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Eighth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
June 16-18, 2014
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Newport Beach, California, USA

The field of Semantic Computing addresses the derivation of semantic information from content and the connection of semantics to knowledge, where "content" may be anything including structured data, video, audio, text, hardware, software, process, etc.

The Eighth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC 2014) continues to foster the growth of a new research community. The conference builds on the success of the past ICSC conferences as an international forum for researchers and practitioners to present research that advances the state of the art and practice of Semantic Computing, as well as identifying emerging research topics and defining the future of the field. The event is located in Newport Beach, California at Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The technical program of ICSC 2014 includes workshops, invited keynotes, paper presentations, panel discussions, industrial 'show and tells', demonstrations, and more. Submissions of high‐quality papers describing mature results or ongoing work are invited.

The main goal of the conference is to foster the dialog between experts in each sub‐discipline. Therefore we especially encourage submissions of work that is interesting to multiple areas, such as multimodal approaches.

Note: ICSC will be held in February from 2015.


Regular Papers, Short Papers, and Industry Papers.  
Authors are invited to submit an 8-page (regular),  4-page (short), or 6‐page (industry) technical  paper manuscript in double-column IEEE format  following the  guidelines  available on the  ICSC20104 web page.

Demonstration Papers and Posters. 
Authors are invited to submit an 2-page (demonstration or poster) technical paper 
manuscript in double-column IEEE format following the guidelines available on the 
ICSC2014 web page.

Workshops Proposals.  
The organizing committee  invites  proposals for workshops to be held in  conjunction with the conference. These will focus  on specific topics of the main  conference. More  information is available on the ICSC2014 web  page.

The Conference Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press. Distinguished quality papers presented at the conference will be selected for publication in internationally renowned journals.

AREAS OF INTEREST INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

Semantics based Analysis
  • Natural language processing
  • Image and video analysis
  • Audio, music and speech analysis
  • Data and web mining
  • Behavior of software, systems, and networks
  • Services and networks
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Analysis of social networks

Semantic Integration
  • Metadata and other description languages
  • Database schema integration
  • Ontology integration
  • Interoperability and service integration
  • Semantic programming languages and software engineering
  • Semantic system design and synthesis

Applications using Semantics
  • Big Data
  • Search engines and question answering
  • Semantic web services
  • Content-based multimedia retrieval and editing
  • Context-aware networks of sensors, devices and applications
  • Devices and applications
  • Digital library applications
  • Machine translation
  • Music description and meta-creation
  • Medicine and Biology
  • GIS systems and architecture

Semantic Interfaces
  • Natural language interfaces
  • Multimodal interfaces and mediation technology
  • Human centered computing

Important Dates:

  • Dec 15th, 2013: Workshop Proposals
  • March 1st, 2014 (midnight, PST): Regular/Short/Poster/Demo Paper Submission
  • March 1st, 2014 (midnight, PST): Industry Paper Submission
  • April 8th: Notification Date
  • April 20th: Camera-Ready & Registration
  • June 16th-18th, 2014: Conference

Organizing Committee

General Co-Chairs

Abha Moitra, GE Research, USA

Phillip Sheu, University of California, Irvine, USA

Program Co-Chairs

Robert Mertens, HSW University of Applied Sciences, Hamelin, Germany

Giovanni Pilato, Italian National Research Council, Italy

Mei-Ling Shyu, University of Miami, USA

Nadine Steinmetz, HPI, Germany

Workshop Co-Chairs

Joseph Barr, San Diego State University, USA

Shu-Ching Chen, Florida International University, USA

Lars Knipping, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany

Newton Lee, IFERS, USA

Joanne Luciano, University of California, Irvine, USA

Industry Co-Chairs

Barbara Starr, SemanticFuse, USA

Tong Zhang, HP Labs, USA

Panel Co-Chairs

Brian Harrington, University of Toronto, Canada

David Ostrowski, Ford, USA

Demo Co-Chair

Anne Hunt, Otto, Inc.

Publicity Co-Chairs (Tentative)

Jeffrey Abbott, Del Rey Systems, USA

Keith Chan, Hong Kong Polytech University

Brian Harrington, University of Toronto, Canada

Wolfgang Hürst, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Wooju Kim, Yonsei University, Korea

Yonghong Tian, Peking University, China

Atsuo Yoshitaka, JAIST, Japan

Chengcui Zhang, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Publication Co-Chairs

Jennifer Kim, University of California, Irvine, USA

Tao Meng, University of Miami, USA

Best Paper Award Co-Chairs

Gerald Friedland, ICSI Berkeley, USA

Roger Zimmermann, National University of Singapore

Finance and Local Arrangement Chair

Taehyung Wang, California State University Northridge, USA

Registration and Web Chair

Shaoting Wang, University of California, Irvine, USA

------------- Accepted Workshops ---------------------

Workshop on Semantic Computing for Computational Intelligence and Creativity (SCCIC 2014)

The Third IEEE International Workshop on Semantic Multimedia (ICSC-SMM’14)

Tutorial and Workshop on Semantic Computing with Big Data (SCBD 2014)

The Third IEEE International Workshop on Data Science and Related Technologies (ICSC-DSRT’14)

Second International Workshop on Semantic Computing for Social Networks: from user information to social knowledge (SCSN 2014)


IEEE ICSC 2014: The Eighth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing June 16th- 18th, 2014, Newport Beach, California, USA

The IEEE ICSC 2014 organizing committee invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with the conference.

