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Program and online proceedings of the RuleML Conference and of the workshop on Ontology and Rule Integration


Invited talks


Knowledge Web

Digital Enterprise Research Institute

Data, Information and Procdess Integration with Semantic Web Services

NASA Ames Research Center

   Description of the Conference

Semantic Web technologies have matured to the point where they are being adopted by many organizations for applications as diverse as data integration, optimized search, and decision support. The increasing use of the technology has resulted from mainstream commercial software vendors providing solutions that support Semantic Web technologies, and W3C making RDF and OWL standard recommendations. It is widely recognized that rules are the next layer of focus within the Semantic Web technology stack, and consequently interest and activity in this area has grown rapidly over recent years. Semantic Web rules would allow the integration, transformation and derivation of data from numerous sources in a distributed, scalable, and transparent manner.

The rules landscape features theoretical areas such as knowledge representation (KR) and algorithms; design aspects of rule markup; engineering of engines, translators, and other tools; standardization efforts, such as the recent Rules Interchange Format activity at W3C; and applications.

Rules complement and extend ontologies on the Semantic Web. They can be used in combination with ontologies, or as a means to specify ontologies. In these settings, rules can be used either in conjunction with or as an alternative to description logics. Rules are also frequently applied over ontologies, to draw inferences, express constraints, specify policies, react to events, discover new knowledge, transform data, etc. Rule markup languages enrich Web ontologies by supporting publishing rules on the Web, exchange rules between different systems and tools, share guidelines and policies, merge and maintain rulebases, and more.

   Earlier Conferences

   Meeting format

The RuleML-2006 Conference is aimed to be the premiere scientific forum for exchanging ideas on all aspects of rules for the Semantic Web. It follows on the heels of three successful workshops on the topic, in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and the first RuleML conference that took place in 2005. Like its precursors, RuleML-2006 will be held in collaboration with the International Semantic Web Conference and will be co-located with it. The RuleML-2006 Conference will consist of both an academic track and an industry track.

  • Academic Track: Papers submitted to the academic track are expected to focus on research related to the development and advancement of rule formalisms for the Semantic Web. The work reported should be of foundational or conceptual nature and will be judged according to the usual criteria of novelty, significance, technical quality, etc.
  • Industrial Track: The industrial track is designed to encourage participation from builders of rules engines and of practitioners who use rules for e-business, information integration, and other areas of the Semantic Web. It is not necessary for a Semantic Web rule engine to have been deployed, although preference will be given to systems that have adopted or are exploring the adoption of new rules technology such as SWRL, RuleML or hybrid approaches to using DL or Datalog with Semantic Technology. If systems have been deployed, preference will be given to papers that have determined and measured figures of merit.

   Topics of interest

We encourage submissions on all topics related to rules and rule markup languages for the Semantic Web, including (but not limiting to) the following:

  • Rule-based policies: their specification, execution, and management
  • Combining rules (including active rules) with ontologies
  • Reactive rules for the Semantic Web
  • Complex event processing
  • Event-driven/action rule languages and models
  • Semantic Rule Management
  • Extraction of rules from unstructured data sources
  • Semantics of rule frameworks, which interoperate with RDF and OWL
  • Rules and nonmonotonic reasoning
  • Querying the semantic Web with rules
  • Complexity of reasoning problems involving rules
  • Languages, including standards (RuleML, SWRL, Jess, N3, F-logic, etc.)
  • Execution models, rule engines, and environments
  • Implemented tools and systems for rules on the Semantic Web
  • Active rules for Semantic Web Services
  • Uncertainty and fuzziness in rule-based systems
  • Modeling of business rules and event-driven/active rules
  • Rule-based software agents and the Semantic Web
  • E-contracting and automated negotiations with rule-based declarative strategies
  • Connecting event-driven and reactive rules to legacy knowledge bases
  • Distributed rule bases
  • Rule base validation, verification and exception handling on the Semantic Web

   Submission Format

We invite articles of no more than 10 pages in length in IEEE two-column format describing original completed work, work in progress, or interesting problems or use cases. The page limit includes title, abstract, and all figures, and references. Submitted papers will be fully refereed based on the originality and significance of the ideas presented as well as on technical aspects. The proceedings will be published by IEEE.

