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Date:         Wed, 8 Oct 2008 06:49:37 +0100
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.253 cfp: Rule Representation, Interchange and Reasoning for IEEE Transactions
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               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 253.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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                     Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu



         Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 06:39:17 +0100
         From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
         Subject: Special Issue IEEE TKDE: Call for Contributions

                                CALL FOR PAPERS

        Rule Representation, Interchange and Reasoning in Distributed,
                          Heterogeneous Environments

      Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering

       Guest Editors: N. Bassiliades, G. Governatori, A. Paschke, J. Dix
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In recent years rule based technologies have enjoyed remarkable adoption
in two areas: (1) Business Rule Processing and (2) Web-Centered
Reasoning. The first trend is caused by the software development life
cycle, which needs to be accelerated at reduced cost. The second trend
is related to the Semantic Web and Service-oriented technologies, which
aim to turn the Web into a huge repository of cross-referenced,
machine-understandable data and processes. For both trends, rules can be
used to extract, derive, transform, and integrate information in a
platform-independent manner. While early rule engines and environments
were complex, expensive to maintain, and not very user friendly, the
current generation of rule technology provides enhanced usability,
scalability and performance, and is less costly. A general advantage of
using rules is that they are usually represented in a platform
independent manner, often using XML. This fits well into today=C3=A2=C2=80=C2=99s
distributed, heterogeneous Web-based system environments. Rules
represented in standardized Web formats can be discovered, interchanged
and invoked at runtime within and across Web systems, and can be
interpreted and executed on any platform.

This special issue solicits state-of-the-art approaches, solutions and
applications in the area of Rule Representation, Reasoning and
Interchange in the context of distributed, (partially) open,
heterogeneous environments, such as the Semantic Web, Intelligent
Multi-Agent Systems, Event-Driven Architectures and Service-Oriented
Computing. We strongly advise that solicited contributions should
clearly identify the target class of applications they enable.


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Topics
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Original contributions, not currently under review or accepted by
another journal, are solicited in relevant areas including (but not
limited to) the following:

- Rule Representation and Languages
     * Rule languages for exchanging and processing information through the
       web
     * Representation and meta-annotation of rules and rule sets for
       publication and interchange
     * Event-driven/action rule languages and models
     * Rule-based event processing languages and rule-based complex event
       processing
     * Modeling of executable rule specifications and tool support
     * Natural-language processing of rules
     * Graphical processing, modeling and rendering of rules
     * Rules in web 2.0, web 3.0, semantic web technologies and web
       intelligence research
- Reasoning and Rule Engines
     * Execution models, rule engines, and environments
     * Rule-based (multi-valued) reasoning with and representing uncertain
       and fuzzy information
     * Rule-based reasoning with non-monotonic negation, modalities,=20
deontic,
       temporal, priority, scoped or other rule qualifications
     * Rule-based default reasoning with default logic, defeasible=20
logic, and
       answer set programming
     * Compilation vs. interpretation approaches of rules
     * Hybrid rule systems
- Rule Interchange and Integration
     * Interchange and refactoring of rule bases in heterogeneous execution
       environments
     * Rule-based agility and its role in middleware
     * Communication between rule based systems using interchange=20
formats and
       processing / communication middleware
     * Information integration of external data and domain knowledge into
rules
     * Homogeneous and heterogeneous integration of rules and ontologies
     * Extraction and reengineering of platform-independent, interchangeable
       rules and rule models from existing platform-specific resources
     * Rule interchange standards and related industry interchange formats
     * Incorporation of rule technology into distributed enterprise
       application architectures
     * Interoperation between different rule formats and ontological domain
       conceptualization
     * Translation of interchangeable and domain-independent rule=20
formats and
       rule models into executable technical rule specifications
- Rule Engineering and Repositories
     * Verification and validation of interchanged rule bases in
       heterogeneous execution environments
     * Practical solutions tackling the real-world software engineering
       requirements of rule-based systems in open, distributed environments
     * Collaborative authoring, modeling and engineering of rule
       specifications and rule repositories
     * Management and maintenance of distributed rule bases and rule
     repositories during their lifecycle
- Web Rule Applications
     * Applications and integration of rules in web standards
     * Applications of rules in the semantic web and pragmatic web
     * Applications based on (semantic) web rule standardization or
       standards-proposing efforts
     * Applications of rules in e.g. legal reasoning, compliance rules,
       security, government, security, risk management, trust and proof
       reasoning, etc.
     * E-contracting and automated negotiations with rule-based declarative
       strategies
     * Specification, execution and management of rule-based policies and
       electronic contracts
     * Rule-based software agents and (web) services
     * Theoretical and/or empirical evaluation of rule-based system
       performance and scalability


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Submission Guidelines
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Prospective authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Information
for Authors as published in recent issues of the journal or at
http://www.computer.org/tkde/. Note that mandatory over-length page charges
and color charges will apply.
Manuscripts should be submitted through the online IEEE manuscript
submission system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cs-ieee.
Updated information of this call can be found at
http://lpis.csd.auth.gr/publications/tkde-si/.


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Schedule
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Deadline for paper submission:     March 1, 2009
Completion of first review:    June 19, 2009
Minor/Major revision due:    August 21, 2009
Final decision notification:     November 6, 2009
Publication materials due:     December 4, 2009
Publication date (tentative):     July 2010


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Guest Editors
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Nick Bassiliades, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
nbassili AT csd.auth.gr

Guido Governatori, NICTA, Australia
guido.governatori AT nicta.com.au

Adrian Paschke, Free University Berlin, Germany
paschke AT inf.fu-berlin.de

Jurgen Dix, Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
dix AT tu-clausthal.de

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