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Second IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4 International Workshop on

Web Semantics (SWWS'06)

with special tracks on Security & Trust, Fuzzy models and Regulatory Ontologies

Nov 1 - Nov 3, 2006
Montpellier, France

In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM'06)

Proceedings will be published by Springer LNCS


The IFIP Working Group 2.12 & 12.4 on Semantic Web ( is a timely active international community of scientists, engineers, and practitioners dedicated to advancing the state of the art of research and practice in the emerging field of Semantic Web, and meanwhile providing input and guidance on the direction, scope, and importance of different aspects of artificial intelligence, data modeling, and software theory and practice to Web semantics. It is unique in that it targets to synthesize the concepts from these diverse fields in a comprehensive fashion in the context of the semantics Web.

The Web has now been in existence for quite some time and its pervasive in its influence on all aspects of society and commerce. It has also produced a major shift in our thinking on the nature and scope of information processing. However in its technological nature and its supporting theoretical foundations, it has remained relatively rudimentary, being currently largely suitable for information dissemination. It is rapidly moving away from this, to application deployment and knowledge deployment that require complex interactions and properly structured underlying semantics. This has been a sudden upsurge of research activity in the problems associated with adding semantics to the Web. This work on semantics will involve data, knowledge, and process semantics. The Second IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4 International Workshop on Web Semantics (SWWS'06) will provide a forum for presenting original, unpublished research results, and innovative ideas related to this voluminous quantity of research.

In SWWS06, as a complementary to the main OTM'06 conference themes, special focus is aimed at looking three rapidly evolving areas of interest for the Semantic Web, namely Security & Trust, Regulatory Ontologies and Fuzzy models.

Trust and Reputation are assuming an increasing importance in interaction and commerce over the web. There are several trust and Reputation Systems (albeit simple) increasingly finding development by major development by major internet companies such as Amazon, eBay and Epinion.

Also, there is a growing intend in using an attention formulation for web semantics based on Fuzzy set, models and protoforms.

The intention of the workshop is to bring together a community of researchers and practitioners who will provide a collection of work that is of utmost importance to the advancement of the web semantics and its future, reviewed by the top experts and minds in the field, in an area of the utmost importance to business, IT and industry.

Whom Should Attend

The workshop is intended for researchers, academic, practitioners, IFIP workgroup WG 2.12/12.4 members and organizations who are actively involved in present and upcoming semantic web technologies. Moreover, the workshop concepts covered is a good reference point for academic and industrial researchers who want to familiarize themselves with emerging trends in semantic web research, technologies and applications.


Topics of interest may include one or more of the following (but are not limited to) themes;

  • Semantic Web and Web Semantics
  • Security, Trust and Reputation Systems
  • . Providing Semantics for the Web using Fuzzy Methods

The following topics related to these themes including, but are not limited to:

  • Formal and practical knowledge representation and inference for the semantic Web
  • Design, evaluation, and use of ontology
  • Metadata and knowledge markup
  • Special track on Fuzzy sets
    • Providing semantics for the web using Fuzzy set methods
    • Fuzzy models for the Semantic Web
    • Protoforms
  • Special track on Security and Trust
    • Security and trust for the Semantic Web
    • Reputation Systems for the Semantic Web
  • Special track on Regulatory Ontologies
    • Engineering of regulatory ontologies: conceptual analysis, representation, modularization and layering, reusability, evolution and dynamics, etc;
    • Multilingual and terminological aspects of regulatory ontologies;
    • Models of legal reasoning (from ontological viewpoint): regulatory compliance, casebased reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty, etc.
    • Sensitivity on and harmonization of regulations;
    • Regulatory metadata and content standardization (e.g. legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODRXML,...);
    • Regulatory ontologies of: property rights, persons and organizations, legal procedures, contracts, legal causality, etc;
    • Task models for socially regulated activities;
    • Experiences with projects and applications involving regulatory ontologies in legal knowledge based systems, legal information retrieval, e-governments, e-commerce;
  • Interoperability of data and Web services
  • Semantics of agent and Web interaction
  • Automated extraction of Information from regulatory documents.
  • Content-based information and knowledge retrieval
  • Information extraction, automatic, and semi-automatic generation of metadata
  • Database technologies for the Semantic Web
  • Multimodality and visualization technologies for the Semantic Web
  • Applications on mobile devices
  • Human centred aspects specifically for the Semantic Web
  • Impact of Semantic Web computing on organizations and society
  • Evaluation of the quality of Web semantics
  • Context-awareness for the Semantic Web
  • Semantics for ubiquitous computing


All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, clarity of expression, and relevance to IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4. All submissions must be in English, and will be refereed by a program committee comprising members of the Working Group. Research submissions must not exceed 10 pages following the Springer format. Submissions should be made in PDF format.

