Co-located Events PDF Print E-mail

The ESWC also represents an ideal location for other events among the semantic researcher community, as it is the primary European gathering place for leading and up-and-coming researchers in the field. Hence, again this year, the ESWC will see a number of co-located events taking place during the conference days. All participants of the ESWC2009 are invited to join the events taking place on Monday 1st of June, 2009.

May 30-31, 2009:
Active Project Meeting (participation by invitation only)

June 1st, 2009:

3rd STI International Roadmapping Workshop

LarKC Workshop

LarKC Reception

June 2nd, 2009

1st EU 'Matchmaking' Event

June 3rd, 2009

EU FP7 ICT Call 5 Strategic Objective 4.3, Intelligent Information Management Session

chaired by Dr. Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit "Technologies for Information Management"

PhD Symposium PDF Print E-mail

The PhD Symposium will take place on the 1st of June 2009 in the Polymnia Room .

Each full paper has assigned a 30 minutes slot, which will include a 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for questions and comments.
Each contribution is assigned a mentor who will give detailed comments on the presented work.
This year's mentors are: Mathieu d'Aquin, Paolo Bouquet, Paul Buitelaar, Jerome Euzenat, Pascal Hitzler, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Velentina Presutti.
Each poster paper will be advertised with a 10 minutes presentation. Posters will then be available for discussion both during the breaks of the symposium and during the main poster session of the conference, on the 2nd of June.

Detailed Program:

09:00-09:10 Welcome and Introductions
09:10-09:40 Christian Meilicke. The Relevance of Reasoning and Alignment Incoherence in Ontology Matching
09:40-10:10 Liping Zhou. Dealing with Inconsistencies in DL-Lite Ontologies
10:10-10:20 Stuart Taylor. Lightweight Rule Extended Ontology Languages
10:20-10:30 Nophadol Jekjantuk. Reasoning and Query Answering for Metamodeling Enabled Ontologies
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Fouad Zablith. Evolva: A Comprehensive Approach to Ontology Evolution
11:30-12:00 Carola Carstens. Effects of Using a Research Context Ontology for Query Expansion
12:00-12:10 Brian Davis.Sovereign - Natural Language Interfaces for authoring, annotating and accessing Knowledge on the Semantic Desktop
12:10-12:20 Christian Fuerber. Ontology-based Data Quality Management: Methodology, Cost, and Benefits
12:20-12:30 Carlo Allocca. Expliciting Semantic Relations Between Ontologies in Large Ontology Repositories
12:30-12:40 Srdjan Komazec.Reactive Sematic Execution Environment
12:40-12:50 James Scicluna. Practical Web Service Composition with Parametric Design
12:50-13:00 Laura Silveira Mastella. Semantic Annotation of Oilfield Models
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:00 Marcin Davies. Towards a Semantic Infrastructure for User Generated Mobile Services
15:00-15:30 Henar Muñoz. Towards a Semantic Service Broker for Business Grid
15:30-16:00 Matthias Hert. Relational Databases as Semantic Web Endpoints
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Stefan Zander. A Context-Aware Approach for Integrating Semantic Web Technologies onto Mobile Devices
17:00-17:30 Closing and Final Remarks

PhD Symposium Sponsor

altThe aim of NeOn is to create the first ever service-oriented, open infrastructure, and associated methodology, to support the development life-cycle of such a new generation of semantic applications, with the overall goal of extending the state of the art with economically viable solutions. These applications will rely on a network of contextualized ontologies, exhibiting local but not necessarily global consistency.

PhD Student Tavel Grant PDF Print E-mail

We are happy to announce that this year ESWC will provide a travel grant programme to support talented PhD students that face financial difficulties in attending the conference. Funds have been secured for this purpose from the generous contributions of STI International and JSAI. JSAI will sponsor students studying at Japanese universities, so we particularly encourage submissions from these students.
Awards will be distributed taking into account financial needs and academic merit. While the application process for the award is open to all students, we primarily expect submissions from students that encounter financial difficulties in funding their travel. Priority will be given to students that have a paper accepted at the PhD Symposium or are first authors of a paper accepted for the main conference (i.e., Research and In Use tracks), followed by those who are co-authoring a paper in the main conference. We will also consider students that have submitted their own or a joint contribution to a workshop or to the demo session. Affiliation to an STI member institution with reduced research funds might be taken into consideration in a tie situation.

To apply for the award please send the following documents to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the 16th of March 2009:

  • a short description of your research work, your ESWC'09 accepted paper(s) or current workshop/demo submissions, the institution where the PhD is performed and the expected graduation date;
  • an estimate of the funds needed for travelling to ESWC;
  • a letter of support from your supervisor confirming the status of the PhD;
  • a CV.

The value of the awards is not fixed but will be settled on a case-to-case basis according to the financial context and the academic merit of each student. It is unlikely that the award will cover all expenses, so interested students should be prepared to cover the rest of their travel costs.Notifications about the award distribution will be sent by the 6th of April 2009, thus allowing about two months for preparing the travel to the conference. The payment of the award will be performed after the event and as a refund based on actual invoices.

Note: Given that the notification of the award distribution will happen after the early bird registration date, the ESWC’09 organization committee decided that all applicants will still be able to pay the early-bird fee (in those cases when the award will not cover registration). This will be achieved using a voucher system, details of which will be announced shortly.

Report on the distribution of the travel funds.

We are pleased to announce that we have received 23 applications and that the available funds have been used to support the expenses of 16 applicants. Given that all applicants had comparable financial backgrounds, the major decision criterion was their academic achievement for ESWC’09. As a result, 3 non-European applicants with papers accepted in the main research track or at the PhD Symposium were awarded grants of 1000 euros. Further, 10 European applicants with the same achievement level were each awarded 500 euros. Finally, the remaining funds were divided amongst the 3 applicants with workshop papers, each being entitled to approximately 300 euros. Regretfully, we were not able to fund the 6 applicants with poster and demo submissions. However, additionally to these grants, all 23 applicants benefited from a reduction of 15% from the early bird registration fee thus having to pay only a fee of 440 euros. This help was generously offered by STI International.

Note that the received funds can be used to cover any type of expenses encountered during travelling to ESWC’09. Refund will be performed based on receipts and within the amount of the awarded grant.

The members of the PhD Strudent Travel Grant committee were: Marta Sabou (coordinator), John Domingue, Fabio Ciravegna, Riichiro Mizoguchi and Pascal Hitzler.

Online Registration available PDF Print E-mail

The registration to ESWC 2009 is now officially open. Early registration is available until 22nd of March.


For more information about the conditions please click here.

Deadline Extended PDF Print E-mail

The deadline for the demonstration submission has been extended to 23rd of January 2009.

Lightning Talks PDF Print E-mail

At the ESWC2009

We continue the good tradition of hosting a special session of lightning talks. This session allows conference participants to introduce new ideas, commenton issues presented during the conference, calls for collaboration - controversy and discussion are positively encouraged!

Every participant has a two-minute time slot and one (optional) PDF slide available.
There is no review process, so if you are interested in presenting a lightning talk,
please send email to:

Michael Hausenblas

with the subject 'ESWC2009 Lightning Talk'
with your name, affiliation and a one sentence description of your talk

until 12:00 CET on Monday, June 1 to register your interest.

ESWC2009 in Facebook PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 October 2008 14:42

Lora Aroyo has created an ESWC2009 group in Facebook. To join the group please use the following link: ESWC2009


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