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CFP: RuleML-2008 (2008 International RuleML Symposium on Rule Interchangeand Applications)

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            2008 International RuleML Symposium
       on Rule Interchange and Applications (RuleML-2008)

          October 30-31, 2008, Orlando, Florida

Co-located with:

         The 11th International Business Rules Forum
Sponsored by:

Silver level: Model Systems
Bronze level: STI Innsbruck, ruleCore, JBoss
In Co-operation with:

AAAI, W3C, BPM-Forum, Business Rules Forum , ECCAI, OASIS, OMG,
European Business Rules Conference, Belgium Business Rules Forum,
IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society
IEEE Computer Society TC on Autonomous and Autonomic Systems (pending)
IEEE Computer Society TC on Intelligent Informatics (pending)
IEEE SMCS TC on Intelligent Internet Systems
IEEE SMCS TC on Distributed Intelligent Systems

Media Partners:

         Springer LNCS, MoDo Marketing

Call for Papers

Collocated with the 11th International Business Rules Forum, the 2008
International Symposium on Rule Interchange and Applications
(RuleML-2008) is
the second symposium (after last year's highly successful RuleML-2007 -
http://2007.ruleml.org/) devoted to work on practical distributed rule
technologies and rule-based applications which need language standards for
rules operating in the context of, e.g., the Semantic Web, Intelligent
Agent Systems, Event-Driven Architectures and Service-Oriented Computing
Applications. The RuleML symposium is a new kind of event where the Web
and Logic community joins the established, practically oriented Forum of the
Business Rules community (http://www.businessrulesforum.com) to help cross-
fertilizing between Web and Business Logic technology.

The goal of RuleML-2008 is to bring together rule system providers,
representatives of, and participants in, rule standardization efforts (e.g.,
SBVR, RuleML, RIF, PRR, CL) and open source rules communities (e.g., jBoss
Rules, CLIPS/Jess, Prova, OO jDrew, Mandarax, XSB, XQuery),
practitioners and
technical experts, developers, users, and researchers. They will be offered
an exciting venue to exchange new ideas, practical developments and
experiences on issues pertinent to the interchange and application of rules
in open distributed environments such as the Web.

The Symposium gives emphasis on practical issues such as technical
contributions and show case demonstrations of effective, practical,
deployable rule-based technologies, rule interchange formats and
as well as discussions of lessons learned that have to be taken into account
when employing rule-based technologies in distributed, (partially) open,
heterogeneous environments. We also welcome groundwork that helps to
build an
effective, practical, and deployable rule standard, improve rule technology,
provide better understanding of the integration and interchange of
rules, and
make the current generation of rule engines and rule technology more usable
for advanced Web and Service Oriented Architectures.

RuleML-2008 highlights include:
- Plenary keynotes and a joint Boxed Lunch Panel about "Rules on the Web"
  together with the Business Rules Forum featuring prominent and visionary
- There will be a joint keynote between RuleML-2008 and RR2008
  (http://www.rr-conference.org/RR2008/), which will be broadcast from
  to RuleML-2008.
- A RuleML-2008 Challenge with prizes to demonstrate tools, use cases, and
- Industry, demo and scientific research & development papers and
  presentations advancing and assessing the state of the art in event and
  rule- based systems selected in a peer-reviewed fashion by an
  program committee
- Invited talks given by leaders from industry and world-class experts
  featuring practical topics on event and rule-based computing and industry
  success stories
- Social events to promote networking among the symposium delegates in an
  informal setting.

Topics of Interest

We invite industry practitioners, rule system providers, technical experts
and developers, rule users, and researchers who are using rule-based
developing systems and applications, or exploring problems and best
(especially in the areas of system interoperability, rule interchange, or
business agility), to share their ideas, results, and experiences. We invite
submissions related (but not limited to) to one or more of the following

