Call for Papers

2nd International Semantic Web Conference

Monday October 20 to Thursday October 23, 2003

Sundial Beach Resort, Sanibel –Captiva Islands, Florida, USA


The vision of the Semantic Web is to make web data machine processable, and rests on the premise that to do so we need to accommodate, somehow, the semantics of these data. Many technologies and methodologies are being developed within Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Software Engineering and Information Systems that can contribute towards the realization of this vision.  Among those are languages for semantic annotation of Web documents, ontologies, technologies and methodologies for building multi-agent systems, semantic interoperation of programs that have been developed totally independently, technologies and methodologies for describing, searching and composing Web Services, and more.


Following the success of the First International Semantic Web Conference held in Sardinia, Italy in 2002, the 2nd International Semantic Web Conference is announced for 2003. The conference will be co-located with K-CAP 2003: The Second International Conference on Knowledge Capture. Joint sessions of the two conferences will be planned so that participants can share papers and invited speakers of common interest.




ISWC2003 welcomes the submission of original research papers dealing with all aspects of the Semantic Web,  particularly those relating to the subject areas indicated by the topics below. We encourage theoretical, methodological, empirical and applications papers. In addition to those, we encourage the submission of papers relating to industrial efforts and experiences with Semantic Web projects. These papers will be presented in the Industrial Track and will be submitted to the Industrial Track Chair.


The conference also encourages the submission of proposals for workshops and tutorials, submission of posters as well as system demonstrations. Please see the Web site



Suggested topics include:

·                     Languages, Tools and Methodologies for Semantic Annotations of Web Data

·                     Ontologies (creation , merging, linking and reconciliation)

·                     Large Scale Knowledge Management

·                     Data Semantics

·                     Database Technologies for the Semantic Web

·                     Knowledge Portals

·                     Tools and Methodologies for Multi-Agent Software Systems

·                     Semantic Brokering

·                     Semantic Interoperability

·                     Semantic Web Mining

·                     Semantic Web Services (service description, discovery, invocation, composition)

·                     Semantic Web Inference Schemes

·                     Semantic Web Trust, Privacy, Security and Intellectual Property Rights

·                     Semantic Web for e-Business  and e-Learning

·                     Searching and Querying

·                     User Interfaces

·                     Visualization and modelling



General Chair: Dieter Fensel (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Program Chair: Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Program Co-Chair: John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada)

Tutorial Chair: Asun Gomez-Perez (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain)

Workshops Chairs:  Sheila McIlraith (Stanford University, USA) and Dimitris Plexousakis (University of Crete, Greece)

Industrial Track Chair: Christoph Bussler (Oracle, USA)

Poster Chair: Raphael Malyankar (Arizona State University, USA)

Finance Chair: Jerome Euzenat  (INRIA, Rhone-Alpes, France)

Publicity Chair: Mike Dean (BBN, USA)

Local Arrangements Chair: Jeff Bradshaw (University of West Florida, USA)

Sponsor Chairs: Ying Ding (University of Innsbruck, Austria) and Massimo Paolucci (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Demonstration Chair: Jeff Heflin (Lehigh University, USA)

Registration Chair: Atanas Kiryakov (Sirma AI, Ltd, Bulgaria)



Paolo Atzeni (Universita di Roma, Tre, Italy)

Sonia Bergamaschi (University of Modena, Italy)

Stefano Ceri (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Umesh Dayal (Hewlett-Packard, USA)

Stefan Decker (USC ISI, USA)

Oren Etzioni (University of Washington, USA)

Alon Halevy (University of Washington, USA)

Frank van Harmelen (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Masahiro Hori (Kansai University, Japan)

Ian Horrocks (University of Manchester, UK)

Vipul Kashyap (National Library of Medicine, USA)

Roger King (University of Colorado, USA)

Ora Lassila (Nokia, USA)

David Martin (SRI, USA)

Brian McBride (Hewlett-Packard, UK)

Robert Meersman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)

Peter Patel-Schneider (Lucent, USA)

Guus Schreiber (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Zbigniew Ras (University of North Carolina, USA)

Amit Sheth (University of Georgia, USA)

Rudi Studer (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Gerhard Weikum (University of Saarland, Germany)



Karl Aberer (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

Sudhir Agarwal (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Giuseppe Amato (ISTI-CNR, Italy)

Yuan An (University of Toronto, Canada)

Anjo Anjewierden (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Anupriya Ankolekar (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Budak Arpinar (University of Georgia, USA)

Andreas Becks (Fraunhofer Institute, Germany)

Domenico Beneventano (University of Modena, Italy)

Bettina Berendt (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)

Abraham Bernstein (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Keith Bessette (University of Connecticut, USA)

Harold Boley (National Research Council, Canada)

Alex Borgida (Rutgers University, USA)

Omar Boucelma (LSIS-CNRS, France)

Paolo Bouquet (University of Trento, Italy)

Paolo Bresciani (ITC-IRST, Italy)

Jeen Broekstra (Aidministrator, The Netherlands)

Mark Burstein (BBN, USA)

Jorge Cardoso (University of Madeira, Portugal)

Jeremy Carroll (Hewlett-Packard, UK)

