First International Workshop on
Ontologies in Interactive Systems

1st of September 2008, Liverpool, U.K.

held in conjunction with HCI 2008,
Liverpool John Moores University, 1-5 september 2008

Workshop 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 interactive systems.

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

Special Theme

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 session.

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.

Workshop Proceedings

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.

Submission Guidelines

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.

Formatting Instructions:

Only IEEE Xplore™-compliant PDF files can be accepted for final paper submissions.

Paper submissions will be handled via EasyChair

Important Dates

  • 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

Registration fee:

The registration fee for the workshop is UKP 80. Please register though the HCI 2008 conference website


If you have any enquiry, please contact: Matt-Mouley Bouamrane with email title: "ONTORACT'08 enquiry":

mBouamrane [at] cs [dot] man [dot] ac [dot] uk

Program Chairs and Commitee

Program Chairs:

  • Matt-Mouley BOUAMRANE, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Saturnino LUZ, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Masood MASOODIAN, University of Waikato, New-Zealand

    Program Commitee:

  • Khurshid AHMAD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Mariano ALCANIZ, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
  • Tobias BURGER, Salzburg Research Institute, Austria
  • Richard CHBEIR, Université de Bourgogne, France
  • Sally-Jo CUNNINGHAM, University of Waikato, New-Zealand
  • Gavin DOHERTY, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Mahmoud GHORBEL, Laboratoire HANDICOM, Evry, France
  • Christophe GRAVIER, Université Jean Monnet - Saint Etienne, France
  • Allel HADJALI, IRISA/ENSSAT, Lannion, France
  • Conor HAYES, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Rachid KADOUCHE, Laboratoire DOMUS - Université de Sherbrooke (QC), Canada
  • Shuaib KARIM, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Harald Kosch, University Passau, Germany
  • Kristina MASUWA-MORGAN, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom
  • Mounir MOKHTARI, Laboratoire HANDICOM, Evry, France
  • Željko OBRENOVIC, Centre for Mathematics and Computer Sciences (CWI), Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Federica PAGANELLI, Italian National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications, Italy
  • Eric PARDEDE, La Trobe University , Australia
  • Bijan PARSIA, University of Manchester, UK
  • Bram Pellens, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium
  • Daniele RADICIONI, Università di Torino, Italy
  • Jean Vanderdonckt, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium
  • Manolis WALLACE, University of Peloponnese, Greece
  • Yeliz YESILADA, University of Manchester, United Kingdom