Sunday, March 6, 2011

JWS special issue on the Semantic Web in a Mobile World

Call for Papers
Special Issue of the Journal of Web Semantics on
Semantic Web in a Mobile World
Mobile users’ information needs are becoming more important than ever. It is estimated that access to the Internet by mobile phones will exceed desktop computers by 2013. This will make Internet-enabled mobile devices the key access point to the information and service infrastructure of the Internet. When accessing the web with a mobile device, one is not only overwhelmed with the information provided but also hampered by the limitations mobile devices have such as limited interaction possibilities and smaller display size.
On the other hand, mobile devices provide various sensors, for instance GPS/aGPS, accelerometer, compass, microphone, and cameras. These sensors can enable capturing the users’ context and using the context to addressing the mobile users’ needs. The Semantic Web is of high benefit for mobile computing. Not only does it provide a common interlingua for devices to reason and negotiate about context, it also provides a lot of “facts” that can be used in inferring context, such as knowledge about individuals, places, organizations, and events. The availability of such information has blossomed since the advent of the Linked Data movement in 2007. However, such a Mobile Semantic Computing is still in its early beginnings.
In this special issue, we invite original work in the area of Mobile Semantic Computing that show innovative solutions and demonstrate the benefits of semantic technologies for mobile devices and mobile applications. Besides a solid research contribution, we expect systems and applications that have been evaluated with respect to its usefulness. In addition, we like to see contributions that share their data set or make services they use publicly available.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interests for this special issue include but are not limited to the following.
  • RDF/Linked Data storage and processing on mobile devices
  • Data and information management on mobile devices
  • Reasoning on mobile devices
  • Mobile indexing and retrieving of multimedia data such as audio, video, images, and text
  • Pub-/sub-systems and middleware for mobile semantic applications
  • Scalability and performance of semantic mobile technologies
  • Mobile semantic user profiling and context modeling
  • Mobile semantic cloud computing
  • Interoperability of mobile semantic applications
  • Browsing semantic data on mobile devices
  • Mobile semantic annotation and peer tagging
  • Mobile semantic mash-ups
  • Mobile semantic multimedia
  • Mobile applications for the social semantic web
  • Mobile semantic e-learning and collaboration
  • Location-aware mobile semantic applications
  • Mobile semantic eGovernment applications and services
  • Innovative and novel user interfaces for mobile semantic applications
  • Development methods and tools for mobile semantic applications
  • Privacy and security for mobile semantic devices and applications
  • Data sets for the mobile semantic web

Important Dates

  • Submission of papers October 1, 2011
  • Acceptance/revision notification: December 20, 2011
  • Revised manuscript due: February 29, 2012
  • Final acceptance notification: May 1, 2012
  • Final manuscript due: June 15, 2012
  • Tentative publication: August/September 2012


Submissions should be conducted through Elsevier’s Electronic Submission System . More details on the Journal of Web Semantics can be found on its homepage. Please see the author guidelines for detailed instructions before you submit.

Guest Editors

Friday, March 4, 2011

JWS special issue: reasoning with context in the Semantic Web

Call for Papers
Special Issue of the Journal of Web Semantics on
Reasoning with context in the Semantic Web
New submission deadline: 26 June 2011
Mechanisms for reasoning with context have become increasingly important factors in the Semantic Web. There is a growing need for general and robust reasoning techniques that make it possible to integrate heterogeneous knowledge or to use homogeneous knowledge across different domains.
Research on this topic has so far, and not surprisingly, concentrated on formal ontologies, i.e., on the logical structures that encode the semantics of a software's domain of application. Work on the Semantic Web as well as on information integration, distributed knowledge management, multi-agent and distributed reasoning has focussed on the relationship between an ontology and its context. This has aimed at clarifying how to relate knowledge that is distributed over many resources. Recent Semantic Web specific developments suggest that aspects of this relation can be captured by means of named graphs (to express meta-information), the use of provenance (to track the context where data/axioms came from) and querying (to facilitate reasoning).
Other neighbouring research areas, though, have also investigated topics that shed light on how to reason with context in the Semantic Web. Ontology Engineering and Maintenance, for instance, has tackled the problems faced by ontology engineers when developing and maintaining an ontology. The yielded automation of the process of ontology development and of its phases (e.g. knowledge elicitation, revision cycles, alignment with pre-existing ontologies etc.) has improved efficiency, reduced the introduction of unintended meanings into ontologies and in general made explicit the relationship between an ontology and its development context.
Finally, research on Problem Solving and Agent Communication has explored how an agent's ontology needs to change at run-time because of interactions with its context - for instance with other agents whose ontologies are not known or with new non-classifiable world situations. This type of research has delivered a deeper understanding of the evolution of an ontology and is often based on non-monotonic reasoning, belief revision or changes of signature, i.e., of the grammar of the ontology's language, with a minimal disruption to the original theory.

Topics of interest

This special issue aims at bringing together work on reasoning with context in the Semantic Web from the integration, development and evolutionary perspectives described above. Submitted articles, which may describe either theoretical results or applications, must clearly pertain to the Semantic Web and/or to semantic technologies. They should present either Semantic Web specific approaches to reasoning with context, or approaches that have characteristics that are interesting for the Semantic Web (e.g., scalability, bounded reasoning), or approaches that are of value to a larger community containing a non-trivial Semantic Web sub-community (e.g., revision/update techniques and error pin-pointing).
Submissions are welcome on topics relevant to reasoning with context in the Semantic Web and that include but are not limited to the following.
  • Named graphs
  • Provenance
  • Knowledge representation languages for semantic technologies
  • Planning and reasoning about action and change in the Semantic Web
  • Ontology fault diagnosis and repair
  • Pinpointing of logical errors in contexts and ontologies
  • Explanation and justifications in DL ontologies
  • Ontology and context evolution, debugging, update and merging
  • Inconsistency handling in contexts and ontologies
  • Uncertainty handling, defeasible reasoning and argumentation in ontologies
  • Non-classical belief revision
  • Context revision and theory change in DL ontologies
  • Ontology and context versioning
  • Semantic difference in ontologies and in contexts
  • Information and knowledge integration
  • The role of context and ontology in distributed reasoning and knowledge management
  • Heuristic and approximate reasoning
  • Bounded reasoning and bounded rationality in the Semantic Web
  • Adaptive systems and reconfiguration
  • Ontology-based data access
  • Querying
  • Multi-Agent systems in the Semantic Web
  • Temporal and spatial reasoning
  • Normative reasoning in the Semantic Web
  • General problem solving for semantic technologies
  • Machine learning for the Semantic Web
  • Philosophical foundations of reasoning about context and ontology evolution
  • Comparison of uses of contexts and ontologies

How to submit

Maximal length of submissions is 25 pages. Authors should upload submissions on Elsevier's Electronic Submission System choosing "Reasoning with context in SW" as the article type. See the Author Guide for more detailed instructions.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 15 26 June 2011
  • First-round reviews: 5 September 2011
  • Revised papers submitted: 30 September 2011
  • Final acceptance decisions: 31 October 2011
  • Tentative publication date: April 2012

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