AST 2010

5th International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Technologies

Located at Informatik 2010
September 28th, 2010, Leipzig, Germany

Informatik 2010 Tagline


2010-08-22: Final program announced

2010-07-30: Invited talks announced

2010-06-01: List of accepted papers announced

2010-03-16: Submission details and schedule announced

Important Dates

September 28th, 2010

Camera-ready versions:
June 18th, 2010

Notification of acceptance:
May 31th, 2010

Deadline for paper submissions:
April 25th, 2010
May, 7th, 2010 (extended)

Previous Workshops

1st workshop: AST 2006
2nd workshop: AST 2007
3rd workshop: AST 2008
4th workshop: AST 2009

Workshop Support






Semantic Web is a major international research effort with the goal to make web content available for intelligent knowledge processing. It draws on standard and novel techniques from various disciplines within Computer Science, including Knowledge Management, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Internet Technology, Software Agents, eCommerce, etc. The methods and tools developed and integrated for this purpose – often called Semantic Technologies – are generic and have a very large application potential outside the domain of the Semantic Web.

Such applications are currently being investigated in various disciplines within Computer Science, including Ambient Intelligence, Software Engineering, Cognitive Systems, Corporate Intranets, Knowledge Management, Bioinformatics, etc. We believe that Semantic Technologies provide methods and tools which will persist in these and other application areas for the foreseeable future.


Please note that the eventual time plan of the workshop below reflects latest updates and thus slightly differs from the printed program of INFORMATIK 2010. The printed program of INFORMATIK 2010 is available online (PDF) on the website of INFORMATIK 2010.

The workshop is scheduled to take place in room S 204.

09:00 - 09:10
Workshop Organizers
Welcome and Overview

Invited Talk
Christian Seitz (Siemens AG)
Semantic Technologies in Industry, Energy, and Healthcare

Abstract: The emerging field of semantic web technologies promises new applications in many application domains. Within Siemens, we have already applied these technologies in all Siemens sectors Industry, Energy, and Healthcare. One example is the SemProM project, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which focuses on creating semantic product memories. A semantic product memory stores a diary of an individual physical object in a persistent way on an embedded system that is networked by wireless communication to a smart environment. Semantic technologies based on OWL ontologies guarantee interoperability of the product memory across the complete supply chain and lifecycle of smart objects and enable end user access to the product data. Additionally, the product memory autonomously analyses the product memory data using embedded reasoning methods using OWL 2RL. A further project extending the product memory idea is a product driven manufacturing scenario. Recently there has been a strong trend towards mass customization giving customers the opportunity to order their individualized product specifically produced for them. This requires manufacturing infrastructures that enable flexible product development and manufacturing. We use semantic web technologies within the engineering and automation domain to support the production processes to enable the provisioning of manufacturing as a service and its flexibility down to the shop floor. Another example is reasoning for automated diagnosis and predictive maintenance. In this project we have to process heterogeneous, incomplete, and uncertain observations to perform symptom-based diagnosis of steam and gas turbines. The key problem is to formalize the knowledge about all possible symptoms. Additionally, the diagnosis definition is subject to change on a regular basis. To solve this problem we use a deductive reasoning approach for an automated interpretation of observed situations. The prototype was tested in a very complex environment with real machine data. The last example is located in the field of ambient assisted living (AAL). The goal was to develop an in-home monitoring system for elderly people for improving emergency assistance through early detection and proactive prevention of emergency situations. In the scope of the project a sound Human Capability Model of the assisted people. This model describes which attributes and histories are important for tracking an end user's activities, and what are the perceptual, motoric and cognitive abilities and skills of the targeted end users. Description Logics based on the W3C standard OWL-DL is used to define the Human Capability Model and with a DL-reasoner knowledge about the history can be inferred, and upcoming emergencies can be predicted by evaluating early warning signs.

Frank Kleiner and Andreas Abecker (FZI Karlsruhe)
Semantic MediaWiki as an Integration Platform for IT Service Management

Coffee Break

Markus Luczak-Rösch, Gökhan Coskun, Adrian Paschke, Mario Rothe, Robert Tolksdorf (FU Berlin)
SVoNt - Version Control of OWL Ontologies on the Concept Level

Ruth Janning (FernUniversität Hagen)
Commonsense Ontologies and the Use of Words in Natural Language

Ulrike Lucke and Alke Martens (University of Rostock)
Utilization of Semantic Networks for Education: On the Enhancement of Existing Learning Objects with Topic Maps in ML3