The workshops will focus on specific topics of the main conference. The organizer(s) of approved workshops are responsible for advertising the workshop, distributing the call for papers, gathering submissions, and conducting the paper review process.

Any general questions regarding ICSC 2014 Workshops and workshop proposals should be directed to Prof. Shu-Ching Chen at .

Please add [ICSC2014-WS-Proposal] as subject.

Important Dates:

December 15, 2013: Workshop Proposals due


1. Every paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of ICSC 2014 MUST be presented during the conference.
2. Every paper accepted for ICSC 2014 MUST have attached to it at least one registration at the full member/nonmember rate. Thus, for a paper for which all authors are students, one student author will be required to register at the full registration rate.

Workshop on Semantic Computing for Computational Intelligence and Creativity (SCCIC 2014)

in conjunction with
Eighth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
June 16-18, 2014

In Kubrick's space odyssey HAL wants to have a better look to the bowman's sketches: can a machine appreciate a portrait? Can a Turing machine have an original thought ?
In the end: can a machine be intelligent and, what’s more, creative?
Computational creativity is a part of the artificial intelligence that studies how we can build a machine that creates artifacts and ideas. Creativity is something that is considered a prerogative of the humans, probably one of the most deeply connected with our humanity. Studying creativity is necessary because it is a basic part of our intelligence, moreover we think that building a creative computer is a exciting challenge and one of the final AI frontiers.
On the other side, semantic computing is fundamental for the building of creative solutions in different fields, ranging from Natural Language Processing, through Image Processing and Analysis, Music composition and so on.

Topics of interest

We invite papers from many fields that can give a contribute to understand how an intelligent and creative process can be implemented on a machine. We expect paper on the semantic computing field but also works from artificial intelligence community or at the intersection with cognitive science. We welcome also application papers and implementations supporting creative processes in humans.
Below there is a list of topics, but due to the complexity of the topics involved this list can be considered just an incomplete example 
- Analogical Reasoning
- Artificial General Intelligence
- Automated Art Generation
- Automated Music Generation/Automated Composition
- Automated Poetry Generation
- Automated Story Generation
- Computational Creativity & Creativity-Support Tools
- Computational Models for Creativity
- Creativity in Problem Solving
- Evolutionary computation
- Hybrid intelligent systems, Adaptation and Learning Systems
- Semantic computing and Creativity
- Semantic computing and Knowledge mining
- Soft computing for computational intelligence and creativity
- Semantic computing frameworks for Computational Creativity

Important Dates
Submission deadline: March 15th, 2014
Notification of acceptance: May 2nd, 2014

Organizing Committee
Submission Guidelines
Manuscripts must be written in English and follow the instructions in the Manuscript Formatting and Templates page given in ICSC 2014 website. Only electronic submission will be accepted. Technical paper authors MUST submit their manuscripts through EasyChair, by following this link ( and by selecting the "Workshop on Semantic Computing for Computational Creativity" track. Manuscripts may only be submitted in PDF format.

The conference will take place at the University Center of CMU – west of the stadium

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Meta-Algorithmic Approaches to Semantic Computing
by Steve Simske,
HP Labs

Speaker Bio

The Roles of Reductionism, Emergence and Functional Equivalence in Semantic Computing
by Stephen E. Levinson,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speaker Bio

Ontology and Taxonomy: Strange Bedfellows
by Michael Uschold,
Semantic Arts

Speaker Bio

Graph Technology for Semantic Analytics and Connected Big Data
by Ching-Yung Lin,

Speaker Bio

by Anmol Bhasin,

Speaker Bio
Meta-Algorithmic Approaches to Semantic Computing

by Steve Simske,
HP Labs

Semantic computing is concerned with the combination of semantic analysis, natural language processing, and data mining approaches to provide machine understanding for a variety of applications. This includes the automatic processing of user intentions, deriving meaning from media, and intelligently mapping user intentions to important downstream tasks such as search, retrieval, information management, and information re-purposing/mashing. Each of these tasks can uniquely benefit from a meta-algorithmic approach.

Meta-algorithmics are a set of more than 20 parallel processing patterns that, combined, offer a set of approaches to building optimized intelligent systems. Specific meta-algorithmic patterns, along with a fully generalized hybrid pattern, allow any intelligent system architect to build robust, accurate and cost- sensitive intelligent systems. Meta-algorithmic patterns range from simpler first-order patterns such as Voting and Predictive Selection to highly-complex third order patterns such as Expert Feedback to provide a repertoire of means to use two or more algorithms, systems or intelligence engines to create better systems. Meta-algorithmics take advantage of the convergent ubiquity of cloud computing, massively parallel processing, and inexpensive storage to afford previously unimaginable data analysis approaches. In this talk, the application of meta-algorithmic approaches to various semantic computing challenges – particular those in categorization, classification, summarization, search, and authentication – will be described. Meta-algorithmics will be shown to provide a third major form of parallel processing (supplementing parallelism by task and by component) to semantic computing scientists, and a new toolkit for improving intelligent system performance.

