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November 2008

International Symposium on Web Rules, Languages and Applications (RuleML-2009)

2008-11-25 20:07

Nov 5-7, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The International RuleML Symposium on Web Rules, Languages and Applications (RuleML-2009) is devoted to practical distributed rule technologies and rule-based applications which need language standards for rules operating in the context of, e.g., the Semantic Web, Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems, Event-Driven Architectures and Service-Oriented Computing Applications.

RuleML-2009 is co-located with the 12th International Business Rules Forum, the premier industry conference on business rules.

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Co-Organized by Corporate Semantic Web

Intl. Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS)

2008-11-23 00:05

November 28, 2008, e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Semantic Web technologies, tools and applications are starting to emerge in Life Sciences. In recent years, systems have been introduced and an increasing interest among researchers is arising. This workshop will provide a venue to present and discuss benefits and limits of the adoption of these technologies and tools in biomedical informatics and computational biology. It will showcase experiences, information resources, tools development and applications. It will bring together researchers, both developers and users, from the various fields of Biology, Bioinformatics and Computer Science, to discuss goals, current limits and some real use cases for Semantic Web technologies in Life Sciences.

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Call for Papers for Special Issue of IEEE TKDE

2008-11-14 18:58

Call for Papers

Rule Representation, Interchange and Reasoning in Distributed, Heterogeneous Environments

Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

Guest Editors: N. Bassiliades, G. Governatori, A. Paschke, J. Dix



In recent years rule based technologies have enjoyed remarkable adoption in two areas: (1) Business Rule Processing and (2) Web-Centered Reasoning. The first trend is caused by the software development life cycle, which needs to be accelerated at reduced cost. The second trend is related to the Semantic Web and Service-oriented technologies, which aim to turn the Web into a huge repository of cross-referenced, machine-understandable data and processes. For both trends, rules can be used to extract, derive, transform, and integrate information in a platform-independent manner. While early rule engines and environments were complex, expensive to maintain, and not very user friendly, the current generation of rule technology provides enhanced usability, scalability and performance, and is less costly. A general advantage of using rules is that they are usually represented in a platform independent manner, often using XML. This fits well into today’s distributed, heterogeneous Web-based system environments. Rules represented in standardized Web formats can be discovered, interchanged and invoked at runtime within and across Web systems, and can be interpreted and executed on any platform.

This special issue solicits state-of-the-art approaches, solutions and applications in the area of Rule Representation, Reasoning and Interchange in the context of distributed, (partially) open, heterogeneous environments, such as the Semantic Web, Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems, Event-Driven Architectures and Service-Oriented Computing. We strongly advise that solicited contributions should clearly identify the target class of applications they enable.


Original contributions, not currently under review or accepted by another journal, are solicited in relevant areas including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Rule Representation and Languages
    • Rule languages for exchanging and processing information through the web
    • Representation and meta-annotation of rules and rule sets for publication and interchange
    • Event-driven/action rule languages and models
    • Rule-based event processing languages and rule-based complex event processing
    • Modeling of executable rule specifications and tool support
    • Natural-language processing of rules
    • Graphical processing, modelling and rendering of rules
    • Rules in web 2.0, web 3.0, semantic web technologies and web intelligence research
  • Reasoning and Rule Engines
    • Execution models, rule engines, and environments
    • Rule-based (multi-valued) reasoning with and representing uncertain and fuzzy information
    • Rule-based reasoning with non-monotonic negation, modalities, deontic, temporal, priority, scoped or other rule qualifications
    • Rule-based default reasoning with default logic, defeasible logic, and answer set programming
    • Compilation vs. interpretation approaches of rules
    • Hybrid rule systems
  • Rule Interchange and Integration
    • Interchange and refactoring of rule bases in heterogeneous execution environments
    • Rule-based agility and its role in middleware
    • Communication between rule based systems using interchange formats and processing / communication middleware
    • Information integration of external data and domain knowledge into rules
    • Homogeneous and heterogeneous integration of rules and ontologies
    • Extraction and reengineering of platform-independent, interchangeable rules and rule models from existing platform-specific resources
    • Rule interchange standards and related industry interchange formats
    • Incorporation of rule technology into distributed enterprise application architectures
    • Interoperation between different rule formats and ontological domain conceptualization
    • Translation of interchangeable and domain-independent rule formats and rule models into executable technical rule specifications
  • Rule Engineering and Repositories
    • Verification and validation of interchanged rule bases in heterogeneous execution environments
    • Practical solutions tackling the real-world software engineering requirements of rule-based systems in open, distributed environments
    • Collaborative authoring, modeling and engineering of rule specifications and rule repositories
    • Management and maintenance of distributed rule bases and rule repositories during their lifecycle
  • Web Rule Applications
    • Applications and integration of rules in web standards
    • Applications of rules in the semantic web and pragmatic web
    • Applications based on (semantic) web rule standardization or standards-proposing efforts
    • Applications of rules in e.g. legal reasoning, compliance rules, security, IT government, security, risk management, trust and proof reasoning, etc.
    • E-contracting and automated negotiations with rule-based declarative strategies
    • Specification, execution and management of rule-based policies and electronic contracts
    • Rule-based software agents and (web) services
    • Theoretical and/or empirical evaluation of rule-based system performance and scalability