Lunch Break

Invited Talk
Jens Lemcke (SAP)
Semantic Business Process Refinement

Abstract: In this talk, we compare OWL-DL reasoning and Petri net analysis for validating refinement and grounding of business processes. (1) Process refinement: Like in software engineering, the implementation of a business process involves different interacting roles, such as business expert, analyst, process architect, and developer. Each role designs and refines different abstractions of the process until it is sufficiently refined. It is important to verify that the process models of the different abstractions are consistent. (2) Process grounding: A sufficiently refined process has to be mapped on existing IT systems. Ideally, IT systems consist of components with a semantic annotation of their behavior. The most specific process must respect all IT systems' behaviors. Formally capturing process semantics enables to check automatically for consistent process refinement and grounding. The classic application of semantic techniques in the area of static models is well understood. The analysis of business processes deals with dynamics. Modeling dynamics is a challenge for current approaches of semantic Web services. We compare advantages and shortcomings of Petri net analysis and description logic (DL) reasoning for refinement and grounding validation.

Rolf Kluge, André Ludwig, Roman Belter (University of Leipzig, Macquarie University / Australia)
Towards Semantic Matching of Business Services and Electronic Services

Coffee Break

Carolin Michels and Sudhir Agarwal (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Elicitation of Preferences for Web Service Compositions

Stefan Schulte, Melanie Siebenhaar, Julian Eckert, Ralf Steinmetz (TU Darmstadt)
Query Languages for Semantic Web Services

Claudia Hess, Willy Chen (Sys-Tec CAx GmbH), Thomas Syldatke (AUDI AG)
Business-oriented CAx Integration with Semantic Technologies Revisited

Workshop Organizers
Wrap-Up and Conclusions

Topics of Interest

This workshop shall bring together researchers and practitioners who work on applications of Semantic Technologies. It shall further the cross-fertilization between application areas and aid the technology transfer from foundational research into practice. The workshop shall cover diverse application areas of Semantic Technologies, including, but not limited to, the following.

  • Ambient Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics, eHealth and Life Sciences
  • Business Process Management
  • Cognitive Systems
  • Digital Libraries
  • eCommerce
  • eGovernment
  • eScience
  • Grid and Cloud Computing
  • Information Integration
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning
  • Mobile Computing
  • Multimedia Data Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Software Engineering
  • Service-Oriented Computing
  • Service Innovation and Management
  • Text Mining and Information Extraction
  • and any other application area of Semantic Technologies

Along the spotlight topic "Service Science" of Informatik 2010, we specifically encourage submissions that cover applications of Semantic Technologies in the aforementioned areas of Service-Oriented Computing, Service Innovation and Management, Business Process Management and other areas relevant for our increasingly services-led economy. We plan to cluster these topics in a spotlight session of the AST 2010 workshop.


Program Committee

  • Sören Auer, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • Franz Baader, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Bernhard Bauer, University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Christoph Beierle, University of Hagen, Germany
  • François Bry, University of Munich, Germany
  • Johannes Busse, ontoprise GmbH, Germany
  • Andreas Friesen, SAP AG, Germany
  • Thomas Fuhr, Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg, Germany
  • Jens Hartmann, EnBW AG, Germany
  • Mark Hefke, CAS Software AG, Germany
  • Wolfgang Hesse, University of Marburg, Germany
  • Gabriele Kern-Isberner, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • Harald Kosch, University of Passau, Germany
  • Daniel Krause, L3S Hannover, Germany
  • Thorsten Liebig, University of Ulm, Germany
  • Meenakshi Nagarajan, Wright State University Dayton Ohio, USA
  • Daniel Oberle, SAP AG, Germany
  • Simon Schenk, University of Koblenz, Germany
  • Stefan Schlobach, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Germany
  • Michael Sintek, DFKI Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Robert Tolksdorf, FU Berlin, Germany
  • Valentin Zacharias, FZI Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Jürgen Ziegler, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Submission and Proceedings

Information of the preparation of final versions of the paper:

  • The deadline for submission of the final versions of the papers is June 18th, 2010 June 28th, 2010.
  • Final versions for the printed proceedings must not exceed 6 pages.
  • Final versions for the electronic proceedings (distributed via USB/CD) may be extended and may include up to 12 pages.
  • All final versions must comply with the style requirements of GI and shall be submitted online via the ConfISS system.

Previous information (for submission):

Submissions must not exceed 6 pages and must comply with the requirements of GI. Submissions shall be submitted online via the ConfISS system. Submissions shall be in English language. Submissions will be reviewed. Accepted publications will appear as part of a book, bearing an ISBN number. There will be the possibility to include extended versions of accepted submissions with up to 12 pages in an electronic proceedings on CD.


Please address all general questions concerning the workshop to Stephan Grimm under stephan.grimm [at] .