Call for Workshops

i-KNOW 2014 – Call for Workshops

14th International Conference on
Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business
September 16-19, 2014, Graz, Austria

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Deadline Workshop Proposals: Feb 14, 2014 – EXTENDED

i-KNOW 2014 invites interested researchers to submit workshop proposals on topics relevant to cognitive computing, knowledge technologies, (big) data analytics, and data-driven business. Since 2001, i-KNOW has successfully brought together leading researchers and developers from these fields and attracted over 450 international attendees every year.

i-KNOW 2014 aims at advancing research at the intersection of disciplines such as Knowledge Discovery, Semantics, Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, Social (Semantic) and Ubiquitous Computing. The goal of integrating these approaches is to create cognitive computing systems that will enable humans to utilize massive amounts of data.
We are specifically interested in the integration of data-centric and user-centric approaches and welcome contributions from both ends of the spectrum. You will find the conference website at www.i-know.at.
Note to i-KNOW veterans:
For the past 13 years, i-KNOW has focused on knowledge technologies which build the basis for knowledge management. In the light of new trends such as big data and the massive utilization of mobile devices we think it is time to embrace new developments in order to create systems which interact naturally with humans, learn from their experiences and generate and evaluate evidence-based hypotheses. That is, we interpret cognitive computing as the convergence of various knowledge technologies research fields. On the other hand, data-driven business represents the business perspective on cognitive computing and takes application specific knowledge (such as semantics) into account.

Co-located Conferences: We are proud to announce that EC-TEL 2014 (European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning) will be co-located with i-KNOW 2014 in Graz. Therefore, we are also specifically interested in workshops which bridge the two conferences.
Topics historically covered at our conference (such as semantics, LOD, social semantic web) will also be integrated into i-KNOW 2014 and contributions are encouraged to cover these topics.

Workshops at i-KNOW should form distinguished meeting points for discussing ongoing work on

  • research topics at the intersection of different knowledge technology disciplines (such as Knowledge Discovery, Semantics, Information Visualization, Visual Analytics, Social (Semantic) and Ubiquitous Computing)
  • data-driven business approaches to specific application domains (such as Life Sciences, Smart Mobility and Energy, Science 2.0 and Open Science, Digital Libraries)

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Algorithmic and technological developments in knowledge discovery, information retrieval and social computing
  • Visual interfaces and human computer interaction for knowledge analysis and computing
  • Natural language processing on the Web and corresponding evaluation initiatives
  • Applications and scientific competitions of machine learning in engineering, Life Sciences, and knowledge management
  • Algorithmic developments and applications of semantic web technologies and linked data engineering in general as well as in specific domains
  • Digital libraries and Science 2.0
  • Multimedia-centred knowledge technologies
  • Algorithmic developments and applications of social computing and ubiquitous personal computing
  • Graphical recommender systems and adaptive systems
  • Real-time assistance using augmented reality, context-aware computing and ubiquitous visual analytics
  • Shared tasks on natural language processing
  • Ubiquitous personal computing supporting learning and creativity
  • Computer-supported work and learning

GENERAL INFORMATION AND CRITERIA

Each proposal will be reviewed by the members of the programme committee, and ranked based on the overall quality of the proposal and the workshop’s matching to the conference as detailed below. Workshop duration can be half a day or a full day.

The criteria for judging the quality of workshop proposals are as follows:

  • Workshops cover topics falling in the general scope of the i-KNOW conference.
  • Workshops are intended to be genuinely interactive events and not mini-conferences.
  • We welcome workshops with creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions.
  • Workshops should have a clear focus on a specific technology, problem or application.
  • There is potentially a significant community interested in the workshop’s topic.
  • We strongly advise having more than one organizer and no more than four, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop topic.

ORGANIZATION OF WORKSHOP

In the case that overlapping workshops are proposed, the workshop chair may contact the organisers to discuss the possibility of merging workshops. Please note that the duration of a workshop might need to be adjusted based on the overall number of submissions received. Workshops that receive less than 5 submissions or have less than 10 people registered at the early registration deadline might be cancelled.
The organizers of accepted workshops will be responsible for their own reviewing process, publicity (e.g., website, timelines and call for papers), and proceedings production. They will be required to closely cooperate with the Workshop Chair and the i-KNOW 2014 organizers to finalize all organizational details.

REGISTRATION FEES

Workshop attendees must pay the i-KNOW 2014 full conference registration fee.
Each workshop that attracts more than 10 registered participants (excluding the organizers) will get one free full registration for the conference. This registration can be used to cover the expenses of an invited speaker. Travel subsidiaries for workshop keynoters are negotiable and quality dependent.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Workshop proposals have to be submitted via EasyChair at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iknowworkshops2014 . Each proposal must consist of a single PDF document written in English, not longer than 3 pages, which contains the following information:

  1. The title and brief technical description of the workshop, specifying its goals and motivation.
  2. A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time. A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest, the workshop audience, as well as the expected number of participants.
  3. A brief description (draft outline) of the proposed workshop format, discussing the mix of events and
  4. A list of (potential) members of the programme committee (at least 50% have to be known and confirmed at the time of the proposal).
  5. An indication of whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day or full-day event.
  6. Related Workshops and Conferences: Is this the continuation of a workshop series or a new workshop to address an emerging issue? Please provide information about past versions of this workshop and other related workshops (including URLs and submission/acceptance counts, if available).
  7. Names and contact information of the workshop organizers/chair(s) (name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair’s expertise for the workshop including past experience in organizing/facilitating workshops). Preferably a single contact person per submission.

The workshop chairs will engage with ACM or IEEE for publishing the workshop papers in the supplementary proceedings of i-KNOW 2014. This depends on the quality of the accepted workshops.

IMPORTANT DATES

Workshop Proposals due: Feb 14, 2014 – EXTENDED
Notification of Acceptance: Feb 27, 2014 – EXTENDED
Workshop website due: March 17, 2014 – EXTENDED
Workshop camera-ready proceedings due: Jun 10, 2014
Workshop day: Sep 16, 2014

SUGGESTED TIMELINE FOR WORKSHOPS

We suggest the following timeline for the organization of the workshops:

Submission deadline: April 16, 2014
Notifications: May 16, 2014
Camera ready version: June 5, 2014

WORKSHOP CHAIRS

Harald Sack (Hasso-Plattner Institute for IT Systems Engineering, Germany)
email: harald.sack@hpi.uni-potsdam.de
Michael Granitzer (University of Passau, Germany)
email: michael.granitzer@uni-passau.de
Stefanie Lindstaedt (Graz University of Technology & Know-Center Graz, Austria)
email: slind@know-center.at

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

  • Sören Auer (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Siegfried Handschuh (DERI Galway, Ireland)
  • Andreas Hotho (University of Würzburg, Germany)
  • Harald Kosch (University of Passau, Germany)
  • Dunja Mladenic (Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
  • Axel Polleres (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
  • Klaus Tochtermann (ZBW, University of Kiel, Germany)
  • Raphael Troncy (EURECOM, France)
  • Monica Divitini (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Hendrik Drachsler (Open University, Nederlands)