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RIF and RuleML-2010 Challenge

John Hall-16
To all W3C WG members who may be interested in Rules,

[Apologies if you receive this more than once because you are on more
than one mail list]

The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is in Rec and implementations have a
stable basis. RIF-based interoperation between systems is becoming a

In its programme in October, the RuleML-2010 Symposium
(http://2010.ruleml.org) will feature Rule-related systems that use W3C
standards. There are two options (not mutually exclusive):

1)   The RuleML Challenge (with prizes!) invites submissions of
benchmarks, demonstrations, case studies, experience reports, best
practice solutions, implementations and tools. Industry-related
presentations are particularly encouraged. The call for the Challenge is
included below, and the Challenge website is at

2)   RuleML-2010 is co-located with the Business Rules Forum
(www.businessrulesforum.com) and overlaps with the Forum on Thursday 21
October. We have an exhibition area in the afternoon that provides an
opportunity to reach both the BR Forum and RuleML audiences. We already
have agreement for a 3-way interoperability demo of RIF PRD between IBM,
Oracle and Red Hat.

Between the two options, there is a unique opportunity to showcase work
you have done in RIF during the runtime of this WG. Please submit papers
and demos about RIF tools, including:

   *   Engines (for various subsets or supersets of RIF)
   *   Translators (between your own systems and RIF)
   *   Other tools (semantic validators, presentation syntax, ...)

Challenge details are included below.

If you need more information, please get back to me (about the Thursday
exhibition) or contact the Challenge chairs (listed below).


John Hall, Model Systems, UK
Program Co-chair, RuleML-2010

RuleML-2010 - 4th International Rule Challenges                     *
October 21-23, 2010, Washington, DC, USA                            *
http://2010.ruleml.org/ruleml-2010-challenge.html                   *
* Call for Demos - Submission Deadline  - August 20th, 2010         *
* Forthcoming RuleML special journal issue                          *
* International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS)  *
* Springer journal AI&   Law                                         *
* New categories in the Challenge with prestigious prizes           *
* 15% RuleML-2009 Partner discounts - see registration page         *

Overview and Aim
This year, the 4th International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML-2010) will
be held near Washington, DC, USA.

RuleML-2010 (http://2010.ruleml.org/) is devoted to practical
distributed rule technologies and rule-based applications, which need
language standards for rules (inter)operating in, e.g., the Semantic
Web, Enterprise Systems, Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems, Event-Driven
Architectures, and Service-Oriented Applications.

The RuleML-2010 Challenge is one of the highlights at the main
conference RuleML-2010 with prestigious prizes.
Submissions of benchmarks/evaluations, demos, case studies / use cases,
experience reports, best practice solutions (e.g. design patterns,
reference architectures, models), rule-based implementations/ tools/
applications, demonstrations engineering methods, implementations of
rule standards (e.g. RuleML, RIF, SBVR, PRR, rule-based Event Processing
languages, BPMN+rules, BPEL+rules, ...), rules + industrial standards
(e.g. XBRL, MISMO, Accord, ...), and industrial problem statements are
particularly encouraged.

This year, the RuleML-2010 Challenge will have a special focus theme:
* Modelling Rules in the temporal and geospatial applications
  - temporal modelling and reasoning
  - geospatial modelling and reasoning
  - cross-linking between temporal and geospatial knowledge
  - visualization of rules with graphic models in order to support
end-user interaction

Key themes of the RuleML-2010 Challenge include the following:
* Demos related to the RuleML-2010 Track Topics:
* Extensions and implementations of W3C RIF
* Editing environments and IDEs for Web rules
* Benchmarks and comparison results for rule engines
* Distributed rule bases and rule services
* Reports on industrial experience about rule systems

Prizes will be awarded to the two best applications from the main focus
theme and for the all categories. All accepted demos will be presented
in a special Challenge Session.

The submission is composed of two parts:
- open-source or commercial demo
- demo papers describing research, implementation, and technical details
of your submission.

Submissions to the Rules Challenge 2010 consist of a demo paper of 4-8
pages, describing the demo show case, and a link to more information
about the demo/show case, e.g. a project site, an online demonstration,
a presentation about the demonstration, or a download site for the

Demo papers submission website:

Demo systems submission website:

Please upload all demo papers submissions as PDF files in LNCS format
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). To ensure high quality,
submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by 3 PC members based
on the evaluation criteria indicated in the web site

Proceedings and Post-proceedings
The peer-reviewed and selected papers will be published in additional
special Challenge proceedings (will be published as CEUR proceedings)
along with the online publication of your demo in the highly visible
growing Rules Challenge pool.
A selection of revised papers from the Challenge will be invited to
already agreed upcoming journal special issues in the International
Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS), and the Springer
journal AI&   Law.

Important dates
Submission deadline for demo papers and demo systems:
August 20th, 2010

Notification of accepted demo papers and demo systems:
September 3rd, 2010

Submission deadline for demo systems only:
September 17th, 2010 (contingent on availability of demo slots)

Notification for demo systems only:
October 1st, 2010

Rule Challenge Chairs
Enrico Francesconi, ITTIG-CNR, Italy
Monica Palmirani, University of Bologna - CIRSFID, Italy
Omair Shafiq, University of Calgary, Canada
Fabio Vitali, University of Bologna - Department of Computer Science, Italy

Program Committee
Hassan Ait-Kaci, IBM Canada Ltd., Canada
Costin Badica, University of Craiova, Romania
Sidney Bailin, Knowledge Evolution, Inc., US
Nick Bassiliades, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Mikael Berndtsson, University of Skövde, Sweden
Antonis Bikakis, Institute of Computer Science, FO.R.T.H., Greece
Pedro Bizarro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Peter Bollen, Department of Organization&   Strategy, University of
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Jordi Cabot, INRIA-École des Mines de Nantes, France
Carlos Castro, Departamento de Informática Universidad Técnica
Federico Santa María, Chile
Horatiu Cirstea, Loria, France
Claudia d'Amato, Computer Science Department - University of Bari, Italy
Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, US
Schahram Dustdar, TU Wien, Austria
Maribel Fernandez, King's College London, Dept. of Computer Science, UK
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
Robert Golan, DBmind Technologies, US
Guido Governatori, NICTA Queensland Research Laboratory, Australia
Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis, University of Patras, Greece
Minsu Jang, Electronics&   Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea
Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH - ITI, Greece
Ian Mackie, University of Sussex, UK
Christopher J. Matheus, Versatile Information Systems, Inc., US
Jing Mei, Versatile Information Systems, Inc., US
Jörg P. Müller, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Adrian Paschke, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Maher Rahmouni, Hewlett Packard Labs, UK
Dave Reynolds, Epimorphics Ltd, UK
Giovanni Sartor, European University Institute, Italy
Umberto Straccia, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Terrance Swift, CENTRIA, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Leon van der Torre, ILIAS, Luxembourg
Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia