The groundbreaking SSSW series of summer schools started in 2003. It is now a well-established event within the research community and a role model for several other initiatives. After 10 years in Cercedilla, Spain, SSSW is coming back in 2015 to a new location – Bertinoro, Italy – and a new programme centred on research and the open challenges facing the semantic web and the related technologies. As always, the summer school includes lectures, invited talks, practical research work and projects, led by a set of tutors comprising leading researchers in the community and prestigious invited speakers. SSSW also represents a unique opportunity for networking with research and industry leaders, including of course, an exciting social programme in one of the most beautiful locations in Italy.
Applications to attend SSSW 2015 will close on the 27th March 2015. To apply, please follow the instructions at http://sssw.org/2015/how-to-apply/. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to 60 participants.
In 2013, SSSW celebrated its 10th edition and its 10 year anniversary, demonstrating through the quality of the content, the great environment and the amazing engagement of the some of the brightest young researchers in the area as students that it remains the premier educational event in our research community. In 2015, SSSW is entering a new phase: As the technologies evolved and the Semantic Web is getting mature, the focus of the school is also evolving to cover the open research challenges that are being faced by the scientific community related to the Semantic Web.
Keeping the “mixed” approach pioneered in the previous editions of SSSW, invited talks and lectures by some of the greatest researchers in the area are now complemented with “Research in Practice” sessions where key research questions are being investigated and collectively discussed. A wide range of skills are required when working in this area. Therefore the summer school also includes a “hackday”, as a break from the research focus where participants will be able to apply and show off their technical skills too. SSSW 2015 will provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment in which participants will benefit not only from the formal and practical sessions but also from informal and social interactions with established researchers and the other participants to the school. To further facilitate interaction and exchange of ideas, a poster session will also take place, which will provide an opportunity for attendees to present and obtain feedback on their research.
(Linked) Data Workflows Web Data Management Knowledge Discovery Knowledge Extraction Sense-Making Cognitive/Human Computing Semantic Web Applications Semantic Web Technologies Semantic Web Research Methods
TUTORS AND INVITED SPEAKERS (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED)
Claudia d'Amato (University of Bari, Italy) Mathieu d'Aquin (The Open University, UK) Eva Blomqvist (Linköping University, Sweden) Oscar Corcho (UPM, Spain) Philippe Cudre-Mauroux (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Frank van Harmelen (Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Roberto Navigli (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Axel Ngonga (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Axel Polleres (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
When filling up the application form, it is important to keep in mind that the main selection criterion is motivation to attend the summer school.
We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Normally, but not exclusively, applicants will be postgraduate students in relevant disciplines with some knowledge of semantic and web technologies. Some basic acquaintance with knowledge representation languages for the Semantic Web (RDF, OWL, etc.) is required.
The deadline for applications is 27th March 2015.
Accepted candidates are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 5th, between 3pm and 6pm and to participate fully in the activities of the school until its conclusion, at 2pm on Saturday, July 11th. Applicants should keep in mind that we will not consider applications from students who cannot commit themselves to a full participation for the whole duration of the school. Students are also required to bring and present a poster at the summer school, describing their own research. Please also be aware that most students will be required to share a room with one other student.
Apart from activities directly related to lectures, the summer school schedule is rightly famous for its unrivalled social programme, which enables informal interaction between all participants to the school - i.e., students, tutors, invited speakers, school staff, etc. These events include a gala dinner, picnic at the swimming pool, a disco, and sport activities.
We expect to provide a number of grants for students who would not otherwise be able to attend the school. More details about student grants will be published at a later date.
VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION
SSSW 2015 will be at the University Residential Center located in the small medieval hilltop town of Bertinoro. This town is in Emilia Romagna, about 50km east of Bologna at an elevation of 230m above sea level. It can easily be reached by train and taxi from Bologna.
Bertinoro is picturesque, with many narrow streets and walkways winding around the central peak. Sessions of the summer school will be held in an archiepiscopal castle that has been converted by the University of Bologna into a modern conference centre with computing facilities and Internet access. From the castle you can enjoy a beautiful vista that stretches from the Tuscan Apennines to the Adriatic coast and the Alps over the Po Valley.