[Elsnet-list] Final CFP: Automated Reasoning about Context and Ontology Evolution (ARCOE-10) collocated with ECAI-2010

ARCOE organization at arcoe.org
Sat May 1 03:27:28 CEST 2010


ARCOE-10 at ECAI-10

August 16-17, 2010
Lisbon, Portugal

The ECAI-10 Workshop on

Automated Reasoning about Context and Ontology Evolution (ARCOE-10)

held on August 16-17, 2010

at the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-10)

ARCOE-10 Highlights: We are pleased to announce that Prof. Tommie
Meyer and Prof. Fausto Giunchiglia have agreed to give invited talks
at ARCOE-10.

-- Description of the workshop --

Methods of automated reasoning have solved a large number of problems
in Computer Science by using formal ontologies expressed in logic.
Over the years, though, each problem or class of problems has required
a different ontology, and sometimes a different version of logic.
Moreover, the processes of conceiving, controlling and maintaining an
ontology and its versions have turned out to be inherently complex.
All this has motivated much investigation in a wide range of disparate
disciplines -- from logic-based Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
to Software Engineering, from Databases to Multimedia -- about how to
relate ontologies to one another.

ARCOE-10 aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from
core areas of Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and
Reasoning, Contexts, and Ontologies) to discuss these kinds of
problems and relevant results. Historically, there have been at least
three different, yet interdependent motivations behind this type of
research: defining the relationship between an ontology and its
context, providing support to ontology engineers, enhancing problem
solving and communication for software agents.

Ontology and Context.  Most application areas have recognised the need
for representing and reasoning about knowledge that is distributed
over many resources. Such knowledge depends on its context, i.e., on
the syntactic and/or semantic structure of such resources. Research on
information integration, distributed knowledge management, the
semantic web, multi-agent and distributed reasoning have pinned down
different aspects of how ontologies relate to and/or develop within
their context.

Ontology Engineering.  Ontology engineers are not supposed to succeed
right from the beginning when (individually or collaboratively)
developing an ontology. Despite their expertise and any assistance
from domain experts, revision cycles are the rule. Research on the
automation of the process of engineering an ontology has improved
efficiency and reduced the introduction of unintended meanings by
means of interactive ontology editors. Moreover, ontology matching has
studied the process of manual, off-line alignment of two or more known

Problem Solving and Communication for Agents.  Agents that communicate
with one another without having full access to their respective
ontologies or that are programmed to face new non-classifiable
situations must change their own ontology dynamically at run-time --
they cannot rely on human intervention. Research on this problem has
either concentrated on non-monotonic reasoning and belief revision or
on changes of signature, i.e., of the grammar of the ontology's
language, with a minimal disruption to the original theory.

ARCOE-10 will provide a multi-disciplinary forum, where differences in
methodologies, representation languages and techniques are over-arched
and hopefully overcome. Accordingly, the workshop will be structured
into four tracks: three of them will focus on specific areas, the
fourth one will foster links and integration.

Track 1:  Context and Ontology
This track will select and present works about Context and Ontology, a
well-established research area that has mainly concentrated on the
relationship between contexts and ontologies for distributed
information and for the enhancement of software agents.

Track 2:  Common Sense and Non-Monotonic Reasoning for Ontologies
This track will select and present works about logic-based Knowledge
Representation and Reasoning, a classic area of AI, which since its
origins has produced remarkable results on logic-based methods for
supporting knowledge engineers and for enhancing software agents.

Track 3:  Automated Ontology Evolution
This track will select and present works about Automated Ontology
Evolution, an area which in recent years has been drawing the
attention of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Representation and
Reasoning on the automation of ontology evolution.

Track 4: Links and integration
This track will foster links and integration by means of invited talks
and (panel) discussions. Topics that are likely to be covered are: the
formalisation of software engineering concepts for ontology
development; the relationship between automated reasoning and
information retrieval; relationships between representation languages;
relationships between canonical domains; relationships between
contexts and ontology evolution and between Non-Monotonic Reasoning
and ontology evolution.

