Conf/Prog - IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, August 23-26, 2017, Leipzig, Germany

Publish Date: Mar 22, 2017

Deadline: Apr 02, 2017

Event Dates: from Aug 23, 2017 12:00 to Aug 26, 2017 12:00

About WI 2017

Web Intelligence (WI) aims to achieve a multi-disciplinary balance between research advances in theories and methods usually associated with Collective Intelligence, Data Science, Human-Centric Computing, Knowledge Management, and Network Science. It is committed to addressing research that both deepen the understanding of computational, logical, cognitive, physical, and social foundations of the future Web, and enable the development and application of technologies based on Web intelligence.

The IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI) has been held jointly with the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) since 2001 in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Starting in 2016, the IAT conference as well as its themes and topics will be embedded inside WI. WI’17 features high-quality, original research papers and real-world applications in all theoretical and technology areas that make up the field of WI.


Raj Reddy (1994 Turing Award Winner) – Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, USA

The Ultimate Web Intelligence: Computational Social Science

Abstract: Computational Social Science (CSS) is the use of Web Intelligence and the tools and technology capable of monitoring, analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving day-to-day problems of society. CSS is the development of intelligent systems and solutions to address the critical problems of the society such as poverty and hunger, slavery and torture, disease and suffering, and create tools that enable an illiterate person to be as productive as a PhD. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence must embrace CSS as the next frontier in Web intelligence and Web Intelligence and WIC need to be at the forefront of inventing that future.

Biography: Dr. Raj Reddy is the Moza Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford from 1966-69 and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1969. He served as the founding Director of the Robotics Institute from 1979 to 1991 and the Dean of School of Computer Science from 1991 to 1999. Dr. Reddy’s research interests include the study of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence. His current research interests include: Technology in Service of Society, Voice Computing for the 3B semi-literate populations at the bottom of the pyramid, Digital Democracy, and Learning Science and Technologies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence from 1987 to 1989.
In 1994, he received the ACM Turing Award, the highest honor in Computer Science, for his contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence. He served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1999 to 2001. In 2006, he was the recipient of Vannevar Bush Award, the highest Award of the National Science Foundation in the United States, for “lifetime contributions to science and long-standing statesmanship in science and on behalf of the nation”. Dr. Reddy was awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterand of France in 1984, Padma Bhushan by President of India in 2001, the Okawa Prize in 2004, and the Honda Prize from Japan in 2005.

Amit Sheth – Executive Director of Kno.e.sis Center and Professor at Wright State University, USA
Semantic, Cognitive, and Perceptual Computing – three intertwined strands of a golden braid of intelligent computing

Abstract: While Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and others engage in OpenAI discussions of whether or not AI, robots, and machines will replace humans, proponents of human-centric computing continue to extend work in which humans and machine partner in contextualized and personalized processing of multimodal data to derive actionable information.
In this talk, we discuss how maturing towards the emerging paradigms of semantic computing (SC), cognitive computing (CC), and perceptual computing (PC) provides a continuum through which to exploit the ever-increasing and growing diversity of data that could enhance people’s daily lives. SC and CC sift through raw data to personalize it according to context and individual users, creating abstractions that move the data closer to what humans can readily understand and apply in decision-making. PC, which interacts with the surrounding environment to collect data that is relevant and useful in understanding the outside world, is characterized by interpretative and exploratory activities that are supported by the use of prior/background knowledge. Using the examples of personalized digital health and a smart city, we will demonstrate how the trio of these computing paradigms form complementary capabilities that will enable the development of the next generation of intelligent systems.

