3716 The 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2008) | Schedule

ISWC 2008

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Sunday Oct 26

Note that you can sleep one more hour this night!


8:30-17:30 Club Room: 3rd International Workshop On Ontology Matching
9:00-17:30 Room 2.05: 4th International Workshop On Uncertainty Reasoning For The Semantic Web
9:00-17:30 Room 1.28: 7th Semantic Web Services Challenge Workshop
9:00-12:30 Room 2.08: Incentives For The Semantic Web (half-day)
9:00-17:30 Forum Room: 4th International Workshop On Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (SWESE2008)
9:00-17:30 Room 1.31: Terra Cognita 2008
9:00-17:00 Johann Peter-Hebel-Saal: 5th International Workshop on OWL: Experiences and Directions (OWLED 2008) Day 1 (co-located event)


9:00-17:30 Alfred-Mombert-Saal: Introduction to the Semantic Web Invited Tutorial
9:00-12:30 Room 1.23: Formal Concept Analysis for the Semantic Web (half-day)
9:00-12:30 Room 1.27: A Semantic Multimedia Web: Create, Annotate, Present and Share your Media (half-day)
14:00-17:30 Room 1.27: Working Modularly with OWL (half-day)
14:00-17:30 Room 1.23: RDFa – Bridging the Web of Documents and the Web of Data (half-day)
14:00-17:30 Room 2.08: Knowledge Representation and Extraction for Business Intelligence (half-day)



Monday Oct 27


14:00-17:30 Room 1.31: 3rd ExpertFinder Workshop Personal Identification and Collaborations – Knowledge Mediation and Extraction (PICKME’08)
9:00-17:30 Club Room: Social Data on the Web
9:00-17:30 Room 2.05: Ontology-supported Business Intelligence (OBI 2008)
9:00-17:30 Room 1.23: Nature inspired Reasoning for the Semantic Web (NatuReS)
9:00-12:30 Room 1.31: International Workshop on Ontology Dynamics (IWOD2008) (half-day)
9:00-17:30 Room 1.28: Service Matchmaking and Resource Retrieval in the Semantic Web
9:00-17:30 Forum Room: 4th International Workshop on Scalable Semantic Web Knowledge Base Systems (SSWS2008)
9:00-17:30 Johann Peter-Hebel-Saal: 5th International Workshop on OWL: Experiences and Directions (OWLED 2008) Day 2 (co-located event)


9:00-17:30 Alfred-Mombert-Saal: Reasoning for Ontology Engineering and Usage
9:00-12:30 Room 1.27: RSWA 2008 – Realizing a Semantic Web Application (half-day)
9:00-12:30 Room 2.08: How to Publish Linked Data on the Web (half-day)
14:00-17:30 Room 1.27: Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences (half-day)
14:00-17:30 Room 2.08: Free Semantic Content: Using OpenCyc in Semantic Web Applications (half-day)



Tuesday Oct 28

8.45 Opening Ceremony (Johannes Brahms hall)
9.00-10.00 Keynote 1: Multimedia Semantic Web (Johannes Brahms hall)
Ramesh Jain, UCI
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-12.30 Research 1: Ontology Engineering (Johann Peter Hebel hall)
Chair: Enrico Motta

  • Involving Domain Experts in Authoring OWL Ontologies
    Vania Dimitrova, Ronald Denaux, Glen Hart, Catherine Dolbear, Ian Holt, and Anthony Cohn
  • Supporting Collaborative Ontology Development in Protégé
    Tania Tudorache, Natasha Noy, Samson Tu, and Mark Musen
  • Identifying Potentially Important Concepts and Relations in an Ontology
    Gang Wu, Juanzi Li, Ling Feng, and Kehong Wang
  • RoundTrip Ontology Authoring
    Brian Davis, Ahmad Iqbal, Adam Funk, Valentin Tablan, Kalina Bontcheva, Hamish Cunningham, and Siegfried Handschuh
10.30-12.30 Research 2: Data Management (Johannes Brahms hall)
Chair: Kunal Verma

