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                           International Workshop on                      
          Semantics in the Deep: Semantic Analytics for Big Data          
                              (SEDSEAL 2018)                              
                                                                          
                  URL: https://sedseal2018.ceid.upatras.gr                
                                                                          
                                                                          
                         in conjunction with the                          
                                                                          
                     14th International Conference on                     
           Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations           
                                (AIAI 2018)                               
                                                                          
                     May 25-27, 2018, Rhodes, Greece                      
                                                                          
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                              CALL FOR PAPERS
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AIMS AND SCOPE
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Recent advances in availability of information on the Internet, storage space 
and web generated content have paved the way for the advent of Big Data. The 
well-known 4 Vs (Velocity, Variety, Volume, Value) that characterize Big Data 
can find a match in intelligent ways for management, manipulation and value- 
extraction. It is widely acknowledged that the recent surge in AI and especially
machine learning is exactly due to these advancements. The Semantic Web can 
offer a well-studied, although ever advancing, toolbox that can address Big Data
requirements and contribute towards their meaningful analysis. Still, there are 
often issues that need to be tackled with like bootstrapping, efficiency and 
standardized business processes for semantic analytics to achieve satisfactory 
results. To this end, machine- and deep-learning techniques, while being shunned
in the past, have been shown to have considerable contributions towards Big Data
analytics and to overcome Semantic Web inherent limitations. 
Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and 
practitioners to look deeper into how Semantic Web technologies can contribute 
towards Big Data analytics. This can be achieved either by extracting value out 
of these data (through reasoning), creating sustainable ontology models, 
offering a solid foundation for deploying learning techniques or anything in 
between. 

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TOPICS OF INTEREST
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Indicative topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to:
- Ontologies for big data
- Semantic applications in big data domains including open datasets, linked 
  data, scholarly information, e-learning, economics, insurance, sensors, 
  bioinformatics
- Reasoning approaches for knowledge extraction
- Ontology learning
- Topic modeling
- Linked Data
- NLP and word embedding
- Semantic deep learning
- Semantic lakes
- OBDA approaches for big data access
- Evaluation techniques
- Ontologies as training sets
- Ontology evolution and learning feedback
- Scalability issues

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PAPER SUBMISSION
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Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on the above and 
related topics are solicited. Authors should submit a paper with up to 10 pages 
(in English) in single-column Springer format following the Springer IFIP AICT 
format guidelines. Submissions must be in electronic form as PDF files 
and should be uploaded at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sedseal2018. 
Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 independent members of the 
program committee.
At least one author of each accepted paper must be registered and present the 
paper at the workshop. All accepted papers will be included in the conference 
proceedings and published in the Springer IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and
Communication Technology series). Extended versions of selected workshop papers 
will be considered for publication in international journals.

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IMPORTANT DATES
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Paper submission: 3/2/2018
Author notification: 28/2/2018
Camera-ready submission: 9/3/2018
Workshop Dates: 25-27/5/2018

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ORGANIZATION
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Dr. Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos, University of Patras, Greece
Prof. Spiridon D. Likothanassis, University of Patras, Greece

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PROGRAM COMMITEE (tentative)
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Andreas Andreou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Christos Alexakos, University of Patras, Greece
Dimitrios Koutsomitropoulos, University of Patras, Greece
Dimitrios Tsolis, University of Patras, Greece
Dimitrios Tzovaras, CERTH/ITI, Greece
Efstratios Georgopoulos, Technological Institute of Kalamata, Greece
Filipe Portela, University of Minho, Spain
Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Konstantinos Votis, CERTH/ITI, Greece
Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
Minjuan Wang, San Diego State University, US
Spiridon Likothanassis, University of Patras, Greece
Vassilis Plagianakos, University of Thessaly, Greece

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CONTACT
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For additional information, please contact: 
Dr. Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos, [log in to unmask]
Prof. Spiridon D. Likothanassis, [log in to unmask]

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