reasoning (from ontological viewpoint):
regulatory compliance, case-based reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty,

            o Sensitivity on and harmonization of regulations; 

            o Regulatory metadata and content standardization (e.g.
legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODR-XML,...); 

            o Regulatory ontologies of: property rights, persons and
organizations, legal procedures, contracts, legal causality, etc; 

            o Task models for socially regulated activities; 

            o Experiences with projects and applications involving
regulatory ontologies in legal knowledge based systems, legal
information retrieval, e-governments, e-commerce; 

* Special Track on Biomedical Informatics

            o Biomedical Ontologies for Genetics, Proteomics, Diseases,
Privacy etc.

            o Conceptual Models for Biological and Medical Data

            o Semantics in Biological Data Modeling

            o Use of semantics to manage Interoperation in Biomedical

            o Semantic Web technologies and formalisms for Biomedical

            o Ontology representation and exchange languages for

            o Support of Ontologies for Biological Information Retrieval
and Web Services

            o Change Management in Biomedical Ontologies

            o Tools for Development and Management of Biomedical

* Interoperability of data and Web services 

* Semantics of agent and Web interaction 

* Automated extraction of Information from regulatory documents.

* Content-based information and knowledge retrieval 

* Information extraction, automatic, and semi-automatic generation of

* Database technologies for the Semantic Web 

* Multimodality and visualization technologies for the Semantic Web 

* Applications on mobile devices 

* Human centred aspects specifically for the Semantic Web 

* Impact of Semantic Web computing on organizations and society 

* Evaluation of the quality of Web semantics 

* Context-awareness for the Semantic Web 

* Semantics for ubiquitous computing  

* Bioinformatics 



*********** SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS ***********


All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality,
significance, technical soundness, clarity of expression, and relevance
to IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4. All submissions must be in English, and will
be refereed by a program committee comprising members of the Working
Group. Research submissions must not exceed 10 pages following the
Springer format. Submissions should be made in PDF format. Detailed
formatting instructions can be found at:


The paper submission site is located at:


The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS
(pending approval). Failure to commit to presentation at the conference
automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings. 




***************** IMPORTANT DATES *****************


Abstract Submission Deadline               June 15, 2008 

Paper Submission Deadline                    June 30, 2008

Acceptance Notification                          August 15, 2008

Final Version Due                                  August 25, 2008

OTM Conferences and workshops           November 9-14, 2008



*********** ORGANISATION COMMITTEE ***********


IFIP WG 2.12/12.4 Chair 


Tharam S. Dillon ( 

DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.


Program Co-Chairs


Ernesto Damiani (

Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy


Elizabeth Chang (

DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia


Vice Program Co-Chairs


Paolo Ceravolo (

Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy


Amandeep S. Sidhu ( 

DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.


Special Track Chairs

* Security & Trust - Elizabeth Chang

* Fuzzy Semantics - Ernesto Damiani

* Biomedical Informatics - Amandeep Sidhu

* Context-driven Methods for Ontologies - Riccardo Albertoni, Elena

* Ontology Learning and Evolution - TBA


Publicity Chair


Shuxin Zhao ( 

DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.


Program Committee Members

IFIP Working Group 2.12/12.4 Members




Kind Regards,


Shuxin Zhao


 Publicity Chair

The 4th IFIP SWWS 2008



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