Important Dates (provisional)

1 June, 2012Call for Papers released
31 July, 2012Paper Deadline (midnight Hawaii time)
7 August, 2012Paper Deadline (midnight Hawaii time) (Extended)
21 August, 2012Paper Acceptance Notification
10 September, 2012Camera-ready versions
11 or 12 November, 2012Workshop held (date TBC)


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Workshop Abstract

In order for pervasive and mobile platforms to use large and complex ontologies, online algorithms are required to fragment ontologies on-the-fly. Resource limited platforms which are required to work in real-time environments can reuse ontological definitions to build their own vocabulary for their domains. Traditional ontology evolution approaches are not suitable for this purpose because they focus on creating sound and complete ontologies. We call for satisficing approaches that provide a 'good enough answer' while limiting overhead costs, because resource limited platforms would not be able to store, use or infer over large complete ontologies. In this workshop we ask, how can we use large ontologies in constrained environments and how can we build domain specific ontologies for resource limited platforms? We are particularly interested in research focused on (a) automatic online evolution algorithms, (b) scalable ontology evolution algorithms, (c) generating just-in-time ontology modules and fragments, and (d) evaluation frameworks. This workshop aims to gather research covering the above mentioned challenges, and bringing together researchers and foster future collaborations.


To date, approaches for using large ontologies and reusing ontology fragments on resource limited platforms has largely been ignored. Existing approaches for using large and evolving ontologies are not suitable for resource limited platforms because they primarily focus on creating and evolving sound and complete ontologies without conflicts. Ontologies for resource limited platforms require their own approaches which take into account their constraints, such as minimising overhead costs and maintaining small tractable ontologies. The ability to evaluate such approaches is also lacking because there are few standard frameworks for performance evaluation. The development of scalable approaches for light-weight ontologies and how to evaluate them are key challenges for the Semantic Web research community. There is huge scope for the reuse of ontologies on resource limited platforms because of the explosion of small scale devices and the number of available ontologies online. Therefore, approaches allowing resource limited devices to use ontologies are becoming more prevalent. This workshop aims to bring together a new community that can further the development of appropriate approaches for light-weight ontologies for resource limited environments, and their evaluation.

Workshop Format (provisional)

SWUMA will be a half-day workshop, and is organised into 25 minute time slots. There will be five paper talks, and we call for 12 page papers. In the last slot there will be five lightning talks each talking five minutes with questions, and we call for 4 page papers.

8:50Welcome and opening
9:00Talk 1 - Invited Speaker (TBC)
9:40Talk 2
10:05Talk 3
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Talk 4
11:25Talk 5
11:50Lightning Talks

Intended Audience

Researchers and practitioners in the areas of:


Program Committee

Previous Workshops

1st International Workshop on the use of Semantic Web Technology for Mobile and Ubiquitous Applications, Hiroshima, Japan, November 2004. (website).

2nd International Workshop on the use of Semantic Web Technologies for Ubiquitous and Mobile Applications (SWUMA'06), Trentino, Italy, August 28th 2006. (website).