Biography: Prof. Amit Sheth is an Educator, Researcher and Entrepreneur. He is the LexisNexis Ohio Eminent Scholar, an IEEE Fellow, and the executive director of Kno.e.sis-the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing at Wright State University. Kno.e.sis has ~75 researchers, including 15 faculty and ~60 funded students. In World Wide Web (WWW), it is placed among the top 10 universities in the world based on 10-yr impact. He has founded three companies, continues to advise/direct startups in semantics and healthcare; several commercial products and deployed systems have resulted from his research. Taalee/Semagix, founded in 1999 developed the first knowledge driven semantic search product, similar to the one popularized in 2013 by Google’s knowledge graph enhanced semantic search. He is one of the 100 most cited computer scientists (h-index 94). Some of the recent themes he coined/popularized include smart data (2004), citizen sensing (2008), semantic perception (2008), and continuous semantics (2008). His former students are exceptionally successful as academics in research universities, researchers in industry, and successful entrepreneurs; average citations for his first 18 past PhD students exceed 1,800.

Important Dates

April 02, 2017: Submission of regular papers (Extended Deadline)
May 15, 2017: Notification of regular paper acceptance
June 05, 2017: Camera-Ready regular papers (Main Conference)

April 23, 2017: Submission of Industry track papers
May 15, 2017: Notification of Industry track paper acceptance
June 05, 2017: Camera-Ready Papers (Industry Track)

March 12, 2017: Workshop and Special session proposal submission (Extended Deadline)
March 19, 2017: Notification of Workshop/Special session acceptance
May 1, 2017: Submission of Workshop/Special session papers
May 22, 2017: Notification of Workshop/Special session paper acceptance
June 12, 2017: Camera-Ready Papers (Workshops and Special sessions)

May 1, 2017: Tutorial proposal submission
May 15, 2017: Notification of Tutorial acceptance

May 14, 2017: Submission of PhD Mentoring Papers
June 02, 2017: Notification of PhD Mentoring Papers acceptance
June 18, 2017: Camera-Ready Papers (PhD Mentoring)

May 29, 2017: Author Registration (Main Conference)

August 23-26, 2017: Main conference

Conference Venue

Leipzig University (Alma mater lipsiensis), Germany’s second oldest university, was founded in 1409 and in 2009 celebrated its 600th anniversary. It was and is a sought-after study destination and has been attracting internationally reputed scholars over the centuries, like the polymath Leibniz, Lessing, Goethe and Heisenberg. As a classical comprehensive university hosting approximately 30,000 students and about 100 study courses, Leipzig University covers the entire scope from natural sciences, law and medicine to diversified humanities courses. As a center of scientific research with about 3000 research projects, the university is a key element of the research landscape of Leipzig among six other universities and almost 20 additional research institutions.

The totally renovated inner-city complex at Augustusplatz (Augustus Square) is the central campus of Leipzig University. The new build Paulinum is reminiscent of the 1968 destroyed university church and symbolize the connection between tradition and modern trend. The modern seminar and lecture hall buildings, the new build Augusteum with its Auditorium Maximum offers best conditions for hosting the BIS 2016.

New Augusteum (Neues Augusteum)
The New Augusteum (Neues Augusteum) is the main building of the University. The building designed by Erick van Egeraat accommodates the Auditorium Maximum, the gallery of the University’s art collection and the premises of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Lecture Hall Building
The renovated lecture hall building is equipped with twenty-one small, medium and large auditoriums. In addition, it harbors the university computer center and the new branch of the university library, which is open 24 hours a day.

Seminar Building
The seminar building forms the western end of the inner-city campus. It is connected on the north end to the institute building, and on the south end to the new refectory “Mensa am Park”. It accommodates renovated seminar rooms and computer pools.

Institute Building
The new institute building of the university runs along the bustling boulevard leaving Augustusplatz (Grimmaische Straße). While the ground floor offers space to various shops, the upper part of the building comprises the Faculty of Economics and Management and the Information Systems Institute.

The new Paulinum is the intellectual and spiritual center of Leipzig University. The building is architecturally reminiscent of the blasted university church and will serve various purposes. These include university ceremonies, concerts, conferences as well as events from external partners.

Leibniz Forum
The Leibniz Forum is the central courtyard of the new campus surrounded by the buildings of university life such as lecture hall building, auditorium maximum, copy shop, travel agency, bookshop, job placement service and small cafeteria. In addition the Leibniz Forum is a place for summer festivals and open-air concerts. Here, urban and university life can come together on a day-to-day basis.

