[Elsnet-list] Call for Papers: ISWC 2011 Workshop Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of Events in the Semantic Web (DeRiVE 2011)

Marieke van Erp marieke at cs.vu.nl
Sun May 29 19:52:14 CEST 2011


Apologies for Crossposting

First Call for Papers

Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of Events in the Semantic Web (DeRiVE 2011) 
http://semanticweb.cs.vu.nl/derive2011

Full Day Workshop in conjunction with the 
10th International Semantic Web Conference 2011
23/24 October 2011, Bonn, Germany 

Abstract
The goal of DeRiVE 2011 is to strengthen the participation of the semantic web community in the recent surge of research on the use of events as a key concept for representing knowledge and organizing and structuring media on the web. The workshop invites contributions to three central questions, and the goal is to formulate answers to these questions that advance and reflect the current state of understanding of events in the semantic web. Each submission will be expected to address at least one question explicitly, and, if possible, include a system demonstration. We have released an event challenge dataset for use in the preparation of contributions, with the goal of supporting a shared understanding of their impact. A prize will be awarded for the best use(s) of the dataset; but the use of other datasets will also be allowed. 


Why Events Now
In recent years, researchers in several communities involved in aspects of the web have begun to realize the potential benefits of assigning an important role to events in the representation and organization of knowledge and media—benefits which can be compared to those of representing entities such as persons or locations instead of just dealing with more superficial objects such as proper names and geographical coordinates. While a good deal of relevant research—for example, on the modeling of events—has been done in the semantic web community, a lot of complementary research has been done in other, partially overlapping communities, such as those involved in multimedia processing and information retrieval. The goal of this workshop is to advance research on this general topic within the semantic web community, both building on existing semantic web work and integrating results and methods from other areas, while focusing on issues of special importance for the semantic web.


Intended Audience
We invite participants from various areas of research that are represented in the semantic web community such as artificial intelligence, information and communication technologies, data mining, data science, human- computer interaction, humanities, and web information systems, as well as particular application areas such as tourism, entertainment, cultural heritage, or government. 


Goals and Structure
Each submission should explicitly address one or more of the three questions. In addition to presenting specific results, the paper should discuss the more general implications for the question(s) that it addresses.

Where feasible, a workshop presentation should include a system demonstration that illustrates the key ideas of the work and encourages interactive discussion at the workshop. In such cases, the submission should include some text describing the demonstration. Papers that present tangible contributions independently of a demonstration will also be accepted.

The most substantial contributions to the workshop will be presented orally (and if possible with a demo) in sessions organized according to the questions addressed, with time allocated for deep discussion. Other papers will be accepted as posters and discussed during the lunch break. In the concluding session, plans for the publication of the results of the workshop in the form of answers to the three main questions will be worked out.


Question 1: How can events be detected and extracted for the semantic web?
How can events be recognized in particular types of material on the web, such as calendars of public events, social networks, microblogging sites, semantic wikis, and normal web pages?
How can the quality and veracity of the events mentioned in noisy microblogging sites such as TWITTER be verified?
How can a system recognize when a newly detected event is the same as a previously detected and represented event?
How can a system recognize a complex event that comprises separately recognizable subevents?

Question 2: How can events be modeled and represented in the semantic web?
How can we improve the interoperability of the various event vocabularies such as EVENT, LODE, SEM, EventsML, and F?
How can aspects of existing event representations developed in other communities be adapted to the needs of the semantic web?
What are the requirements for event representations for qualitatively different types of events (e.g., historical events such as wars; cultural events such as upcoming concerts; personal events such as family vacations)?
To what extent can/should a unified event model be employed for such different types of events?

Question 3: How can events be exploited for the provision of new or improved services?
How can event representations be better exploited in support of activities like semantic annotation, semantic search, and semantically enhanced browsing?
What application areas for semantic technologies can benefit from an increased use of event representations?
How can we improve existing methods for visualizing event representations and enabling users to interact with them in semantic web user interfaces?
What requirements for event detection and representation methods (Questions 1 and 2 above) are implied by advances in methods for exploiting events?



Data Challenge
We will release a dataset of event data. In addition to regular papers, we invite everybody to submit a Data Challenge paper describing work on this dataset. We welcome analyses, extensions, alignments or modifications of the dataset, as well as applications and demos. The best Data Challenge paper will get a prize.

The dataset consists of over 100.000 events from three sources: the music website Last.fm, and the entertainment websites upcoming.yahoo.com and eventful.com. All three are represented in the LODE schema. Next to events, they contain artists, venues and location and time information. Some links between the instances of the three datasets are provided.

The best submissions will be invited to give a demo or presentation at the workshop. From these submissions a winner will be selected based on two criteria: scientific contribution and societal impact, for example how much the work contributes to useful applications by providing data, services, etc.


Important Dates
Deadline for paper submission: 8 August 2011 23:59 (11:59pm) Hawaii time
Notification of Acceptance: 29 August 2011 23:59 (11:59pm) Hawaii time
Camera-ready version: 8 September 2011
Workshop: 23 or 24 October 2011

No extension of the submission deadline can be granted.


Submissions
Technical papers should explicitly address one or more of the three questions. In addition to presenting specific results, the paper should discuss the more general implications for the question(s) that it addresses. Technical papers should be no longer than 10 pages. Challenge papers using the workshop data set should be no longer than 4 pages. 

All submissions must be in PDF and follow the LNCS style. Contributions must be submitted through the DeRiVE 2011 Workshop EasyChair page. 

Please direct any questions regarding the workshop to deriveworkshop at gmail.com

Organizing Committee
Marieke van Erp, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Willem Robert van Hage, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Laura Hollink, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Anthony Jameson, DFKI, Germany
Raphaël Troncy, EURECOM, France


Program Committee
Jans Aasman, Franz Inc. 
Klaus Berberich, Max Planck Institute for Computer Science, Germany 
Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy 
Christian Hirsch, University of Auckland, New Zealand 
Ramesh Jain, University of California, Irvine, USA 
Krzysztof Janowicz, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. 
Jobst Löffler, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany 
Marco Pennacchiotti, Yahoo! Labs, U.S.A. 
Yves Raimond, BBC Future Media & Technology, UK 
Nicu Sebe, University of Trento, Italy 
Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina, U.S.A. 
Michael Sintek, DFKI, Germany 
Alan Smeaton, Dublin City University, Ireland 
Nenad Stojanovic, Forschungszentrum Informatik, Germany 
Denis Teyssou, AFP, France



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