ARCOE-10 will bring the participants to position the various
approaches with respect to one another. Hopefully, though, the
workshop will also start a process of cross-pollination and set out
the constitution of a truly interdisciplinary research-community
dedicated to automated reasoning about contexts and ontology

-- Topics --

Track 1: Context and Ontology
Submissions are welcome on the role of context and ontology in areas
that include but are not limited to the following ones:

- Information Integration
- The role of context and ontology in Distributed Reasoning and
Knowledge Management
- The role of context and ontology in Semantic Web
- Multi-Agent Systems
- Data Grid and Grid Computing
- Pervasive Computing and Ambient Intelligence
- Peer-to-peer Information Systems
- Comparison of uses of contexts and ontologies

Track 2: Common Sense and Non-Monotonic Reasoning
Submissions are welcome on the role of common sense and non-monotonic
reasoning for ontologies in areas that include but are not limited to
the following ones:

- Ontology Debugging, Update and Merging
- Inconsistency Handling, Belief Revision and Theory Change for DL ontologies
- Uncertainty Handling, Defeasible Reasoning and Argumentation in ontologies
- Heuristic and Approximate Reasoning
- Planning and Reasoning about Action and Change on the Semantic Web
- Rules and Ontologies
- Temporal and Spatial Reasoning
Track 3: Automated Ontology Evolution
Submissions are welcome on the role of automated ontology evolution in
areas that include but are not limited to the following ones:

- Ontology fault diagnosis and repair
- Problem Solving
- Agent Communication
- Persistent Agents in Changing Environment
- Multimedia on the Web
- IT and Automated Reasoning

-- Attendance --

Authors will be selected on significance of their submission and will
be preferred to simple attendees. Attendees will be selected on a
first-come-first-served basis. Please check http://ecai2010.appia.pt/
for registration procedure and fees.

-- Submission Requirements and Dates --

ARCOE-10 will accept submissions of long abstracts, for both long
presentations and poster presentations. The distinction during the
selection-phase will be based on the significance and the quality of
submissions as well as oriented towards fostering cross-pollination
and discussions during the event. All selected abstracts will be
included in the Working Notes. Authors are kindly requested to provide
keywords upon submission. The format for submissions is the same as
that of ECAI-10. Please check http://ecai2010.appia.pt/ for the style
files. Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages and in PDF format.
The possibility is being considered of publishing extended versions of
the best works from the workshop in a special issue of a peer-reviewed

Abstract submission:  	May 7, 2010
Notification: 	        June 7, 2010
Camera ready: 	        June 21, 2010
Early registration: 	T.B.A.
Late registration: 	T.B.A.
Workshop: 	        August 16-17, 2010

-- Submit to --

Please submit to https://www.easychair.org/login.cgi?conf=arcoe10

-- Workshop Co-Chairs --

Alan Bundy
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum, 10
Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, UK.
Tel: +44-131-650-2716, Fax No.: +44-131-650-6899

Jos Lehmann (primary contact)
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum, 10
Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, UK.
Tel: +44-131-650-2725, Fax No.: +44-131-650-6899

Guilin Qi
School of Computer Science and Engineering, Southeast University,
211189, Jiangning District, Nanjing, China.
Fax: +86-25-52090880

Ivan José Varzinczak
Meraka Institute, Meiring Naude Road, CSIR, 0001 Pretoria, South Africa.
Tel: +27-12-841-25-94

-- Program Committee --

- Grigoris Antoniou (FORTH, Greece)
- Franz Baader (TU Dresden, Germany)
- Richard Booth (University of Luxembourg and Mahasarakham University, Thailand)
- Paolo Bouquet (University of Trento, Italy)
- Jerome Euzenat (INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes, France)
- Giorgos Flouris (FORTH, Greece)
- Chiara Ghidini (FBK Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
- Deborah McGuinness (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
- Thomas Meyer (Meraka Institute, South Africa)
- Maurice Pagnucco (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
- Valeria de Paiva (Cuil Inc., USA)
- Jeff Pan (University of Aberdeen, UK)
- Dimitris Plexousakis FORTH, Greece)
- Luciano Serafini (FBK Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
- Renata Wassermann (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)

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