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URSW 2015 : 11th International Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web


Conference Series : Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web
When Oct 12, 2015 - Oct 12, 2015
Where Bethlehem, PA - US
Submission Deadline Jul 15, 2015
Notification Due Jul 30, 2015
Final Version Due Aug 16, 2015
Categories    reasoning   semantic web   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

11th International Workshop on
Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web

In conjunction with the 14th International Semantic Web Conference
Bethlehem, PA - US
October 11 or 12, 2015

You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW), to be held as part of the 14th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in October 11-15, 2015 Bethlehem, PA - US
ISWC is a major international forum for presenting visionary research on all aspects of the Semantic Web. The Uncertainty Reasoning workshop is an exciting opportunity for collaboration and cross-fertilization between the uncertainty reasoning community and the Semantic Web / Linked Data community.

Effective methods for reasoning under uncertainty are vital for realizing many aspects of the Semantic Web vision, but the ability of current-generation web technology to handle uncertainty remains extremely limited. Thus, there is a continuing demand for uncertainty reasoning technology among Semantic Web researchers and developers, and the URSW workshop creates a unique opening to bring together two communities with a clear commonality of interest but limited history of interaction. By capitalizing on this opportunity, URSW could spark dramatic progress toward realizing the Semantic Web vision.


The intended audience for this workshop includes the following

Researchers in uncertain reasoning technologies with interest in the Semantic Web and Linked Data
Semantic Web and Linked Data developers and researchers
People in the knowledge representation community with interest in the Semantic Web and Linked Data
Ontology researchers and ontological engineers
Web services researchers and developers with interest in the Semantic Web
Developers of tools designed to support semantic web implementation, e.g., Jena developers, Protégé developers, OWL-API developers...


We intend to have an open discussion on any topic relevant to the general subject of uncertainty in the Semantic Web and Linked Data (including fuzzy theory, probability theory, and other approaches). Therefore, the following list should be just an initial guide.

Syntax and semantics for extensions to Semantic Web / Linked Data languages to enable representation of uncertainty
Logical formalisms to support uncertainty in Semantic Web / Linked Data languages
Probability theory as a means of assessing the likelihood that terms in different ontologies refer to the same or similar concepts
Architectures for applying plausible reasoning to the problem of ontology mapping
Using fuzzy approaches to deal with imprecise concepts within ontologies
The concept of a probabilistic ontology and its relevance to the Semantic Web
Best practices for representing uncertain, incomplete, ambiguous, or controversial information in the Semantic Web / Linked Data
The role of uncertainty as it relates to web services and cloud computing
Interface protocols with support for uncertainty as a means to improve interoperability among web services
Uncertainty reasoning techniques applied to trust issues in the Semantic Web and Linked Data
Existing implementations of uncertainty reasoning tools in the context of the Semantic Web and Linked Data
Issues and techniques for integrating tools for representing and reasoning with uncertainty;
The future of uncertainty reasoning for the Semantic Web and Linked Data


July 1: Paper submissions due
July 30: Paper acceptance notification
August 16: Camera-ready papers due
Oct 11 or 12: 11th Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web


The URSW will be accepting submissions of technical papers and position papers. Each submission will be evaluated for acceptability by at least three members of the Program Committee. Decisions about acceptance will be based on relevance to the above topic list, originality, potential significance, topicality and clarity. Since all accepted papers will be presented at the workshop, we require that at least one of the submitting authors must be a registered participant at the ISWC 2015 Conference, and committed to attend the URSW Workshop.

Submissions to the workshop are only accepted in electronic format and should be sent via the workshop’s EasyChair submission site:

Papers must be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). This is the very same format adopted by the ISWC 2015. For complete details, see Springer’s Author Instructions (

Technical papers submitted to the URSW Workshop must not exceed 12 pages, including figures and references. Submissions exceeding this limit will not be reviewed.

Position papers consist of a summary of ideas, projects, or any research efforts that are relevant to the URSW Workshop and must not exceed 4 pages.

Following the general acceptance rules of the ISWC 2015 conference, papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference will not be accepted to the URSW workshop.


URSW 2015 will be a half-day workshop.

All papers accepted to the URSW will be presented during the workshop and published in the workshop proceedings. Authors of accepted technical papers will have 20 minutes to present their work, while authors of accepted position papers will have a 10-minute slot to share their ideas. After each presentation, 5 minutes will be allocated to questions from the audience. Both technical and position papers will be published in the URSW workshop proceedings, to be available after the ISWC 2015 conference.


Fernando Bobillo - University of Zaragoza, Spain
Rommel N. Carvalho - Brazil's Office of the Comptroller General / University of Brasília, Brazil
Davide Ceolin - VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paulo C. G. Costa - George Mason University, USA
Claudia d’Amato - University of Bari, Italy
Nicola Fanizzi - University of Bari, Italy
Kathryn Laskey - George Mason University, USA
Kenneth J. Laskey – MITRE Corporation, USA
Thomas Lukasiewicz – University of Oxford, UK
Trevor Martin - University of Bristol, UK
Matthias Nickles – INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Michael Pool - Goldman Sachs, USA

We are looking forward to seeing you in Bethlehem!

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