CFP: IJCAI Workshop on Semantic Web for Collaborative Knowledge Acqusition

Workshop on Semantic Web for Collaborative Knowledge Acquisition
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Hyderabad, India
January 2007

Call for Papers

SWeCKa 2007

Workshop Description

Recent advances in computing and communications together with the  
rapid proliferation of information sources and services present  
unprecedented opportunities in integrative and collaborative analysis  
and interpretation of distributed, autonomous (and hence, inevitably  
semantically heterogeneous) data and knowledge sources and services  
in virtually every area of human activity. Fundamental advances in  
collaborative approaches to knowledge acquisition and data-driven  
decision making from distributed, autonomous, semantically  
heterogeneous data and knowledge sources require synergistic  
synthesis of research advances, insights, algorithms, and results in  
multiple areas of:
* Artificial Intelligence - especially machine learning, data mining,  
knowledge representation and inference, intelligent agents and multi- 
agent systems;
* Information Systems - especially databases, information  
integration, semantic web; and
* Distributed computing and software engineering (e.g., service- 
oriented computing).
The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in  
the relevant areas of artificial intelligence, databases, knowledge  
bases, machine learning, information integration, ontologies,  
semantic web, web services, and relevant application areas (e.g.,  
bioinformatics, environmental informatics, enterprise informatics e- 
science, e-government, medical informatics, security informatics,  
social informatics, among others). to discuss the current state of  
the art and open research problems in ontology modularization and  
integration. A secondary goal of the workshop is to facilitate  
collaborations between different research groups.

Workshop Topics

* Cyber-infrastructure and semantic web technologies for  
collaborative knowledge acquisition
* Modeling semantically heterogeneous data and knowledge sources and  
* Collaboratively developing and sharing ontologies and inter- 
ontology mappings
* Representing and reasoning with ontologies and mappings between  
* Discovering mappings between data source schema and between ontologies
* Reasoning with distributed modular ontologies
* Integrating modular ontologies
* Visualizing large distributed ontologies
* Semantically annotating information sources
* Querying distributed, semantically heterogeneous information sources
* Acquiring knowledge from distributed data sources /span>
* Acquiring knowledge from semantically heterogeneous data sources
* Extracting knowledge and facts from distributed text and multimedia  
* Exploiting distributed knowledge and data in dynamic data-driven  
* Finding, composing, and using semantically heterogeneous services
* Modeling, tracking, and using information provenance
* Modeling, and reasoning about trust of information sources and  
* Preserving privacy, selectively sharing information and knowledge
* Applications in bioinformatics, security informatics, enterprise  
informatics, social informatics, engineering informatics, health  
informatics, environmental informatics, and related areas
* Case studies, software tools, use cases, and application
* Open problems

Workshop Format

The workshop will consist of:
* An opening session for introducing the workshop topics, goals,  
participants, and expected outcomes
* A small number of invited talks carefully intermixed with  
presentation of contributed papers.
* Breaks between sessions, meant to encourage informal discussions  
related to the topics discussed in the sessions and to create  
opportunities for collaborations.
* Discussion of open problems and future research directions
* A wrap-up session summarizing the workshop (including formal or  
informal discussions).

Paper Submissions
We invite papers that report on completed or work in progress on  
relevant topic areas. All papers will be peer-reviewed by members of  
the program committee. The contributions should be submitted in the  
form of PDF documents using the templates provided for WORD and LaTeX.
Submissions should be limited to a maximum of 6 pages for short  
papers, and 10 pages for long papers. PDF versions of the papers  
should be submitted through the SWeCKa 2007 paper submission web site  
at no later than September 30,  
Extended versions of selected papers may be published in a special  
issue of a journal or an edited book.

Important Dates

* Submissions Due: September 30, 2006
* Notification of Acceptance: October 23, 2006
* Camera-ready versions due: November 1, 2006
* Workshop: January 6, 7, or 8, 2007

Dr. Vasant Honavar (Workshop Chair)
Department of Computer Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.
Dr. Tim Finin, (Workshop Co-Chair)
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University  
of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.
Dr. Doina Caragea
Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Kansas State  
University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
Dr. Dunja Mladenic
Department of Knowledge Technologies, J. Stefan Institute, Ljubljana,  
Dr. York Sure
Institut AIFB, Universitat Karlsruhe, Germany.

Received on Friday, 8 September 2006 18:52:12 UTC