[Elsnet-list] SEMSEARCH09 2nd Call for Papers

Tran Thanh dtr at aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de
Sun Feb 8 16:43:46 CET 2009

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2nd Call for Papers SEMSEARCH'09


Semantic Search 2009 Workshop                                               


Located at the 18th Int. World Wide Web Conference WWW2009


April 21, 2009, Madrid, Spain




Submission deadline for full papers: March 1st, 2009 (12.00 AM, GMT)




In recent years we have witnessed tremendous interest and substantial
economic exploitation of search technologies, both at web and enterprise
scale. However, the representation of user queries and resource content in
existing search appliances is still almost exclusively achieved by simple
syntax-based descriptions of the resource content and the information need
such as in the predominant keyword-centric paradigm (i.e. keyword queries
matched against bag of words document representation).


On the other hand, recent advances in the field of semantic technologies
have resulted in tools and standards that allow for the articulation of
domain knowledge in a formal manner at a high level of expressivity. At the
same time, semantic repositories and reasoning engines have only now
advanced to a state where querying and processing of this knowledge can
scale to realistic IR scenarios.


In parallel to these developments, in the past years we have also seen the
emergence of important results in adapting ideas from IR to the problem of
search in RDF/OWL data, folksonomies, microformat collections or
semantically tagged natural text. Common to these scenarios is that the
search is focused not on a document collection, but on metadata (which may
be possibly linked to or embedded in textual information). Search and
ranking in metadata stores is another key topic addressed by the workshop.


As such, semantic technologies are now in a state to provide significant
contributions to IR problems. 

In this context, several challenges arise for Semantic Search systems. These
include, among others: 


* How can semantic technologies be exploited to capture the information need
of the user? 

* How can the information need of the user be translated to expressive
formal queries without enforcing the user to be capable of handling the
difficult query syntax? 

* How can expressive resource descriptions be extracted (acquired) from
documents (users)? 

* How can expressive resource descriptions be stored and queried efficiently
on a large scale? 

* How can vague information needs and incomplete resource descriptions be

* How can semantic search systems be evaluated and compared with standard IR


Topics of Interest



Main topics of interest in the areas of Semantic Search include but are not
limited to:

Tasks and Interaction Paradigms for Semantic Search


* Information Retrieval Tasks on the Semantic Web

* Incentives and Interaction Paradigms for Resource Annotation

* Interaction Paradigms for Semantic Search

* Collaborative Aspects of Semantic Search (Wikis, Social Networks)


Query Construction and Resource Modeling for Semantic Search


* Semantic Technologies for Query Interpretation, Refinement and Routing

* Natural Language Interfaces for Semantic Web Repositories

* Modeling Expressive Resource Descriptions

* Ontology and Metadata Standards for Expressive Resource Descriptions

* Natural Language Processing and Information Extractions for the
Acquisition of Resource Descriptions

* Semantic Web Mining and Semantic Network Analysis


Algorithms and Infrastructures for Semantic Search


* Scalable Reasoners, Repositories and Infrastructures for Semantic Search

* Crawling, Storing and Indexing of Expressive Resource Descriptions

* Fusion of Semantic Search Results on the Semantic Web

* Algorithms for Matching Expressive Queries and Resource Descriptions

* Algorithms and Reasoning Procedure to Deal With Vagueness, Incompleteness
and Inconsistencies in Semantic Search


Evaluation of Semantic Search


* Evaluation Methodologies for Semantic Search

* Standard Datasets and Benchmarks for Semantic Search







* Marko Grobelnik, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

* Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain

* Thanh Tran Duc, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany

* Haofen Wang, Apex Data & Knowledge Management Lab, Shanghai Jiao Tong
University, China



Program Committee



* Wray Buntine, NICTA Canberra, Australia

* Pablo Castells, Universidad Autónonoma de Madrid, Spain

* Alistair Duke, British Telecom, UK

* Blaz Fortuna, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

* Norbert Fuhr, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

* Lise Getoor, University Maryland, USA

* Rayid Ghani, Accenture Labs, USA

* Peter Haase, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

* Andreas Harth, DERI, Galway, Ireland

* Andreas Hotho, University of Kassel, Germany

* Yiannis Kompatsiaris, Informatics and Telematics Institute, Greece

* Li Ma, IBM Research, Beijing, China

* Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues, Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK

* Yuzhong Qu, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

* Sergej Sizov, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

* Nenad Stojanovic, FZI Karlsruhe, Germany

* Rudi Studer, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

* Cao Hoang Tru, HCMC University of Technology, HCMC, Vietnam

* Michael Witbrock, Cycorp, USA and Cycorp Europe, Slovenia

* Yong Yu, Apex Lab, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

* Ilya Zaihrayeu, University of Trento, Italy

* Hugo Zaragoza, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain



Submission and Proceedings



Proceedings will be published for the workshop as part of the CEUR Workshop
Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org, ISSN 1613-0073). We will pursue a journal special
issue with the topics of the workshop if we receive an appropriate number of
high-quality submissions.


Details on the proceedings and camera-ready formatting will be announced
upon notification of the authors.


For submissions, the following rules apply:


* Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines of the WWW2009
conference, i.e. according to the ACM Proceedings Style. More information is
available at http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html.

* Regular research papers are limited to 10 pages.

* Additionally, we invite discussion papers, experimental contributions,
system and demo descriptions which are limited to 2 pages. In this case,
please indicate the type of the contribution as subtitle.

* Please use the following link to the submission system to submit your
paper: Easychair Submission System for SemSearch2009 at





Important Dates



Deadline for submissions: March 1st, 2009 (12.00 AM, GMT)


Notification of acceptance: April 1st, 2009


Camera-ready versions: April 10th, 2009


WWW'09 Conference: April 20th-24th, 2009


Workshop Day: April 21st, 2009







The organization committee can be reached via
<mailto:semsearch09 at aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de>
semsearch09 at aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de.

For questions on submission, please contact Tran Duc Thanh via
<mailto:dtr at aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de> dtr at aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de.

Workshop website at http://km.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/ws/semsearch09. 



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