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Information for Authors as published in recent issues of the journal or at http://www.computer.org/tkde/. Note that mandatory over-length page charges and color charges will apply. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online IEEE manuscript submission system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cs-ieee.

Tentative Schedule

Deadline for paper submission:
  March 1, 2009
Completion of first review:
  June 19, 2009
Minor/Major revision due:
  August 21, 2009
Final decision notification:
  November 6, 2009
Publication materials due:
  December 4, 2009
Publication date (tentative):
  July 2010

Guest Editors

Nick Bassiliades
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
nbassili AT csd.auth.gr

Guido Governatori
NICTA, Australia
guido.governatori AT nicta.com.au

Adrian Paschke
Free University Berlin, Germany
paschke AT inf.fu-berlin.de

Jürgen Dix
Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
dix AT tu-clausthal.de


2008-11-13 21:48

Workshop at ServiceWave 2008

ServiceWave 2008

"Future of the Internet of Services”

December 10th - 13th 2008, Madrid, Spain



Workshop, 13th of December 2008

Event-Driven Business Process Management”



Rainer v. Ammon (CITT Germany), Adrian Paschke (FU Berlin), Nenad Stojanovic (FZI Germany), Pedro Bizarro (Uni Coimbra), Opher Etzion (IBM Haifa), Erik van de Ven (Cordys The Netherlands),  Christian Wolff  (Uni Regensburg)



The recently coined term «Event-Driven Business Process Management» (EDBPM) is nowadays an enhancement of BPM by new concepts of Service Oriented Architecture, Event Driven Architecture, Software as a Service, Business Activity Monitoring and Complex Event Processing. The most important enhancement is the integration of services in the internet which fire events into event streams respectively event clouds. The events can be processed by a CEP platform to a complex business level event which can be modelled in a BPEL process driven by a BPMS. This way, processes will be able to change their control flow dynamically and very flexibly according to enterprise internal or external internet services. For this aim the BPEL-standard has to be enhanced by integrating not only simple single, process external events but also complex events. The workshop present a reference model for EDBPM and use cases for different domains like banking, insurance, automotive, logistics, retail, entertainment etc.



1.        Event-Driven Business Process Management: Reference Model, Architecture, Business Processes as Services, Domain Specific Reference Models for Event Patterns
- Presentation -
Rainer v. Ammon (CITT Regensburg), Nenad Stojanovic (FZI Karlsruhe)
20 min

2.        Semantic Business Process Management
- Presentation -
Adrian Paschke (Corporate Semantic Web, Free University Berlin)
20 min

3.        The Credit Fabric “easyCredit” as a Set of Services for more than 1000 Banks and Thousands of Costumers per Day: Concept of ED-BPM and Real-Time BAM
- Demonstration of development and presentation of the running system -
Torsten Greiner, Juraj Dollinger (TeamBank Nürnberg),
Jürgen Krämer, Christoph Heinz, Bernhard Seeger (RTM Marburg), Thomas Ertlmaier (CITT)
20 min

