You are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web (URSW), to be held as part of the 4th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) in November of 2005 in Galway, Ireland.
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 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 is extremely limited. Recently, there has been a groundswell of demand for uncertainty reasoning technology among Semantic Web researchers and developers.
This surge of interest creates a unique opening to bring together two communities with a clear commonality of interest but little 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 uncertainty reasoning technologies with interest in the Semantic Web.
- Semantic web developers and researchers.
- People in the knowledge representation community with interest in the Semantic Web.
- 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, Protege and Protege-OWL developers.
We intend to have an open discussion on any topic relevant to the general subject of uncertainty in the Semantic Web. Therefore, the following list should be just an initial guide:
- Syntax and semantics for probability extensions to Semantic Web languages
- Logical formalisms to support uncertainty in Semantic Web 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
- 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
- The role of uncertainty as it relates to Web services
- Probabilistic-friendly interface protocols as a means to improve interoperability among Web services
- Probabilistic reasoning techniques applied to trust issues in the Semantic Web
- Existing implementations of uncertainty reasoning tools in the context of the Semantic Web
- Issues and techniques for integrating probabilistic inference tools
- The future of uncertainty reasoning for the Semantic Web