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The 3rd Canadian Semantic Web Symposium (CSWS2011)

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 5, 2011 
Online registration is closed. Onsite registration 8:00am, August 5
Program Schedule
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Paper Submission

All papers will be published in an online workshop proceedings with CEUR.
Extended versions will be solicited after the workshop for submission
to a journal special issue. Full details will be posted at a later date.

Keynote speaker 1: Harold Boley
Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council Canada

Keynote speaker 2: Dragan Gašević
Canada Research Chair in Semantic Technologies

Keynote speaker 3: Dr. Csaba Huszka
AGFA HealthCare

The Third Canadian Semantic Web Symposium, will be held in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (Aug 5, 2011).

As a follow-up to the previous symposia (CSWWS 2006 and CSWWS 2009), CSWS 2011 aims at bringing together Canadian and international researchers in semantic technologies and knowledge management to discuss about various issues related to the Semantic Web.

The Third Canadian Semantic Web Symposium 2011 calls for papers in all topics related to semantic web technologies and their applications. The following are some example topics:

  • Languages, tools and methodologies for the Semantic Web
  • The application of AI technologies in the Semantic Web
  • Searching, querying, visualizing and interpreting the Semantic Web
  • Semantic Web-based Knowledge Management;
  • Semantic Grid and semantic Grid services
  • Trust, privacy, security on the Semantic Web;
  • Ontology design, evolution and management
  • Ontology mapping and merging
  • Semantic Web and uncertainty
  • Description logics and frame logics as ontology formalisms
  • Modular, distributed, and multi-ontologies
  • Semantic Web technologies for collaboration and cooperation
  • Semantic Web Services (description, discovery, invocation, composition)
  • Semantic Web and databases
  • Practical applications of Semantic Web techniques in e-business, e-commerce, e-government and e-learning
  • Semantic Web rule languages and engines
  • Social Semantic Web (Web 3.0)

CSWS 2011 will feature two tracks: a Research and a Work-in-Progress track. The objective of the research track is to solicit original papers that present accomplished research on the area of the Semantic Web. The Work-in-Progress track aims at providing an opportunity for practitioners to present their on-going research on principles and applications of the Semantic Web, even when implementation or deployment has not been completed.

Accepted submissions will be published in the symposium Proceeding.

Authors are invited to submit full papers in PDF, Postscript or MS-Word RTF electronically. All papers must be written in English. Research papers can be up to 12 pages in length and Work-In-Progress papers can be up to 6 pages. Papers must be formatted according to Springer's LNCS style. Please follow the instructions for authors at Springer's site for authors. To submit papers, please follow visit Papers that are not submitted through the automatic procedure cannot be reviewed.

Keynote Speaker: Harold Boley

Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council Canada

Dr. Harold Boley is adjunct professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick, and Leader of the Semantic Web Laboratory at the National Research Council Canada, Institute for Information Technology. His specification of Web rules through RuleML has found broad uptake. It has been combined with OWL to SWRL and become the main input to the W3C Recommendation RIF. His work on Rule Responder has enabled deployed distributed applications for the Social Semantic Web.

The Social Semantic Subweb of Virtual Patient Support Groups

Patients increasingly interact in support groups, which provide shared information and experiences about diseases, treatments, etc. Much of this interaction is mediated by the Social Web, allowing world-wide reach but lacking in semantic precision. We present an online prototype, PatientSupporter, to create a Social Semantic Subweb that will facilitate high-precision networking between patients based on ontologies and rules. PatientSupporter is an instantiation of Rule Responder that permits each patient to query other patients' profiles for finding or initiating a matching group. Rule Responder's External Agent (EA) is a Web-based patient-organization interface that passes queries to the Organizational Agent (OA). The OA represents the shared knowledge of the virtual patient organization, delegates queries to relevant Personal Agents (PAs) via a responsibility ontology, and hands checked PA answers back to the EA. Each PA represents the medical subarea of primary interest to an associated patient group. The PA assists its patients by advertising their interest profiles, employing rules about diseases and treatments as well as interaction constraints such as time, location, age range, gender, and number of participants. Profiles can be distributed across different rule engines using different rule languages (e.g., Prolog and N3), where rules, queries, and answers are interchanged via translation to and from RuleML/XML. We discuss the implementation of PatientSupporter in a use case of sports injuries structured by a part-whole ontology of affected body parts.

Keynote Speaker: Dragan Gašević

Canada Research Chair in Semantic Technologies
Associate Professor
School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University

Dragan Gašević ( is a Canada Research Chair in Semantic Technologies and an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, IBM CAS Faculty Fellow, and an associated research member of the GOOD OLD AI Research Network at the University of Belgrade. His research interests include semantic technologies, software language engineering, technology-enhanced learning, and service-oriented architectures. Being a principal investigator in several national and international research projects, he is a recipient of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures' 2008 New Faculty Award for his research on families of semantically-enhanced business processes and service-oriented systems. Being a (co-)author of numerous research papers and often keynote speaker, he is the lead author of the book monograph Model Driven Engineering and Ontology Development published in two editions by Springer in 2006 and 2009. Being committed to the development of international research community and the concept of cross-community engineering, Dragan has (co-)founded several new events (e.g., SLE and LAK), has served as a chair and member of numerous steering and program committees, and edited several journal special issues and books.

