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The Fifth International Conference on Advances
in Semantic Processing


November 20-25, 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Papers

The inaugural International Conference on Advances in Semantic Processing, SEMAPRO 2007, was initiated considering the complexity of understanding and processing information. Semantic processing considers contextual dependencies and adds to the individually acquired knowledge emergent properties and understanding. Hardware and software support and platforms were developed for semantically enhanced information retrieval and interpretation. Searching for video, voice and speech [VVS] raises additional problems to specialized engines with respect to text search. Contextual searching and special patterns-based techniques are current solutions.

With the progress on ontology, web services, semantic social media, semantic web, deep web search /deep semantic web/, semantic deep web, semantic networking and semantic reasoning, SEMAPRO 2011 constitutes the stage for the state-of-the-art on the most recent advances.

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

Basics on semantics
Fundamental of semantics processing
Semantic-based techniques for feature selection
Semantic-based pruning
Semantic interoperability
Semantics uncertainty
Semantics pre-processing and post-processing
Semantics harmonization
Constraint-based semantics processing
Embedded semantics into the discovery process
Semantics in spatial and spatio-temporal models

Ontology fundamentals for semantic processing
Ontology learning
Ontology for semantic interoperability
Ontologies and data pre-processing
Ontology-based evaluation and semantic patterns
Global core ontologies
Progressive ontologies
Bridging semantics through ontologies
Ontology mapping and ontology visualization
Ontology in information systems
Ontology-based semantic mediation
Ontology design and maintenance for conceptual model integration
Reverse engineering of ontologies from conceptual models

Semantic technologies  
Basics of Ontology and Semantic Web
Semantic storing, computing, representation, communications
Semantic-driven system design
Syntactic and semantic processing models
Hardware and software support for semantic processing
Microprocessors for semantic processing
Multi-model semantic systems
Semantic annotation of multimedia supports
Semantic multimedia information retrieval
Natural language semantic processing
Context-based semantic processing
Content-based semantic processing
Scalability to the Web level
Performance in semantic processing
Information security in semantic processing

Semantic Deep Web
Ontology plug-in search
Information extraction from the Deep Web /e-commerce sites/
Semantic Deep Web annotation and indexing
Deep Web-based ontology
Semantic Deep Web crawlers
Semantic browsing and visualization
Semantic Deep Web data fusion
Semiautomatic ontology generation
Metrics for quality of ontology
Similarity measures for ontology alignment
Measurements for quality of search
Tools for semantic Deep Web

Semantic reasoning
Reasoning methods
Reasoning for the Web
Ontology expressiveness
Ontology alignment, mapping and merging
Expressing formal semantics
Languages (RDF, RDF Schema, OWL, etc)
Robustness of reasoning on the Web
Patterns on semantic reasoning
Querying and searching
Scalable and tolerant reasoning
Dynamic reasoning for the Semantic Web
Ontologies and problem-solving methods
Computational learning theory
Approximate reasoning/computing
Strategies for abstraction and compression of information
Cognitive semantic reasoning
Attention semantic scoping
Recency-based self-optimizing memory
Cost-benefit trade-off reasoning models
Negotiation in obtaining near-optimal reasoning results under bounded resources

Semantic content searching
Methodologies for innovative information retrieval technologies
Combinatorial search
Massive search-spaces with heuristics (e.g., based on Monte Carlo simulations)
Searching using metadata, semantics, and ontology
Advanced searching in digital libraries
Advanced use of RDF and OWL
Expressiveness of the content ontologies
Inherent inconsistency and incompleteness of data on the Web
Scalability of semantic processing
Specialized search engines (Hakia, Matrixware and seekda)

Hypertext and hypermedia semantic
Hypertext techniques and semantic applications
Hypertext and ontologies
Hypertext semantic models
Spatial semantic hypertext
Self-organized hypertext
Semantic adaptive hypertext
Web and hypertext link analysis
Hypertexts and semantic Web
Hypertext semantic applications

Semantic voice-video-speech (VVS) searching
Engines and methods for VVS advanced searching
Patterns in VVS searching
Contextual VVS searching
Rapid VVS searching
Accuracy in VVS searching       
Noise in VVS searching
Performance in VVS searching
Metrics for VVS searching
Text and VVS searching
Applications of VVS

Semantic multimedia
Efficient storage of structured data that scale to a very large size
Automatic generation of multimedia presentations
Advanced process for multimedia information mining
Semantic metadata extraction
Annotation tools and methods for content semantics
Media ontology generation/learning/reasoning
Semantic multimedia streaming
Semantics enabled multimedia applications /annotation/browsing/storage/retrieval/visualization

Semantic social media
Community detection and evolution in social media
Recommendation and ranking systems
Search in social media
Event detection, trend identification and tracking in social media
Influence, trust and reputation in social media
Opinion/sentiment analysis, polarity identification
Feed distillation and ranking blogs
Mining microblogging and real time data
Folksonomy, tag semantics, clustering and usage
Advertising models for the social web
Indexing social media content, index freshness
Visualizing social network data
Spam detection, social network spam and profile spam

Semantic networking
Semantic-based QoS (Quality of Service) control and scheduling
Semantic QoE (Quality of Experience) evaluation
Semantic-based Internet data streaming and delivery
Semantics enabled networking and middleware
Semantic routing
Semantic interfaces

Domain-oriented semantic applications
Semantics for managing pharmaceutical data
Semantic processing for biomedical knowledge
Speech, text and picture recognition
Semantic email workflow and content
Semantic blogs and wikis
Semantic email addressing
Semantic web and digital libraries
Semantic processing in e-Health
Semantic-driven tutoring systems

Economics and governance of semantics technologies
Organizational views
Cross-nation mediation

Semantic applications/platforms/tools
Market for semantic technologies
Applications, services and systems based on semantic processing
User friendly semantic system integration tools
Ontology-based data transformation and data migration tools
Ontology mapping tools and languages
Ontology-enabled interoperability in e-science, life sciences, e-business, culture
Commercial cost models for semantic applications
Semantic solutions for business intelligence
Semantic processing platforms
Supporting ontology platforms/tools (Protégé, etc)
Semantic query languages (SPARQL, etc)
Ontology-enabled search engines
Semantic Web search engines
Interoperability of data, systems, and organizations
Experiments and lessons learned
Standard activities



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) June 20, 2011 July 15, 2011
Notification August 31, 2011
Registration September 15, 2011
Camera ready September 20, 2011

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as poster.  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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