  • NSPARQL: A Navigational Language for RDF
    Jorge Pérez, Marcelo Arenas, and Claudio Gutierrez
  • An Experimental Comparison of RDF Data Management Approaches in a SPARQL Benchmark Scenario
    Michael Schmidt, Thomas Hornung, Norbert Kuechlin, Georg Lausen, and Christoph Pinkel
  • Anytime Query Answering in RDF through Evolutionary Algorithms
    Eyal Oren, Christophe Gueret, and Stefan Schlobach
  • The Expressive Power of SPARQL
    Renzo Angles and Claudio Gutierrez
10.30-12.30 In Use: Services and Infrastructure (Alfred Mombert hall)
Chair: Massimo Paolucci

  • A Process Catalog for Workflow Generation
    Michael Wolverton, David Martin, Ian Harrison, and Jerome Thomere
  • Inference Web in Action: Lightweight Use of the Proof Markup Language
    Paulo Pinheiro da Silva, Deborah McGuinness, Nicholas Del Rio, and Li Ding
  • Supporting Ontology-based Dynamic Property and Classification in WebSphere Metadata Server
    Shengping Liu, Yang Yang, Guo Tong Xie, Chen Wang, Feng Cao, Cassio Santos, Robert Schloss, Yue Pan, Kevin Shank, and John Colgrave
  • Towards a Multimedia Content Marketplace Implementation Based on Triplespaces
    David de Francisco Marcos, Lyndon Nixon, and Germán Toro del Valle
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.30 Research 1: Software and Service Engineering (Johann Peter Hebel hall)

  • Integrating Object-Oriented and Ontological Representations: A Case Study in Java and OWL
    Colin Puleston, Bijan Parsia, James Cunningham, and Alan Rector
  • Extracting Semantic Constraint from Description Text for Semantic Web Service Discovery
    Dengping Wei, Ting Wang, Yaodong Chen, and Ji Wang
  • Enhancing Semantic Web Services with Inheritance
    Simon Ferndriger, Abraham Bernstein, Jin Song Dong, Yuzhang Feng, Yuan-Fang Li, and Jane Hunter
14.00-15.30 Research 2: Panel “An OWL 2 Far?” (Johannes Brahms hall)
moderated by Peter F. Patel-Schneider
Panelists: Stefan Decker, Michel Dumontier, Tim Finin, Ian Horrocks
The definition of OWL, the ontology language underlying the Semantic Web, is based on formal representation methods. This provides benefits, in that tools have a firm definition of what they are supposed to do, but can have problems, due to difficulty or expense of building tools or mismatch with needs. The panel will discuss whether the general idea of designing standard Semantic Web languages with steadily increasing power (e.g., the progression from RDF to RDFS to OWL to OWL 2 to …) all based on formal methods is the right way to support the Semantic Web. What level of expressive power does the Semantic Web need? How should standard Semantic Web languages be designed? Does the Semantic Web even need formality?
14.00-15.30 In Use: Business Applications (Alfred Mombert hall)

  • Requirements Analysis Tool: A Tool for Automatically Analyzing Software Requirements Documents
    Kunal Verma and Alex Kass
  • OntoNaviERP: Ontology-supported Navigation in ERP Software Documentation
    Martin Hepp and Andreas Wechselberger
  • Market Blended Insight: modeling propensity to buy with the Semantic Web
    Manuel Salvadores, Landong Zuo, SM Hazzaz Imtiaz, John Darlington, Nicholas Gibbins, and Nigel Shadbolt
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.30 Research 1: Non-standard Reasoning with Ontologies (Johann Peter Hebel hall)
Chair: Paolo Bouquet

  • Using Semantic Distances for Reasoning with Inconsistent Ontologies
    Zhisheng Huang and Frank van Harmelen
  • Statistical Learning for Inductive Query Answering on OWL Ontologies
    Nicola Fanizzi, Claudia d’Amato and Floriana Esposito
  • Optimization and Evaluation of Reasoning in Probabilistic Description Logic: Towards a Systematic Approach
    Pavel Klinov and Bijan Parsia
16.00-17.30 Research 2: Semantic Retrieval (Johannes Brahms hall)
Chair: Dunja Mladenic

