ISWC 2004 Workshop on

Semantic Web Technology for Mobile and Ubiquitous Applications

7 November 2004, Hiroshima, Japan

Motivation Related events Topics of interest Submissions Publication Program Important Dates Program Committee Organisers


Mobile and ubiquitous computing refers to an emerging computing paradigm that aims at providing hardware and software means for offering user-friendly information and communication services, anywhere and anytime. The central concept is to empower users through a digital environment that is aware of their presence and context, able to provide personalized services to their requirements, capable of anticipating their behaviour and responding to their presence. An essential aspect for the ubiquitous vision to become true is therefore the provisioning of small, handheld, wireless computing devices that enable interaction between users and environments (e.g., sensors, actuators, interactive screens, displays, etc.), and computing elements (usually hardwired) that carry out specific networking functions such as data processing, storage and routing. These devices offer functionalities that can be described, advertised and discovered by others and they are eventually able to interoperate even though they have not been designed to work together. This type of interoperability is based on the ability to understand other devices and reason about their functionalities when necessary. Knowledge deployed in mobile and ubiquitous applications is therefore pervasive, distributed, heterogeneous, and dynamic by nature. In this respect, mobile and ubiquitous applications can benefit from marrying the Semantic Web, which provides the infrastructure for the extensive usage of distributed knowledge, to be deployed for modelling devices functionalities and add meaning (through ontologies), enabling lightweight discovery and composition of device functionalities (using annotations and reasoning for service matchmaking), and coordination of processes (using negotiation strategies). The ability to appropriately combine ubiquity and semantic grounded data sharing has generated and is continuously triggering challenging questions in several areas of computer science, engineering and networking.
The workshop on Semantic Web technology for mobile and ubiquitous applications aims to gather input covering the above mentioned challenges, and it is intended as a lively forum of discussion for bringing together and fostering the interaction of practitioners and researchers coming from the many disciplines contributing to the design and deployment of mobile and ubiquitous applications in a semantic-grounded perspective.

Related Events

  • First International Semantic Web Services Symposium (AAAI Spring Symposium Series), March 2224, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Agents for Ubiquitous Computing workshop (AAMAS 2004 workshop), July 20, 2004, New York City, USA
  • Mobiquitous 04: the first annual international conference on mobile and ubiquitous systems: networking and services, August 22-25, Boston, MA, USA
  • SIMIS: Semantic Intelligent Middleware for Interoperable Systems. To be held in conjunction with ECAI 04, Valencia, Spain, August 22-27
  • Ubicomp 2004: The Sixth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing Nottingham, UK, September 7-10, 2004

Topics of Interest

The main topics of interest include but are not restricted to:
  • Lightweight semantic negotiation for mobile and ubiquitous applications;
  • Semantic Web and p2p;
  • Ontologies for mobile and ubiquitous systems;
  • Semantic Web Technology for Context aware applications;
  • Personalisation;
  • Knowledge representation, discovery and management in mobile and ubiquitous applications;
  • Knowledge representation, discovery and management for semantic web services in mobile and ubiquitous environments;
  • Semantic web services;
  • Dynamic composition of semantic web services;
  • Agent technologies for mobile and ubiquitous systems;
  • Integration of agent-based services and web services;
  • Mobile and ubiquitous databases and information retrieval.


Papers are solicited for any of the
topics of interest listed above. We invite contributions of different kinds. We solicit regular research papers which may report on: In addition, we invite people wishing to participate in the workshop to submit a short position paper concerning statements of interest, or technical or policy issues. Spaces will be limited and those who have submitted a paper will be given priority for registration.
Both type of papers will provide the framework for the discussions during the workshop. Papers must be written in English.
Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three members of the programme committee, and selected on the basis of their relevance and originality.
Both research and position papers should be formatted according to the official formatting guidelines of the ISWC'04 main conference (LNAI style available online at: Research papers should not exceed twelve pages, while position statements should not exceed five pages. The URL of the paper in Postscript, Adobe PDF format can be submitted electronically.
Electronic submissions: Please follow the link


All accepted papers (both technical and position papers) will be available on the day of the workshop in a set of working notes. Accepted papers will also be made available in electronic format before the day of the workshop.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline July, 28th (extended from July 15th)
Notification of acceptanceSeptember, 7th
Camera ready dueOctober, 1st
Workshop November, 7th

Programme Committee (to be confirmed)

Richard Benjamins, iSOCO, Spain
Michael Berger, Siemens, Germany
Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy
Patricia Charlton, Motorola, France
Kendall Clark, MINDLAB, University of Maryland, USA
Fabien Gandon, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Floriana Grasso, University of Liverpool, UK
Dominic Greenwood, Whitestein Technologies AG, Switzerland
Matthias Klusch, DFKI, Germany
Manolis Koubarakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Shoji Kurakake, NTT DoCoMo, Japan
Yannis Labrou, Fujitsu Labs of America, USA
Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Enrico Motta, KMI, UK
Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy
Filip Perich, Cougaar Software, USA
Stefan Poslad, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dave de Roure, University of Southampton, UK
Norman Sadeh, Mobile Commerce Lab, CMU, USA
Akio Sashima, AIST, Japan
Steffen Staab, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Simon Thompson, Intelligent Systems Lab, BTexact Technologies, UK
Chris van Aart, Acklin BV, The Netherlands
Steven Wilmott, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Franco Zambonelli, University of Modena, Italy


All enquiries and submissions should be directed to the contact person:

Monique Calisti
Whitestein Technologies AG
Gotthardstrasse 50
8002, Zurich, Switzerland

Chiara Ghidini
Via Sommarive, 18
Povo, 38050, Trento, Italy

Kaoru Hiramatsu
NTT Communication Science Laboratories
NTT Corporation
2-4, Hikaridai, Seika-cho,
Soraku-gun, Kyoto, Japan

Terry Payne
Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group
University of Southampton
Southampton, SO14 2GH, UK

Valentina Tamma (main contact)
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Chadwick Building, Peach Street,
Liverpool L69 7ZF
United Kingdom,
Tel. +44-151-794 6797
Fax. +44-151-794 3715

Last modified, June 14th 2004