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Steve Simske
HP Labs

Steve Simske is the Director and Chief Technologist for the Content Solutions Lab in HP Labs. His research areas include image processing, image analysis and document understanding technologies ranging from automatic book digitization to and speech recognition. Steve developed the toolset for architecting massive intelligent systems - meta-algorithmics – which affords the combination of two or more intelligent systems to create more robust, accurate and often faster larger systems, or “ecosystems”. This culminated in the recent book, “Meta-Algorithmics” (Wiley & Sons). Steve has earlier worked on medical signal processing for portable medicine, including novel means of reducing biological noise in electrocardiograms (ECGs). Steve created HP’s Security Printing and Imaging program - image analysis, security, analytics and forensics to prevent counterfeiting, protect branded products, and provide investigative support for anti-fraud. This led in part to his invitation to participate as a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime for the past four years. Steve is an HP Fellow and has more than 75 US Patents and more than 300 peer-reviewed publications.

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The Roles of Reductionism, Emergence and Functional Equivalence in Semantic Computing

Stephen E. Levinson,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Beckman Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In 1950 Albert Einstein addressed the International College of Surgeons. With appropriate humility he insisted that all human mental activity ultimately rests on physics. Twenty-five years ago, the Beckman Institute was conceived as an interdisciplinary laboratory dedicated to the study of human cognition by the cooperative efforts of the physical, biological and social sciences.

Cognitive learning is a complex phenomenon peculiar to humans and, to a lesser extent, higher animals. Since learning is mediated by the central nervous system, its study by qualitative and empirical methods has traditionally been the province of neurobiology and psychology. More recently analogies to natural learning have been drawn to certain information processing technologies including computing, robotics, machine vision and automatic speech recognition in which context it has been treated by appeal to detailed abstract (i. e. non-biological) mathematical models. For historical and organizational reasons, the two approaches are pursued virtually independently. As biology and psychology are becoming more quantitative, this is a propitious time to undertake an interdisciplinary project in which the development of large scale mathematical models is critically informed by known biological and psychological principles. Conversely, the abstract models thus generated should be sufficiently rich to make to make predictions about human behavior that can be evaluated by experiments on anthropomorphic robots. The goal is the construction of a detailed quantitative model and a set of formal organizing principles that together constitute a theory of cognition.

For more than fifteen years, the language acquisition and robotics lab at the Beckman institute has followed precisely this path. We begin with Einstein's reductionist hypothesis tempered by the notions of emergence derived from Gibbs' statistical mechanics and Shannon's information theoretic interpretation. Also invoked are ideas about functional equivalence expressed by Turing's model of thought as formal computation, Wiener's model of homeostasis as stochastic adaptive control and von Neumann's characterization of behavior as utility maximization in social games. Our work is not about robotics or speech or vision. It is about all of them working together to produce intelligent behavior because, we believe, cognitive functions do not exist in isolation and there is no such thing as a disembodied mind. As a cognitive model of reality is acquired, a linguistic image of it is formed primarily in response to sensorimotor perception. When the language is fully acquired, most mental processes are mediated linguistically and we appear to think in our native language which we hear as our mind's voice.

Several examples are given of learned behavior including fine motor control tasks and language acquisition.

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Stephen E. Levinson
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Beckman Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephen E. Levinson was born in New York City on September 27, 1944. He received the B. A. degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard in 1966, and the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island in 1972 and 1974, respectively. From 1966-1969 he was a design engineer at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut. From 1974-1976 he held a J. Willard Gibbs Instructorship in Computer Science at Yale University. In 1976, he joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ where he conducted research in the areas of speech recognition and understanding. In 1979 he was a visiting researcher at the NTT Musashino Electrical Communication Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. In 1984, he held a visiting fellowship in the Engineering Department at Cambridge University. In 1990, Dr. Levinson became head of the Linguistics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he directed research in Speech Synthesis, Speech Recognition and Spoken Language Translation. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches courses in Speech and Language Processing and leads research projects in speech synthesis and automatic language acquisition. He is also a full-time faculty member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology where he serves as the head of the Artificial Intelligence group. Dr. Levinson is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is a founding editor of the journal Computer Speech and Language and a former member and chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the CAIP Center at Rutgers University. He is the author of more than 100 technical papers and holds seven patents. His book, published in 2005 by John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., is entitled "Mathematical Models for Speech Technology"

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Ontology and Taxonomy: Strange Bedfellows

by Michael Uschold,
Semantic Arts

In large companies, key knowledge assets are often unnecessarily complex, making them hard to understand, evolve and reuse. Ambiguity is at the root of the problem; it is often reflected in poorly structured information. We describe an approach using taxonomy and ontology to root out ambiguity and create a set of building blocks that acts as a solid foundation for creating more useful structure.

We describe the challenges of working with both taxonomy and ontology, and how we married them to provide a foundation that supports integration across a wide range of enterprise assets including spreadsheets, applications and databases.