Submissions should be made online in PDF format on the conference submission site, by 5 June 2006 midnight Hawaii time. Multiple submission is not allowed. Submissions should clearly indicate the appropriate track (academic or industrial).

Camera-ready versions of articles should be formatted according to the IEEE PDF specifications.

   Important Dates
passed -- Deadline for abstracts. (passed)
passed -- Deadline for paper submissions. (passed)
passed -- Notification of acceptance. (passed)
passed -- Final version of paper (camera-ready) due.
passed -- Early registration deadline for conference authors.
10-11 November 2006 -- RuleML-2006.

   Conference Organizers

Program Co-Chairs

Academic track

  • Thomas Eiter, Technical University, Vienna, Austria
  • Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Industrial track

  • Susie Stephens, Oracle, USA
  • Ralph Hodgson, TopQuadrant, Inc., USA

Conference General Chair

  • Michael Kifer, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

Conference Publicity Chair

  • Jos de Bruijn, DERI Innsbruck, Austria

   Steering Committee
  • Asaf Adi, IBM, Israel
  • Grigoris Antoniou, University of Crete, FORTH, Greece
  • Harold Boley, National Research Council and University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • Benjamin Grosof, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA
  • Dieter Fensel, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Ireland and Austria
  • Michael Kifer, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Steve Ross-Talbot, Pi4 Technologies, USA
  • Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens
  • Suzette Stoutenburg, The MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Said Tabet, RuleML Initiative and Macgregor Inc., USA
  • Gerd Wagner, Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany

   Program Committee

Academic track

  • Jose Alferes, University Nova Lisbon, Portugal
  • Chitta Baral, Arizona State University, USA
  • Leo Bertossi, Carleton University, Canada
  • Jos de Bruijn, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
  • Andrea Cali, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Tran Cao Son, University of New Mexico, USA
  • Carlos Damasio, Universtiy Nova Lisboa, Portugal
  • Juergen Dix, TU Clausthal, Germany
  • Guido Governatori, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Pascal Hitzler, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Giovambattista Ianni, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Georg Lausen, Freiburg University, Germany
  • Nicola Leone, University of Calabria, Italy
  • Thomas Lukasiewicz, University Roma La Sapienza, Italy
  • Jan Maluszynski, Linkoping University, Sweden
  • Massimo Marchiori, University of Venice, Italy
  • Alberto Martelli, University of Torino, Italy
  • Wolfgang May, University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Boris Motik, University of Manchester, UK
  • Marie-Laure Mugnier, LIRMM, France
  • Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S, Germany
  • Axel Polleres, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
  • Riccardo Rosati, University Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
  • Marie-Christine Rousset, University of Grenoble, France
  • Ulrike Sattler, University of Manchester, UK
  • Sebastian Schaffert, Salzburg Research, Austria
  • Michael Sintek, DFKI, Germany
  • Umberto Straccia, CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • VS Subrahmanian, University of Maryland, USA
  • Terrance Swift, XSB, Inc., USA
  • Hans Tompits, TU Vienna, Austria
  • Dirk Vermeir, University of Brussels, Belgium
  • Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia
  • Guizhen Yang, SRI, USA

Industrial track

  • Alain Leger, France Telecom, France
  • Allen Ginsberg, Mitre, US
  • Bill Andersen, Ontology Works, US
  • Christian de Sainte Marie, ILOG, France
  • Christine Golbreich, University Rennes, France
  • Con Kenney, US FAA Agency, US
  • Eric Neumann, Teranode, US
  • Harold Solbrig, Mayo Clinic, US
  • Jeff Pollock, Cerebra, US
  • Jos De Roo, AGFA, Belgium
  • Juergen Angele, Ontoprise, Germany
  • Leo Obrst, Mitre, US
  • Michael Bodkin, Lockheed Martin, US
  • Ora Lassila, Nokia, US
  • Parsa Mirhaji, University of Texas Medical Center, US
  • Ralph Traphoener, Empolis, Germany
  • Ruediger Klein, Daimer-Chrysler, Germany
  • Sidney Bailin, Knowledge Evolution, US
  • Silvie Spreeuwenberg, LibRT, The Netherlands
  • Yaser Bishr, Image Matters, US