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[PVS] CfP: Semantics for Big Data AAAI Fall Symposium 2013

Semantics for Big Data

AAAI 2013 Fall Symposium; Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia, November 15-17, 2013.


Description and Scope

One of the key challenges in making use of Big Data lies in finding ways of dealing with heterogeneity, diversity, and complexity of the data, while its volume and velocity forbid solutions available for smaller datasets as based, e.g., on manual curation or manual integration of data. Semantic Web Technologies are meant to deal with these issues, and indeed since the advent of Linked Data a few years ago, they have become central to mainstream Semantic Web research and development. We can easily understand Linked Data as being a part of the greater Big Data landscape, as many of the challenges are the same. The linking component of Linked Data, however, puts an additional focus on the integration and conflation of data across multiple sources.

Workshop Topics

In this symposium, we will explore the many opportunities and challenges arising from transferring and adapting Semantic Web Technologies to the Big Data quest. Topics of interest focus explicitly on the interplay of Semantics and Big Data, and include:

    the use of semantic metadata and ontologies for Big Data,
    the use of formal and informal semantics,
the integration and interplay of deductive (semantic) and statistical methods,
    methods to establish semantic interoperability between data sources
    ways of dealing with semantic heterogeneity,
    scalability of Semantic Web methods and tools, and
semantic approaches to the explication of requirements from eScience applications.

Workshop Format, Submissions, and Proceedings

The symposium will be highly interactive with spotlight presentations and small breakout groups interleaved with plenary sessions for reports on the breakout groups and for consolidation of results. To prime and channel discussions and group activities during the event, we call for the submission of position papers or extended abstracts of 2-4 pages, or of technical papers of 6-8 pages (in AAAI format). Please address questions to Pascal Hitzler at pascal.hitzler@xxxxxxxxxx.

Submissions shall be made through easychair at
by May 24th, 2013.

Important Dates

Submission due: May 24, 2013
Acceptance Notification: June 21, 2013
Camera-ready Copies: June 28, 2013
Symposium: November 15-17, 2013

Organizers  (in alphabetic order)

    Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    James A. Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, U.S.A.
    Pascal Hitzler, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, U.S.A.
    Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Programme Committee (incomplete)

Benjamin Adams, University of California, Santa Barbara
Isabel Cruz, University of Illinois at Chicago
Lise Getoor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Prateek Jain, IBM
Cliff Joslyn, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Curt Tilmes, NASA
Chaowei Yang, George Mason University
Thomas Wischgoll, Wright State University

Prof. Dr. Pascal Hitzler
Dept. of Computer Science, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
pascal@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx   http://www.knoesis.org/pascal/
Semantic Web Textbook: http://www.semantic-web-book.org
Semantic Web Journal: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net