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Michael Uschold
Semantic Arts

Michael Uschold is an internationally recognized expert with over two decades experience in developing and transitioning semantic technology from academia to industry. He pioneered the field of ontology engineering, co-authoring the first paper and giving the first tutorial on the topic in 1995 (in London). This leveraged the work he did in creating the influential "Enterprise Ontology".

From October 2010,he has been working as a senior ontology consultant at Semantic Arts, training and guiding clients to better understand and leverage semantic technology. He has built commercial enterprise ontologies in finance, healthcare, legal research, consumer products manufacturing and corporation registration for state government. More recently he has focused on how to combine less formal knowledge organization systems such as thesauri and taxonomies with formal ontology to integrate disparate corporate knowledge assets.

During 2008-2009, Uschold worked at Reinvent on a team that developed a semantic advertising platform that substantially increased revenue. As a research scientist at Boeing from 1997-2008 he defined, led and participated in numerous projects applying semantic technology to enterprise challenges. He is a frequent invited speaker and panelist at national and international events, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Web Semantics. He has given numerous tutorials and training classes. He received his Ph.D. in AI from Edinburgh University in 1991 and an Msc. from Rutgers University in Computer Science in 1982.

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Graph Technology for Semantic Analytics and Connected Big Data

by Ching-Yung Lin,

Cognitive machines are emerging to reason and manage rapidly expanding world of Big Data. Many real-world data are linked. Entities are dependent. Processing, storing, analyzing, retrieving, and visualizing connected data has been a major challenge . Traditional technologies are not equipped to handle these non-uniform, semi-structured, and highly interconnected data. Novel graph computing technologies are being invented and are driving potential paradigm shift.

Graphs may be large or small, static or dynamic, topological or semantic, and property-oriented or Bayesian. Semantic concepts and knowledge as in text, image, video, and audio can be well-represented as graphs. Graphical models have been also showing importance in sequential event understanding and concept reasoning. I am going to discuss Graph Database, High Performance Computing, Middleware, Analytics Library, and Visualization, as well example applications on (1) Cognitive Analytics, which utilizes graphical models to understand and predict people's behavior for Security or Commerce, (2) Social Analytics, which analyzes collective behaviors of people in social media, and (3) Brain Analytics, which models neuron's dynamic networks to understand inner function and correlation. These foundations might be suitable for the progress and future of semantic computing.

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Challenges at the Intersection of Semantic Computing with Law, Legal Reasoning, and Legal Practice

by Kevin D. Ashley
University of Pittsburgh

This talk will briefly consider the intersection of semantic computing with law, legal reasoning, and legal practice. Based on the definition of semantic computing in the materials for the fourth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC2010), the intersection of semantic computing with law, legal reasoning, and legal practice addresses the derivation and matching of the semantics of computational content to that of naturally expressed user intentions relating to legal problem-solving or analysis in order to retrieve, manage, manipulate or create content based on its significance to the legal problem-solving or analysis, where "content" includes text, video, audio, services, networks, etc.

The talk will illustrate some challenges of addressing the pressing needs for new ways to relate the semantics of computational content to users’ intentions relating to legal problem-solving or analysis. The needs are inherent in many developments in high tech legal practice, e-government, and research in Artificial Intelligence and Law. For example:

  • In evidentiary discovery, the need to process enormous numbers of electronic documents in terms of their meaning and significance relative to litigators’ intentions concerning clients’ legal claims and strategies

  • In business compliance, the need to relate computationally-manipulable norms to regulators’ intentions embodied in the natural language legal codes the norms are meant to represent and implement and in the principles and policies underlying the regulations

  • In legal information retrieval and modeling legal reasoning, the need to relate computationally-processable ontological representations of legal concepts and their meanings to the intentions of legal researchers and users in retrieving, comparing, and drawing inferences from relevant legal rules, cases, and commentaries

  • In e-Commerce and semantic web-based legal services, the need to relate computationally-accessible resources to the intentions of electronically contracting parties

  • In automated rights management of privacy and intellectual property rights in data, the need to relate proposed data access to the intentions of data rights owners and users

  • In e-government and legal education, the need to relate computationally-processable argument diagrams and the meanings and intentions of legal arguers.

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Ching-Yung Lin

Ching-Yung Lin is the Manager of the Network Science Department in IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Columbia University since 2005 and in NYU since 2014. His research interest is mainly on fundamental research of multimodality signal understanding, network analytics, and computational social & cognitive sciences, and applied research on security, commerce, and collaboration. Since 2011, Lin has been leading a team of more than 40 Ph.D. researchers in worldwide IBM Research Labs and more than 20 professors and researchers in 10- universities and institutes (Northeastern, Northwestern, Columbia, Minnesota, Rutgers, CMU, New Mexico, USC, UC Berkeley, and SRI).

His team focuses on all aspects of large-scale Graph Computing -- graph database, high performance computing graph infrastructure, network graph analysis and graphical models library, and graph visualization. The goal is to create innovative foundation to solve the biggest challenge of Big Data when data are dependent. It is applied to (1) Social/Economic Networks (2) Information/Knowledge Networks (3) Natural/Bio/Cognition/Brain Networks and (4) Communication/Mobile Networks. On Social Cognitive Analytics, the team's focus is on machine-based people understanding for Cognitive Security, Social Analytics, Behavioral Analytics, Neuron Network Analytics, and Audio-Visual Sensing Analytics.

