[open-science] [CfP] EKAW2016 - Last call for research, in-use and position papers

Andrea Nuzzolese ekaw2016 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 12:59:36 UTC 2016

Apologies for cross-posting.


20th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge
Management (EKAW 2016)

19-23 November 2016, Bologna, Italy
Abstract submission: July 8, 2016
Paper submission: July 15, 2016

Web site: http://ekaw2016.cs.unibo.it/?q=callforpapers

The 20th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge
Management is concerned with the impact of time and space on the
representation of knowledge. Knowledge engineering has mostly been about
creating static, universal representations. Yet the world is rarely static:
everything changes, including the models, and real world systems need to
evolve along with the surrounding world. Also, what makes some
representations valid in some contexts may make them invalid elsewhere
(e.g., jurisdiction for laws).

The special focus of this year's EKAW is "evolving knowledge", which
concerns all aspects of the management and acquisition of knowledge
representations of evolving, contextual, and local models. This includes
change management, trend detection, model evolution, streaming data and
stream reasoning, event processing, time-and space dependent models,
contextual and local knowledge representations, etc.

EKAW 2016 will put a special emphasis on the evolvability and localization
of knowledge and the correct usage of these limits.


The proceedings of the research and in-use track will be published by
Springer Verlag in the LNCS series.
The authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit an extended
version of their manuscript to a special issue of the Semantic Web Journal
by IOS Press.


Research and in-use papers are eligible for the Bob Wielinga Best Paper
Award (http://ekaw2016.cs.unibo.it/?q=awards) sponsored by Springer Nature
that will award a prize of 1,000 euros to the best paper of the main track.


EKAW 2016 welcomes papers dealing with theoretical, methodological,
experimental, and application-oriented aspects of knowledge engineering and
knowledge management.
In particular, but not exclusively, we solicit papers about methods, tools
and methodologies relevant with regard to the following topics:

    - Knowledge in evolving and local contexts
        - Model evolution
            - Ontology evolution
            - Ontology debugging
            - Ontology change management and versioning
            - Ontology usage trends
        - Methods and methodologies for time awareness
       - Modelling of time-indexed knowledge
       - Ontology design patterns for time-indexed knowledge
       - Reasoning over time-indexed knowledge
       - Stream processing and stream reasoning
       - Event processing
        - Methods and methodologies for context awareness
            - Modelling of contextualised knowledge
            - Ontology design patterns for representing context
            - Reasoning with context
            - Context-aware knowledge-based applications
        - Lessons learned from case studies
            - Knowledge management in large organisations
            - Adoption of semantic web technologies
            - Maintenance of corporate knowledge repositories
        - Applications in specific domains domains such as
            - eGovernment and public administration
            - Life sciences, health and medicine
            - Humanities and Social Sciences
            - Automotive and manufacturing industry
            - Cultural heritage
            - Digital libraries
            - Geosciences
            - ICT4D (Knowledge in the developing world)
    - Knowledge Management
   - Methodologies and tools for knowledge management
   - Knowledge sharing and distribution, collaboration
   - Best practices and lessons learned from case studies
   - Provenance and trust in knowledge management
   - Methods for accelerating take-up of knowledge management technologies
   - Corporate memories for knowledge management
   - Evolution, maintenance and preservation of knowledge
   - Web 2.0 technologies for knowledge management
   - Incentives for human knowledge acquisition (e.g. games with a purpose)
- Knowledge Engineering and Acquisition
   - Tools and methodologies for ontology engineering
   - Ontology design patterns
   - Ontology localisation
   - Ontology alignment
   - Knowledge authoring and semantic annotation
   - Knowledge acquisition from non-ontological resources (thesauri,
folksonomies etc.)
   - Semi-automatic knowledge acquisition, e.g., ontology learning
   - Mining the Semantic Web and the Web of Data
   - Ontology evaluation and metrics
   - Uncertainty and vagueness in knowledge representation
   - Dealing with dynamic, distributed and emerging knowledge
- Social and Cognitive Aspects of Knowledge Representation
   - Similarity and analogy-based reasoning
   - Knowledge representation inspired by cognitive science
   - Synergies between humans and machines
   - Knowledge emerging from user interaction and networks
   - Knowledge ecosystems
   - Expert finding, e.g., by social network analysis
   - Trust and privacy in knowledge representation
   - Collaborative and social approaches to knowledge management and
   - Crowdsourcing in knowledge management


We will accept different types of papers. The papers will all have the same
status and follow the same formatting guidelines in the proceedings but
will receive special treatment during the reviewing phase. In particular,
each paper type will be subject to its own evaluation criteria. The
Programme Committee will also make sure that there is a reasonable balance
of the paper types accepted. At submission time the paper has to be clearly
identified as belonging to one of the following categories.

    - Research papers: These are "standard" papers presenting a novel
method, technique or analysis with appropriate empirical or other types of
evaluation as a proof-of concept. The main evaluation criteria here will be
originality, technical soundness and validation.
    - In-use papers: Here we are expecting papers describing applications
of knowledge management and engineering in real environments. Applications
need to address a sufficiently interesting and challenging problem on
real-world datasets, involving many users etc. The focus is less on the
originality of the approach and more on presenting systems that solve a
significant problem while addressing the particular challenges that come
with the use of real-world data. Evaluations are essential for this type of
paper and should involve a representative subset of the actual users of the
    - Position papers: We invite researchers to also publish position
papers, which describe novel and innovative ideas. Position papers may also
comprise an analysis of currently unsolved problems, or review these
problems from a new perspective, in order contribute to a better
understanding of these problems in the research community. We expect that
such papers will guide future research by highlighting critical
assumptions, motivating the difficulty of a certain problem or explaining
why current techniques are not sufficient, possibly corroborated by
quantitative and qualitative arguments.


    - Abstract deadline: July 8, 2016
    - Submission deadline: July 15, 2016
    - Notification of acceptance: September 8, 2016
    - Camera-ready paper: September 26, 2016
    - Conference days: November 19-23, 2016


Pre-submission of abstracts is a strict requirement. All papers and
abstracts have to be submitted electronically via
All submissions for research, in-use and position papers must be in
English, and no longer than 15 pages. Papers that exceed this limit will be
rejected without review.
Submissions must be either in PDF or in HTML, formatted in the style of the
Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).
For details on the LNCS style, see Springer's Author Instructions (
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). For details
on the HTML format, see the HTML submission guide (


General chair
    - Paolo Ciancarini (University of Bologna, Italy)

Program chairs
    - Eva Blomqvist (Linköping University, Sweden)
    - Fabio Vitali (University of Bologna, Italy)
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