CALL FOR PAPERS: Semantic Web Services - 2004 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Date: 07/08/03

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                         --- Semantic Web Services ---
                       2004 AAAI Spring Symposium Series
                           Stanford University, CA
    Services, i.e. network pervasive programs or devices, facilitate
    interoperation by exposing their interfaces to each other. Such
    service-oriented research includes: 
      * Web Services - standardized enterprise components
        offered across the Web; 
      * Grid Services - scientific/computing resources that
        facilitate large-scale e-science research; 
      * Multi-Agent Systems - heterogeneous agents that
        cooperate or compete to solve distributed AI problems. 
    Whilst services deliver dynamic, personalised, and relevant applications
    though discovery, invocation and composition, a key remaining challenge
    is to support automated interoperability without necessitating human
    intervention. The inclusion and use of Semantic Web annotations promise
    to make Web-based information and services both accessible and
    understandable to agents and other applications. Emerging ontologies
    (e.g. DAML-S) are being used to construct semantically rich service
    descriptions. Techniques for planning, composing, editing, reasoning and
    analysing about these descriptions are being investigated, and deployed
    to resolve semantic interoperability between services within scalable,
    open environments. 
    Key research challenges in the area of Web services, Grid services and
    Multi-Agent computing include the construction of ontologies for service
    description, ontologies of service types (i.e. describing classes of
    services), etc, as well as techniques that support the manipulation of
    service descriptions to automate service discovery, translation,
    composition, etc. 
    This proposed symposium aims to bring together researchers addressing
    many of these issues, and promote and foster a greater understanding of
    how the Semantic Web can assist Grid, Web Services and Multi Agent
    System research. 
    Topics of Interest include: 
    Ontologies that support service descriptions 
    Ontologies for service classification 
    Semantic interoperability and integration 
    Quality of service and service level agreement management 
    Semantic Web security policies, management and frameworks 
    Semantic description, discovery, and selection of services 
    Scaleable service composition for heterogeneous environments 
    Knowledge Representation for Semantic Web Services 
    DAML-S services 
    Semantics in Agent Communication Languages 
    Semantics for service delegation and knowledge aggregation 
    Architectures for supporting Semantic Web Services 
    Service enactment/invocation frameworks 
    Service Negotiation 
    Rules within Semantic Web Services 
    Submission Information
    Those interested in participating should send either 1-3 page extended
    abstract, or an 8-page paper to Terry Payne ( by the
    submission deadline. Electronic submissions (Postscript or PDF) in AAAI
    format preferred
    Abstracts Due:         October 3, 2003 
    Acceptance Notices:    November 7, 2003 
    Camera Ready:          January 20, 2004 
    Registration:          February 27, 2004 
    Symposium:             March 22-24, 2004
    Terry Payne (Chair) 
    Keith Decker 
    Ora Lassila 
    Sheila McIlraith 
    Katia Sycara
    Terry R. Payne, PhD.      |
    University of Southampton | Voice: +44(0)23 8059 8343 [Fax: 8059 2865]
    Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK | Email: /

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