Vassilis Christophides (ICS-FORTH, Greece)

Nigel Collier (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

Isabel Cruz (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

Susan Davidson (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Maarten de Rijke (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Jos De Roo (Agfa-Gevaert, The Netherlands)

Mike Dean (BBN, USA)

Steven Demurjian (University of Connecticut, USA)

Thuong Doan (University of Connecticut, USA)

Chris Dollin (Hewlett-Packard, UK)

Martin Dzbor (Open University, UK)

David Embley (Brigham Young University, USA)

Skevos Evripidou (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

Wenfei Fan (Bell Laboratories and Temple University, USA)

Richard Fikes (Stanford University, USA)

Tim Finin (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

Martin Frank (USC ISI, USA)

Jeremy Frumkin (University of Arizona, USA)

Norbert Fuchs (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Avigdor Gal (Technion, Israel)

Jonathan Gelati (University of Modena, Italy)

Yolanda Gil (USC ISI, USA)

Paolo Giorgini (University of Trento, Italy)

Carole Goble (University of Manchester, UK)

Benjamin Grosof (MIT, USA)

William Grosso (SDForum, USA)

Francesco Guerra (University of Modena, Italy)

Nicola Guarino (CNR, Italy)

Siegfried Handschuh (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Andreas Hotho (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Zachary Ives (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Anupam Joshi (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)

Gerti Kappel (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

Alfons Kemper (University of Passau, Germany)

Matthias Klusch (DFKI, Germany)

Manuel Kolp (University of Louvain, Belgium)

Donald Kossmann (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

Yannis Labrou (Fujitsu, USA)

Georg Lausen (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Alain Leger (France Telecom, France)

Chen Li (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Ling Liu (Georgia Tech, USA)

Bertram Ludaescher (University of California, San Diego, USA)

Robert MacGregor Manolescu (USC ISI, USA)

Ioana Manolescu (INRIA, France)

Ryusuke Masuoka (Fujitsu, USA)

Massimo Marchiori (W3C and University of Venice, Italy)

Frank McCabe (Fujitsu, USA)

Luke McDowell (University of Washington, USA)

Sergey Melnik (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Daniele Montanari (Enidata SpA, Italy)

Pavlos Moraitis (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

Boris Motik (FZI, Germany)

Enrico Motta (Open University, UK)

Haralambos Mouratidis (University of Sheffield, UK)

Claire Nedellec (MIG-INRA, France)

Natasha F. Noy (Stanford University, USA)

Borys Omelayenko (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Massimo Paoluccci (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)

Terry Payne (University of Southampton, UK)

Adam Pease (Teknowledge, USA)

Loris Penserini (Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)

Charles Phillips (University of Connecticut, USA)

Christoph Quix (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

Erhard Rahm (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Matt Richardson (University of Washington, USA)

Thomas Russ (USC ISI, USA)

Mareike Schoop (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

Ronny Siebes (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Munindar Singh (North Carolina State University, USA)

Michael Sintek (DFKI, Germany)

Divesh Srivastava (Bell Laboratories, USA)

Steffen Staab (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Heiner Stuckenschmidt (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Gerd Stumme (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Valentina Tamma (University of Liverpool, UK)

Herman ter Horst (Philips, The Netherlands)

Walt Truszkowski (NASA, USA)

Maria Vargas-Vera (Open University, UK)

Panos Vassiliadis (University of Ioannina, Greece)

Daniel Veit (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Guido Vetere (IBM, Italy)

Maurizio Vincini (University of Modena, Italy)

Claude Vogel (CONVERA, USA)

Raphael Volz (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)

Gottfried Vossen (University of Muenster, Germany)

Jan Wielemaker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Stuart Williams (Hewlett-Packard, UK)

Carlo Zaniolo (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)



Paper titles, authors, abstracts, and keywords due: April 15, 2003

Full Paper Submission: May 2, 2003 (revised)

Acceptance Notification: June 20, 2003 (revised)

Camera-Ready Papers due: July 15, 2003



Please note that the deadline for paper submission is strict:

no extensions will be allowed.




* Paper submission and reviewing for ISWC2003 will be electronic, via the

   conference WWW site:


* The only formats allowed for submission are PostScript or PDF

   (Adobe's Portable Document Format). These are widely supported and

   well-known standards: papers will not be accepted in any other

   format (e.g., MS Word) because of compatibility problems between

   software versions, machines, and nationalities. See the conference

   WWW site for information about how to convert other formats

   (e.g., MS Word) to PDF/PostScript.


* Note that the electronic submission site is likely to be very busy

   around the paper submission deadline. You are strongly urged to

   submit your abstract and your paper as far in advance of the

   deadline as possible.


* Submitted papers must be formatted in the style of the Springer publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS).


* Papers must be no longer than 16 pages, including figures and references,

   when formatted using the style files provided. Overlength papers will

   be rejected.


* ISWC2003 will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is

   under review for or has already been published or accepted for

   publication in a journal or another conference.


* Authors of accepted papers will be required to markup the abstract of their

   submission (help will be provided for this task) for the (Semantic) Web. Details

   will be provided on the web page.


* PLEASE monitor for further submission details or changes.




The conference will be held at the Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island: