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OWL leaves the nest

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Start: Friday, November 04, 2005, 04:00PM

End: Friday, November 04, 2005, 05:30PM

Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA


OWL leaves the nest

a panel at the
2005 AAAI Fall Symposium Series
First International Symposium on Agents and the Semantic Web
16:00-17:30 Friday 4 November 2005
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA


Although the Semantic Web languages and related technology were designed to publish and share information on the Web, it's always been recognized that they have many other uses. This panel will focus on the use of the Semantic Web technologies in mobile and pervasive computing and communication. Some recent examples that we will touch on include the following. A number of research efforts involving mobile and pervasive computing have adopted OWL to describe services, share information and cooperate. Policies grounded in OWL are being used to control communication and ensure privacy in "smart spaces". Research projects are using RDF metadata to help manage and route communication in conventional and ad hoc networks. Additional usecases will be covered and the challenges and obstacles for realizing them will be discussed.

Issues to be explored

The panelists will each make a short preliminary statement and then respond to any or all of the following questions or issues. Workshop participants are encouraged to think up new and provocative issues and to spring them on the panelists without warning and ask for a response.
  • Will the impact of RDF and OWL on the systems and communication ultimately be greater than on the World Wide Web?
  • How likely are system developers to adopt a multiagent system approach?
  • How likely are system developers to adopt the current semantic web technologies?
  • Are RDF and OWL the right languages for these kinds of applications? If not, what's missing?
  • Do current ideas for semantic web services (e.g., OWL-S, WMSO) meet your needs? If not, how should they change?
  • Declarative policies encoded in RDF are popular in research systems now. Are they ready for real applications?
  • What non-web applications do you think will be the first to be deployed by industry or government?
  • Will the use of Semantic Web languages drive a unified web-based design in the future mobile computing systems?
  • It's difficult for RDF and OWL to encode and use certain kinds of common sense knowledge (e.g., nearby, faster, closer, typically, probably) essential for building smart applications. How can we address these issues?
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