Conf: ARCOE-11, July 18th 2011 at IJCAI-11, Barcelona, Spain

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue May 17 19:20:30 UTC 2011

Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 11:30:42 -0300
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ARCOE-11 at IJCAI-11

Date: July 18 2011 (*NEW*)
Barcelona, Spain

Accepted contributions:

The IJCAI-11 Workshop on

Automated Reasoning about Context and Ontology Evolution (ARCOE-11)

held on 18 July 2011

at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

-- Description of the workshop --

Methods of automated reasoning have solved a large number of problems
in Computer Science by using formal ontologies expressed in
logic-based languages. Over the years, though, each problem or class
of problems has required a different ontology, and sometimes a
different version of logic.  Moreover, the processes of designing,
controlling and maintaining an ontology as well as its different
versions have turned out to be inherently complex. All this has
motivated much investigation in a wide range of disparate disciplines
-- from logic-based Knowledge Representation and Reasoning to Software
Engineering, from Databases to Multimedia -- about how to relate
ontologies to one another.

ARCOE-11 aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from
core areas of Artificial Intelligence (Knowledge Representation and
Reasoning, Contexts, and Ontologies) and related disciplines to
discuss these kinds of problems and relevant results. Historically,
there have been at least three different, yet interdependent
motivations behind this type of research: defining the relationship
between an ontology and its context; providing support to ontology
engineers; enhancing problem solving and communication for software

Ontology and Context.  Most application areas have recognised the need
for representing and reasoning about knowledge that is distributed
over many resources. Such knowledge, as well as its intrinsic
relevance and usability, depends on its context. The latter is
determined by the syntactic and/or semantic structure of the
resources, the scope of the underlying language, among other
things. Research on information integration, distributed knowledge
management, the semantic web, multi-agent and distributed reasoning
have pinned down different aspects of how ontologies relate to and/or
develop within their context.

Ontology Engineering.  Ontology engineers are not supposed to succeed
right from the beginning when (individually or collaboratively)
developing and maintaining an ontology. Despite their expertise and
any assistance from domain experts, revision cycles are the
rule. Moreover quite often different ontologies have to be integrated
in such a way for them to be operable together (merging). Research on
the automation of the process of engineering an ontology has improved
efficiency and reduced the introduction of unintended meanings by
means of interactive ontology editors that provide support for
ontology change (debugging, updates and repair), maintenance
(versioning) and integration (merging). Moreover, ontology matching
has studied the process of manual, off-line alignment of two or more
known ontologies.

Problem Solving and Communication for Agents.  Agents that communicate
with one another without having full access to their respective
ontologies or that are programmed to face new non-classifiable
situations must change their own ontology dynamically at run-time --
they cannot rely solely on human intervention. Research on this
problem has either concentrated on techniques borrowed from the
non-monotonic reasoning and belief revision communities or on changes
of signature, i.e., of the grammar of the ontology's language, with a
minimal disruption to the original theory. This is also an important
issue in the emerging area of General Game Playing.

ARCOE-11 will provide a multi-disciplinary forum, where differences in
methodologies, representation languages and techniques are over-arched
and hopefully overcome. Accordingly, the workshop will be structured
into four tracks: three of them will focus on specific areas, the
fourth one will foster links and integration.

Track 1:  Context and Ontology
This track will consist of presentations and discussions around the
theme of Context and Ontology, a well-established research area that
has mainly concentrated on the relationship between contexts and
ontologies for distributed information and for the enhancement of
software agents.

Track 2:  Common Sense and Non-Monotonic Reasoning for Ontologies
This track will consist of presentations and discussions around the
theme of Common Sense and Non-Monotonic Reasoning in logic-based
Knowledge Representation and Reasoning for ontologies. These are
classic areas of AI, which since their origins have produced
remarkable results on logic-based methods for supporting knowledge
engineers and for enhancing software agents.

Track 3:  Automated Ontology Evolution
This track will consist of presentations and discussions around the
theme of Automated Ontology Evolution for agents and general problem
solving, an area which in recent years has been drawing the attention
of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
on the assessment of change impact and the automation of ontology

Track 4: Links and integration
This track will foster links and integration by means of invited talks
and (panel) discussions. Topics that are likely to be covered are: the
formalisation of software engineering concepts for ontology
development; the relationship between automated reasoning and
information retrieval; relationships between representation languages;
relationships between canonical domains; relationships between
contexts and ontology evolution and between non-monotonic reasoning
and ontology evolution.

ARCOE-11 will bring the participants to position the various
approaches with respect to one another. Hopefully, though, the
workshop will also start a process of cross-pollination and set out
the constitution of a truly interdisciplinary research community
dedicated to automated reasoning about contexts and ontology

-- Attendance and Important Dates --

Please check the IJCAI-11 website for registration procedure, fees as
well as cancellation policies.

Early registration: 17 May 2011
Late registration: Please check the IJCAI-11 website
Workshop date: 18 July 2011

N.B.: When registering for the workshop at the IJCAI-11 website,
please make sure you select a 1-day workshop.

-- Special Issue on ARCOE-related Themes --

There has recently been an agreement with the Journal of Web Semantics
for a Special Issue on Reasoning with context in the Semantic Web. The
Call for Papers is open to anyone and it certainly is an opportunity
to submit for publication quality work about ARCOE-like themes.

The special issue aims at bringing together work on reasoning with
context in the Semantic Web as seen from various perspectives, e.g.,
ontology integration, ontology development, ontology evolution
etc. Submitted articles, which may describe either theoretical results
or applications, must clearly pertain to the Semantic Web and/or to
semantic technologies. They should present either Semantic Web
specific approaches to reasoning with context, or approaches that have
characteristics that are interesting for the Semantic Web (e.g.,
scalability, bounded reasoning), or approaches that are of value to a
larger community containing a non-trivial Semantic Web sub-community
(e.g. revision/update techniques and error pin-pointing).

Have a look at the Call for Papers on:

For further details please send requests to: organization [at] arcoe
[dot] org

-- Workshop Co-Chairs --

Alan Bundy -
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, UK.
Tel: +44-131-650-2716, Fax: +44-131-650-6899

Jos Lehmann -
School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, UK.
Tel: +44-131-650-2725, Fax: +44-131-650-6899

Ivan Varzinczak (primary contact) -
CSIR Meraka Institute and University of KwaZulu-Natal
Meiring Naude Road, CSIR, 0001 Pretoria, South Africa.
Tel: +27-12-841-2594, Fax: +27-12-841-4720

-- Program Committee --

- Franz Baader (TU Dresden, Germany)
- Christoph Benzmueller (Articulate Software, USA)
- Richard Booth (University of Luxembourg and Mahasarakham University,
- Paolo Bouquet (University of Trento, Italy)
- Jim Delgrande (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
- Jerome Euzenat (INRIA & LIG, France)
- Nicola Fanizzi (University of Bari, Italy)
- Giorgos Flouris (FORTH, Greece)
- Chiara Ghidini (FBK Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
- Fausto Giunchiglia (University of Trento, Italy)
- Deborah McGuinness (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
- Thomas Meyer (CSIR Meraka Institute, South Africa)
- Alessandra Mileo (Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Ireland)
- Amedeo Napoli (LORIA CNRS, France)
- Maurice Pagnucco (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
- Valeria de Paiva (Cuil Inc., USA)
- Jeff Pan (University of Aberdeen, UK)
- Dimitris Plexousakis (FORTH, Greece)
- Guilin Qi (Southeast University, China)
- Marcio Ribeiro (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
- Luciano Serafini (FBK Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
- Renata Wassermann (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

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