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RoSOC-M 2009 Workshop
***Apologies for multiple postings***


Submission deadline: February 1, 2009

Workshop on the Role of Services, Ontologies, and Context in Mobile Environments
May 19, 2009

in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Mobile Data Management
May 18-21, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan


The theme of the workshop is the intersection of three major trends in today’s

    * mobile computing becomes more and more important. Mobile portable
      devices have outnumbered already traditional desktop computers and
      will mould the view of computers future generations will have.
    * service-oriented computing is viewed by many analysts as the computing
      paradigm of the near future. It allows for the dynamic integration of
      functionality provided by different parties.
    * research on ontologies, in particular in connection with work on the
      semantic web and semantic web services allows for machine understandable
      description of functionality and for automatic interaction of devices without
      the need for human involvement.

The proposed workshop investigates how mobile computing can benefit from
service-orientation and ontologies and vice versa. The vision is to extend the
typically rather limited capabilities of mobile devices by using services offered
by other devices, network providers or third parties. Adding ontologies to this
scenario allows this extension to be transparent to the human user. Further,
some high-end mobile telecom terminals can be called already multimedia
computers due their programmability,processor speed, and gigabytes of memory.
Already in the near future these devices could also utilize ontologies locally during
service provisioning.  


Today, computers are changing from big, grey, and noisy things on our desks to
small, portable, and ever-networked devices most of us are carrying around.
This new form of mobility imposes a shift in how we view computers and the way
we work with them.

Services offer the possibility to overcome the limitations of individual mobile
devices by making functionality offered by others available to them on an
“as-needed” basis. Thus, using the service-oriented computing paradigm in
mobile environments will considerably enlarge the variety of accessible
applications and will enable new business opportunities in the mobile space by
delivering integrated functionalities across wireless networks. Network hosted
mobile services will allow mobile operators and third party mobile services
provider to extend their businesses by making their network services available
to a broader audience (e.g. developers, service providers, etc.); device hosted
service will allow great potential for big innovations for applications and
services that can be provided by individual mobile device owners.

These mobile service-oriented systems offer functionalities and behaviors that
can be described, advertised, discovered, and composed by others. Eventually,
they will be able to interoperate even though they have not been designed to
work together. This type of interoperability is based on the ability to
understand other services and reason about their functionalities and behaviors
when necessary. In this respect, mobile service-oriented systems can benefit
from marrying the Semantic Web, which provides the infrastructure for the
extensive usage of distributed knowledge, to be deployed for modeling services
and add meaning, through ontologies, enabling lightweight discovery and
composition of mobile services. The ability to appropriately combine mobility
and semantic grounded data sharing has generated and is continuously triggering
challenging questions in several areas of computer science, engineering and

A third dimension is added when taking context information into account: Now,
we are no longer dealing with the information system any more, but the real
world is intermingled with the computing and will immediately affect and
interact with the processing of data and communication. Real-world context
information can help to more efficiently exploit the limited resources in
mobile environments by supporting better ways to provide data relevant to the
user, to enable improved interoperability with the environment and with other
mobile users, and to decide when and how to process data.

So far, the contextual and semantic aspects of mobile environments have
received insufficient attention from the research community as the specific
intricacies and resource issues of mobile environments have not been considered
and in mobile data management only limited attention has been paid to context
and semantics. In this workshop we plan to address the interdisciplinary issues
of the domain and bring together researchers and industry attendees from mobile
data management, knowledge management/semantics, distributed systems,
service-oriented computing, and software engineering to discuss the common
interests, share and exchange expertise and results, appreciate each other's
results and contributions. The long-term goal is to provide application
developers with facilities (middleware, infrastructures, agent systems, service
platforms, etc.) that enable the development and deployment of context-aware
applications in mobile and pervasive environments.

The RoSOC-M '09 workshop is a follow-up edition of the RoSOC-M '08 workshop,
which in turn was a joint event of the previous MoSO and MCISME workshop
series: MoSO'07, MCISME'07, MoSO'06, MCISME'06.