Detailed formating instructions can be found at:

The paper submission site is located at:

The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.


  Abstract Submission Deadline   June 15, 2008 Extended until July 7, 2008
Paper Submission Deadline June 30, 2008 Extended until July 7, 2008
Acceptance Notification August 15, 2008
Camera Ready Due August 25, 2008
Registration Due August 25, 2008
OTM Conferences November 9 - 14, 2008


Program Chairs

  • Katia Sycara
    Carnegie Mellon University, USA

  • Elizabeth Chang
    Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Workshop Vice-Chairs
  • Ernesto Damiani
    Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy
  • Mustafa Jarrar
    STARLAb, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
IFIP WG 2.12/2.14 Chair
  • Tharam Dillon
    University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Special Track Chairs
  • Elizabeth Chang - Security, Trust & Reputation Systems
  • Ernesto Damiani - Fuzzy Models and Systems
  • Mustafa Jarrar . Regulatory Ontologies
Publicity Chairs
  • Rajugan Rajagopalapillai (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)

Program Committee Members

  • Aldo Gangemi (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy)
  • Amit Sheth (University of Georgia, Athens)
  • André Valente (Knowledge Systems Ventures, USA)
  • Andrew Stranieri (JUSTSYS, Ballarat, Australia)
  • Avigdor Gal (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
  • Carole Goble (Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK)
  • Carole Hafner (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Cecilia Magnusson Sjoberg (Stockholm University, Sweden)
  • Chris Bussler (Oracle Corp., US)
  • David Bell (Queen's University, Belfast)
  • Elisa Bertino (CERCS Department of Purdue University, USA)
  • Elizabeth Chang (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
  • Enrico Franconi (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
  • Ernesto Damiani (Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy.)
  • Feng Ling (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
  • Frank van Harmelen (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands)
  • Giancarlo Guizzardi (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
  • Grigoris Antoniou (University of Crete, Greece)
  • Guiraude Lame (CERSA Université Paris 2, France)
  • Hai Zhuge (Institute of Computing, Chinese Academy of Science)
  • Jaime Delgado (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Jaiwei Han (Dept of Computer Science, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois)
  • John Debenham (University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia)
  • John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Joost Breuker (Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands)
  • Jos Lehmann (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Rome Italy)
  • Katia Sycara (Laboratory for Agents Technology, Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Kokou Yetongnon (Universite de Bourgogne, France)
  • Layman Allen (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Leonardo Lesmo (Universita' di Torino, Italy)
  • Ling Liu (CERCS, College of Computing, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Lizhu Zhou (Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
  • Lotfi Zadeh (Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing)
  • Manfred Hauswirth (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Mariano Lopez (Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain)
  • Masood Nikvesh (The Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing)
  • Mihaela Ulieru (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Mohand-Said Hacid (University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 LIRIS - Villeurbanne, France)
  • Mukesh Mohania (Database Technologies, IBM India Research Lab, India)
  • Mustafa Jarrar (STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
  • Nicola Guarino (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR))
  • Peter Spyns (Semantics Technology and Applications Research Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
  • Pieree Yves Schobbens (Institut d'Informatique, University of Namur, Belgium)
  • Qing Li (Dept of Computer Eng. and Information Technology, City University of Hong Kong)
  • Radboud Winkels (Leibniz Center for Law, Netherlands)
  • Ramasamy Uthurusamy (General Motors Corporation.)
  • Richard Benjamins (ISOCO, Spain)
  • Rita Temmerman (Erasmushogeschool Brussels, Belgium)
  • Robert Meersman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
  • Robert Tolksdorf (Free university of Berlin, Germany)
  • Said Tabet (The RuleML Initiative, Boston, USA)
  • Stefan Decker (University of Southern California)
  • Susan Urban (Arizona State University , Tempe)
  • Tharam Dillon (University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia)
  • Trevor Bench-Capon (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Usuama Fayed (Strategic Data Solutions Group, Yahoo)
  • Valentina Tamma (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Wil van der Aalst (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • York Sure (Institute AIFB (University of Karlsruhe))
  • Zahir Tari (School of Computer Science & IT, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)