  • CANCELLED (no event 16:00-16:30): Modeling Documents by Combining Semantic Concepts with Unsupervised Statistical Learning
    Chaitanya Chemudugunta, America Holloway, Padhraic Smyth and Mark Steyvers
  • Comparing ontology distances: preliminary results
    Jérôme David and Jérôme Euzenat
  • Folksonomy-based collabulary learning
    Leandro Balby Marinho, Krisztian Buza and Lars Schmidt-Thieme
16.00-17.30 In Use: Applications from Home to Space (Alfred Mombert hall)
Chair: Deepali Khushraj

  • DogOnt – Ontology Modeling for Intelligent Domotic Environments
    Dario Bonino and Fulvio Corno
  • Introducing IYOUIT
    Sebastian Boehm, Johan Koolwaaij, Marko Luther, Betrand Souville, Matthias Wagner, and Martin Wibbels
  • A Semantic Data Grid for Satellite Mission Quality Analysis
    Reuben Wright, Manuel Sánchez-Gestido, Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Maria S. Perez, Rafael González Cabero, and Oscar Corcho
18.30-20.30 Poster Session and Welcome Reception (Foyer)



Wednesday Oct 29

9.00-10.00 Keynote 2: Freebase: An Open, Writable Database of the World’s Information (Johannes Brahms hall)
John Giannandrea, Metaweb Technologies Inc.
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-12.30 Research 1: OWL (Johann Peter Hebel hall)
Chair: Frank van Harmelen

  • Combining a DL Reasoner and a Rule Engine for Improving Entailment-based OWL Reasoning
    Georgios Meditskos and Nick Bassiliades
  • Improving an RCC-Derived Geospatial Approximation by OWL Axioms
    Rolf Grütter, Thomas Scharrenbach, and Bettina Bauer-Messmer
  • OWL Datatypes: Design and Implementation
    Boris Motik and Ian Horrocks
  • Laconic and Precise Justifications in OWL
    Matthew Horridge, Bijan Parsia and Ulrike Sattler
10.30-12.30 Research 2: Ontology Alignment (Johannes Brahms hall)
Chair: Harith Alani

  • Learning Concept Mappings from Instance Similarity
    Shenghui Wang, Gwenn Englebienne, and Stefan Schlobach
  • Instanced-based mapping between thesauri and folksonomies
    Christian Wartena and Rogier Brussee
  • Collecting Community-Based Mappings in an Ontology Repository
    Natasha Noy, Nicholas Griffith, and Mark Musen
  • Algebras of ontology alignment relations
    Jérôme Euzenat
10.30-12.30 Industry Talks 1 (Alfred Mombert hall)
Chair: Joel Sachs

  • Semantic Wikis: Fusing the two strands of the Semantic Web
    Mark Greaves (Vulcan Inc.)
  • Internet of Services
    York Sure (SAP Research)
  • Semantic Web @ BBN
    Mike Dean (BBN)
  • Data Intelligence
    Evelyne Viegas (Microsoft Research)
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.30 Research 1: Description Logics (Johann Peter Hebel hall)
Chair: Gerd Stumme

  • Scalable Conjunctive Query Evaluation Over Large and Expressive Knowledge Bases
    Julian Dolby, Achille Fokoue, Aditya Kalyanpur, Li Ma, Edith Schonberg, Kavitha Srinivas, and Xingzhi Sun
  • A Kernel Revision Operator for Terminologies- Algorithms and Evaluation
    Guilin Qi, Peter Haase, Zhisheng Huang, Qiu Ji, Jeff Z. Pan, and Johanna Voelker
  • Description Logic Reasoning with Decision Diagrams: Compiling SHIQ to Disjunctive Datalog
    Sebastian Rudolph, Markus Krötzsch, and Pascal Hitzler
14.00-15.30 Research 2: User Interfaces (Johannes Brahms hall)
Chair: Natasha Noy

  • RDF123: from Spreadsheets to RDF
    Lushan Han, Tim Finin, Cynthia Parr, Joel Sachs, and Anupam Joshi
  • Evaluating long-term use of the Gnowsis Semantic Desktop for PIM
    Leo Sauermann and Dominik Heim
  • Bringing The IPTC News Architecture into the Semantic Web
    Raphael Troncy
14.00-15.30 Industry Talks 2 (Alfred Mombert hall)
Chair: Fuesane Cheng