4.        ED-BPM in the Retail-Domain: Fraud Management and Notification Event Architecture for Retail (NEAR) Standard and First Experiences with Point of Sales/Point of Services at Wincor Nixdorf
- Panel / Presenations -
Thomas Paulus (CITT Regensburg), Roger Zacharias, Hendrik Scheider (Wincor Nixdorf Paderborn), Christian Wolff (University of Regensburg Germany)
20 min

5.        ED-BPM in the Logistics Domain: The Use Cases “Shipment”, “Claim” and “Investigation” at Deutsche Post/DHL and NEAL(ogistics) as a similar standard like NEAR?
- Panel / Presentations -
Christoph Emmersberger, Florian Springer (Senacor), Alexander Scherdin (Deutsche Post), Christian Wolff (University of Regensburg Germany)
20 min

6.        ED-BPM in the Automotive Domain: Next Generation Navigation System and Value-Added Internet Services
- Demonstration of development and presentation of the running system -
 Thomas Paulus, Thomas Ertlmaier (CITT)
20 min

7.        ED-BPM and Fraud Detection in the Insurance- and Banking Domain
- Panel. demonstration of development and presentation of the running system -
Gerit Hagemann/Falk Lehmann/Dirk Schönfeld (Metafinanz München), Torsten Greiner (Teambank Nürnberg), Alexander Widder (Simplefact AG Nürnberg), Jürgen Krämer, Christoph Heinz, Bernhard Seeger (RTM Marburg)
20 min

8.        ED-BPM and SOX/Risk Management
- Panel / Presentations -
Elke Jung (HVB/Unicredit), Florian Springer (Senacor),
Jürgen Krämer, Christoph Heinz, Bernhard Seeger (RTM)
20 min

9.        Conclusion: future steps in current running and imminent projects


We are hiring - open PhD position at Corporate Semantic Web

2008-11-01 17:33

The Corporate Semantic Web Group (AG CSW) at the Free University Berlin (http://www.fu-berlin.de/), one of the Excellence Universities in Germany, is looking for an excellent PhD candidate to work as a researcher in the prospective BMBF funded project Corporate Semantic Web (http://www.corporate-semantic-web.de).

Corporate Semantic Web (CSW) aims to establish economically beneficial adoption of Semantic Web technologies in corporate environments. The objective of CSW is to integrate all the required pieces of knowledge and technologies, including modern Web-technologies and enterprise service technologies, corporate information systems, semantic business process management, corporate Semantic Web, ontology engineering, semantic search and collaborative applications.

The successful candidate will join an internationally renowned research group working on a cutting edge research problem in an attractive and stimulating environment within one of Germans top universities and computer science departments; she/he will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the group's activities, including publishing at and attending international conferences and workshops. The candidate should have:

* a Master's degree in Mathematics, Computer Science or Information Systems
* a strong background/interest in Semantic Web (rules, ontologies) and its applications
* a background/interest in other Knowledge Representation paradigms such as logic programming
* a background/interest in Semantic Business Process Management, Service Oriented Architecture, Complex Event Processing
* a willingness to travel to project meetings and to work on project deliverables
* a willingness to work in an international team
* good proficiency in English

The post is available immediately and is a fixed term appointment for three years until January 2011. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary (BAT IIa). The research in this project must be concluded with the attainment of a PhD degree in Computer Sciences.

We encourage interested candidates to send their curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation, a list of publications, and digital versions of three of their most relevant work, as well as electronic copies of the certificates of all academic qualifications held, to

Prof. Dr. Adrian Paschke   paschke@inf.fu-berlin.de

quoting the reference *Pos CSW*.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 20th January 2009. The review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled.

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This work has been partially supported by the  InnoProfile-Corporate Semantic Web project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the BMBF Innovation Initiative for the New German Länder - Entrepreneurial Regions.
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