- Representation and meta-annotation of rules and rule sets (modules) for
  publication and interchange
- Collaborative authoring, modeling and engineering of rule specifications
  and rule repositories
- Information integration of external data and domain knowledge into rules
- Homogeneous and heterogeneous integration of  rules and ontologies
- Rules in Web 2.0 and Web 3.0
- Rules in Semantic Web Technologies
- Rules in Web Intelligence Research
- Hybrid rule systems
- Management and maintenance of distributed rule bases and rule repositories
  during their lifecycle
- Interchange and refactoring of rule bases in heterogeneous execution
- Verification and validation of interchanged rule bases in heterogeneous
  execution environments
- Contributions on effective, practical, and deployable Web standards on
  rules as well as special purpose, vertical domain rule languages
- Rule-based agility and its role in middleware
- Communication between rule based systems using interchange formats and
  processing / communication middleware
- Applications, products, research, and development in rule-based,
  distributed complex event processing, event communication and reaction
- Event-driven/action rule languages and models
- Rule-based Event Processing Languages and rule-based CEP
- Rule patterns and CEP patterns
- Practical solutions tackling the real-world Software Engineering
  requirements of rule-based systems in open, distributed environments
- Modeling of executable rule specifications and tool support
- Execution models, rule engines, and environments
- Compilation vs. interpretation approaches of rules
- Applications and integration of rules in web standards
- Rule-based software agents and (web) services
- Applications of rules in the Semantic Web and Pragmatic Web
- Comparing and advancing the state of current business rules engines and
  management system tools
- Rule interchange standards and related industry interchange formats
- Interoperation between different rule formats and ontological domain
- Applications based on (Semantic) Web rule standardization or standards-
  proposing efforts
- Translation of interchangeable and domain-independent rule formats and
  models into executable technical rule specifications
- Extraction and reengineering of platform-independent, interchangeable
  and rule models from existing platform-specific resources
- Natural-language processing of rules
- Graphical processing, modelling and rendering of rules
- Incorporation of rule technology into distributed enterprise application
- Rule-based policies and electronic contracts: their specification,
  execution and management
- Languages for exchanging and processing information through the web
- E-contracting and automated negotiations with rule-based declarative
- Applications of rules in e.g. legal reasoning, compliance rules, security,
  IT government, security, risk management, trust and proof reasoning, etc.
- Rule-based (multi-valued) reasoning with and representing uncertain and
  fuzzy information
- Rule-based reasoning with non-monotonic negation, modalities, deontic,
  temporal, priority, scoped or other rule qualifications
- Rule-based default reasoning with default logic, defeasible logic, and
  answer set programming

RuleML-2008 Challenge

RuleML-2008 Challenge addresses the practical use of rule technologies in
distributed and/or Web-based environments. The focus of the challenge is on
rule technologies (including rule languages and engines), interoperation and
interchange. The challenge offers participants the chance to demonstrate
their commercial and open source tools, use cases, and applications. Prizes
will be awarded to the two best applications. All accepted demos will be
presented in a special Challenge Session.

Intentionally, this year's challenge (as last year) does not define a
specific task, data set, application domain, or technology to be used
the potential applicability of rules is very broad. Instead, a number of
minimal criteria were defined which allow people to submit a broad range of

A submission to RuleML challenge has to meet the minimal requirement that
declarative rules explicitly play a central role in the application.
Basically this means that:

- Rules are explicitly represented in a declarative format and they are
  decoupled from the application (rather than being compiled or hard-coded
  into the application logic).
- Rules are used in interesting and practically relevant ways to, e.g.,
  derive useful information, transform knowledge, provide decision support,
  provide automated rule-based monitoring, enforcement, validation or
  management of the behavioural logic of the application.

The demo should preferably (but not necessarily) be embedded into a
or distributed environment so that there will be a need for features related
to the ruleml conference topics, as listed in the call for papers. More
details will be available on the RuleML-2008 web site.

Important Dates

- Paper Submissions due        June 2, 2008
- Notification of acceptance    July 18, 2008
- Final submissions due        August 9, 2008
- Symposium date        October 30-31, 2008
- RuleML Challenge        October 30, 2008

Symposium Proceedings and Submission Details

Authors are invited to submit original contributions of practical relevance
and technical rigor in the field, experience reports and show case / use
demonstrations of effective, practical, deployable rule-based
technologies or
applications in distributed environments. Papers must be in English and may
be submitted at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ruleml2008 as:

- Full Papers (15 pages in the proceedings)
- Short Papers (8 pages in the proceedings)
- RuleML-2008 Challenge Demo Paper + Show Cases (3-5 pages in the

Please upload all submissions as PDF files in LNCS format
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html). To ensure high quality,
submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by 3 PC members based on
originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.
Authors are requested to upload their complete papers by June 2, 2008. The
selected papers will be published in book form in the Springer Lecture Notes
in Computer Science (LNCS) series (pending) along with a CD with demo
software and documents. The best paper from all submissions will be
determined by the PC and a Best Paper Award will be handed over at the
Symposium by a Sponsor. All submissions must be done electronically via
http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ruleml2008. We will pursue the
publication of a selection of revised papers to a special issue of a high-
quality journal.

Submissions to the RuleML Challenge 2008 consist of a demo paper of 3-5
pages, describing the demo show case, and a link to more information about
the demo/show case, e.g. a project site, an online demonstration, a
presentation, or a download site. If the link is password-protected: then
please submit a password for anonymous login from any Web browser, giving us
the permission to pass the password on to 3 PC members. The submissions
should satisfy the minimal requirements defined in the topics of interest.
The demos will be evaluated by an independent jury of experts during
RuleML-2008 and prizes will be awarded to the first two best applications.

Please do not hesitate to email to the appropriate Symposium Chair(s),
if you
have any questions.

