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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

10th Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web, 7-13 July, 2013, Cercedilla, SPAIN

SSSW 2013

The programme of the SSSW 2013 Semantic Web Summer School is now available 

Applications to attend SSSW 2013 will remain open until 05 April 2013.
See for details.

The groundbreaking SSSW series of summer schools started in 2003. It is now a
well-established event within the research community and a role model for several
other initiatives. In 2013, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of SSSW,
with a set of tutors comprising leading researchers in the community, prestigious
invited speakers, networking and mentoring sessions with research and industry
leaders (including former students of the school), and of course, an exciting
social programme in one of the most beautiful locations in Spain.

To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to
50 participants. Applications for the summer school will close on 05 April 2013.

From the very beginning the school pioneered an innovative pedagogical approach,
combining the practical with the theoretical, and adding teamwork and a
competitive element to the mix. Specifically, tutorial/lecture material is
augmented with hands-on practical workshops and we ensure that the sessions
complement each other by linking them to group projects. Work on developing and
presenting a project in cooperation with other participants serves as a means of
consolidating the knowledge and skills gained from lectures and practical sessions.
It also introduces an element of competition among teams, as prizes are awarded
to the best projects at the end of the week. Participants will be provided with
electronic versions of all course lectures and all necessary tools and environments
for the hands-on sessions. PC access with all tools pre-installed will be available
on site as well. SSSW 2013 will provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment
in which participants will benefit not only from the formal and practical sessions
but also from informal and social interactions with established researchers and
the other participants to the school. To further facilitate interaction and exchange
of ideas, a poster session will also take place, which will provide an opportunity
for attendees to present and obtain feedback on their research.


Linked Data / Web of Data
Ontology Engineering
Ontology Design
Knowledge Representation
Semantic Web Applications
Ontology Matching and Alignment
Semantic and Language Technologies
Knowledge Management
Semantic Search
Recommender Systems
Web Intelligence
Multimedia Semantic Web
Social Semantic Web and Sensor Web
Semantic Web and Multimedia


Mathieu d'Aquin (Director),
Oscar Corcho (Co-Director),
Enrico Motta (Founder),
Asun Gomez-Perez (Co-Founder),


Harith Alani (The Open University, UK)
Mathieu d'Aquin (The Open University, UK)
Sean Bechhofer (University of Manchester, UK)
Fabio Ciravegna (University of Sheffield, UK)
Oscar Corcho (UPM, Spain)
Tommaso Di Noia (Technical University of Bari, Italy)
Jrme Euzenat (INRIA and LIG, France)
Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Asun Gomez-Perez (UPM, Spain)
Lynda Hardman (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, The Netherlands)
Frank van Harmelen (Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Manfred Hauswirth (DERI, Ireland)
Peter Mika (Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain)
Enrico Motta (The Open University, UK)
Natasha Noy (Stanford University, US)
Valentina Presutti (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Raphal Troncy (EURECOM, France)


We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Normally, but not exclusively,
applicants will be postgraduate students in relevant disciplines with some knowledge
of semantic and web technologies. Some basic acquaintance with knowledge
representation languages for the Semantic Web (RDF, OWL, etc.) is required.

Application should be sent by filling the application form, as well as sending a CV to (see

The deadline for applications will be 05 April 2013.

Accepted candidates are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 7th, between 3pm and
6pm and to participate fully in the activities of the school until its conclusion,
at 2pm on Saturday, July 13th. Applicants should keep in mind that we will not
consider applications from students who cannot commit themselves to a full participation 
for the whole duration of the school. Students are also required to bring and present a 
poster at the summer school, describing their own research.

Apart from activities directly related to lectures, the summer school schedule is rightly  
famous for its unrivalled social programme, which enables informal interaction between 
all participants to the school - i.e., students, tutors, invited speakers, school staff, etc. 
These events include a gala dinner, walks in the mountain, discos, and sport activities. 


We expect to provide a number of grants for students who would not otherwise be
able to attend the school. More details about student grants will be published
at a later date.


Cercedilla is a small village in the mountains near Madrid, located in a beautiful
conservation area. The school will be held in the Residence of the Universidad
Politecnica de Madrid, which provides comfortable accommodation in individual
rooms with en suite bathrooms, as well as access to a range of nearby activities,
including a fresh-water swimming pool.

The nearest airport is Madrid-Barajas. Participants will be able to use local rail
links from Madrid to Cercedilla.

More information about how to reach Cercedilla can be found at

The cost of the summer school, including accommodation, meals and excursion 
will be 900.