Ching-Yung invented and created the SmallBlue system, an IBM effort for Enterprise Social Network Analysis, Expertise Search, and Knowledge Recommendation. SmallBlue has been featured in more than 120 press articles and were featured 4 times in BusinessWeek, including being the Top Story of the Week in April 2009. SmallBlue helped IBM Corporation won the 1st place in 2012 Most Admirable Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) Award in enterprise-wide collaboration knowledge-sharing environment. In May 2013, SmallBlue was selected by APQC, the World Leader in Knowledge Sharing Benchmarking and Practices, as the Industry Leader and Best Practice in Expertise Location. In October 2013, SmallBlue was recognized as having made $100M+ productivity contribution to IBM.

Ching-Yung is an author of 160+ publications and 19 issued patents. His team recently won the Best Paper Award in BigData 2013, Best Paper Award in CIKM 2012, and Best Theme Paper Award in ICIS 2011. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Director of Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association, and a member of Academy of Management.

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Anmol Bhasin

Anmol Bhasin works as Director of Engineering at LinkedIn. He leads a team of engineers & scientists working on recommender systems, online experimentation and site-personalization. His team's contributions include LinkedIn's various personalized recommendation products (e.g., "Jobs You Might Be Interested In"), social news ("LinkedIn Today"), and systems for ad targeting and click through rate prediction. His work also spans content understanding and canonicalization across various data entities like members, jobs, news articles, ad creatives. In addition, he oversees both statistical and operational aspects of LinkedIn online experimentation (A/B testing) systems.

Prior to LinkedIn, Anmol worked at business search engine, where he developed the crawler, indexing systems, and retrieval algorithms. Anmol has also authored mobile gaming applications, including the award-winning Tecmo Bowl. Anmol received a Masters in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he focused on text mining and applied machine learning for cross document learning and applying graph mining approaches for scenario analysis on textual data.

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Bhavani Thuraisingham
University of Texas, Dallas

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham is the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I Distinguished Professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) effective September 2010. She joined UTD in October 2004 as a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cyber Security Research Center which conducts research in data security and privacy, secure networks, secure languages, secure social media, data mining and semantic web. She is an elected Fellow of three prestigious organizations: the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and the BCS (British Computer Society). She is the recipient of numerous awards including the IEEE Computer Society’s 1997 Technical Achievement Award for “outstanding and innovative contributions to secure data management” and the 2010 Research Leadership Award for Outstanding and Sustained Leadership Contributions to the field of Intelligence and Security Informatics” presented jointly by the IEEE Intelligent and Transportation Systems Society Technical Committee on Intelligence and Security Informatics in Transportation Systems and the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society Technical Committee on Homeland Security. She served as served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer between 2002 and 2005. She was also quoted by Silicon India magazine as one of the seven leading technology innovators of South Asian origin in the USA in 2002.

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Using Semantics to Improve Interactive Information Access

by Lynda Hardman
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Many methods have been developed to extract human-interpretable semantics from signals present in individual media assets. Ensuring that these human-interpretable semantics are also machine processable allows us to identify, describe and connect together fragments of media assets in a rich information environment. Users requiring information are then faced with the problem of finding out what information is available, and obtaining sufficient fragments to successfully carry out their task. Systems supporting these tasks can use the fragments, descriptions of them and relationships among them, to improve both the selection and presentation of information.

This talk will address two issues. Where can semantics play a role in supporting information oriented tasks, and how can they be used to improve support.

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Lynda Hardman
head of the Interactive Information Access group
at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Lynda Hardman ( is head of the Interactive Information Access group at CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) and professor by special appointment of Multimedia Interaction in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 1998, having graduated in Mathematics and Physics from Glasgow University in 1982. During several years of working in the software industry she was the development manager for Guide - the first hypertext authoring system for personal computers (1986).

Her early experiences in industry with the development of hypertext authoring tools inspired her towards underlying questions of combining time-dependent documents (such as video sequences) along with interaction through links into a single model. She was a member of the W3C working group that developed the first SMIL recommendation.

Since the development of the semantic web, she has dedicated herself to improving human access to the ever-expanding 'linked data cloud'. Her current research efforts are focused on improving design methods for human-based interfaces in relation to developing technology.

She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Web Semantics, and the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, and was co-programme chair for SAMT 2008 and ACM Hypertext 2003.

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Foto Jeroen Oerlemans
Music Understanding, Music Semantics, and the Future of Music

by Roger B. Dannenberg
School of Computer Science, Art, and Music
Carnegie Mellon University

Music understanding is the automatic recognition of pattern and structure in music. Music understanding problems include matching, searching, and parsing problems related to music recognition and music classification. Music semantics is a more difficult subject. Music, like abstract art, rarely denotes anything specific, and one can argue that music semantics is an oxymoron. Nevertheless, music can be associated with emotions and many other terms or tags, leading to representations similar to those used for semantic computation in other domains. We are at a time of music revolution where old practices of publishing and recording are being challenged by new technologies and consumer expectations. I believe this revolution will continue with the advance of music computation, which will enable new forms of music practice. Music understanding and semantic computing will play an important role in the future of music.