Organizing Committee

General Chair

Adrian Paschke, Technical University Dresden, Germany
       adrian.paschke AT biotec.tu-dresden.de

Program Co-Chairs

Nick Bassiliades, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
       nbassili AT csd.auth.gr
Guido Governatori, University of Queensland, Australia
       guido AT itee.uq.edu.au

Challenge Co-Chairs

Costin Badica, University of Craiova, Romania
       badica_costin AT software.ucv.ro
Yuh-Jong Hu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
       hu AT cs.nccu.edu.tw

Panel Co-Chairs

John Hall, Model Systems, UK
       john.hall AT modelsys.com
Axel Polleres, DERI Galway, Ireland
       axel AT polleres.net

Liaison Co-Chairs

Mark Proctor, JBoss Rules, UK
       mproctor AT redhat.com
Rainer von Ammon, CITT GmbH, Germany
       vonammon AT t-online.de
Jan Vanthienen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
       Jan.Vanthienen AT econ.kuleuven.be

Publicity Co-Chairs

Matthias Nickles, University of Bath, UK
       M.L.Nickles AT cs.bath.ac.uk
Tracy Bost, Valocity, USA
       tbost AT valocity.com
(Sponsoring levels: http://2008.ruleml.org/sponsoring/)

Web Chair

Suzanne Embury, University of Manchester, UK
       Suzanne.Embury AT manchester.ac.uk

Program Committee

- Asaf Adi, IBM, Israel
- Grigoris Antoniou, University of Crete-FORTH, Greece
- Sidney Bailin, Knowledge Evolution, USA
- Matteo Baldoni, University of Torino, Italy
- Cristina Baroglio, University of Torino, Italy
- Claudio Bartolini, HP Labs
- Tim Bass, SilkRoad Inc.
- Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg, Germany
- Mikael Berndtsson, University of Skovde, Sweden
- Leopoldo Bertossi, Carleton University, Canada
- Pedro Bizarro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
- Peter Bollen, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
- Christian Brelage, SAP Research, Germany
- Donald Chapin, Business Semantics Ltd, UK
- Shyi-Ming Chen, National University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
- Jorge Cuellar, Siemens, Germany
- Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA
- Stan Devitt, Agfa Healthcare, Ontario, Canada
- Jens Dietrich, Massey University, New Zeeland
- Jurgen Dix, Technische Universitaet Clausthal, Germany
- Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
- Andreas Eberhart, Portland State University, USA
- Opher Etzion, IBM Research Laboratory Haifa, Israel
- Dieter Fensel, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
- Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
- Adrian Giurca, Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany
- Stijn Goedertier, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
- Robert Golan, DBmind Technologies, USA
- Christine Golbreich, University Rennes, France
- Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, Germany
- Marek Hatala, Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis, University of Patras, Greece
- Yiannis Kompatsiaris, Informatics and Telematics Institute, Greece
- Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
- Alex Kozlenkov, Betfair Ltd., UK
- Holger Lausen, DERI Innsbruck, Austria
- John Lee, Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
- Mark Linehan, IBM Research, USA
- Heiko Ludwig, IBM Watson Research, USA
- Mirko Malekovic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
- Christopher J. Matheus, Vistology, USA
- Craig McKenzie, Science Applications International, USA
- Jing Mei, IBM Research Lab China, China
- Zoran Milosevic, Deontik Inc, Australia
- Jang Minsu, E&T Research Institute, Korea
- Leora Morgenstern, Stanford, USA
- Gero Muehl, Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany
- Jorg Muller, TU Clausthal, Germany
- Chieko Nakabasami, Toyo University, Japan
- Ilkka Niemela, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
- Bart Orriens, Tilburg University, Netherlands
- Jeff Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Paula-Lavinia Patranjan, Rewerse, Germany
- Jon Pellant, Pega Systems Inc., USA
- Jeff Pollock, Oracle, USA
- Alun Preece, Cardiff University, UK
- Maher Rahmouni, HP Labs
- Girish Ranganathan, University of New Brunswick, Canada
- Dave Reynolds, HP, England
- Graham Rong, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
- Antonio Rotolo, CIRSFID, University of Bologna, Italy
- Norman Sadeh, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Christian de Sainte Marie, ILOG, France
- Marco Seirio, ruleCore, Sweden
- Timos Sellis, Institute for the Management of Information Systems and
  National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Michael Sintek, DFKI, Germany
- Silvie Spreeuwenberg, LibRT, The Netherlands
- Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Giorgos Stoilos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Terrance Swift, XSB Inc., USA
- Kuldar Taveter, University of Melbourne, Australia
- James Taylor, Fair Isaac Corp., USA
- Vagan Terziyan, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
- Paul Vincent, TIBCO Software, USA
- George Vouros, University of the Aegean, Greece
- Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia
- Mehmet Emre Yegen, Ygntec Inc., USA

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