Mobile Services and Ontologies Workshop (MoSO 2006)

Venue: Nara

Location: Nara, Japan

Event Date/Time: May 09, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 20, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Feb 20, 2006
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Mobile Services and Ontologies Workshop
(MoSO 2006)

at The 7th International Conference on Mobile Data Management

May 9, 2006, Nara, Japan


The theme of the workshop is the intersection of three major trends in today’s

* mobile computing becomes more and more important. Mobile portable
devices have outnumbered already traditional desktop computers and
will mould the view of computers future generations will have.
* service-oriented computing is viewed by many analysts as the computing
paradigm of the near future. It allows for the dynamic integration of
functionality provided by different parties.
* research on ontologies, in particular in connection with work on the
semantic web and semantic web services allows for machine understandable
description of functionality and for automatic interaction of devices without
the need for human involvement.

The proposed workshop investigates how mobile computing can benefit from
service-orientation and ontologies and vice versa. The vision is to extend the
typically rather limited capabilities of mobile devices by using services offered
by other devices, network providers or third parties. Adding ontologies to this
scenario allows this extension to be transparent to the human user.


Today, computers are changing from big, grey, and noisy things on our desks
to small, portable, and ever networked devices most of us are carrying around.
This new form of mobility imposes a shift in how we view computers and the
way we work with them. In developing countries like India and China ‘Mobile
Internet’ can become the only Internet a large portion of population will get
access to.

Services offer the possibility to overcome the limitations of individual mobile
devices by making functionality offered by others available to them on an
“as-needed” basis. Thus, using the service-oriented computing paradigm in
mobile environments will considerably enlarge the variety of accessible
applications and will enable new business opportunities in the mobile space
by delivering integrated functionalities across wireless networks. Network
hosted mobile services will allow mobile operators and third party mobile
services provider to extend their businesses by making their network services
available to a broader audience (e.g. developers, service providers, etc.); device
hosted service will allow great potential for big innovations for applications and
services that can be provided by individual mobile device owners.

These mobile services offer functionalities and behaviors that can be described,
advertised, discovered, and composed by others. Eventually, they will be able
to interoperate even though they have not been designed to work together. This
type of interoperability is based on the ability to understand other services and
reason about their functionalities and behaviors when necessary. In this respect,
mobile services can benefit from marrying the Semantic Web, which provides
the infrastructure for the extensive usage of distributed knowledge, to be
deployed for modeling services and add meaning, through ontologies, enabling
lightweight discovery and composition of mobile services. The ability to
appropriately combine mobility and semantic grounded data sharing has
generated and is continuously triggering challenging questions in several areas
of computer science, engineering and networking.

This workshop aims to tackle the research problems around methods, concepts,
models, languages and technologies that enable new opportunities in the mobile
space through adoption, usage, and integration of mobile services and ontologies.
Of particular interest are the methodologies and technologies that would allow
automatic tasks to be performed with respect to mobile services and the use of
ontologies in this context.

This proposed workshop aims to bring together researchers and industry
attendees addressing many of these issues, and promote and foster a greater
understanding of mobile service and ontologies and their potential in enabling
new business opportunities in the mobile space.


The following indicates the general focus of the workshop. However, related
contributions are welcome as well.

- architectures for mobile internet services
- languages for describing mobile services
- discovery and matchmaking of ontology based mobile services
- adaptive selection of mobile services
- ontology management in mobile environments
- contracting and negotiation with ontology-based mobile services (service
level agreements)
- approaches to composition of ontology based mobile services
- invocation, adaptive execution, monitoring, and management of mobile services
- interaction protocols and conversation models for mobile services
- ontology-based security and privacy issues in mobile services
- mobile service applications
- analysis and design approaches for mobile services
- reasoning with mobile services
- ontology-based policies for mobile services
- tools for discovery, matchmaking, selection, mediation, composition,
management, and monitoring of mobile services
- mobile service development
- multi agent systems and mobile services


The program will occupy a full day, and will include presentations of
papers selected from the full papers category (see 'submissions' below).

Please note that at least one author of each accepted submission must
attend the workshop. The MDM 2006 conference formalities are applied
for fees and respective organizational aspects. Submission of a paper
is not required for attendance at the workshop. However, in the event
that the workshop cannot accommodate all who would like to participate,
those who have submitted a paper (in any category) will be given
priority for registration.


Two categories of submissions are solicited:

(1) Full papers (up to 8 pages).
(2) Position papers (up to 2 pages).

All submissions should be formatted in the IEEE style. Formatting
instructions and LaTeX macros are available on the IEEE computer
society site:

LaTex macros:

Formatting instructions:

All the papers should be submitted in electronic format (pdf version) using
the following link:

Full papers will receive a peer-review. Position statements are intended
to present very early or planned future work that is regarded as relevant
to the workshop. Position statements are limited to 2 pages; position
statements will not receive a peer-review.

All accepted full papers as well as all position papers of attendees will be
published in post workshop proceedings in IEEE DL. Additionally, authors
of selected papers will have the opportunity to submit extended versions
of their papers for publication with a major publisher. For these extended
versions, an additional review will take place.


Submissions: February 20, 2006
Acceptance: March 20, 2006
Final copy: April 1, 2006
Workshop day: May 9, 2006


Christoph Bussler (DERI, Ireland)
Birgitta König-Ries (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)
Dumitru Roman (DERI Innsbruck, Austria)
Jari Veijalainen (University of Potsdam, Germany)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE (confirmed; to be extended)

Nelson Baloyian, University of Chile, Chile
Martin Bauer, NEC Europe, Germany
Sonia Ben Mokhtar, INRIA, France
Richard Benjamins, iSOCO, Spain
Yolande Berbers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Patricia Charlton, Motorola Labs, UK
John Domingue, Open University, UK
Dieter Fensel, DERI, Austria and Ireland
Fabien Gandon, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Walter Goix, Telecom Italia, Italy
Martin Hepp, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
Eero Hyvönen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Finland
Valérie Issarny, INRIA, France
Christian Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Qun Jin, Waseda University, Japan
Oskar Juhlin, Interactive Institute, Sweden
Michael Klein, Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
Werner Kuhn, University of Münster, Germany
Antonio Liotta, University of Essex, UK
Qusay H. Mahmoud, University of Guelph, Canada
Mitsuji Matsumoto, Waseda University, Japan
Vladimir Oleshchuk, Agder University College, Norway
Massimo Paolucci, DoCoMo Euro-Labs, Germany
Stefan Poslad, Queen Mary College, UK
Tore Risch, Uppsala University, Sweden
Brahmananda Sapkota, DERI, Ireland
Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Thomas Strang, DLR, Germany / DERI Innsbruck, Austria
Do van Thanh, Telenor, Norway
Vagan Terziyan, Univ. of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ioan Toma, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
Alexander Wahler, NIWA, Austria
Matthias Wagner, DoCoMo Euro-Labs, Germany
Mathias Weske, HPI, Univ. of Potsdam, Germany
Wai Gen Yee, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Yelena Yesha, University of Maryland, USA

Note: Check the workshop web site for frequent updates to the PC members list.