WWW 2003 Workshop on E-Services and the Semantic Web

Budapest, Hungary

Tuesday, May 20, 2003


Importand Dates

Submission deadline:
March 10, 2003
April 14, 2003
May 20, 2003




WWW 2003 Workshop on E-Services and the Semantic Web
Budapest, Hungary
Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Workshop Co-Chairs

Fabio Casati, Hewlett-Packard Labs, Palo Alto, USA,
E-mail: fabio_casati@hp.com

Dimitris Plexousakis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Computer Science
Univeristy of Crete
E-mail: dp@csd.uch.gr
Institute of Computer Science,
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)
Science and Technology Park of Crete
Vassilika Vouton, P.O.Box 1385
GR 711 10 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
tel.: +30 (2810) 39 16 37, fax: +30 (2810) 39 16 01
E-mail: dp@csi.forth.gr

Invated talks

Rick Hull, Bell Labs
E-Services Composition: In Search of Fundamentals

Amit Sheth, University of Georgia

Semantic Web Process Lifecycle:
Role of Semantics in Annotation, Discovery, Composition and Orchestration

Francisco Curbera, IBM
Web Services: Application Integration or a New Computing Paradigm?"

Theme of the Workshop

Two important trends are emerging in the World Wide Web. The first is the proliferation of electronic services (e-services) and in particular of Web services. The second is the emergence of the so-called "Semantic Web". The confluence of these trends forms the basis for this workshop. The application of Semantic Web technologies to e-services requires the specification of service capabilities and behaviors. Such descriptions will enable the automation of a variety of tasks, including e-service discovery, invocation, composition and interoperation.

The upcoming technology of electronic services enables the development and deployment of loosely coupled, interoperable, distributed, heterogeneous systems. These will help establish relationships amongst service providers, customers and intermediaries more rapidly and with reduced setup time and cost. The industry has provided the initial building blocks for programmatic access to e-services, through standards such as UDDI, WSDL, ebXML, BPEL and SOAP, and through e-service platforms such as WebLogic, .Net and WebSphere. Nevertheless, many issues remain largely unresolved. In particular, many of the initial goals of the early e-service and Semantic Web visionaries, such as dynamic discovery, binding, and composition of e-services as well as their secure and reliable execution, are yet to be reached. The resolution of these issues, possibly through the provision of machine-interpretable e-service descriptions through the emergence of the Semantic Web, could enable fundamentally new approaches to finding, assembling, executing, and monitoring e-services.

Workshop Topics and Objectives

The "E-Services and the Semantic Web" workshop will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of theoretical foundations, computational techniques, and emerging systems technologies for e-service description, discovery, and composition.
This will include investigation of e-services issues in:

  • the application of the Semantic Web paradigm to e-services
  • workflow and distributed systems (e.g., process models for e-services, transactional properties, security, optimization)
  • AI (e.g., knowledge representation and reasoning, ontologies, planning, and verification)
  • databases (e.g., metadata, data management)

The workshop will also address principled applications of these technologies in areas such as e-commerce, e-business, health care, scientific computing, education, and e- government.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics of interest to the workshop:

  • Formal Models and Languages for Service Description
  • Process Models for Composite Services
  • Service Descriptions and Ontologies
  • Service Registration, Discovery, and Selection
  • Service Assembly, Interoperation, and Re-use
  • Execution and Monitoring of Composite Services
  • Reasoning about Services and Composite Services
  • Verification, Proof and Trust Agents
  • Personalization and Preference Languages
  • Security
  • Cross-enterprise service interoperation
  • Transactional Aspects
  • Performance Aspects
  • Distributed and Ambient Computing
  • Database Services for the Semantic Web
  • Business and Payment Models
  • Standards
  • Applications in Business, Education, Healthcare, Science, Government

Paper Submission and Review

Papers should be submitted via email to the workshop co-chairs (fabio_casati@hp.com, dp@ics.forth.gr).
Papers submitted to the workshop will undergo a peer-review process overseen by the program committee co-chairs. Each paper will be reviewed by three program commitee members. Accepted papers will appear in informal electronic and/or printed proceedings that will be made available prior to the workshop. Selected workshop papers will possibly be invited for inclusion in a special issue of an international journal.

Papers should not exceed 5000 words (approximately 12 pages) in length and must be submitted in Postscript or PDF. Short papers (up to 6 pages) describing early research results are also welcome.

Important Dates

Deadline of electronic submission: March 10 , 2003
Author notification: April 14, 2003
Workshop: May 20, 2003

Workshop Program Committee:

Gustavo Alonso (ETH Zurich)
Boualem Benatallah (Univ. of South Wales)
Bernard Burg (Hewlett-Packard Corp.)
Chris Bussler (Oracle Corp., USA)
Vassilis Christophides (FORTH-ICS, Greece)
Sara Comai (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Jonathan Dale (Fujitsu Labs of America, USA)
Asuman Dogac (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Alon Halevy (Univ. of Washington, USA)
Sheila McIlraith (Stanford University, USA)
Peter Patel-Schneider (Bell Labs, USA)
Barbara Pernici (Politechnico Di Milano, Italy)
Jerome Simeon (Bell Labs, USA)
Mike Wilde (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
Steven Willmott (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)

Workshop Steering Committee:

Fabio Casati (Hewlett-Packard)
Vassilis Christophides (FORTH-ICS Crete, Greece)
Rick Hull (Lucent)
Sheila McIlraith (Stanford University)
Dimitris Plexousakis (University of Crete, Greece)