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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

SUMMER SCHOOL: "Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web", 10-16 July 2011, SPAIN

SSSW-2011, Cercedilla, near Madrid, Spain.



Registration opens: 10 January, 2011
Registration closes: 31 March 2011
Notification of acceptance: 29 April 2011
Deadline for payments: 20 May 2011
Summer school: 10-16 July 2011


We are pleased to announce the eight Summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW 2011). The successful and groundbreaking SSSW series of summer schools started in 2003 and is now a well-establish event within the research community and a role model for several other initiatives. Presented by leading researchers in the field, it represents an opportunity for postgraduate students to equip themselves with the range of theoretical, practical, and collaboration skills necessary for full engagement with the challenges involved in understanding and applying Semantic Technologies. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to 50 participants.


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 a group project. 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 2011 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 communication and feedback all attendees will present a poster on their research.


Knowledge Representation
Ontology Design
Design Patterns
Social Semantics
Ontology Matching and Alignment
Linked Open Data
Web Science
Semantic and Language Technologies for Knowledge Management
Devices and Ubiquitous Computing
Semantic Search
Trust and Provenance
E-commerce and E-business
Personal Information Management
Semantic Web Applications.


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


Harith Alani (The Open University, UK)
Manfred Hauswirth (Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Ireland)
Jim Hendler (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US)
Martin Hepp (Universitt der Bundeswehr Mnchen, Germany)
Peter Mika (Yahoo! Research, Spain)
Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)


Mathieu d'Aquin (The Open University, UK)
Sean Bechhofer (University of Manchester, UK)
Fabio Ciravegna (University of Sheffield, UK)
Jrme Euzenat (INRIA and LIG, France)
Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Asun Gomez-Perez (UPM, Spain)
Tom Heath (Talis, UK)
Enrico Motta (The Open University, UK)
Valentina Presutti (ISTC-CNR, Italy)


Atos Origin (Spain) -
iSOCO (Spain) -
Talis (UK) -
Yahoo! Research (Spain) -
Di.Me (EU) -
IKS (EU) -
SemsorGrid4Env (EU) -
SmartProducts (EU) -
WeGov (EU) -
IRG Group at UAM (Spain) -
NeOn Foundation (UK) -
The Open University (UK) -
Universidade Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) -


We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Some basic acquaintance with knowledge representation languages for the Semantic Web (RDF, OWL, etc.) is required.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2011.

Applications are submitted by filling the Application Form available at and also emailing a CV to

Accepted candidates are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 10th, between 3pm and 6pm and to participate fully in the activities of the school until its conclusion, at 2pm on Saturday, July 16th. 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 outside Cercedilla, walks in the mountain, discos, and sport activities.


Talis are proud to be sponsoring the 8th European summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW 2011) . This sponsorship also includes a grant to be assigned to a student who satisfies the eligibility criteria but who would have difficulty covering the costs. In return for this grant Talis will expect a series of short reports that are suitable for publication in both the Nodalities blog and magazine, discussing the experiences at the Summer School. To apply for this sponsorship please tick the relevant box in the application form, stating that you are interested in this support.


Cercedilla is a small village in the mountains near Madrid. The school will be held in the Residence of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. The Residence has a range of facilities to make your stay more pleasant including en suite bathrooms and nearby activities like a swimming pool, bars and restaurants in the village.

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