A workshop of the 5th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC 2006

November 5-9, Athens, Georgia, USA 2006

Semantic technologies are often proposed as important components of complex, cross-jurisdictional, heterogeneous, dynamic information systems. The needs and opportunities arising from the rapidly growing capabilities of networked sensing devices are a challenging case.

Current and future sensing systems involve distributed wired and wireless networks consisting of large numbers of sensors, including active and passive RFID tags. Geographically distributed sensor nodes are capable of forming ad hoc networking topologies that interconnect with backend information management systems and services. Sensor nodes are expected to be dynamically inserted and removed from a network due to deployment of new sensor nodes, failure of deployed sensor nodes, and mobility of tagged objects or sensing platforms.

The goal of a sensor networking system is to improve the situational awareness of business activities across widely distributed deployment environments involving a large number of diverse active and passive sensor nodes. Important applications include natural resource management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and situation awareness on the battlefield.

The goal of the Semantic Sensor Net workshop is to develop an understanding of the ways semantic web technologies, including ontologies, agent architectures and semantic web services can contribute to the growth, application and deployment of large-scale sensor networks. The workshop will provide an inter-disciplinary forum to explore and promote these concepts.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 21st July, 2006
Notification of Acceptance: 4th September, 2006
Final Manuscript due: 18th September, 2006

Workshop Date: 6th November, 2006

Paper submission (closed)

Accepted, peer reviewed papers will be distributed on CD at the workshop.

Workshop Registration (closed)

To register for the workshop, register for the ISWC conference here and mention "semantic sensor networks" workshop. You must pay a separate fee for the workshop, of $95(USD).

Workshop Program (Schedule for Monday 6th November)

Welcome: 9.00am.

Technical papers 9:05 - 10:45 am.

Morning tea 10:45am - 11:00am.

Keynote address: Professor Amit Sheth, University of Georgia, 11:00am - 11:45am

    Driving Deep Semantics in Middleware and Networks: What, why and how?

Abstract available here

Panel discussion:  What are the next steps for the evolving the inter-disciplinary semantic sensor networks technology field?  11:45am - 12:15pm.

Close 12:30pm for lunch.

Program Committee


Kerry Taylor, CSIRO ICT Centre, Canberra, Australia
Arun Ayyagari, The Boeing Company, Seattle, USA

Technical Program:

Franz Baader, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Mike Uschold, The Boeing Company, Seattle, USA
Thomas Meyer, National ICT Australia, Sydney, Australia
Daniel McMichael, CSIRO ICT Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Mark Cameron, CSIRO ICT Centre, Canberra, Australia
York Sure, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Ubbo Visser, University of Bremen, Germany
Sanjay Jha, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Lakshmish Ramaswamy, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Rajit Gadh,  UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Victor Bahl, Microsoft Research, USA
Soundar Kumara, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Tarun Soni, General Dynamics-Advanced Information Systems, USA
Boualem Benatallah, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia


Kerry.Taylor@csiro.au or Arun.Ayyagari@boeing.com