Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour 2010 Convention


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Workshop on Matching and Meaning 2010

Automated development, evolution and interpretation of ontologies.

March 31st - April 1st 2010, Leicester, UK

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The problem of semantic misalignment - of two (or more) systems failing to understand one another when their semantic representation is not identical - occurs in a huge variety of areas: the Semantic Web, databases, natural language processing; anywhere, indeed, where semantics are necessary but centralised control is undesirable or impractical.

The advantages of semantic fluidity clash with the communication difficulties this fluidity leads to. It is therefore essential to develop tools to facilitate automated development or evolution of ontologies as it becomes apparent that the existing representation is insufficient or inappropriate for the task at hand, and for interpreting the links between seemingly disparate ontologies.

These problems are often addressed offline, assuming that full information about all concerned ontologies is available. However, in highly dynamic domains, where interactions are between a large, diverse and evolving community, it is not practical to manually pre-align all concerned ontologies, and it is sometimes not possible to have complete access to all such ontologies. Such integration must be done dynamically and automatically.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the problems of automated development, evolution and interpretation of ontologies in the many different domains in which it occurs. We are primarily interested in the exchange of ideas and the stimulation of debate, and the workshop is intended to be a forum for researchers to present ongoing work and ideas and to engage in discussion with other researchers from the field. We are particularly interested in novel ideas and innovative research, which may be in its early stages, and encourage reports on work in progress.

Topics of interest include but not limited to:

  • Ontology evolution
  • Ontology matching and alignment
  • Ontology versioning
  • Representational or structural change
  • Formal aspects of ontology dynamics
  • Formalisation of and reasoning with contexts
  • Foundational issues
  • Social and collaborative matching
  • Background knowledge in matching
  • Extensions to ontology languages to better support change
  • Non-monotnic reasoning for ontologies and the Semantic Web
  • Inconsistency handling in evolving ontologies
  • Uncertainty in matching
  • Change propagation in ontologies and metadata
  • Ontologies for dynamic environments
  • Dynamic knowledge construction and exploitation
  • Matching for dynamic applications (e.g., p2p, agents, web-services)
  • Case studies, software tools, use cases, applications
  • Open problems

Submission Guidelines

We encourage the submission of extended abstracts of 2-5 pages that discuss ongoing research, problem descriptions and overviews of the domain. Accepted papers will be included in the AISB 2010 proceedings unless the authors prefer them not to be (for example, if the work is very similar to work presented elsewhere which they nevertheless feel it would be valuable to present in this context, or if the work is at a stage where discussion would be valuable but publication would be premature). Authors wishing their submissions to be included in the convention proceedings must follow the style guide on the convention website.

Submissions will be subject to light reviewing, mainly intended to check fit to workshop.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically in pdf format to by 15th January 2010. Notification of acceptance will be sent to the submitting author on 15th February 2010. Style files can be found on the AISB 2010 Submission website.


The workshop will take place at De Montfort University in Leicester, as part of the AISB 2010 Convention, on March 31st 2010. All workshop participants must be registered for the AISB 2010 Convention. Registration for this workshop is included in the convention registration fee. Details regarding registration can be found on the AISB 2010 Registration website.

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Important dates

Submission: Friday, 15th January 2010
Notification: Monday, 15th February 2010
Camera-ready Submission: Monday, 1 March 2010
Workshop: 31st March - 1st April 2010
AISB10 Convention: 29th March - 1st April 2010


Presentations: Authors of accepted abstracts will give presentations of their work; exact times to be decided.

Posters: If it is not possible to fit in presentations for all accepted authors, some may be asked to present posters instead. There will be a session of 5 minute poster talks.

Panel: The technical programme will end with a 90 minute panel discussion on a topic of mutual interest to be decided. Three speakers will speak for 10 minutes each with a brief to stimulate debate during the remaining 60 minutes. Discussion amongst all participants, rather than question-and-answering for the panel, will be strongly encouraged.



Michael Chan, University of Edinburgh, UK
Fiona McNeill, University of Edinburgh, UK

Program Committee:
Manuel Atencia Arcas, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
Paolo Besana, University of Edinburgh, UK
Alan Bundy, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jerome Euzenat, INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes, France
Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy
Adam Pease, Articulate Software, USA
Pavel Shvaiko, TasLab, Informatica Trentina, Italy


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