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Manuela Veloso
Herbert A. Simon Professor
Computer Science Department
Carnegie Mellon University

Manuela M. Veloso is Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She directs the CORAL research laboratory, for the study of agents that Collaborate, Observe, Reason, Act, and Learn, Professor Veloso is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, and the President of the RoboCup Federation. She recently received the 2009 ACM/SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award for her contributions to agents in uncertain and dynamic environments, including distributed robot localization and world modeling, strategy selection in multiagent systems in the presence of adversaries, and robot learning from demonstration. Professor Veloso is the author of one book on "Planning by Analogical Reasoning" and editor of several other books. She is also an author in over 200 journal articles and conference papers.

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Rebecca Crowley
Associate Professor
Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director of the Pittsburgh Graduate Training Program in Biomedical Informatics

Rebecca Crowley is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Pittsburgh Graduate Training Program in Biomedical Informatics. She received her MD and MS in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and her post-graduate training in Pathology and Neuropathology at Stanford University. Dr. Crowley was a National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellow in Biomedical Informatics, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow in Molecular Neuroendocrinology. Her research interests include applications of semantic technologies to clinical teaching and translational biomedical research as well as the sociotechnical requirements and consequences of sharing biomedical data. Dr. Crowley has also contributed to several large scale biomedical data sharing consortia focused on semantic interoperability including the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG).

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Roger B. Dannenberg
Associate Research Professor
School of Computer Science, Art, and Music
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Roger B. Dannenberg is an Associate Research Professor in the Schools of Computer Science, Art, and Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is also a fellow of the Studio for Creative Inquiry. Dannenberg is well known for his computer music research, especially in real-time interactive systems. His pioneering work in computer accompaniment led to three patents and the SmartMusic system now used by tens of thousands of music students. He also played a central role in the development of the Piano Tutor, an intelligent, interactive, automated multimedia tutor that enables a student to obtain first-year piano proficiency in less than 20 hours. Dannenberg held a patent for large-scale interactive games controlled by crowd noise, and these "stadium games" have entertained many NFL fans. Other innovations include the application of machine learning to music style classification and the automation of music structure analysis. As a trumpet player, he has performed in concert halls ranging from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to the Espace de Projection at IRCAM, and he is active in performing jazz, classical, and new works. His compositions have been performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and at festivals such as the Foro de Musica Nueva, Callejon del Ruido, Spring in Havana, and the International Computer Music Conference.

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Shih-Fu Chang
Digital Video and Multimedia Lab
Columbia University

Shih-Fu Chang is Director of Digital Video and Multimedia Lab and Professor and Chairman of Electrical Engineering and at Columbia University. He has also led the ADVENT research consortium at Columbia University with the participation of more than 25 industry sponsors. He has made significant contributions in multimedia search, media forensics, mobile media adaptation, and international standards. He has been recognized with several awards, including IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Technical Field Award, IBM Faculty Award, Navy ONR Young Investigator Award, ACM Recognition of Service Award, and NSF CAREER Award. He and his students have received four Best Paper Awards and seven Best Student Paper Awards from IEEE, ACM, and SPIE. Many video indexing technologies developed by his group have been licensed to companies. He was elected to IEEE Fellow in 2004 and was Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Signal Processing Magazine during 2006-8.

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Towards Semantic-Level Visual Search

by Prof. Shih-Fu Chang
Digital Video and Multimedia Lab, Columbia University

With the explosive growth of multimedia content online, researchers have been racing to develop novel solutions for searching images and videos. The Holy Grail has always been a seamless way of accessing multimedia information at the semantic level. However, two major barriers remain in the way – the semantic gap and the intention gap. The former refers to the large difference between machine recognizable information from raw image data and the user desired descriptions at the semantic level. To address this, recently there have been major efforts in developing multimedia ontologies for describing visual concepts, training large resources for automatic concept categorization, and new image search interfaces directly in the visual concept space. The other challenge associated with the intention gap lies in the difficulty in expressing user search targets through the conventional keyword-based methods. In response to this, I will describe two new paradigms. One explores efficient methods (lexical, statistical, and Web) to map keywords to visual detectors and adds real-time interfaces for manipulating queries in the visual concept space. The other completely foregoes the textual query input, instead relies on novel brain machine interfaces and data mining techniques to decode user’s search targets. I will survey on-going research in the above directions aiming towards a semantic-level visual search engine.

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Industry Session Call for Papers

IEEE ICSC 2014: The Eighth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
September 16-18, 2013
Irvine, CA

Program Goals and Format:

The goals of the ICSC 2014 Industry Session are to foster exchanges between practitioners and the academics, to promote novel solutions to today's challenges in the area of Semantic Computing and applications, to provide practitioners in the field an early opportunity to evaluate leading-edge research, and to identify new issues and directions for future research and development efforts. Similar to regular papers, the papers in the industry session will undergo a review process and will appear in the conference proceedings. However, the selection criteria for industry papers are slightly different. In particular, papers should describe technologies, methodologies, applications, prototypes or experiences of clear industry relevance. A main goal of this session is to present research work that exposes the academic and research communities to challenges and issues important for the industry. Therefore, the papers in this session will be evaluated primarily by the novelty and applicability of the insights from its industrial solutions, instead of the originality of its algorithmic content.

