17.027 conference on the semantic web

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 27.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 07:08:26 +0100
             From: Hamish Cunningham <hamish@DCS.SHEF.AC.UK>
             Subject: CFP/extended deadline HLT for the Semantic Web

                      CALL FOR PAPERS -- note extended deadline

           Human Language Technology for the Semantic Web and Web Services


                                Workshop at ISWC 2003
                        International Semantic Web Conference
                      Sanibel Island, Florida, 20-23 October 2003

                                 Hamish Cunningham
                                  Atanas Kiryakov
                                     Ying Ding

    The Semantic Web aims to add a machine tractable, re-purposeable layer to
    compliment the existing web of natural language hypertext. In order to
    realise this vision, the creation of semantic annotation, the linking of
    web pages to ontologies, and the creation, evolution and interrelation of
    ontologies must become automatic or semi-automatic processes.

    In the context of new work on distributed computation, Semantic Web
    Services (SWSs) go beyond current services by adding ontologies and formal
    knowledge to support description, discovery, negotiation, mediation and
    composition. This formal knowledge is often strongly related to informal
    materials. For example, a service for multi-media content delivery over
    broadband networks might incorporate conceptual indices of the content, so
    that a smart VCR (such as next generation TiVO) can reason about programmes
    to suggest to its owner. Alternatively, a service for B2B catalogue
    publication has to translate between existing semi-structured catalogues
    and the more formal catalogues required for SWS purposes. To make these
    types of services cost-effective we need automatic knowledge harvesting
    from all forms of content that contain natural language text or spoken data.

    Other services do not have this close connection with informal content, or
    will be created from scratch using Semantic Web authoring tools. For
    example, printing or compute cycle or storage services. In these cases the
    opposite need is present: to document services for the human reader using
    natural language generation.

    This workshop will provide a forum for workers in the field of human
    language technology for the Semantic Web and for Semantic Web Services to
    present their latest results. The aim is to provide a snapshot of the state
    of the art, dealing with a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

        * automatic and semi-automatic annotation of web pages;
        * semantic indexing and retrieval of documents, combining the
          of IE and IR;
        * integration of data about language in language processing components
          with ontological data;
        * robustness across genres and domains;
        * ease of embedding in Semantic Web applications;
        * ontology learning, evolving and merging;
        * automatic web service description augmentation;
        * automatic semantic structure documentation;
        * language technology for automatic Web service discovery;
        * adaptation of generation techniques to SWS applications.

    The themes of the workshop have partly emerged from the Special Interest
    Group on Language Technologies and the Semantic Web (SIG5), part of the
    OntoWeb thematic network (http://ontoweb-lt.dfki.de/).


    The issues addressed by the workshop are at the core of the Semantic Web
    enterprise. The killer applications that demonstrate the potential of this
    technology to a mass market have yet to emerge, and will likely not do so
    until a much larger amount of data is available. The techniques covered by
    this workshop are one of the most important routes to generating this data.
    The workshop is relevant to:
        * researchers from the Human Language Technology areas;
        * researchers from the Ontology and Knowledge Acquisition and
        * industrial technology providers involved in Knowledge Management,
          Information Integration, Information and Library Science, Web

    Organizing Committee:

    Dr. Hamish Cunningham -
        http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~hamish, hamish@dcs.shef.ac.uk
    Atanas Kiryakov - http://www.sirma.bg/ak.htm, naso@sirma.bg
    Dr. Ying Ding - http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ying, ying.ding@uibk.ac.at

    May 31st 2003 deadline for submission of papers
    June 30th 2003 notification of acceptance
    July 15th 2003 final copy due
    20-23 October 2003 conference

    The fee for the workshop will be $50. Participants will be required to
    register for the main ISWC2003 conference.


    Submissions should be sent electronically in PDF format to the
    organising committee:

          hamish@dcs.shef.ac.uk naso@sirma.bg ying.ding@uibk.ac.at

    Submitted papers should be formatted in the style of the Springer
    publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS):
    The emphasis during reviewing will be on content, not format,

    Programme Committee:

    Alexander Maedche, Robert Bosch Gmbh, Germany
    Asun Gomez-Perez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
    Christopher A. Welty, IBM Watson Research Center, USA
    David Harper, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
    Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield, UK
    Dieter Fensel, University of Innsbruck, Austria
    Dieter Merkl, TU Vienna, Austria
    Fabio Crestani, University of Strathclyde, UK
    Jan Paralic, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia
    John Davies, British Telecom, UK
    John Tait, University of Sunderland, UK
    Jon Patrick, Univeristy of Sydney, Australia *
    Kalina Bontcheva, University of Sheffield, UK
    Maria Vargas-Vera, Open University, UK
    Marin Dimitrov, OntoText Lab, Bulgaria
    Paul Buitelaar, DFKI, GE
    Robert Engels, CognIT, Norway
    Steffen Staab, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    Vojtech Svatek, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
    Wim Peters, University of Sheffield, UK
    York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, UK

    * to be confirmed

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