Workshop Programme now available (also in PDF)
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.
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.
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.
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