Topics of Interest:

Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to those identified in the main conference CFP, as well as those listed below:

1. Development of new semantic systems, architecture, and standards
2. Employment of semantic computing tools and interfaces
3. Employment of large-scale semantic systems
4. Benchmarking and performance evaluation of semantic systems
5. Innovative solutions for performance optimization
6. Mobile semantic systems and services
7. Multimedia semantic content analysis and retrieval systems
8. Modeling issues and case studies of semantic computing
9. Game and entertainment applications
10. e-Business and other applications
11. Analysis of industry-specific trends and challenges

Important Dates:
Submission: June 10, 2013
Notification: June 28, 2013
Conference: September 16-18, 2013

Industrial Paper Submission:
Industrial papers should be submitted via the ICSC 2014 online paper submission system. Industry Session papers should be no longer than 8 pages with the same submission guidelines available on the ICSC 2014 web page. Only electronic submission will be accepted. All industrial papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the conference proceedings, which will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. Submissions must not be published or submitted for another conference.

Industry Session Co-Chairs:
Abha Moitra, GE Research, USA
David Ostrowski, Ford, USA

1. Every paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of ICSC 2014 MUST be presented during the conference.
2. Every paper accepted for ICSC 2014 MUST have attached to it at least one registration at the full member/nonmember rate. Thus, for a paper for which all authors are students, one student author will be required to register at the full registration rate.

Program Committee

Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
Agnese Augello, ICAR-CNR
Ramazan Aygun, University of Alabama, Huntsville, USA
Kathy Baker, US Government, USA
Lamberto Ballan, University of Florence, Italy
Roberto Basili, Univ. of Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Ivan Bedini, Bell Labs
Marco Bertini, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Michael Bloodgood, University of Maryland, USA
David Bracewell, Language Computer Corporation
Volha Bryl, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Nicoletta Calzolari, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale del CNR, Italy
Yu Cao, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA
Kasturi Chatterjee, TechnoratiMedia Inc., USA
Chao Chen, Capital One Bank, USA
Matthew Cooper, FXPAL, USA
Jason Corso, SUNY at Buffalo, USA
Claudia D'Amato, University of Bari, Italy
Ernesto D'Avanzo, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
Stamatia Dasiopoulou, Informatics and Telematics Institute, Greece
Thierry Declerck, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Alexiei Dingli, University of Malta
Massimo Esposito,ICAR-CNR, Italy
Alex Chengyu Fang, The City University of Hong Kong, China
Nicola Fanizzi, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Bari, Italy
Luigi Gallo, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Jose Manuel Gomez-Perez, Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO) S.A.
Thomas Gottron, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
William I. Grosky, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Rodrigo Guido, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sanda Harabagiu, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Choochart Haruechaiyasak, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand
Takako Hashimoto, Chiba University of Commerce, Japan
Johannes Heinecke, France Telecom
Ed Hovy, University of Southern California, USA
Zifang Huang, Western Union, USA
Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki, Finland
Maria Jose Ibanez, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Nancy Ide, Vassar College
Hasan Jamil, Wayne State University, USA
Cliff Joslyn, PNNL, USA
Artem Katasonov, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland
Lars Knipping, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany
Shuichi Kurabayashi, Keio University SFC, Japan
Marco La Cascia, University of Palermo, Italy
Freddy Lecue, University of Manchester, UK
Ying Li, IBM T.J. Watson, USA,
Lin Lin, American National Standards Institute, USA
Dianting Liu, University of Miami, USA
Alexander Loui, Eastman Kodak Company, USA,
Hongli Luo, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, USA
Mathias Lux, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Rabi Mahapatra, Texas A&M University, USA
Umberto Maniscalco, CNR, Italy
Elio Masciari, ICAR-CNR, Italy
David Mcdonald, SIFT LLC
Dennis McLeod, University of Southern California, USA
Marge McShane, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMBC), USA
Farid Meziane, University of Salford, UK,
Adrian Mocan, SAP AG, Germany,
Fionn Murtagh, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Shinichi Nagano, Toshiba Corporation, Japan
Costanza Navarretta, Center for Sprogteknologi,Denmark
Matthias Nickles, Technical University of Munich
Antonio Picariello, Universita` di Napoli "Federico II"
Roberto Pirrone, DINFO - Universita' di Palermo, Italy
Luigi Pontieri, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Sameer Pradhan, BBN Technologies
Alessandro Provetti, University of Messina, Italy
Matthew Purver, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Riccardo Rizzo, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Marco Rospocher, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Dylan Seychell, University of Malta
Alkis Simitsis, HP Labs
Nadine Steinmetz, Hasso Plattner Institute of Software Systems Engineering, Germany
Heiko Stoermer, University of Trento, Italy
Matthias Thimm, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Marc Tomlinson, Language Computer Corporation
Alfonso Maurizio Urso, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Filippo Vella, ICAR-CNR, Italy
Marc Verhagen, Brandeis University, USA
René Witte, Concordia University, Canada
Jianhua Yan, PayPal, an eBay company, USA
Ziming Zhuang, Yahoo! Labs, USA
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Call for Demonstration

