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3rd International IFIP Workshop On Semantic Web & Web Semantics (SWWS '07)

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, Nov 25 - 30, 2007


Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag


The IFIP Working Group 2.12 & 12.4 on Semantic Web (http://www.ceebi.curtin.edu.au/IFIP/) 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 modelling, 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 The 3rd IFIP SWWS ’07 will provide a forum for presenting original, unpublished research results, and innovative ideas related to this voluminous quantity of research.

In SWWS 2007, as a complementary to the main OTM ’07 conference themes, special focus is aimed at looking some of the evolving areas of interest for the Semantic Web, namely Security & Trust, Biomedical Informatics, Fuzzy Semantics and Context-driven Methods for Ontologies. Thus, as part of SWWS 2007, there are four special tracks on;

Security & Trust
Fuzzy Semantics
Biomedical Informatics
Context-Driven Methods for Ontologies
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.

Conversely, ontologies are now adopted to represent semantic metadata and to characterize different kind of information resources. Current reasoning techniques still lack of context-dependent tools to enhance the sifting of ontology instances, e.g., techniques to organize resources at different levels of abstraction and to assess their similarity. This track encourages the discussion on context-dependent instruments tailored to improve the browsing and search of semantics annotated resources, taking advantage from the semantics embedded in ontologies.

The intention of the SWWS ‘07 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.


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;

Security & Trust
Fuzzy Semantics
Biomedical Informatics
Context-driven Methods for Ontologies
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
Knowledge Sharing
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
Semantics for ubiquitous computing
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, case-based reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty, etc.
Sensitivity on and harmonization of regulations;
Regulatory metadata and content standardization (e.g. legal-XML/LeXML, ADR/ODR-XML,...);
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;
Providing semantics for the web using Fuzzy set methods
Fuzzy models for the Semantic Web
Security and trust for the Semantic Web
Reputation Systems for the Semantic Web
Biomedical Ontologies for Genetics, Proteomics, Diseases, Privacy etc.
Conceptual Models for Biological and Medical Data
Semantics in Biological Data Modeling
Use of semantics to manage Interoperation in Biomedical Databases
Semantic Web technologies and formalisms for Biomedical Data
Ontology representation and exchange languages for Bioinformatics
Support of Ontologies for Biological Information Retrieval and Web Services
Change Management in Biomedical Ontologies
Tools for Development and Management of Biomedical Ontologies
Context-driven methods for ontology exploitation
Semantic similarity among ontology instances
Semantic granularity
Semantic ranking
Context-driven methods in specialized domains, e.g.:

Context-driven methods for geographical information resources
Context-driven methods for Multidimensional Media
Context-driven methods for Digital Library
Context-awareness for the Semantic Web
Ontology views
Human centred aspects in sifting information resources w.r.t. context
Context representation
Context elicitation
Context visualization

Abstract Submission Deadline July 14, 2007
Paper Submission Deadline July 22, 2007
Acceptance Notification September 1, 2007
Camera Ready Due September 10, 2007
Registration Due September 10, 2007
OTM Conferences November 25 - 30, 2007


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 formatting instructions can be found at:

The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS. Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.

The paper submission site is located at



Program Co-Chairs

John Mylopoulos (john.mylopoulos@gmail.com)
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, University of Toronto, Canada.

Elizabeth Chang (Elizabeth.Chang@cbs.curtin.edu.au)
Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Workshop Vice-Chairs

Ernesto Damiani (edamiani@crema.unimi.it)
Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy

Yoke Sure (sure@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de)
Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany

Special Track Chairs

Security & Trust - Elizabeth Chang
Fuzzy Semantics - Ernesto Damiani
Biomedical Informatics – Amandeep Sidhu
Context-driven Methods for Ontologies - Riccardo Albertoni, Elena Camossi
Publicity Chair

Rajugan Rajagopalapillai (rajugan@computer.org)
DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

IFIP WG 2.12/12.4 Chair

Tharam S. Dillon (tharam3@it.uts.edu.au)
University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Program Committee Members

Aldo Gangemi (Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technology, Italian National Research Council, Italy)
Amandeep Sidhu (DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Amit Sheth (Large Scale Distributed Information Systems Lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Georgia, USA)
Angela Schwering (Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Avigdor Gal (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Birgit Hofreiter (University of Vienna, Austria)
Carlos Sierra (Spanish National Research Council, Spain)
Carole Goble (Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK)
Chris Bussler (Oracle Corp., USA)
Claudia d'Amato (Dipartimento di Informatica, Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy)
David Bell (Queen’s University, Belfast)
Elena Camossi (CNR-IMATI-GE, Italy)
Elisa Bertino (CERCS Department of Purdue University, USA)
Elizabeth Chang (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Ernesto Damiani (Computer Science Department, Milan University, Italy)
Farookh Hussain (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Feng Ling (Department of Computer Science & Technology, Tsinghua University, China)
Grigoris Antoniou (University of Crete, Greece)
Hai Zhuge (Institute of Computing, Chinese Academy of Science, China)
Jaiwei Han (Department of Computer Science, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA)
John Debenham (University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia)
John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada)
Katia Sycara (Laboratory for Agents Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Krzysztof Janowicz (Institute for Geoinformatics Universitity of Münster, Germany)
Kokou Yetongnon (Universite de Bourgogne, France)
Kyu-Young Whang (Computer Science Department, KAIST)
Ling Liu (Center for Experimental Computer Systems Research (CERCS) College of Computing, Atlanta, USA)
Lizhu Zhou (Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Lotfi Zadeh (Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing, USA)
Manfred Hauswirth (DERI, Galway, Ireland)
Maria Andrea Rodríguez-Tastets (Departamento de Ingeniería Informática y Ciencias de la Computación, Universidad de Concepción, Chile)
Masood Nikvesh (The Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing, USA)
Mihaela Ulieru (The University of New Brunswick, Canada)
Mohand-Said Hacid (University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 LIRIS – Villeurbanne, France)
Monica De Martino (IMATI-CNR, Italy)
Mukesh Mohania (Database Technologies, IBM India Research Lab, India)
Mustafa Jarrar (STARLab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,Belgium.)
Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Paolo Ceravolo (University of Milan, Italy)
Peter Spyns (Semantics Technology and Applications Research Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Pieree Yves Schobbens (Institut d’Informatique, University of Namur, Belgium)
Pilar Herrero (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Qing Li (Dept of Computer Eng. and Information Technology, City University of Hong Kong)
Rajugan Rajagopalapillai (DEBII, Curtin University of Technology, Australia)
Ramasamy Uthurusamy (General Motors Corporation.)
Riccardo Albertoni (CNR-IMATI-GE, Italy)
Robert Meersman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Robert Tolksdorf (FU, Berlin, Germany)
Stefan Decker (University of Southern California, USA)
Susan Urban (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Arizona State University Tempe, USA)
Tharam Dillon (University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia)
Usuama Fayed (Strategic Data Solutions Group, Yahoo, USA)
Wil van der Aalst (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
York Sure (Institute AIFB (University of Karlsruhe), Germany)
Zahir Tari (School of Computer Science & IT, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)