CFP: 4th IFIP SWWS 2008

******************************** 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 Evolution

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will provide a forum for presenting original, unpublished research results,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

 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 Data
            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 Ontologies
 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

*********** 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 Camossi
 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

Received on Tuesday, 20 May 2008 08:16:50 UTC