[Elsnet-list] BOEMIE 2006 - Deadline for contributions extended to August 10, 2006

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BOEMIE 2006 - Workshop on Ontology Evolution and Multimedia Information Extraction
October 6, 2006, Podebrady, Czech Republic
held as part of
EKAW 2006 - 15th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management

Due to several requests, the deadline for contributions to BOEMIE 2006 has been extended to August 10, 2006. A tentative list of speakers is given below.


BOEMIE 2006 focuses on the automation of the process of knowledge acquisition from multimedia content, using evolving multimedia ontologies which will be used for the extraction of information from multimedia content in networked sources. The goal is to develop synergistic approaches that combine multimedia extraction and ontology evolution in a bootstrapping process involving, on the one hand, the continuous extraction of semantic information from multimedia content in order to populate and enrich the ontologies and, on the other hand, the deployment of these ontologies to enhance the robustness of the extraction process.

The workshop is tightly coupled with the BOEMIE project, aimimg to initiate a new research activity on the automation of knowledge acquisition from multimedia content, through ontology evolution. The resulting technology will have a wide range of applications in commerce, tourism, e-science, etc. During the project, the technology will be evaluated through the development of an automatic content collection and annotation service for public events in a number of major European cities. The extracted semantic information will enrich a digital map, which will provide a friendly interface to the end user.


The workshop includes contributions to all research topics related to the BOEMIE project. We anticipate significant discussion owing to differences in potential approaches in handling the issues above. The detailed topics of the workshop include but are not limited to the following:

    * Knowledge driven multimedia analysis
    * Multimedia ontologies
    * Multimedia reasoning
    * Ontology learning
    * Ontology evolution
    * Combining multiple vocabularies
    * Interoperability among current multimedia and Semantic Web standards
    * Automatic and semi-automatic content annotation tools
    * Bridging the gap between multimedia features and semantics


The workshop is clearly related to the overall topic of EKAW, relating to knowledge engineering and Semantic Web technologies. Yet is it differentiating by focusing on the integration of two more distinct topics, ontology evolution and multimedia information extraction. Due to its multidisciplinary nature, we expect interesting discussions and exchange of different views from the involved participants and speakers. Specifically, BOEMIE 2006 is expected to:

    * bring together the different research communities involved
    * provide an overview of the state of the art in the field
    * provide a research agenda by listing open problems and promising directions
    * determine and prioritize potential work within future standardization organizations


The workshop will mainly consist of a number of invited talks grouped in sessions according to its main research topics:

    * Introduction to the workshop and the BOEMIE project
    * Multimedia information extraction
    * Multimedia ontologies
    * Multimedia reasoning
    * Ontology learning and evolution

Each session will include a talk related to technologies developed in the BOEMIE project, as well as additional talks from people involved in related research projects and initiatives. A panel discussion will follow between the main invited speakers along with an open discussion with all participants.

Additionally, BOEMIE 2006 will feature a poster session with open contributions by anyone working on the research topics of the workshop. The session will foster the exchange of ideas, discussions, clustering or collaborations.

Registration to the main EKAW conference is required to attend the workshop.


Welcome and introduction to Workshop
    * Yannis Avrithis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Introduction to BOEMIE project
    * George Paliouras, NCSR Demokritos, Greece

Multimedia Information Extraction
    * Stavros Perantonis [confirmed], NCSR Demokritos, Greece [BOEMIE]
    * Paul Buitelaar [confirmed], DFKI, Germany [SmartWeb]
    * Milind Naphade, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, US [ARDA]
    * Marcel Worring [confirmed], Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands [MediaMill]
Multimedia Ontologies
    * Vassilis Tzouvaras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece [BOEMIE]
    * Steffen Staab [confirmed], Univ. Koblenz-Landau, Germany [K-Space]
    * Gregory Grefenstette, CEA, France [Muscle]
Multimedia & Reasoning
    * Ralf Moller [confirmed], Hamburg University of Technology [BOEMIE/Racer]
    * Jan Kuper [confirmed], Univ. Twente, The Netherlands [MUMIS]
    * Nicolas Maillot / Monique Thonnat, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore / INRIA, France
Ontology Learning and Evolution
    * Silvana Castano [confirmed], Univ. Milano, Italy [BOEMIE]
    * Philipp Cimiano, Univ. Karlsruhe, Germany [NeOn/KWeb]

Panel coordinator
    * Kostas Spyropoulos, NCSR Demokritos, Greece


BOEMIE 2006 is open for cotributions to be presented in its poster session. Contributions may include academic research, project presentations and initiatives, demos, commercial products, industrial research or contributions to standards.

To submit your contribution, please send a poster proposal of no more than one page, with the following information:

    * The title and brief technical description of the poster, specifying its goals and technical topics.
    * The names, affiliations and contact information (web page, email address) of the authors.
    * A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time, and how its related to BOEMIE 2006.
    * A brief description of its nature (acedemic, project, demo, commercial, etc.) as well as why and to whom the contribution is of interest, i.e. its audience.

Please send your proposals by *August 10*, 2006 and any inquiries by email to Vassilis Tzouvaras <tzouvaras at image.ntua.gr> and  Yannis Avrithis <iavr at image.ntua.gr>. Poster proposals may be submitted in any format, Word, text or PDF.


Contributions due:           *August 10*, 2006
Notification of acceptance:  August 28, 2006
Workshop day:                October 6, 2006


Dr. Vassilis Tzouvaras, tzouvaras at image.ntua.gr
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Dr. Yannis Avrithis, iavr at image.ntua.gr
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Dr. Georgios Paliouras, paliourg at iit.demokritos.gr
NCSR Demokritos, Greece

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