WWW2002 Full-Day Workshops
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   Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
7-11 May 2002
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WWW2002 Full-Day Workshops


WF1 - Semantic Web Workshop

Workshop Web site: http://semanticweb2002.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de/

The "Semantic Web" is used to denote the next evolution step of the Web, which establishes a layer of machine understandable data. The data is suitable for automated agents, sophisticated search engines and interoperability services, which provide a previously not reachable grade of automation. The ultimate goal of the Semantic Web is to allow machines the sharing and exploitation of knowledge in the Web way, i.e. without central authority, with few basic rules, in a scalable, adaptable, extensible manner.

Relevant workshop topics include but are not limited to:

The Workshop gives the attendants the possibility to discuss ideas, problems and visions in depth and face to face. The objective of the workshop is to bring researchers and developers of the Semantic Web together not only to represent mature work, but also to discuss the ongoing development in order to allow for smoother and faster progression of the Semantic Web. We plan to limit the number of formal presentations and concentrate on discussion sessions instead.

Steffen Staab is assistant professor at the University of Karlsruhe. His interests lie in semantic representation and reasoning, in engineering and learning of semantic structures, as well as in building web applications that put these techniques into practice. Steffen has published in all of these areas at major conferences and he has co-chaired and co-organized several international workshops on topics like ontologies, learning, and knowledge management, including the Semantic Web workshop at WWW-10 in Hongkong.

Natalya F. Noy is a research scientist at Stanford Medical Informatics. Her interests lie in building large semantics-based systems, automatic and semi-automatic integration of knowledge on the Web, and applications of the Semantic Web technology to medicine. She is a member of the development team of the Protégé ontology engineering system.

Martin Frank is a computer scientist at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute and a research assistant professor in the Computer Science Department. His interests are in cooperative negotiation, real-time distributed scheduling, and end-user applications of the Semantic Web. He is a participant in DARPA's Agent Markup Language (DAML) and Autonomous Negotiation Systems (ANTs) programs.

All three organizers have done research on the foundations and applications of the Semantic Web and are currently active in semantic web activities such as DAML.

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WF2 - Workshop On Mobile Search

Workshop Web site: http://www.haifa.il.ibm.com/Workshops/www2002-MobileSearch/

The dramatic increase in the use and availability of mobile devices such as cellular phones and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) in the last few years has resulted in the ability to access information anytime and anywhere. IDC, a leading provider of technology intelligence, forecasts that by the end of 2002 there will be more wireless subscribers capable of Internet access than wired Internet users. Yet, we are still far from realizing the dream of having Web information as conveniently accessible from a handheld device as it is from our desktop. Existing information discovery mechanisms for searching and browsing the Web are not well suited to mobile devices, which are limited in terms of processing power and memory, screen real estate, input capabilities, networks and bandwidth.

In this workshop, we will explore several issues involved in making mobile search both practical and effective, and investigate the various challenges imposed in attempting to bring search to the mobile world. Topics may include:

Bay-Wei Chang is a Senior Research Scientist at Google, Inc. He developed the first production version of Google WAP Search, worked with Google's wireless team to develop Google Number Search for easier phone querying, and designed user interfaces for small-display devices. He was previously at Xerox PARC, where his research revolved around user interface issues in web editing, portable document readers, and hypertext annotations. Previous to that he was at SunLabs, where he worked on object-oriented languages, programming environments, and cartoon- inspired animation in user interfaces. He received his PhD from Stanford University.

Yoelle S. Maarek is a research staff member at the IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel, where she heads the Knowledge Management Department. Her research interests include information retrieval, Internet applications, and software reuse. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, France, and received her DEA (graduate degree) in Computer Science from Paris VI University in 1985. She received a PhD from the Technion in Haifa, Israel, in January 1989. Before joining the Haifa Lab, Dr. Maarek was a research staff member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. She serves on the program committees of several international conferences (including the WWW series and SIGIR) and is a member of the Review Board of the WebNet Journal. She has published over 30 papers in referred journals and conferences, and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

Aya Soffer is a Research Staff Member at the IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel, where she manages the 'Information Retrieval' Group. Her group has developed several mobile solutions for IBM products including a full-text search engine for Palm OS based devices (Pirate Search) and a mobile client for the Lotus Discovery Server. Aya received her MS and PhD degrees in Computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Before joining IBM, she was a research scientist at NASA Goddard space flight center, where she worked on digital libraries for earth science data. She is an expert in non-traditional data retrieval issues and Web information retrieval. Her research interests include mobile search, information retrieval, pictorial information systems, multidimensional indexing and non-traditional database systems.

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WF4 - Second International Workshop on Web Dynamics

Workshop Web Site: http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/webDyn2/

The World-Wide-Web is of strategic importance as a global repository for information and a means of communicating knowledge. Since the first Web Dynamics Workshop held in January 2001, there has been a continuous deployment of novel technologies to cope with dynamic change within the Web, and a rise of new technologies to address new challenges. Examples of the former are the success of search engine technology in delivering up-to-date information and the realisation of the importance of security-related issues, and an example of the latter is the semantic Web which is aiming to facilitate interaction with the Web through automated Web services.

The aim of this second Web Dynamics Workshop is to bring together researchers from academia and industry who are working on novel approaches to managing and interacting with the Web. In particular, there is a need to understand and manage the dynamics of the Web - how its information content, topology, and usage change, and what kinds of models and techniques will scale up to the rate of change.

