IEEE International Workshop on Semantic Computing and Systems (WSCS 2008)


July 14-15, 2008

Huishang International Hotel

Huangshan, China


Sponsored by

IEEE Computer Society


In cooperation with

State Key Lab of Software Engineering (Wuhan University)

Institute for Semantic Computing (ISC), USA


The field of Semantic Computing (SC) brings together those disciplines concerned with connecting the  (often vaguely formulated) intentions of humans with computational content. This connection can go both ways: retrieving, using and manipulating existing content according to user's goals ("do what the user means"); and creating, rearranging, and managing content that matches the author's intentions ("do what the author means").


The content addressed in SC includes, but is not limited to, structured and semi-structured data, multimedia data, text, programs, services and, even, network behavior.  This connection between content and the user is made via  (1) Semantic Analysis, which analyzes content with the goal of converting it to meaning (semantics); (2) Semantic Integration, which integrates content and semantics from multiple sources; (3) Semantic Applications, which utilize content and semantics to solve problems; and (4) Semantic Interfaces, which attempt to interpret users' intentions expressed in natural language or other communicative forms. Example areas of SC include (but, again, are not limited to) the following:



            Natural-language processing

            Image and video analysis

            Audio and speech analysis

Analysis of structured and semi-structured data

            Analysis of behavior of software, services, and networks



            Database schema integration

Ontology integration

Interoperability and service integration



            Natural-Language interface

Multimodal interfaces



            Semantic Web and other search technologies

            Question answering

            Semantic Web services

            Multimedia databases

            Engineering of software, services, and networks based on

                                    natural-language specifications

            Context-aware networks of sensors, devices, and/or applications


The workshop consists of invited lectures, paper presentations and panel discussions on semantic computing especially on interdisciplinary research from natural language processing, multimedia, semantic web, data and knowledge engineering, software engineering, computer systems and networks, etc.


Advanced Program


ADVANCE PROGRAM (July 14, July 15)



Paper Submissions


Authors are invited to submit full papers (in double column IEEE format; 6-8 pages) and short papers (in double column IEEE format; no more than 3 pages) in PDF form to the Publication Chair ( Distinguished full papers presented at the workshop will be recommended for publication in International Journal of Semantic Computing.



Important Dates


Submission of Papers:  May 2, 2008 (extended to May 25, 2008)
Notification of Acceptance: May 23, 2008 (extended to May 28, 2008)
Camera Ready Papers: May 30, 2008 (All accepted papers will be notified and processed by the IEEE Computer Society.)
Registration: June 6, 2008 (Registration Form)

Registration (wire transfer instruction): Since some authors can only pay the registration fee through wire transfer, here is the wire transfer information. But you also need to send or fax registration form according to the instruction on the form, and indicate on the form that you want to pay the fee through wire transfer.


Author Kit



Workshop Organization


General Co-Chairs

Phillip Sheu, Institute for Semantic Computing, USA and State Key Lab of Software Engineering (Wuhan University), China

Heather Yu, Huawei Technologies, USA


Program Co-Chairs

Dan Bikel, IBM, USA

Enhong Chen, University of Science and Technology of China

Shu-Ching Chen, Florida International University, USA
Gerald Friedland, International Computer Science Institute, USA

Atsushi Kitazawa, NSE Soft, Japan

Leonid Kof, Technsche Universitat Munchen, Germany
Juanzi Li, Tsinghua University, China

Xiao-Fong Meng, Remen University, China

Xiaolong Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Mark Wood, Eastman Kodak Company, USA

Jinhua Xiong, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Baowen Xu, Southeast University, China

Shi Ying, State Key Lab of Software Engineering, Wuhan University, China
Li Zhang, Beihang University, China


Finance and Registration Chair

George Wang, California State University Northridge, USA


Publication and Registration Chair

Shu Wang, University of California, Irvine, USA