The following indicates the general focus of the workshop. However, related
contributions are welcome as well.

- service-oriented architectures for mobile internet services

- languages and methodologies for describing mobile Service-oriented systems

- discovery and matchmaking of ontology based services in the context of mobile service-oriented architectures

- adaptive selection of services in mobile service-oriented architectures

- ontology management in mobile environments

- contracting and negotiation with ontology-based mobile services (service
level agreements)

- approaches to composition of ontology based services in the context of mobile
service-oriented systems

- invocation, adaptive execution, monitoring, and management of mobile services

- interaction protocols and conversation models for mobile services-oriented

- ontology-based security and privacy issues in mobile service-oriented systems

- applications of mobile service-oriented architectures

- analysis and design approaches for mobile service-oriented architectures and

- reasoning with mobile services

- ontology-based policies for mobile service-oriented architectures

- tools for discovery, matchmaking, selection, mediation, composition,
management, and monitoring of services in a mobile world in particular tools
that take context into account

- mobile service development

- acquiring and disseminating context information from physical and logical

- semantic sensor networks

- exploiting new types of context information such as network context, social
context, and system context, and enabling infrastructures to support management
of context information and semantics in mobile environments

- community-based semantics in mobile environments

- activity-based computing and its relation to context-aware mobile computing

- context-aware mobile database transactions and query processing

- semantic indexing, caching, and replication techniques for mobile

- context-adaptive applications and algorithms

- case studies


The program will occupy a full day, and will include presentations of
papers selected from the full papers category (see 'submissions' below).

Please note that at least one author of each accepted submission must
attend the workshop. The MDM 2009 conference formalities are applied
for fees and respective organizational aspects. Submission of a paper
is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event
that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate,
those who have submitted a paper (in any category) will be given
priority for registration.


Two categories of submissions are solicited:

(1) Full papers (up to 6 pages).
(2) Position papers (up to 3 pages).

All submissions should be formatted in the IEEE style. Formatting
instructions and LaTeX macros are available on the IEEE computer society

LaTex macros:


Formatting instructions:


All the papers should be submitted in electronic format (pdf version)
using the link:

All accepted full papers as well as all short/position papers of attendees
will be archieved in IEEE Xplore and IEEE Computer Society (CSDL) digital libraries.


Submissions: February 1, 2009
Acceptance: March 1, 2009
Final copy: March 15, 2009
Workshop day: May 19, 2009


Birgitta König-Ries, University of Jena, Germany
Wathiq Mansoor, American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dumitru Roman, University of Innsbruck / STI Innsbruck, Austria
Jari Veijalainen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (confirmed; to be extended)

Klemens Böhm, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Erik Buchmann, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, MIT, USA
Nikolaos Georgantas, INRIA, France
Takahiro Hara, Osaka University, Japan
Hagen Höpfner, International University, Germany
Nafaâ Jabeur, Dhofar University, Oman
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Vana Kalogeraki, University of CA, Riverside, USA
Takahiro Kawamura, Toshiba Corp, Japan
Manolis Koubarakis, University of Athens, Greece
Antonio Liotta, Univ. of Essex, UK
Andreas Nauerz, IBM Research and Development, Germany
Vladimir Oleshchuk, University of Agder, Norway
Davy Preuveneers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Gerald Reif, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Thomas Risse, L3S, Germany
Brahmananda Sapkota, DERI Galway, Ireland
Kai-Uwe Sattler, TU Ilmenau, Germany
Michael Sheng, University of Adelaide, Australia
Vlad Tanasescu, Open University, UK
Vagan Terziyan, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ioan Toma, STI Innsbruck, Austria
Kristian Torp, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Aphrodite Tsalgatidou, University of Athens, Greece
Can Türker, ETHZ, Switzerland
Ouri E. Wolfson, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Andreas Wormbacher, University of Twente, Netherlands