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First International Workshop on
Ontologies in Interactive Systems
1st of September 2008, Liverpool, U.K.
held in conjunction with
Liverpool John Moores University, 1-5 september 2008
Programme now available (also in PDF)
Nature and Scope of the workshop
The aim of ONTORACT'08, First International Workshop on using
Ontologies in Interactive Systems, is to stage a multi-disciplinary
event, bringing together researchers and application developers from a
variety of disciplines, but who all have in common the use of
ontologies as an essential part of managing user interaction and
Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge, are currently
widely in use in computer science research. So far they have mainly
been used as tools for creating and managing large terminologies
(e.g. medical controlled vocabularies) and taxonomies (e.g. gene
ontology) and in applications of Natural Language Processing
(NLP). However, ontologies can also be used as extremely powerful
modelling tools. A yet untapped but emerging domain of application is
to use ontologies for user and task modelling. While there is
currently a wide diversity of efforts and many scattered projects on
these topics, the goal of ONTORACT is to highlight both what is common
and complementary within the diversity of efforts. By bringing
experts and researchers under a single roof, the workshop organisers
hope that it will foster exchange of experience and expertise and
foment future collaboration between the workshop participants.
Topics of interest
Topics of interest, include but are not limited to:
- Ontologies for accessibility and assistive technology
- Ontologies for digital inclusion of elderly and special need users
- Ontologies for user modelling, adaptation and personalisation
- Ontologies for multimodal interaction
- Ontologies in web applications
- Ontologies in pervasive environment
- Ontologies in Intelligent Transport Systems
- Ontologies and tutoring and dialogue systems
- Ontologies and recommender systems
- Ontologies for information retrieval
- Various applications of ontologies in interactive systems
This year, the workshop's special theme will be applications of
ontologies to inclusion and accessibility to the digital society.
Therefore, the workshop will be particularly interested in looking at
applications aiming to improve accessibility to the digital society
for elderly and special need users
A keynote speaker will be invited to make a presentation on the
theme of Digital Inclusion. The morning session will be dedicated
to general applications of ontologies and interactive systems. The
afternoon session will be dedicated to applications to accessibility,
assistive technology and digital inclusion. Should there be
sufficient interest, we will also consider organising a poster
The workshop organisers aim at establishing a two way
dialogue. Some researchers may currently be working on areas relevant
to digital inclusion but have so far failed to spot the potentials of
their research for accessibility applications. This could be the case
for example with applications of multimodal ontologies which have so
far limited themselves to medium constraints (as opposed to user
constraints). Conversely, solutions specifically designed to address
challenges faced by users with special needs may appear relevant for
broader applications, as it is in fact often the case in HCI. This
could be the case for example when using smart pervasive environments.
The workshop aims to serve as a platform for increasing awareness of the
challenges of digital inclusion facing elderly and special need users,
as well as promoting technologies and solutions to successfully
address these challenges.
All submissions will be published by the IEEE Computer Society in a
special ONTORACT'08 workshop proceedings volume. In addition, all the
papers will also be available through IEEE Xplore™ and through the
IEEE Computer Society Digital Library.
Authors of selected papers presented at the workshop
will be invited to submit extended version of their
submission for inclusion in a journal special issue.
Manuscripts should be written in English. Papers should be prepared according to the 8.5" x 11"
IEEE Computer Society standards.
- Long paper: up to 10 pages
- Short paper: up to 6 pages
in IEEE two-column format.
Only IEEE Xplore™-compliant PDF files can be accepted for final paper submissions.
submissions will be handled via EasyChair
- Long & short paper submission: 12th of July 2008
- Notification of Acceptance: 1st of August 2008
- Camera-ready papers: 15th of August 2008
- Workshop: 1st of September 2008
The registration fee for the workshop is UKP 80. Please
the HCI 2008 conference website