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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: International Workshop On Semantic Extensions to Middleware: Enabling Large Scale Knowledge Applications (SEMELS '08)

C A L L  F O R  P A P E R S
International Workshop On Semantic Extensions to Middleware: Enabling Large Scale Knowledge Applications (SEMELS '08)

At the OnTheMove (OTM) Federated Conferences and Workshops

November 9 - 14, 2008, Monterrey, Mexico

In large scale systems, data and program heterogeneity have been a classical problem, to which semantic technologies are often presented as a solution. The classical solution to non-semantic integration has been middleware systems, which provide functionality for data and process mediation, coordination and composition. As semantics become more of a part of the underlying data and process layers of large scale systems, extensions are also required in the middleware layer to not only support knowledge mediation and coordination but to provide new functionalities not previously possible due to the introduction of machine processability of the data and processes being integrated at the

As knowledge is becoming more and more ubiquitous in the Internet, we expect millions, even billions of knowledge and service providers and consumers to interact, integrate and coordinate on the emerging, open Semantic Web just as today millions of clients exchange data and perform work over the existing Web infrastructure. This produces the need for scalable and dynamic systems that support collaborative work with distributed and heterogeneous knowledge.

With this workshop we address the need to extend existing middleware layers with semantic technologies to support future knowledge-centred information systems and their Web-based collaboration with other systems, abstracted from data and process models. Such semantically extended middleware can be applied in any context which involves large scale knowledge-based collaboration, such as in the biomedical and life sciences field or emergency planning, as well as facilitate new forms of intelligent Web-scale coordination of processes (a step towards the Service Web) which are currently not envisioned precisely because
such a semantically-capable middleware layer is not existent.

We plan to dedicate one session to the application of semantic extensions of middleware to life science, healthcare or emergency management applications. In these application areas the use of semantic technologies shows some of the most advanced progress. Researchers in these domains deal with large scale data integration and service cooperation on all levels and stages of their work.
This more application-driven view on the requirements and solutions to semantic middleware approaches allows for advanced insights in the work of related fields. This is an important issue on the way towards semantic extensions to middleware for large and complex networked knowledge systems.

We welcome original academia and industry papers or project descriptions that propose innovative approaches to extend middleware systems to support semantically-expressed data and processes.

The topics of interest of this workshop include but are not limited to:
* Extensions of existing middleware such as Web services, Grid systems,
  tuplespaces, message oriented middleware etc. with semantic technologies
* Development and engineering of semantic extensions to middleware
* Ontologies and metadata schemes for use with semantic extensions to capture  aspects of middleware layer functionality
* Reasoning approaches to efficiently support the functionality of semantic  extensions
* Scalable solutions to support large scale mediation, collaboration and
  coordination of heterogeneous data and processes
* Practical experiences in using semantic extensions of middleware to realize large scale knowledge systems
* Studies on the potential uptake of semantic extensions to current middleware and backwards compatibility
* Semantic middleware solutions for life science, healthcare and emergency management
* Experience reports on semantic approaches to large scale life science,
  healthcare and emergency management applications

Abstract Submission Deadline    June 15, 2008
Paper Submission Deadline       June 30, 2008
Acceptance Notification         August 15, 2008
Camera Ready Due                August 25, 2008
Registration Due                August 25, 2008
OTM Conferences                 November 9 - 14, 2008

All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality,
significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All submissions must be in English. Submissions should be in PDF format and must not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready 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.

Papers submitted to SEMELS08 must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference. Failure to comply with the formatting instructions for submitted papers will lead to the outright rejection of the paper without review.

The paper submission site is located at:

Elena Simperl, Semantic Technology Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Reto Krummenacher, Semantic Technology Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Lyndon Nixon, Dept. Computer Science, Free University Berlin, Germany
Emanuele Della Valle, CEFRIEL - Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ronaldo Menezes, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, USA

Reto Krummenacher
University of Innsbruck (Semantic Technology Institute)
Technikerstr. 21a,
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
T +43 512 507 6452
F +43 512 507 9872