Doctoral Consortium

The ISWC 2011 Doctoral Consortium will take place as part of the 10th International Semantic Web Conference in Bonn, Germany. This forum will provide doctoral students an opportunity to share and develop their research ideas in a critical but supportive environment, get feedback from mentors who are senior members of the Semantic Web research community, explore issues related to academic and research careers, and build relationships with other Semantic Web PhD students from around the world.

The Consortium aims to broaden the perspectives and improve the research and communication skills of these students as a way to contribute both to the individuals as well as to the broader research community.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but with sufficient time prior to completing their dissertation to benefit from the consortium experience. In the consortium the students will present their proposals and get specific feedback/advice on how to improve their research plan.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with a view to providing detailed and constructive feedback. The best 15 submissions will be selected for presentation at the Doctoral Consortium and will be published in the conference proceedings. The top 6 of those will be selected for full
presentation and the next 9 submissions will be accepted as short presentations.


The Consortium has the same scope of technical topics as the main ISWC conference including

  • Management of Semantic Web Data
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Ontologies and Semantics
  • Semantic Web Engineering
  • Social Semantic Web
  • User Interfaces to the Semantic Web
  • Applications of the Semantic Web

Submission Information

Students are asked to submit an 8 page paper on their PhD research that addresses the following questions:

  • What problem are you trying to solve ? What is your hypothesis?
  • Why is the problem/hypothesis important/relevant?
  • How have others attempted to address this in the past ?
  • How are you planning to address this?
  • Why do you think you will succeed where others failed ?
  • How will you measure your success - faster/more accurate/less failures/etc. ?

(It might be useful to structure the proposal around these questions.)

Submissions must be in pdf and be formatted according to the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). Submissions must be no longer than 8 pages.

For details on the LNCS style, see Springer's Author Instructions at


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Important Dates




July 11th, 2011


August 22nd, 2011

Camera ready papers

August 27nd, 2011


Date: Monday, Oct 24th, 2011
Room: Einstein

9.00 -10.30 Long presentations (20 min + 10 min Q&A each)
  • Patrik Schneider. Towards a Framework for Efficient Query Answering and Integrating of Geospatial Data (Mentor: Diana Maynard)
  • Sabrina Kirrane. Knowledge Based Access Control Policies and Enforcement (Mentor: Philip Cimiano)
  • Saeedeh Shekarpour. Automatically transforming keyword queries to SPARQL on large-scale knowledge bases (Mentor: Philippe Cudré-Mauroux)
10.30 -11.00
  • Coffee break
11.00 -12.30 Long presentations (20 min + 10 min Q&A each)
  • Man Zhu. Ontology Learning from Noisy Linked Data (Mentor: Tom Heath)
  • Benedikt Kämpgen. Online Analytical Processing of Statistical Linked Data (Mentor: Guus Schreiber)
  • Karuna Joshi. Automation of Service lifecycle on the Cloud by using Semantic technologies (Mentor: Mark Burstein)
12.30 -14.00
  • Lunch
14.00 - 16.00 : Short presentations (5 minutes) and poster session
  • Thomas Steiner. Enriching Unstructured Media Content About Events to Enable Semi-Automated Summaries, Compilations, and Improved Search by Leveraging Social Networks
  • Hasti Ziaimatin. Capturing Knowledge Evolution and Expertise in Community-driven Knowledge Curation Platforms
  • Razan Paul. Decision support methods in community-driven knowledge curation platforms
  • Jarutas Pattanaphanchai, Kieron O'Hara and Wendy Hall. Evaluating Trustworthiness of Web Content using Semantic Web Technologies
  • Ivo Lašek. Model for News Filtering with Named Entities
  • Varish Mulwad. Graphical Models and Probabilistic Reasoning for Generating Linked Data from Tables
  • Luca Costabello. PRISSMA: a Vocabulary for Mobile Adaptive Presentation of the Web of Data
  • Karl Hammar. Towards an ODP Quality Model
  • Anisa Rula. A Methodology for Linked Data Assessment and Linking Temporal Facts
16 - 16:30
  • Coffee break and poster session continues
16:30 - 17:45
17:45 - 18:00
  • Wrap-up & thanks



  • Abraham Bernstein, University of Zurich
  • Lalana Kagal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Philip Cimiano, University of Bielefeld
  • Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield
  • Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg
  • Tom Heath, Talis
  • Jeff Heflin, Lehigh University
  • Jen Golbeck, University of Maryland
  • David Karger, MIT
  • Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield
  • Enrico Motta, Open University
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University
  • Guus Schreiber, Free University Amsterdam
  • Evren Sirin, lLark and Parsia


On-site Mentors

  • Philip Cimiano, University of Bielefeld
  • Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, University of Fribourg
  • Tom Heath, Talis
  • Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford University
  • Guus Schreiber, Free University Amsterdam