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WF1 Web Engineering

Workshop Home Page: http://aeims.uws.edu.au/webe2001/

This workshop on Web Engineering is the fourth in the premier workshop series on this topic held annually in association with the World Wide Web Conferences since 1998.

Web Engineering deals disciplined and systematic approaches to development, deployment and maintenance of Web-based systems and applications. In the last few years, it has evolved and has now emerged as a new discipline. There is a new surge of interest in this area among researchers, academics and Web application developers, as Web has become central to many diverse applications and we increasingly rely on it.

Reflecting this trend, this workshop would focus on recent advances in theory and practice of Web engineering. The workshop will primarily focus on main themes related to Web development: case studies and lessons learned; requirements identification, specification and analysis; development methodologies and practices; Web quality and performance measures, testing and evaluation; Web technologies and other areas of Web Engineering. Each session focusing on a theme would be led by a tutorial introduction/overview and followed by presentations related to the theme and interactive discussion.

The workshop would provide great opportunity for practitioners and researchers to mix and present their ideas, findings and experiences. We solicit contributions from Web developers, researchers, academics and the users.


Yogesh Deshpande, University of Western Sydney, Australia (y.deshpande@uws.edu.au)
He has active research interests in Web Engineering, Web-based Information Systems and Methodologies, Decision Support Systems and Simulation Modeling. He has been working and teaching in the area of Web Engineering and Web-based system development, and has developed a new Masters Program in Web Engineering and Design, which he currently coordinates. He was the Co-program chair of the earlier workshops on Web Engineering and co-editor of the book Web Engineering, Springer Verlag, 2001.

San Murugesan, University of Western Sydney, Australia (s.murugesan@uws.edu.au)
He has been an advocate and promoter of Web Engineering. He is a co-guest editor of special issues on Web Engineering (Part 1 and II) of IEEE Multimedia, January and April 2001, and Chair of the ACM SIGWEB Working Group on Web Engineering. He was the Co-program chair of the earlier workshops on Web Engineering and co-editor of the book Web Engineering, Springer Verlag, 2001.

Martin Gaedke, University of Karlsruhe, Germany ( gaedke@teco.uni-karlsruhe.de)
He has been active researcher in the area of Web development methodologies and other areas of Web application development. He was the Co-chair of the mini-tracks on Web Engineering in Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS), 2000 and 2001.

WF2 Advanced Security

Workshop Home Page: http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/security/securityworkshop.htm

This workshop proposes to address the following topics:

  • Protecting from home page defacement - From 10 to 20 systems are publicized each day for having their home Web page defaced for political purposes or just for the fun of it. What are the best practices for minimizing impact of Web page defacements?
  • Encryption and Privacy Issues - Providing more services and more specific services to users often means collecting and retaining more information about who they are and what they do or like. Encrypting the information can make it safer from prying eyes, but what are the technical and political limitations we should be aware of?
  • Know the enemy - Web logs not only tell you what your popular pages are, they also tell you who is probing your server for security holes. What are current best practices for tools and techniques to know what holes are being tested and where the possible attacks are coming from?
  • Security Incident response - Once an intrusion is discovered, it is important to work with your security team (or to create a security team if you don't have one yet). What are the considerations for putting the appropriate procedures in place to handle a security incident when it occurs?
  • Expected Outcome and Importance - Threats to Web-based services are constantly changing, and the tools and advice for addressing that threat are renewed frequently. Webmasters need to know the current best practices in the security areas above and the topical areas may be adjusted in the light of topical interest due to attacks or incidents near the time of the conference, and they need to be an integrated part of a site's security team. This workshop is designed to show proactive sets Webmasters can take to improve the total security environment of their site.

Bob Cowles is the Computer Security Officer at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center he has over 30 years of experience with computing issues and nearly 20 years experience in teaching courses on such topics as operating system internals, distributed computing architectures, Web and internet security, and cryptography. Contacts throughout the world of high-energy physics research labs will be utilized for valuable advice and assistance in putting this workshop together.

