ISWC 2009 Doctoral Consortium/Call for Papers

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The ISWC 2009 Doctoral Consortium will take place as part of the 8th International Semantic Web Conference at the Westfields Conference Center near Washington, DC. Alongside the plenary sessions which afford opportunity for the scientific exchange and presentation of high quality research in all aspects of Semantic Web, this forum will allow doctoral students to present their work and obtain guidance from mentors as well as to meet other postgraduate students in the field.

The goal of the Doctoral Consortium is to create an opportunity for PhD students to test their research ideas, present their current progress and future plans, and receive constructive criticism and insights related to their future work and career perspectives. A mentor (peer researchers and experts in the field) will be assigned to each student to provide individual feedback and advice on the paper, the focus of the work and further developments.

Students who are submitting papers on specific portions of their work to the main conference are also invited to apply to the Doctoral Consortium. In this case, the short paper for the Doctoral Consortium should give an overview of the student’s dissertation research, and the paper for the main conference should focus on a specific piece of this work.

All papers submitted to the Doctoral Consortium stream will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The best submissions will be selected for presentation at the ISWC 2009 Doctoral Consortium sessions. Full papers will be published in the main ISWC proceedings.


The Doctoral Consortium track of ISWC 2009 solicits submission of PhD research papers dealing with foundational and core issues, application domains and practical aspects of Semantic Web research. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of the Semantic Web
    • Applications with clear lessons learned
    • Evaluations of Semantic Web technologies
    • Semantic Web for e-business, e-science, e-government, and other application domains
    • Semantic Web technologies for multimedia content
    • Personal Information Management
  • Management of Semantic Web Data
    • Languages, tools and methodologies for representing and managing Semantic Web data
    • Database technologies for the Semantic Web
    • Search, query, and visualization of the Semantic Web
    • Robust and scalable knowledge management and reasoning on the Web
    • Machine learning and human language technologies for the Semantic Web
    • Semantic Web content creation, annotation, and extraction
  • Ontologies
    • Ontology creation, extraction, and evolution
    • Ontology mapping, merging, and alignment
    • Evaluation and tanking of ontologies
    • Ontology search
  • Semantic Web Architecture
    • Semantic Web middleware
    • Semantic Web services
    • Agents on the Semantic Web
    • Semantics in peer-to-peer systems and grids
  • Social Semantic Web
    • Social networks and processes on the Semantic Web
    • Semantic web technology for collaboration and cooperation
    • Representing and reasoning about trust, privacy, and security


Doctoral Consortium papers should include a clear presentation of the PhD research direction, sound situation of the PhD research in the context of Semantic Web and related fields, a report on the work done so far and a plan of further research. All submissions should be no longer than 8 pages, in the same format as is used for the main conference papers.

Paper submissions must be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For complete details, see Springer’s Author Instructions.

Papers must be submitted electronically through the conference submission site. Papers must be submitted in PDF format. Papers will not be accepted in any other format. ISWC 2009 will not accept research papers that, at the time of submission, are under review for or have already been published in or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission for the Semantic Web (help will be provided for this task). Details will be provided on the conference Web page at the time of acceptance.

Important Dates - Doctorial Consortium

  • June 15, 2009 (11:59pm Hawaii time, GMT-10): Doctoral consortium paper submissions due
  • July 17, 2009: Doctoral consortium paper acceptance notification
  • August 7, 2009: Doctoral consortium camera-ready papers due
  • October 25-29 2009: ISWC conference

Further Information

For further information and for any questions regarding the event or submissions, please contact the Doctoral Consortium Chair Diana Maynard.

For more information about ISWC 2009, please contact the ISWC General Chair.

Program Committee

  • Chair Diana Maynard