CFP: BAOSW - Building and Applying Ontologies for the Semantic Web

Sofia Pinto sofia at
Mon May 30 10:50:08 EST 2005

Building and Applying Ontologies for the Semantic Web

December 2005
Covilhã – Portugal

held in conjunction with
12th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence
sponsored by APPIA, the Portuguese Association of AI

Ontologies promise a shared and common understanding of a domain that 
can be
communicated between people and application systems. Therefore, they have
emerged as an important research area since the 1990’s. Ontologies are 
used for
different purposes (natural language processing, e-commerce, e-learning,
knowledge management, semantic web, information retrieval, etc) by 
research communities (knowledge engineering, database, software 
The emergence of the Semantic Web has marked another stage in the 
evolution of
the ontology field. According to Berners-Lee, the Semantic Web is an 
of the current Web in which information is given well-defined meaning, 
enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. This cooperation 
can be
achieved by using shared knowledge-components. Therefore ontologies have 
a key instrument in developing the Semantic Web. They interweave human
understanding of symbols with their machine processability.
This workshop addresses the problems of building and applying ontologies 
in the
Semantic Web and other areas listed below, as well as the theoretical and
practical challenges arising from these applications. We invite 
to enhance the state-of-the-art of creating, managing and using ontologies.

Topics of Interest:
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Ontology Engineering:
• methodologies
• capture and learning
• evaluation
• management
• evolution
• ontology learning

Semantic Interoperability
• composition and modularity
• combining, merging, mapping and alignment
• translating and transforming
• ontology language interoperability

Ontologies for Information Sharing
• ontology-based Information integration
• mediators and brokers
• agents and ontologies

Ontology Applications
• semantic web
• knowledge management
• e-commerce, e-government, e-learning and e-science
• information retrieval
• p2p networks
• web services
• annotation

Invited Speaker:
Christoph Bussler
Science Foundation Ireland Professor and Executive Director
Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of 

Workshop format and attendance:
All submitted papers will be peer reviewed and selected for presentation 
on the
basis of these reviews. Accepted papers will be presented at the workshop.

The schedule assumes a one day workshop. The workshop will consist of the
following components: one invited speaker, technical presentations of 
papers, and general discussion (some time will be allocated to discuss 
the workshop participants about emerging topics).

Attendance will be limited to workshop paper authors and a very limited 
set of
members of the community. Workshop attendees are required to register 
for the
main EPIA 2005 conference. For more information, please look up the 
website at

Submission procedure:
We encourage the submission of high-quality original work. Papers must be
formatted according to the Springer LNCS Series guidelines
(, must not exceed 12 pages and must be
written in English. It will be blind reviewed. In order to make blind 
possible, authors should omit their names and affiliations from the 
paper. Also,
while the references should include all published literature relevant to 
paper, including previous works of the authors, it should not include
unpublished works. Avoid including any information in the body of the 
paper or
references that would identify the authors or their institutions. Such
information can be added to the final camera-ready version for publication.

Workshop full papers of higher quality will be selected for publication 
in the
main volume of the conference proceedings (Lectures Notes in Artificial
Intelligence - LNAI). The remaining accepted papers will be published in 
workshop proceedings, in hard-copy and in the web. At least one of the 
of accepted papers has to register for the EPIA 2005, otherwise the 
paper will
not be included in the proceedings.

The submission process will be available on the conference site. The 
only format
allowed for electronic submission is PDF. Submitted papers will be 
by at least three program committee members and/or additional

Important dates:
27-May-05 - Paper submission
15-Jul-05 - Notification of paper acceptance
28-Jul-05 - Camera-ready paper submission
05-Dec-05 - Conference begins

Program Committee:
Aldo Gangemi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy
Andreas Hotho, Kassel University, Germany
Boris Motik, FZI, Germany
Christopher Brewster, Sheffield University, UK
Christopher Welty, Knowledge Structures Group, IBM, USA
Eugénio Oliveira, Porto University, Portugal
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Vrije University, Netherlands
John Domingue, Open University, England
Jorge Santos, Porto Superior Engineering Institute, Portugal
Jose Iria, Sheffield University, UK
Leo Obrst, MITRE Corporation, USA
Ljiljana Stojanovic, FZI, Germany
Luis Camarinha-Matos, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Maria Vargas-Vera, Open University, England
Mariano Fernandez-Lopez, Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain
Marta Sabou, Vrije University, Netherlands
Michael Gruninger, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Oscar Corcho, Isoco, Spain
Peter Mika, Vrije University, Netherlands
Philipp Cimiano, AIFB, Karlsruhe University, Germany
Rose Dieng, INRIA, France
Siegfried Handschuh, Ontoprise, Germany
Stefano Borgo, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology, Italy
Steffen Staab, Koblenz University, Germany
Ubbo Visser, Bremen University, Germany
Virginia Brilhante, Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil
Virginia Dignum, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Ying Ding, DERI, Insbruck University, Austria
York Sure, AIFB, Karlsruhe University, Germany

Organizing Committee:
H.Sofia Pinto, IST/INESC-ID, Portugal <sofia at>
Andreia Malucelli, Porto University/PUCPR, Portugal <malu at>
Fred Freitas, Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil 
<fred.freitas at>
Christoph Tempich, Karlsruhe University, Germany 
<cte at>

Workshop Venue:
EPIA 2005 will be held in the city of Covilhã, the city of snow and 
wool, in the
Serra da Estrela National Park, which lies in the east of Portugal and 
hosted by
the Department of Computer Science of the University of Beira Interior. 
on registration and accommodation will be available on the conference site.

Helena Sofia Pinto                  Phone + 351 - 21 - 3100388

Instituto Superior Tecnico          Email sofia.pinto at
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Av. Rovisco Pais 
1049-001 Lisboa

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