WF3 Web Information Filtering

Workshop Home Page: http://www.cs.dal.ca/~shepherd/www10/filtering_workshop/

As the content base of the Internet grows past the billion document mark, much of which is created dynamically, demands for automatic filtering based on content also increases across a broad spectrum of interest groups including parents, businesses, browsers, and governments. While regulation is not an effective way to control content on the Web, algorithmic approaches have also not been successful to date. In this workshop we concentrate on an integration of perspectives of those working on new approaches to content filtering and of those involved with policy impacted by the deployment of these technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: label bureaus, authentification, identity hiding, privacy, metadata generation, content filtering algorithms, and rating schemes, etc.

This workshop has several goals. The first is to fast forward research efforts in this area. The second is to bring together technology and policy practitioners to increase awareness of the constraints and goals of the others. Third, a working paper and workshop proceedings will be produced.

There is no doubt that filtering Web access for protection of children and for the targeting of business marketing is critical for a billion document Web with undifferentiated access. Filtering has an important role to play in coping with a huge unregulated Internet both in the sense of restricting access to objectionable, but possibly legal, material and in the sense of directing interest to highly relevant domains.


Michael Shepherd and Carolyn Watters are the co-directors of the Web Information Filtering Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. They were recently commissioned by the Government of Canada to write a report on Content Filtering Technologies and Internet Service Providers. Results of this report will be presented at the UNESCO Info-Ethics Conference to be held in September, 2000.

Both of the presenters have wide experience in organizing and facilitating workshops. Carolyn Watters has been involved in the Hypertext Functionality Workshops since 1997 including the workshops at WWW7 and WWW8. She was co-chair of panels at the WWW8 conference in Toronto. She was recently co-chaired of E-commerce and Wireless Workshop and currently chair of the Electronic Commerce program committee at Dalhousie. Michael Shepherd is minitrack chair for the Digital Document Track at HICSS and has been on the program committee of several national and international conferences.

WF4 Forum for Current Research and Development of the World Wide Web in PRC

Workshop Home Page: http://www.eti.hku.hk/forum2001/

Objectives: To provide a specific forum for researchers and pioneers to discuss and report their research on WWW technologies and applications carried on in PRC. The workshop is also used as a window to reflect the newest R&D results on WWW in PRC. It is still a place for researchers from PRC and the outside to share and exchange their experiences and results.

Speakers: The speakers are mainly from three sections, i.e. the academic sector, the industrial sector, and the public sector in Mainland China. The speakers are selected and invited from various subjects/domains/areas pursuing outstanding R&D of WWW in PRC, such as 863 programs, Chang-Jiang expert programs, Torch Programs, etc.

Content: The talks to be delivered will include the state of the art of current WWW R&D in PRC, New Web security development, Web based informationization in PRC, Web and Internet researches in PRC Universities, and many innovative ideas of applying the Web and Internet technologies.

Workshop Leaders:

Prof. Zhongzhi Shi, Professor, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences General Secretary, Chinese Computer Association

Prof. Shi graduated in computer science from the Graduate School of University of Science and Technology of China in 1968. He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the Ohio State University in 1980 and 1981 and the College of Business and Management, University of Maryland in 1983 and 1984. From 1989 to 1990 he visited Erasmus University Rotterdam as a visiting professor. In October 1995, August 1997 he visited City University of Hong Kong as a research fellow. At the present, he is director of the Intelligent Computer Science Open Laboratory, director of the Department of Computer Science, Graduate School (Beijing), University of Science and Technology of China. He is a supervisor of Ph.D. students. Professor Shi has published many books and more than 200 scientific papers in national and international journals and conferences. He is member of IFIP TC12, member of Standing Steering Committee of PRICAI, and member of Scientific Committee of PRICAI, vice president of Chinese Artificial Intelligence Society. He is vice president of Chinese Society of Machine Learning and vice president of Chinese Society of Knowledge Engineering. Prof. Shi is a member of New York Academy of Sciences, Senior member of IEEE.