Refectory (Mensa am Park)
In the southwest corner of the campus the new refectory underlines the new and modern face of the university. In addition to the actual refectory operation, the prominent building provides a bicycle garage in the basement and houses the offices for the university radio “Radio Mephisto”.

City of Leipzig

Over the centuries the city of Leipzig and its citizens have made major contributions to the economic and intellectual life in Europe. This special flair of Leipzig can be felt by getting to know its sights. Leipzig attracted famous poets such as Lessing, Klopstock, or Gottsched, and therefore, even the great German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called Leipzig “Little Paris”. In the last hundred years, Leipzig has turned into a city of European dimensions, which has stimulated the development of economy, technology, science and culture.

All over the world Leipzig is famous for its musicality, mainly deriving from the musicians Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The St. Thomas Boys Choir, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, many museums and a lively theater scene mark the cultural life of the city.

In addition Leipzig offers a great nature in the inner and outer city. Considering the rivers and the newly created lakes (Leipziger Neuseenland) Leipzig is now a respectable water city enabling a rich variety of sport activities. And for those who are tired from all the sights, culture and impressions there are interesting offers in the local bar and restaurant areas like Gottschedstraße, Barfußgässchen and along the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße.

Advisory/Steering Committees

Co-Chairs and Co-Directors

Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK, China

WIC Advisory Board

Edward Feigenbaum, Stanford University, USA
Setsuo Ohsuga, University of Tokyo, Japan
Joseph Sifakis, EPFL, Switzerland
Andrzej Skowron, Warsaw University, Poland
Benjamin Wah, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK, China
Philip Yu, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA


Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute, Norway
Georg Gottlob, Oxford University, UK
Frank van Harmelen, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Matthias Klusch, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
Yuefeng Li, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University, Japan
Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Sankar K. Pal, Indian Statistical Institute, India
Gabriella Pasi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Vijay Raghavan, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
Zbigniew W. Ras, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Dominik Slezak, Warsaw University, Poland
Ah-Hwee Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yiyu Yao, University of Regina, Canada
Yanqing Zhang, Georgia State University, USA

Organizing Committee

General Chairs

Axel Ngonga, Leipzig University, Germany

Amit Sheth, Wright State University, US

Guoyin Wang, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China

Elizabeth Chang, The University of New South Wales, Australia

Dominik Ślęzak, Infobright Inc. & University of Warsaw, Poland

Bogdan Franczyk, Leipzig University, Germany

PC Co-Chairs

Rainer Alt, Leipzig University, Germany
Xiaohui Tao, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Organizing Chairs

Björn Schwarzbach, Leipzig University, Germany
Rainer Unland, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Organizing Committee

Wilfried Röder, Leipzig University, Germany
Sandra Bartsch, Institute of Applied Informatics, Germany

Publicity Chairs

Guadalupe Ortiz Bellot, University of Cádiz, Spain
Haoran Xie, The Education University of Hong Kong, China
Yue Xu, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Roland Fassauer, Institute of Applied Informatics, Germany

Workshop and Special Session Chairs

Agata Filipowska, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Omar Hussain, UNSW Canberra, Australia
Juan D. Velasquez, University of Chile, Chile
Yiqiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Olaf Reinhold, Leipzig University, Germany

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Alexander Pokahr, University of Hamburg, Germany
René Schumann, University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Tutorial Chairs

Christian Derksen, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Jacek Kucharski, Lodz University of Technology, Poland

Industry Track Chairs

Hanno Hildmann, UC3M Robotics Lab, Spain & NEC Research Europe, Germany
Fabrice Saffre, British Telecom & EBTIC, UK & UAE


Christian Franck, Leipzig University, Germany

Registrations, enquiries & special requests

Sandra Bartsch, Institute of Applied Informatics, Germany

Finance Chair and CyberChair-Master

Sebastian Fuß, Institute of Applied Informatics, Germany

Industry and Sponsorship Chairs

Wilfried Röder, Leipzig University, Germany
Roland Fassauer, Institute of Applied Informatics, Germany

Steering Committee Co-Chairs

Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK SAR, China

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