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The Fourth International Conference on Information, Process, and Knowledge Management

eKNOW 2012

January 30 - February 4, 2012 - Valencia, Spain

Call for Papers

The variety of the systems and applications and the heterogeneous nature of information and knowledge representation require special technologies to capture, manage, store, preserve, interpret and deliver the content and documents related to a particular target.

Progress in cognitive science, knowledge acquisition, representation, and processing helped to deal with imprecise, uncertain or incomplete information. Management of geographical and temporal information becomes a challenge, in terms of volume, speed, semantic, decision, and delivery.

Information technologies allow optimization in searching an interpreting data, yet special constraints imposed by the digital society require on-demand, ethics, and legal aspects, as well as user privacy and safety.

Nowadays, there is notable progress in designing and deploying information and organizational management systems, experts systems, tutoring systems, decision support systems, and in general, industrial systems.

Capturing, representing, and manipulating knowledge was and still is a fascinating and extremely useful challenge from both theoretical and practical perspective. Using validated knowledge for information and process management, and for decision support mechanisms raises a series of questions the conference is aimed at.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. 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 Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.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 topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Knowledge fundamentals
Knowledge acquisition, processing, and management
Linguistic knowledge representation
Knowledge modeling and virtualization
Types of knowledge: structural, behavioral, relationships, etc.
Knowledge representation: visual-picture, connectionist model, semi-structured [a la workflow], structured/formal
Knowledge acquisition status: potential new knowledge, guessed semantics, confirmed semantics, auditing confirmed semantics, etc.
Knowledge update: probable insertion, validated insertion, auditing the insertion periodically based on new knowledge, etc.

Knowledge identification and discovery
Mining for knowledge
Knowledge identification: semantic-ID, etc.
Knowledge discovery: how to express knowledge requests?, how to find knowledge?, etc.
Knowledge refinement: after many acquisitions, former knowledge can change semantically or structurally, etc.
Knowledge clustering

Knowledge management systems
Knowledge data systems
Industrial systems
Context-aware and self-management systems
Imprecision/Uncertainty/Incompleteness in databases
Cognitive science and knowledge agent-based systems
Databases and mobility in databases
Zero-knowledge systems
Expert systems
Tutoring systems
Digital libraries

Knowledge management (KM) and event processing (EP)

Methodologies and approaches to overcome technical hurdles and improve the interplay between KM and EP; Applications from various domains (e.g. financial, manufacturing, trading, telecommunication, service), which benefit from an integrated KM and EP; see details

Knowledge semantics processing and ontology
Dynamic knowledge ontology; 
Collaborative knowledge ontology
Knowledge matching
Contextual reasoning
Tools for knowledge ontology
Context-based information extraction
Knowledge trading systems
Knowledge exchange portals;
Cognitive sytems and knowledge processing
Human aspects in knowledge processing

Process analysis and modeling
Analysis and development of business architectures
Data mining and information retrieval for business processes
Business process modelling
Business process composition
Analysis and management lifecycle
Reasoning on business processes
Optimization of business processes
Adaptive business processes
Business process reengineering
Integration of processes
Process discovery
Business process quality
Resource allocation

Process management
Criteria for measurement of business process models
Monitoring business processes
Business process visualization
Management of business process integration
On-demand business transformation
Performance measurement
Conformance and risk management
Business transformation
Packaged industry applications
Industry solutions

Information management
Informational mining/retrieval/classification
Geographic and spatial data infrastructures
Information technologies
Information management systems
Information ethics and legal evaluations
Optimization and information technology
Organizational information systems

Decision support systems
Multi-criteria decision theory
Artificial intelligence
Adaptive design for decision support systems
Support technologies: knowledge-driven, data-driven, model-driven, and geographically-driven systems
Support methods: artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, and genetic/evolutionary algorithms
Modeling, interfaces, and performance
Applications using decision support systems



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) September. 5 September 20, 2011
Notification October 23, 2011 November 7, 2011
Registration November 7, 2011 November 22, 2011
Camera ready November 7, 2011 November 22, 2011

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

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

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.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

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

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides, including industrial presentations)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas 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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