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Dagstuhl Seminar 02061

Rule Markup Techniques for the Semantic Web

( Feb 03 – Feb 08, 2002 )

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Rules have traditionally been used in theoretical computer science, compiler technology, databases, logic programming, and AI. The Semantic Web is a new W3C Activity trying to represent information in the World Wide Web such that it can be used by machines not just for display purposes, but for automation, integration, and reuse across applications. Rule markup in the Web has become a hot topic since rules were identified as a design issue of the Semantic Web. However, rule markup for the Semantic Web has not been studied as systematically as the corresponding ontology markup. This Dagstuhl Seminar was an attempt to fill the gap by bringing together researchers exploring rule systems suitable for the Web, their (XML and RDF) syntax, semantics, tractability/efficiency, and transformation/compilation. Both derivation rules (also called “inference rules”) and state-changing reaction rules (also called "active" or "event-condition-action" rules), as well as any combinations, have been of interest to this effort.

This seminar has succeeded in bringing together leading researchers from the classical logic programming and knowledge representation community and from the Semantic Web community. The discussions at the seminar have been very productive, both scientifically and in terms of triggering new research activities such as a EU FP6 Network of Excellence initiative.

  • Grigoris Antoniou (FORTH - Heraklion, GR) [dblp]
  • Harold Boley (University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, CA) [dblp]
  • François Bry (LMU München, DE) [dblp]
  • Carlos Viegas Damásio (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PT)
  • Mike Dean (BBN Technologies -Liberty Lake WA, US)
  • Stefan Decker (National University of Ireland - Galway, IE) [dblp]
  • Grit Denker (SRI - Menlo Park, US) [dblp]
  • Jens Dietrich (Massey University, NZ) [dblp]
  • Dieter Fensel (Universität Innsbruck, AT)
  • Heinrich Herre (Universität Leipzig, DE) [dblp]
  • Ian Horrocks (University of Manchester, GB) [dblp]
  • Mustafa Jarrar (Free University of Brussels, BE)
  • Paul Libbrecht (Universität des Saarlandes, DE)
  • Jan Maluszynski (Linköping University, SE)
  • Wolfgang May (Universität Göttingen, DE)
  • Otto Mayer (TU Kaiserslautern, DE)
  • Dan Olteanu (LMU München, DE) [dblp]
  • Borys Omelayenko (VU University Amsterdam, NL)
  • David J. Pearce (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - Madrid, ES) [dblp]
  • Adrian Pop (Linköping University, SE)
  • Eric Prud'hommeaux (MIT - Cambridge, US) [dblp]
  • Wolf-Ulrich Raffel (FU Berlin, DE)
  • Michael M. Richter (TU Kaiserslautern, DE)
  • Steve Ross-Talbot (Henfield, West Sussex, GB) [dblp]
  • Sebastian Schaffert (LMU München, DE)
  • Michael Schroeder (City University - London, GB)
  • Dietmar Seipel (Universität Würzburg, DE)
  • Bruce E. Spencer (University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, CA)
  • Steffen Staab (Universität Koblenz-Landau, DE) [dblp]
  • Leon Sterling (The University of Melbourne, AU)
  • Nenad Stojanovic (KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, DE) [dblp]
  • Kuldar Taveter (VTT - Espoo, FI)
  • Matthias Teschner (Universität Freiburg, DE)
  • Bernhard Thalheim (Universität Kiel, DE) [dblp]
  • Gerd Wagner (BTU Cottbus, DE)