Evidence-based Semantic Web: Just a Dream or the Way to Go?

The Semantic Web vision emerged with a promise to collect and interlink semantically relevant data from diverse sources in order to to achieve a full potential of the Web. After more than a decade of diligent research, it is the time to start summing up what has been accomplished and how mature Semantic Web research is, so that plans for the future can be charted. One of the key trails of a mature discipline is to have well-designed research methods allowing researchers to establish evidence about the effectiveness of the research ideas. It is equally important to to have knowledge translation methods that allow for transferring the established evidence to decision makers in practice. In this talk, we will first share some experience and challenges in conducting experiments in the area of the Semantic Web. We will next discuss findings of systematic reviews conducted to estimate the level of quality of the existing research results based on the criteria well-known in medical research and recently adopted in empirical software engineering. We will conclude the talk by discussing the importance and potential milestones for the Semantic Web in order to become an evidence-based discipline (similar to medicine or education) capable of producing strong research evidence transferable to practice.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Csaba Huszka

AGFA HealthCare
Advanced Clinical Leader
Member of the Advanced Clinical Applications in Semantic Technologies R&D Team at AGFA HealthCare
Agfa HealthCare

Dr. Csaba Huszka is an Advanced Clinical Leader and member of the Advanced Clinical Applications in Semantic Technologies R&D Team at AGFA Healthcare (Belgium and Canada). He is a trained physician with dual background in computer science and medicine. His research interest includes semantic technologies on the fields of medicine and medical technologies, especially on medical models / reasoning and interoperability using the power of semantic tools. Recognizing its potentials, he is an active advocate of semantic solutions virtually in any fields of medicine. Exploiting his dual background, he often acts as a “bridge” between these disciplines. He often serves on projects’ consortia (EU) and participates in multiple international projects. He is a strong believer of a semantically-enhanced medical discipline.

The “Semantic What” ? Doctors’ reaction to an emerging discipline
A physician’s note to the technical guy.

The Semantic Web invasion of the medical field has begun, yet the profession still has a strong hold against this “invasive enemy”. The story begun long time ago, with the introduction of semantic web tools as potential candidates to solve problems in medicine. Based on the natural curiosity of medical professionals and the experimental nature of the field, with many unsolved challenges, it was a very easy battle to win. However as years passed by, it became evident that despite its promising potentials, even the Semantic Web may not be able to provide the ultimate solution for all the problems. Leaving a trail of numerous more or less successful projects, learning from the failures of the past, the Semantic Web did not give up and continued to emerge and mature within the realm of medicine. No wonder, that after the initial “fire” was out, physicians who once were believers became skeptic, while others never embraced the discipline. Often it went and still goes unacknowledged, unnoticed and even forgotten.

However, the future trend is evident and the Semantic Web is shaping rapidly. Therefore it is time to sum up our experiences and views focused on the topic “Semantic Web in Human Medicine”. In this talk, we will focus on the rise of the Semantic Web within the medical profession, highlighting key areas where benefit was or still is evident. Furthermore we will show some of the milestone projects with both positive and negative outcomes. To break with the “custom”, the presentation will be made from the viewpoint of a “believer” physician and not strictly from a technical point of view. In conclusion, we will share our own experiences conducting research and development in the field of the “medical” semantic web, also highlighting some of our “home-brewed” projects as classical examples.

Our aim is to demonstrate, that despite heavy criticism, skepticism and misconception, there is still light at the “end of the tunnel” and Semantic Web definitely has earned its place in the medical field.

Registration Fee:The cost per participant is $60
Event Location:Michael Smith Laboratories (Room 101). University of British Columbia - UBC. 2329 West Mall Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z4
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Accommodation: Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements:

Program Co-Chairs:
Christopher Baker, University of New Brunswick (Saint John)
Helen Chen, University of Waterloo

Organization Committee:
Ebrahim Bagheri, Athabasca University
Helen Chen, University of Waterloo
Weichang Du, University of New Brunswick

Program Committee:
Abdolreza AbhariRyerson University, Canada
Atif KhanUniversity of Waterloo, Canada
Alexandre Riazanov University of New Brunswick, Canada
Arash Shaban-NejadMcGill University, Canada
Babak EsfandiariCarleton University, Canada
Bruce SpencerNational Research Council Canada, Canada
Christopher BakerUniversity of New Brunswick, Canada
Dragan GaševićSimon Fraser University, Canada
Ebrahim BagheriAthabasca University, Canada
Faezeh EnsanUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
Fred PopowichSimon Fraser University, Canada
Hassan Ait-KaciIBM Canada, Canada
Helen ChenUniversity of Waterloo, Canada
Leo FerresUniversidad de Concepción, Chile
Marek HatalaSimon Fraser University, Canada
Marek ReformatUniversity of Alberta, Canada
Mark WilkinsonUniversity of British Columbia, Canada
Marina SokolovaUniversity of Ottawa, Canada
Michel DumontierCarleton University, Canada
René WitteConcordia University, Canada
Vio OnutIBM Canada, Canada
Volker HaarslevConcordia University, Canada
Weichang DuUniversity of New Brunswick, Canada
Weiming ShenNational Research Council, Canada
Yevgen BiletskiyUniversity of New Brunswick, Canada