  • Semantic Web in Asia: Example Use Cases
    Tony Lee (SaltLux)
  • Making the Web searchable
    Peter Mika (Yahoo Inc)
  • SemanticWeb from an industry perspective
    Jürgen Angele (Ontoprise)
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-18.00 Semantic Web Challenge & Billion Triple Challenge (Johannes Brahms hall)
19.30-20.00 Reception & Get Together (Foyer)
20.00-01.00 Dinner & Dancing (Weinbrennersaal)



Thursday Oct 30

9.00-10.00 Keynote 3: Message in a Bottle or: How can the Semantic Web Community be more convincing? (Johannes Brahms hall)
Stefan Decker, DERI
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-12.30 Research 1: Web Data and Knowledge (Johannes Brahms hall)
Chair: Luciano Serafini

  • RDFS Reasoning and Query Answering on top of DHTs
    Zoi Kaoudi, Iris Miliaraki, and Manolis Koubarakis
  • An Interface-based Ontology Modularization Framework for Knowledge Encapsulation
    Faezeh Ensan and Weichang Du
  • On the Semantics of Trust and Caching in the Semantic Web
    Simon Schenk
10.30-12.30 Research 2: Semantic Web Services (Johann Peter Hebel hall)
Chair: Vasant Honavar

  • Semantic Web Service Choreography: Contracting and Enactment
    Dumitru Roman and Michael Kifer
  • Formal Model for Semantic-Driven Service Execution
    Tomas Vitvar, Maciej Zaremba, and Adrian Mocan
  • Efficient Semantic Web Service Discovery in Centralized and P2P Environments
    Dimitrios Skoutas, Dimitris Sacharidis, Verena Kantere, and Timos Sellis
10.30-12.30 In Use: Knowledge Management (Alfred Mombert hall)
Chair: Mike Dean

  • Thesaurus-based search in large heterogeneous collections
    Jan Wielemaker, Michiel Hildebrand, Jacco van Ossenbruggen, and Guus Schreiber
  • Deploying semantic web technologies for work integrated learning in industry. A comparison: SME vs. large sized company
    Conny Christl, Chiara Ghidini, Joanna Guss, Viktoria Pammer, Stefanie Lindstaedt, Peter Scheir, Luciano Serafini, and Marco Rospocher
  • Creating and Using Organisational Semantic Webs in Large Networked Organisations
    Ravish Bhagdev, Ajay Chakravarthy, Sam Chapman, Fabio Ciravegna, and Vitaveska Lanfranchi
  • An architecture for semantic navigation and reasoning with patient data - experiences of the Health-e-Child project
    Tamás Hauer, Dmitry Rogulin, Sonja Zillner, Andrew Branson, Jetendr Shamdasani, Alexey Tsymbal, Martin Huber, Tony Solomonides and Richard McClatchey
12.30-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-15.30 Research 1: Semantic Social Networks (Johannes Brahms hall)
Chair: Fausto Giunchiglia

  • Exploring Semantic Social Networks using Virtual Reality
    Harry Halpin, David Zielinski, Rachael Brady, and Glenda Kelly
  • Semantic Grounding of Tag Relatedness in Social Bookmarking Systems
    Ciro Cattuto, Dominik Benz, Andreas Hotho, and Gerd Stumme
  • Semantic Modelling of User Interests based on Cross-Folksonomy Analysis
    Martin Szomszor, Harith Alani, Ivan Cantador, Kieron O’Hara and Nigel Shadbolt
14.00-15.30 Research 2: Rules and Relatedness (Johann Peter Hebel hall)
Chair: Michael Kifer

  • ELP: Tractable Rules for OWL 2
    Markus Krötzsch, Sebastian Rudolph, and Pascal Hitzler
  • Term Dependence on the Semantic Web
    Gong Cheng and Yuzhong Qu
  • Semantic relatedness measure using object properties in an ontology
    Laurent Mazuel and Nicolas Sabouret
14:00 Lightning Talks (Alfred Mombert hall)
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00-17.30 Closing Ceremony and Best Paper Awards (Johannes Brahms hall)
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