Call for Papers for the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Spatial Semantics and Ontologies (SSO) 2011    (2UCX)

In Conjunction with the 2011 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS Conference,    (2UCY), Chicago, IL U.S.A.    (2UCZ)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011    (2UD0)

Information on Session and the Call for Papers is provided below:    (2UCI)

Description of the topic    (2UD1)

Semantic technologies are a new and emerging area. Semantics, ontologies, and the Semantic Web are just starting to be practiced by the spatial and the computer science communities. Geospatial applications needing semantics are still being identified for problems such as references to location, geographic scale, locational analysis, spatial data user interface, and many more. The design and development of tools to meet application needs are active and challenging research areas. Although the medical and life sciences formed the early domains to promote and use semantic technologies, there is now strong interest in researching what is needed in the spatial and geospatial domains. The purpose of this workshop is to promote research regarding semantics as it pertains to the spatial domain.    (2UCJ)

Suggested Paper Topics    (2UD2)

Organization and Format of the Workshop    (2UDA)

Following a keynote speaker there will be about 8, 30 min. talks or 11, 20 min. talks.    (2UDB)

There will also be 30 min. for lightning talks (about 6 speakers) for the audience to make comments or quickly present their work. Because the area of spatial together with semantics is emerging in the computer science realm, we would like to give an increased number of people an opportunity to present.    (2UDC)

We are asking for 8 page papers for more complete work and also shorter papers for other work. The format allows for high quality research papers and also the presentation of new ideas, started work, and use cases. For example, because of the newness of the field, presentation of use cases needing semantic solutions would be of value in addition to completed work.    (2UCL)

Workshop organizers    (2UDS)

Nancy Wiegand, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA,    (2UDD)

Dalia Varanka, United States Geological Survey,    (2UDE)

Gary Berg-Cross, Knowledge Strategies, Inc.    (2UCO)

Program Committee Confirmed Members:    (2UDW)

Mike Dean, BBN Technologies    (2UDF)

Dave Kolas, BBN Technologies    (2UDG)

Naijun Zhou, University of Maryland College Park    (2UDH)

James Wilson, James Madison University    (2UDI)

Mark Gahegan, Director, Centre for eResearch & School of Environment, University of Auckland, New Zealand    (2UDJ)

Max Egenhofer, Faculty Spatial Information Science and Engineering, University of Maine    (2UDK)

Fred Fonseca, Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University    (2UDL)

Krzysztof Janowicz, GeoVISTA Center, Pennsylvania State University    (2UDM)

Craig Knoblock, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California    (2UDN)

John Bateman, University of Bremen    (2UDO)

Mike Gruninger, Semantic Technologies Laboratory, University of Toronto    (2UDP)

Lynn Usery, United States Geological Survey    (2UDQ)

Sergei Levashkin, Centro de InvestigaciĆ³n en ComputaciĆ³n, Mexico City, Mexico    (2UDR)

Jianya Gong, Wuhan University, China    (2UCT)

Relevant Dates for Papers    (2UDU)

Papers due: July 21, 2011 Notify authors: August 22, 2011 Camera-ready copy: September 5, 2011    (2UCU)