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KESW 2016 : International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (KESW)


When Sep 21, 2016 - Sep 23, 2016
Where Prague, Czech Republic
Abstract Registration Due Apr 22, 2016
Submission Deadline Apr 29, 2016
Notification Due Jun 17, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 1, 2016
Categories    linked data   semantic web   knowledge engineering   natural language processing

Call For Papers

The International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web (KESW) is an international event dedicated to discussing research results and directions in the areas related to Linked Data, knowledge representation and reasoning, and semantic technologies. Its aim is to bring together researchers, practitioners, and educators, in particular from the regions underrepresented at the major ISWC and ESWC conferences (e.g., Eastern and Northern Europe, ex­USSR, and the Middle East) topresent and share ideas related to the Semantic Web, and popularize the area in these regions.

As usual, all technical sessions (keynotes, paper presentations, posters, etc.) will be held in English.


The research track welcomes novel papers addressing theoretical, applied, and empirical aspects of research. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Scalable Data Access

Question Answering
Big Linked Data processing
Natural­Language generation
Benchmarks for Semantic Web Frameworks

Ontologies and controlled vocabularies

Logical and philosophical foundations of ontology management
Merging and alignment
Modularity, collaborative engineering and exchange
Using ontologies for modeling scientific knowledge

Linked Data

Publishing and integrating
Querying and consuming
Linked Open Data

Natural language processing and Semantic Web

Information extraction and content analysis
Document clustering and classification
Opinion mining and sentiment analysis
Semantic-based information retrieval
Controlled natural languages

Knowledge representation and reasoning

Knowledge acquisition and management
Knowledge graphs
Theory of automated reasoning
Practical algorithms and optimizations

Storage Solutions for the Semantic Web

RDF and other NoSQL databases for managing Linked Data
Ontologies and databases
Data integration
Query answering

Semantic technologies in industry

Reports on experience of using semantic technologies in industry
Challenges of practical deployments

Other Topics (not limited to)

Cognitive aspects of semantic technologies
Human Computer Interaction
Semantic Social Web
Trust, security, and privacy
Knowledge and data visualization


This year we welcome papers concerned with providing or exploiting open access to scientific and educational resources. Contributions which explain how semantic technologies facilitate these tasks are especially solicited but this is not a strict requirement. Topics include:

Semantic Web and education

Opening and linking educational data
Ontology models and semantic standards for educational data
Visual analytics for educational resources represented using semantic technologies
Teaching semantic technologies
System descriptions and best practices in linked learning

Open Science

Open Access to Scientific Publications
Open Scientific Data
Infrastructure for Open Scientific Data
Open Research Methodology


We invite submissions which describe architecture, design, implementation, or experiments with existing systems which use semantic technologies. Preliminary reports describing research prototypes are welcome, too. The papers should explain how the use of semantic technologies helps to solve specific problems and/or is beneficial for the users. The authors will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their system during the poster and demo session at the conference.

In addition to oral paper presentations KESW 2016 encourages other forms of contributing to the conference, in particular, posters and position papers.

Posters is an opportunity to informally present your research approach and results during the poster session of the conference. It is great for discussing your research in free form with all attendants of the session. Lots of people will be stopping by your poster and you will have a chance to talk to them, explain what you are doing, and get feedback. Of course, the number of people who will stop depends on how well you design your poster!

Position papers are means of presenting preliminary research ideas or proposals. They are particularly suitable for early stage PhD students who would like to discuss their ideas and get feedback before they go deep developing them.

Submissions for both categories need to be 2 page abstracts describing the method and the results (for posters) or the preliminary ideas (position papers). Selected poster and position paper submissions will be allocated a short 5 minute talk slots during the conference.

All authors will be required to pre-submit abstracts of their papers. Both papers and abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair.

Size restrictions

Research, industry, and educational tracks: 15 pages including references.
System description papers: 10 pages including references.
Posters and position papers: 2 page abstract.

We strongly encourage all authors to prepare their submissions according to the Springer LNCS format. This will be strictly enforced for all accepted papers. Contact Axel Ngonga (PC Chair) if this becomes a show stopper.


All deadlines are for the Hawaii time zone.

Full papers and system descriptions

Abstract submission: April 15th, 2016
Full paper submission: April 22nd, 2016
Author notification: June 17th, 2016
Camera-ready submission: July 1st, 2016

Posters and position papers

Accepted on a rolling basis (that is, submit when you feel like it but don’t wait till late since we can close the page if we get too many).


KESW proceedings are traditionally published in Springer’s Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series. The papers will be abstracted/indexed by DBLP, Google Scholar, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, SCImago, and Scopus.

At least one of the authors of accepted papers has to register for the conference and present the paper there for it to be included in the proceedings

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