Workshop on Semantics for Web Services (SemWS6) (SemWS'06)

Venue: Zurich

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Event Date/Time: Dec 04, 2006 End Date/Time: Dec 06, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Oct 20, 2006
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Workshop on Semantics for Web Services (SemWS'06)
in conjunction with 4th European Conference on Web Services (ECOWS'06),
4-6 December 2006, Zurich, Switzerland.

Workshop Theme

Semantic Web and Web Services have been envisioned as Semantic Web Services for dynamic discovery, selection, composition, negotiation and invocation of Web Services. Significant work has already been done in this decade to apply Semantic Web technologies for Web Services and a large body of relevant work exists from earlier decades, in fields such as formal languages, knowledge representation, planning, agent-based systems and artificial intelligence. Nevertheless many difficult research challenges remain, and much work is needed to adapt relevant existing technologies to the context of Web services and the Semantic Web, and to prepare the more mature models, languages, capabilities and architectures for widespread deployment.

This workshop under the umbrella of the ECOWS conference as being on of the premier conferences for both researchers and practitioners to exchange the latest advances in the state of the art and practices of Web Services, aims to cover the semantic aspects for Web Services. This workshop will provide a forum to focus on technical challenges for applying Semantic Web technologies to Web Services (i.e. Semantic Web Services), provide guidance to early adopters of Semantic Web Services technology, particularly in the business community and facilitate the formation of new communities of Semantic Web Services users.

Workshop Topics (include following, but not limited to)

• Semantics with W3C Web services technologies
• Semantics-enabled services designs
• Semantic Web technologies in Web services discovery, composition, ...
• Mapping Web Services technologies to Semantic Web
• Web services and agent technologies
• Semantic Web and agent technologies for Web Services
• OWL-S, WSMO, WSDL-S based systems
• Ontologies for modeling (semantic) Web services
• Formal languages for describing (semantic) Web services
• Quality of services (QoS) in Web Services
• Advertising, discovery, matchmaking, selection, and brokering of (semantic) Web services
• Semantic Web Services architectures, tools, middleware
• Security and privacy for (semantic) Web services
• Use cases for using semantics in Web Services

Submission guidelines

Papers are solicited for any of the topics of interest listed above but not limited to. We invite contributions of different kinds. We solicit papers or reports on account of experiences of Semantic technologies to Web Services:

• Completed work
• Description of current work and work in progress
• Discussion papers comparing different past work and experiences

In addition, we invite people wishing to participate in the workshop to submit a short position paper concerning statements of interest. Spaces will be limited and those who have submitted a paper will be given priority for registration. Both types of papers will provide the framework for the discussions during the workshop. Papers must be written in English Language.

Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two members of the program committee, and selected on the basis of their relevance and originality. Both regular papers and position papers should be formatted according to the official formatting guidelines of the ECOWS 2006 main conference. Regular papers should not exceed 8 pages, short papers should not exceed 4 pages, while position statements should not exceed 2 pages.

Papers should be submitted preferably in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) through online submission system which can be accessed at

Workshop Dates

Deadline for submissions: 20th October 2006 (Hard deadline)
Notifications to Authors: 10th November 2006
Camera-ready Submission: 15th November 2006
Workshop date: 4th December 2006

Organizing Committee

Omair Shafiq, DERI University of Innsbruck, Austria
Sung-kok Han, DERI Seoul National University, Korea
David W. Embley, Brigham Young University, USA

Program Committee (being extended)

Jens Hartmann, Univ. Karlsruhe, Germany
Michal Zaremba, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Dieter Fensel, DERI University of Innsbruck, Austria
Harvey Newman, California Institute of Technology, USA
Peter Mika, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Naohiko Uramoto, IBM Research, Japan
Hiroki Suguri, Communication Technologies, Japan
Kavitha Srinivas, IBM Research, USA
Yue Pan, IBM Research, China
Oscar Corcho, University of Manchester, UK
Fausto Giunchiglia, University of Trento, Italy
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Yuxiao Zhao, Linköping University, Sweden
Ying Ding, DERI University of Innsbruck, Austria
Hans Akkermans, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stuart Aitken, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ozelin Lopez, iSOCO, Spain
Stijn Heymans, DERI, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Paulo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy
Bebo White, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, USA
Yihong Ding, Brigham Young University, USA
Joost Breuker, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For any further information, details and questions about the workshop, please contact Omair Shafiq (