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  • Date: July, 8-14 2012
  • Location: Cercedilla,Spain (near Madrid)
  • Web: SSSW 2012

BACKGROUND

The groundbreaking SSSW series of summer schools started in 2003. It is now a well-establish event within the research community and a role model for several other initiatives. Presented by leading researchers in the field, it represents an opportunity for both students and practitioners to equip themselves with the range of theoretical, practical, and collaboration skills necessary for full engagement with the challenges involved in developing Ontologies and Semantic Web applications. To ensure a high ratio between tutors and students the school will be limited to 50 participants. Applications for the summer school will open on the 30th January 2012 and will close by the 31st March 2012.

From the very beginning the school pioneered an innovative pedagogical approach, combining the practical with the theoretical, and adding teamwork and a competitive element to the mix. Specifically, tutorial/lecture material is augmented with hands-on practical workshops and we ensure that the sessions complement each other by linking them to a group project. Work on developing and presenting a project in cooperation with other participants serves as a means of consolidating the knowledge and skills gained from lectures and practical sessions. It also introduces an element of competition among teams, as prizes are awarded to the best projects at the end of the week. Participants will be provided with electronic versions of all course lectures and all necessary tools and environments for the hands-on sessions. PC access with all tools pre-installed will be available on site as well. SSSW 2011 will provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment in which participants will benefit not only from the formal and practical sessions but also from informal and social interactions with established researchers and the other participants to the school. To further facilitate communication and feedback all attendees will present a poster on their research.

TOPICS

  • Knowledge Representation
  • Ontology Design
  • Web of Data
  • Semantic Web Applications
  • HCI and Ontology Engineering
  • Ontology Matching and Alignment
  • Semantic and Language Technologies
  • Knowledge Management
  • Web Science
  • Semantic Search
  • Trust and Provenance
  • Personal Information Management
  • Social Semantic Web

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

INVITED SPEAKERS AND TUTORS (PROVISIONAL)

  • Mathieu d'Aquin (The Open University, UK)
  • Sean Bechhofer (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Fabio Ciravegna (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Oscar Corcho (UPM, Spain)
  • Jérôme Euzenat (INRIA and LIG, France)
  • Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
  • Asun Gomez-Perez (UPM, Spain)
  • Tom Heath (Talis, UK)
  • Enrico Motta (The Open University, UK)
  • Valentina Presutti (ISTC-CNR, Italy

HOW TO APPLY

We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. Normally, but not exclusively, applicants will be postgraduate students in relevant disciplines with some knowledge of semantic technologies. Some basic acquaintance with knowledge representation languages for the Semantic Web (RDF, OWL, etc.) is required.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2012.

Accepted candidates are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 8th, between 3pm and 6pm and to participate fully in the activities of the school until its conclusion, at 2pm on Saturday, July 14th. Applicants should keep in mind that we will not consider applications from students who cannot commit themselves to a full participation for the whole duration of the school. Students are also required to bring and present a poster at the summer school, describing their own research.

Apart from activities directly related to lectures, the summer school schedule is rightly famous for its unrivalled social programme, which enables informal interaction between all participants to the school - i.e., students, tutors, invited speakers, school staff, etc. These events include a gala dinner outside Cercedilla, walks in the mountain, discos, and sport activities.

STUDENT GRANTS

We expect to provide a number of grants for students who would not otherwise be able to attend the school.
More details about student grants will be published at a later date.

VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION

Cercedilla is a small village in the mountains near Madrid. The school will be held in the Residence of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. The Residence has a range of facilities to make your stay more pleasant including en suite bathrooms and nearby activities like a swimming pool, bars and restaurants in the village.

The nearest airport is Madrid-Barajas.

Participants will be able to use local rail links from Madrid to Cercedilla.

More information about how to reach Cercedilla can be found at Cercedilla

The cost of the summer school, including accommodation, meals and excursion will be 900€.

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