The topics of interest of the workshop include, but are not restricted to, the following list:

  • adaptive hypertext
  • agents on the Web
  • collaborative filtering and recommender systems
  • communities on the Web
  • consistency of the Web
  • data and text mining on the Web
  • discovery and sharing of information and knowledge on the Web
  • economic foundations
  • formal reasoning about Web dynamics
  • intelligent browsing and navigation of the Web
  • modelling the Web as an evolving random network
  • modelling the Web as a small world
  • novel models of computation over the Web
  • push technology and Web reactivity
  • querying and searching the Web
  • query/search optimisation
  • transaction processing over the Web
  • views over the Web
  • web crawling strategies
  • web design metrics
  • workflow over the Web

Please refer to our personal web pages to learn more about Mark Levene and Alexandra Poulovassilis from School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck College, University of London

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WF5 - E-Learning : Learning Objects & Standards

Workshop Web site: http://www.gla.ac.uk/rcc/www2002workshop/

The Web continues to have an enormous and constantly changing impact on learning and education. The use of the Web to deliver teaching/training materials is now commonplace but there is an ever increasing need for the development of e-learning standards. Much of the basic content used in courses around the world is similar (ie Algebra and Accounting 101) and many are recognising the expense and time being wasted "re-inventing the wheel"

The focus of this workshop will be on developing re-usable learning objects, best practice, standards and copyright/IP issues of sharing generic content. Subject to the position papers received, the workshop will focus on many or all of the following topics:

Registration for the workshop will be subject to the submission of a position paper which should describe the participants' experince with e-learning and their hopes and expectations for the workshop. The call for position papers, the position papers themselves and a report of the workshop will all be made available on the workshop web site.

Dave Whittington is a lecturer at the Robert Clark Centre, University of Glasgow. Dave has participated in, helped organize and/or chaired teaching and learning related workshops at the last six WWW conferences.

Melissa Labura is the Web & Multimedia Manager for the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne. Melissa has attended, presented at and helped organise all the workshops since WWW7.

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WF6 - Real world RDF and Semantic Web applications

Workshop Web site: http://www.cs.rutgers.edu/~shklar/www11

The Resource Description Framework (RDF) is the World Wide Web Consortium's specification for defining machine-understandable metadata. In the long term, we expect that RDF in conjunction with other standards such as WSDL, SOAP, UDDI and XML will serve as the foundation for Semantic Web applications. However, it is possible to take immediate advantage of the various standards by using RDF models in conjunction with them for building advanced Web services.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss commercial applications that make immediate advances and to gain insight into the evolution of the semantic web technology. Early commercial applications that make use of machine-understandable metadata range from information retrieval to Web-enabling of old-tech IBM 3270 sessions. Current developments include metadata-based Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) systems, data modeling solutions, and wireless applications. Machine-understandable metadata is emerging as a new foundation for component-based approaches to application development. Within the context of reusable distributed components, Web services represent the latest architectural advancement.

We invite submissions that discuss real applications (piloted, deployed, robust prototypes) attacking real world problems in the Semantic Web arena today instead of the future. This potentially means very pragmatic decisions (e.g., executable agents that run in the context of graph-based application models) caused by the limitations of today's technology (e.g., are there robust/scalable RDF parsers, stores, and inference engines?). Submissions that also address issues related to the business aspects, e.g., is there a market ?, is there a sustainable value proposition ?, what is the business model, etc., will receive special consideration. Some topics are:

Vipul Kashyap works in the areas of Information and Knowledge Integration and Management, E-commerce and Semantic Web technologies. He has been active in the Semantic Web research community. He was a facilitator of the track on Interoperability, Integration and Composition at the First International SWWS and has organized panels and workshops on related topics. Vipul has worked at R&D Labs of MCC and Telcordia Technologies (formerly known as Bellcore) on issues related to Information Integration and Agent based infrastructures and is the recipient of a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His research interests are: interoperation across multiple domain ontologies on the Semantic Web and issues of loss of information as a consequence of ontology mismatches. He is also investigating the feasibility of using sociological approaches for creating and evolving knowledge on the Semantic Web. Vipul has recently published a book on Information Brokering, has participated in panels, has been a member of conference program committees. He has published around 40 research articles and papers at various conferences and prestigious journals. Vipul can be contacted at: vipul_kashyap@yahoo.com

Leon Shklar is the CTO at Information Architects. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Computer Science department at the Rutgers University in New Jersey. Leon has received his Ph.D. in C.S. from Rutgers University in NJ. He chaired the workshop on Web Engineering at the WWW8 conference in Toronto, the workshop on Internet Middleware and Data Modeling at the WWW7 Conference, and the workshop on Object Oriented Web Servers and Data Modeling at the WWW6 Conference. He also presented tutorial on Web Access to Legacy Data at the WWW5 Conference in Paris. Leon can be contacted at: shklar@cs.rutgers.edu

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WF7 - Web Content Accessibility

The aim of this workshop is to raise the awareness and efficiency of the work being done to make the web more accessible. The workshop will facilitate the interaction of several working groups from what are considered relevant international communities in their work to increase accessibility of the web: W3C Working group members, IMS Working group members and Dublin Core Working group mambers and any others interested in making the web more accessible. Members of the three organisations involved have sought this opportunity to work together and will welcome others who can asssist them.

The main topics for consideration will be:

Registration will be open. the issues will be canvassed publicly and participants will be able to contribute to the sessions. A small committee will be formed to work on the agenda and choice of presenters. Organisations working in the same field will be invited to propose panel presenters. presenters will be expected to research topics so that action on the day is fast and focussed - and of interest to those who participate.

Liddy Nevile has organized/facilited workshops many times before including at WWW7 and WWW10. For WWW2002, Liddy is a co-chair for the Global Community track. She has also facilitated three meetings about accessibility similiar to this session.

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Last Reviewed: 4/21/02