AMAI special issue on commmonsense reasoning in the semantic web


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Journal of Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (AMAI)

Editor-in-Chief: Martin Charles Golumbic (University of Haifa, Israel)

Guest Editors

Frank van Harmelen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Andreas Herzig, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Pascal Hitzler, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Guilin Qi, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany


Semantic Web Technologies provide concepts, architectures, and tools for interconnected vocabularies and applications. One of the declared goals of Semantic Web research is to enable intelligent software agents to reason about information and knowledge which is pervaded on the Web. To achieve this goal, a challenging and important problem is to represent commonsense knowledge on the Web and to reason with it. Indeed, commonsense reasoning is a central part of human behaviour, and how to endow computers with common sense capabilities is one of the major long-term goals of Artificial Intelligence research and is therefore also relevant to the realization of the ambitious Semantic Web vision. At the same time, the forthcoming Semantic Web constitutes an ideal application scenario for formal logic and traditional commonsense reasoning approaches. In recent years, there is a substantially increasing interest in applying theoretical approaches of commonsense reasoning to deal with practical application problems in the Semantic Web. It is indeed widely accepted that extensions of commonsense reasoning to the Semantic Web will have to be provided in the near future. In this special issue we intend to publish articles discussing commonsense reasoning aspects on the Web. Submissions describing original and solid theoretical contributions to commonsense reasoning with application to the Semantic web are especially encouraged.

Topics of Interest

We encourage original and high quality work on all topics related to commonsense reasoning for the Semantic Web. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • reasoning about change and dynamics of ontologies, including ontology integration, ontology evolution, revision and update of ontologies in the Semantic Web
  • nonmonotonic extensions of ontology languages, including circumscriptive, default, defeasible logic, diagnosis, and autoepistemic approaches
  • temporal and spatial extensions of ontology languages
  • planning and action in the Semantic Web and Semantic Web services
  • combining modal logics and description logics
  • commonsense knowledge acquisition from the (Semantic) Web
  • integration of logic programming and description logics
  • abductive reasoning in the Semantic Web
  • extensions of ontology languages to enable uncertainty reasoning, including fuzzy, probabilistic and possibilistic approaches
  • contextualized, distributed, and modular ontology languages
  • non-standard reasoning in description logics, such as computing least common subsumer and matching.
  • paraconsistent extension of ontology languages
  • computational models of argumentation in the Semantic Web
  • approximate reasoning and compilation in description logics
  • scalability issues
  • other mathematical tools for using commonsense reasoning on the Semantic Web

Important Dates (Extended!)

Submission Deadline: April 04, 2009
Acceptance Deadline: June 31, 2009
Revised Version Deadline: August 31, 2009
Final Decision: November 30, 2009
Final Paper: December 30, 2009

Submission Procedure

Manuscripts must follow the AMAI guidelines for submission and have to be accompanied by abstracts. Details regarding the submission format and on-line submission site can be found at All manuscripts should be submitted through that online system. All manuscripts must be of high quality and are subject to peer review performed by three reviewers. The refereeing will be at the same level as in any of the major journal publications in the area.

Editorial Board

Grigoris Antoniou, University of Crete, Greece

Jos de Bruijn, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Diego Calvanese, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Xiaoping Chen, University of Science and Technology of China, China

Patrick Doherty, University of Linkoping, Sweden

Thomas Eiter, TU Wien, Austria

Zhisheng Huang, Vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thomas Lukasiewicz, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy

Thomas Meyer, Meraka Institute, South Africa

Boris Motik, Oxford University Computing Laboratory, UK

Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK

Bijan Parsia, University of Manchester, UK

Riccardo Rosati, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universität Mannheim, Germany

Chris Welty, IBM Watson Research Center, USA

Renata Wassermann, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

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