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ECML/PKDD-2002 Workshop Call for Papers

2nd Workshop on Semantic Web Mining

In conjunction with

13th European Conference on Machine Learning (ECML'02)

6th European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (PKDD'02)

19-23 August 2002

Helsinki, Finland

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The Semantic Web Mining workshop is a follow-up to last year's workshop at ECML/PKDD, the first workshop on that topic at a large international conference. Our intention to bring together researchers and practitioners from the two fast-developing research areas Semantic Web and Web Mining has resulted in a very successful workshop. The goal of this year's workshop is to continue and extend this sucessful start.

In the workshop, we want to discuss the use of XML, RDF, ontologies, and logics for the three web mining areas; and the support of web mining techniques for building (XML and RDF) schemes and ontologies. Recent advances in Web site design that pay increasing attention to the need for a clear semantic structure underlying the information architecture of a site, have prepared the ground for both broader and deeper applications of semantic mining technologies. Similarly, new developments in mining such as the increasing analysis of usage information for personalising Web sites, pose new challenges for semantic encodings of Web resources.

There are quite a number of people from different communities that approach the field of Semantic Web Mining from different, interesting angles. The goal of the workshop is to establish and enhance communiction between these communities.

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: 24 May 2002

Notification of acceptance: 14 June 2002

Deadline for final contributions: 1 July 2002

Workshop at ECML/PKDD-2002: 20 August 2002

Submission Information

Authors will be asked to place their contributions in relation to the following, overarching, stages of the Semantic Web Mining process. This will help to structure the workshop and intensify discussion and exchange between the different approaches:

Mining for Building the Semantic Web ·
Exploiting Semantics for Web Mining ·
Mining the Semantic Web ·
Closing the Loop: How do the three previous topics interact? ·

Subtopics include, but are not limited to:

Web Usage, Content, and Structure Mining for Discovering Semantics ·
Concept Taxonomies (e.g. product hierarchies) and Web Mining ·
Using the Syntactic Layer (XML) for Semantic Web Mining ·
Using the Vocabulary Layer (e.g. RDF-Schema) for Semantic Web Mining ·
Using the Logical Layer (e.g. Description Logics/OIL) for Semantic Web Mining ·
User Profiling, Segmentation and Interpretation with Background Knowledge ·
Using Background Knowledge for Web Mining ·
Metadata-based Text Mining ·
Text Mining for Creating Metadata ·
Learning Taxonomies and Ontologies from the Web ·
Metadata Harvesting ·
Information Extraction with Machine Learning ·
Applications of Semantic Web Mining ·

We also encourage submissions which relate research results from other areas (e.g., relational data mining, information retrieval, knowledge representation) to the workshop topics.

We invite contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in topics related to the purpose of the workshop. Persons interested in participating should submit either a technical paper (less than 6000 words) or a position paper (less than 1500 words) addressing new research issues. In addition, we solicit proposals for panel discussions. Submit before May 24, 2002 in electronic form (strongly preferred!) in postscript or pdf to: Although not required for the initial submission, we recommend to use the Springer's LNCS format (, as this will be the required format for accepted papers.

Alternatively, printed copies can be sent to:

Andreas Hotho
Institute AIFB University of Karlsruhe
D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany

People who want to attend the workshop have to be registered to the main conference ECML/PKDD-2002. Workshop proceedings will be distributed among registered participants at the workshop. The conference will probably provide a joint paper style for the proceedings. In addition, there will be a joint Web-publication of all the workshop proceedings after the conference. Hence, electronic submissions to the workshops are strongly encouraged.

Organizing Committee

Bettina Berendt
Abteilung Pädagogik und Informatik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 7
D-10117 Berlin, Germany

Andreas Hotho
AIFB, Universität Karlsruhe
D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany

Gerd Stumme
AIFB, Universität Karlsruhe
D-76128 Karlsruhe, Germany

Program Committee

Soumen Chakrabarti (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay) (requested)
Rosine Cicchetti (Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille) (requested)
Stefan Decker (Stanford University, Palo Alto)
Ronen Feldman (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan)
Stefan Haustein (Universität Dortmund)
Klaus-Peter Huber (SAS, Heidelberg) (requested)
Jörg-Uwe Kietz (Swiss Life, Zürich)
Nada Lavrac (Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana)
Alexander Mädche (FZI Research Center at the University of Karlsruhe)
Tom Mitchell (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh) (requested)
Bamshad Mobasher (DePaul University, Chicago)
Claire Nedellec (Université Paris Sud)
John R. Punin (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.)
Myra Spiliopoulou (Handelshochschule Leipzig)
Rudi Studer (Universität Karlsruhe)
Stefan Wrobel (Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg)