[ecoop-info] CFP: Ontology Driven Software Engineering at OOPSLA 2009

Sergio de Cesare Sergio.deCesare at brunel.ac.uk
Mon Jun 1 11:37:51 CEST 2009

*** Call for Papers ***

International Worksop on Ontology Driven Software Engineering (ODiSE)

at the ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems,  
Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) 2009
Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
October 25-29, 2009 (workshop date to be announced)


This workshop represents the 6th in a series of related OOPSLA  
workshops focusing on the impact of semantics on the development and  
re-engineering of software systems. These workshops include three on  
‘Semantics of Enterprise Integration’ (2001-2003), one on ‘Legacy  
Transformation’ (2004) and one on  ‘Semantic-Based Systems  
Development’ (2007).

The main theme of the workshop is Ontology-Driven Software Engineering  
(ODiSE). ODiSE here refers to the different ways in which ontologies  
(i.e., formalized conceptual models of real world domains) can  
contribute to improving Software Engineering – its processes and its  
artifacts. This use of the term encompasses different and interrelated  
aspects of Software Engineering as a discipline. For example: (1)  
ontological principles can be used as the basis of improved  
development languages; (2) ontologies can help improve the way in  
which software development projects are organized; and (3) ontological  
domain models can drive or refine typical development phases, such as  
requirements, design and implementation.

The motivation for organizing a workshop on ODiSE derives from the  
increased interest that ontologies have generated in recent years  
within the software community. The relevance of ontologies in Software  
Engineering is exemplified, for instance, by the successful OOPSLA  
2007 workshop on ‘Semantic-Based Systems Development’, various OMG and  
W3C initiatives, and commercial products based on ‘semantic  
technologies’. However, regardless of such developments, these efforts  
still represent pioneering initiatives in the field of Software  
Engineering. As the state-of-the-art stands, ODiSE is still in its  
infancy. The adoption of theory and technologies developed by the  
Semantic Web community to enhance Software Engineering appears  
promising, with many areas that are worth investigating and exploring.

The workshop therefore aims to bring together researchers and  
practitioners with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in  
order to discuss and analyze the different perspectives, issues and  
challenges of Ontology-Driven Software Engineering. Researchers and  
practitioners are invited to provide contributions in the form of  
research/case study (max. 15 pages) or position/idea papers (2-3  
pages) related to the workshop theme. Topics include, but are not  
limited to the following:

Topics include, but are not limited to the following:

- Novel ODiSE lifecycle models (for example, dual-lifecycles as in  
domain engineering).
- Project/risk management of ontology-based software systems.
- Ontology-driven guidance of software processes.
- New methodologies, techniques and tools or specializations of  
existing ones.
- Languages: RDF, OWL, UML and novel ontology-based development/ 
programming languages.
- Integrated modeling (e.g., UML and OWL).
- Ontological modeling paradigms (e.g., endurantism vs. perdurantism)  
and resolution of their semantic mismatches.
- Persistence, indexing and mapping of semantic models.
- Relationships between ontology, epistemology and system behavior/ 
- Semantic discovery from legacy sources.
- Model Driven Architecture/Development with ontologies.
- Automated ontology generation and management for software  
development purposes.
- Traceability of software artifacts with ontologies.

Revised versions of the best workshop papers will be considered for  
publication in a special issue of the journal 'Applied Ontology'.

For the submission process and further information please visit the  
ODiSE 2009 Web site at http://fluidity.org.uk/ConferenceCalls/ODiSE2009.html

Important Dates:

- Intent to submit (optional) - anytime.
- Paper submission deadline - August 21, 2009.
- Notification to authors - at least one week prior to early bird  
registration deadline (to be confirmed).
- Submission of revised papers - October 2, 2009.
- Accepted papers uploaded to website - October 9, 2009.
- Workshop - either October 25 or 26, 2009 (to be confirmed).


Sergio de Cesare, (Brunel University, U.K.).
Guido L. Geerts, (University of Delaware, U.S.A.).
Grant Holland, (Sun Microsystems, Inc., U.S.A.).
Mark Lycett, (Brunel University, U.K.).
Chris Partridge, (BORO Solutions Ltd., U.K).

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