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SUM 2011 : Fifth International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management


Conference Series : Scalable Uncertainty Management
When Oct 10, 2011 - Oct 12, 2011
Where Dayton, Ohio
Submission Deadline May 4, 2011
Notification Due Jun 1, 2011
Final Version Due Jun 30, 2011
Categories    computer science   artificial intelligence   databases   uncertainty

Call For Papers

Fifth International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management
October 10 - 12, 2011, Dayton, Ohio, USA

In many applications, information systems are increasingly complex, open and dynamic. They also involve a massive amount of data, issued from different sources, which may be inconsistent, incomplete, heterogeneous and pervaded with uncertainty. The annual International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM) has grown out of this wide-ranging interest in managing uncertainty and inconsistency in databases, the Web, the Semantic Web, and AI. It aims at bringing together researchers from artificial intelligence and databases by highlighting methods and technologies devoted to address the problems of managing uncertainty and inconsistency in a semantically defendable manner when huge amounts of data are being processed.

SUM 2011, the fifth edition of the International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management will be held in Dayton, Ohio, USA, during October 10th-12th, 2011 following the successful previous editions SUM 2007 in Washington DC, USA, SUM 2008 in Naples, Italy, SUM 2009 in Washington DC, USA and SUM 2010 in Toulouse, France.

Submissions are solicited in all areas of managing substantial and complex kinds of uncertainty and inconsistency in data and knowledge, including (but not restricted to) the topics listed below:
- annotated logic
- approximate query processing
- approximate schema and ontology mapping
- audio processing and uncertainty
- Bayesian models
- data sharing and uncertainty
- data integration and data fusion
- image, speech, multimedia, and text information retrieval
- inconsistent databases
- indexing methods for uncertainty
- information extraction
- Markov models
- matchmaking and negotiation
- mining image, speech, multimedia, and text data
- mobile systems and uncertainty
- multimedia and uncertainty
- ontology systems
- paraconsistent logic
- personalization and user preferences
- possibilistic logic
- probabilistic databases
- probability logic
- query caching for uncertain databases
- query optimization with uncertainty
- ranking in information retrieval
- reasoning with uncertain and inconsistent information
- semantic web applications
- similarity in ontology languages
- similarity search and extraction
- skyline query processing
- spatiotemporal uncertainty management
- text mining and data mining
- uncertain aggregate queries
- uncertain database algebras
- uncertainty and inconsistency in the Web and in the Semantic Web
- uncertainty and trust issues
- uncertainty in data integration and exchange, data streams
- uncertainty and inconsistency in computer security (intrusion detection, access control, etc)
- vision and uncertainty


Full papers must be typeset using the Springer LaTeX2e style llncs for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (see comp/lncs/Authors.html). The length should not exceed 14 pages. Submissions which deviate substantially from these guidelines may be rejected without review. Submissions will especially be judged for originality and scientific quality. All accepted papers will be included in the proceedings.

Researchers and practitioners are also invited to submit short papers or position papers reporting on interesting work in progress or providing system descriptions. Short papers are limited in length to 5 pages and should also be typeset using the Springer LaTeX2e style format. All accepted short papers will be published in the proceedings.

The proceedings of the previous 4 SUM conferences (2007-2010) were published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science/Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series ( We are contacting Springer to publish the SUM-2011 conference also.


In addition to the expected publication of the proceedings, based on the paper reviews, selected authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning (IJAR,


SUM2011 will revisit the idea of discussants introduced in SUM2011. A discussant is assigned to each set of accepted papers pertaining to a common topic. The discussant will provide a short presentation containing an overview of research on the topic as well as describe interesting points and perspectives in the presented papers. These presentations often lead to informative discussions and intensive exchanges between conference attendees.
IMPORTANT DATES (tentative schedule)
Full and short paper submission deadline: April 24th
Accept/reject decisions: June 10th
Camera ready papers due: June 30th

Thomas Sudkamp
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and University College
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435

Salem Benferhat
CNRS - UMR 8188
Université d'Artois,
Faculté des sciences Jean Perrin
Rue Jean Souvraz, SP 18
F62307 lens Cedex, France

John Grant
Department of Mathematics
Towson University
Towson, MD 21252, USA and
Department of Computer Science
University of Maryland,
College Park, MD 20742, USA
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