Dr. William Song, Senior Researcher, E-Business Technology Institute, The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Song is a senior researcher, managing special projects at e-Business Technology Institute (ETI). Since joining ETI, Dr. Song has investigated XML technologies, payment methods and applications, as well as mobile commerce. He has first hand experience on the IBM micro-payment system, and prototyped an e-shop model for storefront management, payment settlement, and daily business transaction management. He has extensive experience working with governments and industry. Before joining ETI, Dr. Song was a staff scientist at the Swedish National Research Institute for Information Systems (SNRIIS), conducting research on electronic and web document management. He was a member of two W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF) working groups. At SNRIIS, he also led two projects: MIWIS e-document management and LOUIS online course management. He has been a local manager of a number of the European Union projects, including F3 (From Fuzzy to Formal), Renoir (Network of Excellence in Enterprise Modeling and Requirement Engineering), and Multimedia Broker. He has extensive experience working with governments and industry. Dr. Song has published over 20 refereed papers in international journals and conferences. He served as PC members of a number of international conferences. Dr. Song is a guest professor at Nanchang University. He is a member of IEEE Computer Society and ACM.

WF5 Semantic Web

Workshop Home Page: http://semanticweb2001.aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de

The "Semantic Web", a term coined by Tim Berners-Lee, is used to denote the next evolution step of the Web. Associating meaning with content or establishing a layer of machine understandable data would allow automated agents, sophisticated search engines and interoperable services, will enable higher degree of automation and more intelligent applications. 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.

The Workshop gives the attendants the possibility to discuss ideas, problems and visions they have about the technology of the Semantic Web face to face. In particular we expect that people who focus on subsets of Semantic Web issues learn how they can benefit from other people's work or how they can contribute.

Workshop Leaders:

Dieter Fensel is an Associated Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL. His research interests deal with ontologies, heuristic reasoner, semantic Web, and electronic commerce. He is ontology consultant of several companies active in the B2C and B2B area.

Stefan Decker worked at University of Karlsruhe, Germany, on Ontology based access to information. In 1999 he moved to the computer science department at Stanford University, where he works on Semantic Web Technology in the DARPA DAML funded OntoAgents project. He contributed to OIL and DAML-O, recent proposals for Semantic Web ontology languages. His research interests include knowledge representation and database systems for the World Wide Web, information integration and ontology articulation and merging.

Dr. Amit Sheth is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Large Scale Distributed Information Systems Lab at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA. He also founded Taalee, Inc. and Infocosm, Inc. His R&D has been in the areas of federated database systems, information brokering, semantic interoperability, metadata for digital media, and workflow management.

Dr. Steffen Staab is Assistant Professor at University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and co-founder of Ontoprise GmbH. His research interests and publications cover a broad range of topics from ontologies and metadata, to text mining, knowledge representation, knowledge management, and up to the engineering of the Semantic Web.

WF6 Online Learning

Workshop Home Page: http://www.gla.ac.uk/rcc/www10workshop/

The potential impact of the Web on learning is enormous. The use of the Web to deliver teaching/training material online is now commonplace and many tools exist to support teachers and trainers. This workshop will bring together practitioners from both the academic and the commercial worlds to discuss the issues surrounding learning with the Web. The workshop will involve a series of round table discussions where participants will have time to explore a range of issues that will be finalized as position papers are reviewed. More details are available from the workshop Web site.

Workshop Leaders:

Dave Whittington has attended and/or chaired this workshop since WWW5 in Paris. He's been researching Online Learning for over ten years. His background is in Computer Science but has been more recently looking at the human factors that influence the effectiveness of Online Learning.

Melissa Labura has attended and/or helped organize this workshop since WWW7 in Brisbane. She has been involved with online learning since joining the Department of Electrical Engineering at The University of Melbourne 3 1/2 years ago. Her background is in Computer Science but she now spends most of her time developing online learning environments for engineering students and researching and evaluating these environments.

Last Updated: Februray 5, 2001