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CFP: 4th IFIP SWWS 2008

Amandeep S. Sidhu
******************************** 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 The 4th IFIP SWWS 2008 will provide a forum for presenting original, unpublished research results, and innovative ideas related to this voluminous quantity of research.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 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 ontologies;
            o Models of legal reasoning (from ontological viewpoint): regulatory compliance, case-based reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty, etc.
            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 Databases
            o Semantic Web technologies and formalisms for Biomedical Data
            o Ontology representation and exchange languages for Bioinformatics
            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 metadata
• 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 ([hidden email])
DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

Program Co-Chairs

Ernesto Damiani ([hidden email])
Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy

Elizabeth Chang ([hidden email])
DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Vice Program Co-Chairs

Paolo Ceravolo ([hidden email])
Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy

Amandeep S. Sidhu ([hidden email])
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 ([hidden email])
DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

Program Committee Members

IFIP Working Group 2.12/12.4 Members