2nd CFP: WWW-2002 Semantic Web Workshop

From: Martin Frank ([email protected])
Date: 02/10/02

Call for Participation:
Semantic Web Workshop at the 2002 World-Wide Web Conference
Hawaii, May 7, 2002

The term "Semantic Web" denotes the next evolutionary step of the Web,
which establishes a layer of machine-understandable data for automated
agents, sophisticated search engines, and information integration and
interoperability services. The ultimate goal of the Semantic Web is to
allow machines to share and use knowledge worldwide in a scalable,
adaptable and extensible manner, without any central authority and
just a few basic rules.

The Semantic Web workshop at WWW-2002 will complement the Semantic Web
track at the main conference by providing a forum for active
discussion on the current achievements, pitfalls, and the future
research directions of the Semantic Web. Our goal is to provide a
forum for fruitful discussion sessions rather than a
mini-conference. We solicit papers, but at the workshop itself the
emphasis will be on sharing experiences with time for all participants
to contribute. The workshop will be structured around group
discussions designed to help us achieve greater understanding of the
following issues: What are the recent successes in Artificial
Intelligence, Databases, Information Integration, and other Computer
Science fields that are relevant to the Semantic Web?  What are the
unique challenges of the Semantic Web that do not allow us to apply
that research directly? How do we overcome these challenges?  What are
new areas of basic research that the Semantic Web needs? What are
possible killer applications for the Semantic Web? How can we achieve
the critical mass of ontologies, annotated data, tools, and agents to
make the Semantic Web as ubiquitous as the regular Web is today?

Besides the papers about up-to-date progress of research, we solicit
reports from Semantic Web practitioners. We also encourage submissions
from researchers in established areas of Computer Science discussing
the possibilities and challenges of applying traditional techniques to
the Semantic Web, with its de-centralization and scale. Practitioners'
reports will give us the opportunity to discuss the gap between the
current practices and the visions. The challenge papers will help us
achieve a coherent picture of the Semantic Web to come.

Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to:
* Language and Representation issues of the Semantic Web
   (e.g. RDF, OIL, DAML, Topic-Maps, RSS)
* Query languages for RDF
* Tools, systems and methodologies for engineering of, storing of and
   reasoning with RDF data
* Migrating existing information to be usable for RDF applications
* Trust in the Semantic Web
* Information integration and Mediation on the Web
* Semantic Web applications

Organizing Committee

Steffen Staab, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany
Natasha Noy, Stanford University, USA
Martin Frank, USC Information Sciences Institute, USA

Program Committee

Sean Bechhofer, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Paul Buitelaar, DFKI, Germany
Fabio Ciravegna, U Sheffield, UK
Peter Crowther, Network Inference, UK
Monica Crub�zy, Stanford University, USA
Mike Dean, BBN, USA
Stefan Decker, Stanford University (DB), USA
Jerome Euzenat, INRIA, France
Dieter Fensel, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Tim Finin, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA
Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK
Asun G�mez-P�rez, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Jeff Heflin, Lehigh University, USA
Martin Lacher, Technische Universit�t M�nchen, Germany
Yannis Labrou, Univ. of Maryland, USA
Fred Lochovsky, HKUST, Hong Kong
Alexander Maedche, FZI, Germany
Brian McBride, HP Laboratories, UK
Sergey Melnik, Stanford University, USA
Enrico Motta, The Open University, UK
Louiqa Raschid, Univ. of Maryland, USA
Rudi Studer, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Katia Sycara, CMU, USA
Valentina Tamma, University of Liverpool, UK
Mike Uschold, Boeing, USA

Submission procedure

We invite three types of submission: research papers, application
papers, and position statements. Research and application papers
should not exceed 12 pages (including bibliography). Position
statements should not exceed 3 pages and address some of the questions
in this announcement. Indicate the type of paper in large fonts on the
first page of your submission. We will accept only electronic
submissions in PDF format. To submit the paper, send the PDF file or
the URL where we can download it to [email protected]

For additional information about the workshop, visit

For additional information about WWW-2002, visit

Important dates

Submission of papers: March 1st
Notification of acceptance: April 1st
Submission of camera-ready copy: April 15th

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