IEEE ICSC 2014: The 8th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
September 16-18, 2013
Irvine, CA

The IEEE ICSC 2014 organizing committee invites proposals for demonstrations to be given at the conference. The demonstrations provide a forum for researchers as well as industry participants to demonstrate working systems, applications, tools or showcases of base technologies to the conference attendees. The goal of the demonstrations is to show a spectrum ranging from research prototypes to pilots developed and even products that use semantic technology and provide functionality based on semantics in the context of semantic computing. For submissions to this event, it is very important to describe the demonstration setup, functionality and benefit to the viewer of the demonstration. Technical background discussion can be presented at the actual demonstration or can be submitted as an industry track or regular conference paper; the focus of the demonstration themselves should be to show the functionality to viewers. It is expected that the demonstrations are highly interactive.

Topics for demonstrations include but are not limited to:
* Content and Information Management
* Knowledge Engineering
* Data Mining
* Semantic Database Theory and Systems
* Service-oriented Architectures and Computing
* Semantic Web and Semantic Web Services
* Multimedia Semantics
* Audio and Speech Processing
* Natural Language Processing
* Semantic Search Technologies and Applications
* User Interfaces

Demonstrations are ideally demonstrating a system or application that clearly shows the benefit of using and deploying semantics and semantic technologies. In addition, tools and base technologies that implement or use semantic technology or semantic approaches are invited for demonstration.

Demonstration Setup
The demonstrations are planned to be a single event during a conference reception function, open to all conference attendees, with the goal of open and constructive discussions. One table will be provided with power as well as an Internet connection. Posters can be put up behind or next to the tables (depending on the space) either on pin boards or the wall. Demonstrators must bring any additional equipment they require as no equipment will be provided by the conference.

Demonstration Submissions
Authors submitting papers to the demonstrations must submit a 2-page paper that clearly outlines the demonstration that will be set up and the functionality a visitor to the demonstration can observe. The technical background, such as the architecture or algorithms, should not be described in detail; such a description would be better submitted to the industry track or main conference paper track. Including links to supporting material, e.g. a video on the web or a web-based demo itself, is highly encouraged. All submissions must be in double-column IEEE format and follow the specific submission guidelines on the ICSC2012 web page. The Conference Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press and the accepted demonstration submissions will be included in the conference proceedings.

Important Dates
Demo Submission: June 10, 2013
Notification: June 28, 2013
Conference: September 16-18, 2013

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit demo proposals to the demo co-chair

Please include "[ICSC2013-DEMO]" in the subject of your emails.

Call for Applications

2nd International Summer School on Semantic Computing
July 25-31, 2010
University of California, Berkeley
co-sponsored by IEEE, Institute of Semantic Computing and STI International

Semantic Computing is currently emerging as a new field that integrates methods from multimedia (computer vision, speech processing), natural language processing, semantic web and ontology engineering, software engineering, and other fields with the goal of creating new applications that connect intuitively formulated user-intentions with the content of data.

The summer school will provide an introduction to the field to senior undergraduate and graduate students. A mix of young and well-established researchers and educators will present recent research results, as for example presented in the IEEE conferences on Semantic Computing. The tutorials will be complemented by keynote talks by renowned experts in the areas of Semantic Technologies, Ontologies, Multimedia or Natural Language Processing.

The 6-day event is taking place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley and the curriculum will include the following topics:
- Formal Semantics
- Semantic Web
- Ontology Engineering
- Multimedia
- Natural Language Processing

Important Dates:
* May, 1: Application deadline
* May, 15: Notification of acceptance/Registration opens
* June, 15: Registration completed
* July, 25: School starts

For instruction on how to apply and other information, please visit the following website:

Technical Paper Preparation Instructions

Manuscripts must be written in English and follow the instructions in the Manuscript Formatting and Templates page

Document templates are located at:
Regular Papers should be no longer than eight (8) pages, Short Papers should be no longer than four (4) pages, Demonstration Papers and Posters should be no longer than two (2) pages.

All paper submissions will be carefully reviewed by at least three experts and reviews will be returned to the author(s) with comments to ensure the high quality of the accepted papers. The authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference. Please only submit original material where copyright of all parts is owned by the authors declared and which is not currently under review elsewhere. Please see the IEEE policies for further information.

Technical Paper Submission Instructions

Only electronic submission will be accepted. Technical paper authors MUST submit their manuscripts through EasyChair. Please follow this link (please register if not an EasyChair user). Manuscripts may only be submitted in PDF format.

A copyright form needs to be submitted upon acceptance of the paper and is not required at this stage.

1. Every paper accepted for publication in the Proceedings of ICSC 2014 MUST be presented during the conference.
2. Every paper accepted for ICSC 2014 MUST have attached to it at least one registration at the full member/nonmember rate. Thus, for a paper for which all authors are students, one student author will be required to register at the full registration rate.
ICSC Registration Information

The registration deadline is April 20 for authors and April 30 for general participants.
At least one author each paper has to pay a full registration.
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Important Date:

  • April 20, 2014: Deadline for Camera-ready and Copyright Form Submissions

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