Kobe, Japan
October 17, 2016

2nd Workshop on Mobile Deployment of Semantic Technologies

at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2016

Call For Papers

Motivation and Objectives

The MoDeST workshop aims to bring together researchers, as well as developers and practitioners, who are interested in studying and deploying Semantic Web technology on mobile devices, as well as illustrating its useful deployment in particular application domains.

Given the current scale and diversity of the Semantic Web, there is a clear potential to exploit online semantic data on mobile platforms as well; including semantic geographical information (LinkedGeoData, GeoNames), information on people, places & things (FreeBase, DataHub, DBpedia), online news sources (NYTimes), products for sale (BestBuy), etc. In fact, various application domains have already demonstrated the utility of mobile semantic data, including context-awareness, augmented reality, recommender systems, tourism, and mHealth.

Due to recent improvements in mobile hardware, an excellent opportunity exists to further realize this potential and fully semantically enable mobile applications. Previous work has shown that mobile solutions should be tailored towards the unique restrictions of mobile devices, as well as the highly dynamic nature of mobile application scenarios. While valuable work has already been done in this regard (including several mobile RDF stores), recent studies have indicated that the mobile performance & scalability of certain Semantic Web tasks (e.g., rule-based/OWL reasoning) still leaves much to be desired. This lack of performant solutions currently restricts the full utilization of Semantic Web data on mobile platforms. Concurrently, useful mobile semantic applications, illustrating the usefulness of semantic technology on mobile platforms, could act as a catalyst for increasing efforts in creating such tailored solutions.

The MoDeST workshop represents an ideal venue to publish qualitative, albeit work-in-progress, research on this topic, and to present useful mobile Semantic Web applications. It presents a unique forum for researchers and developers, from both the Semantic Web and mobile computing community, to discuss approaches, techniques and concrete implementations for the efficient utilization of mobile Semantic Web technology.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Semantic data management on mobile platforms
  • Mobile semantic query optimization
  • Mobile Semantic Web reasoning
  • Mobile Linked Data applications
  • Tools for developing mobile semantic applications
  • Mobile semantic applications in domains such as:
    • Context-awareness
    • Recommender systems
    • mHealth
  • Evaluation of semantic technologies on mobile platforms
  • Limitations of and challenges for the mobile Semantic Web
  • Benchmarking tools and services for semantic mobile applications

Submission Guidelines

All papers must represent original, unpublished work not currently under review elsewhere. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical quality, clarity, style and relevance to the workshop. At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop.

Workshop participation is available to ISWC 2016 attendants at an additional cost. See http://iswc2016.semanticweb.org/ for details.

Paper submission and reviewing for this workshop will be done electronically via EasyChair. All submissions must be written in English and must be formatted according to the information for LNCS Authors (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). We would like to encourage authors to submit their work using the Research Articles in Simplified HTML (RASH) format (https://github.com/essepuntato/rash); authors are hereby responsible for correct formatting. We aim to publish the workshop proceedings online at CEUR-WS.

The following types of contributions are welcome:

  • Full research papers (up to 12 pages)
  • Short papers (up to 6 pages), which are either research-oriented or present a mobile Semantic Web system.

Please refer to the EasyChair page (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=modest2016) for paper submission.

Important Dates

Submission deadline
July 7, 2016
July 31, 2016
Camera-ready version
August 15, 2016

Previous Editions

brand (co-located with ISWC 2015).

Program Committee

Carlos Bobed
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Fernando Bobillo
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Alex Borgida
Rutgers, USA
Sven Casteleyn
Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Tim Finin
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA
Lalana Kagal
Yuan-Fang Li
Monash University, Australia
Deborah McGuinness
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Eduardo Mena
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Primal Pappachan
University of California, Irvine, USA
Michele Ruta
Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Oshani Seneviratne
Oracle, USA
Fuming Shih
Oracle, USA


Evan Patton

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

William Van Woensel

Dalhousie University, Canada

Roberto Yus

University of California, Irvine, USA

Jeff Z. Pan

The University of Manchester, UK