First AKT Workshop on Semantic Web Services


KMi, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

December 8, 2004


Description and Topics
Call for papers
Important Dates
Directions and Accommodations 


This is a one-day workshop for discussing Semantic Web Services (SWS) in the context of Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT). We intend to support the interaction of research in different communities.

Semantic Web Services combine Web Service technologies with Semantic Web technologies. The augmentation of Web services with formal descriptions of their capabilities will facilitate their automatic location, mediation, composition and execution.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss the common research issues regarding the modelling of knowledge for describing services in the Semantic Web. As the workshop is informal it welcomes shorter versions of papers that have been published elsewhere.

The highlight of the workshop will be a panel of invited speakers for the theme: "Which Semantic Web Service standards?". There will be four panellists who will present their position on OWL-S, WSMO, IRS-III and SWSI. The panel will be conducted in such a way as to encourage discussion with the audience.

Terry Payne, Michael Stollberg, John Domingue and Steve Battle have already confirmed their participation in the panel session.


The list of topics below are not intended to be exhaustive.

Call for Papers

The program will include presentations of short papers, discussion groups for position papers and demos. This workshop is open to all members of the the AKT Consortium and SWS community. Please note that at least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop. Submission of a paper is not required for attendance at the workshop.


All submissions should be formatted in Springer's LNCS style, pdf format, and sent by e-mail to Accepted short papers and position papers will be included in the proceedings.  Figures that help the reader to quickly grasp the essence of complex material are strongly encouraged. A hard copy of the proceedings will be distributed at the workshop. The proceedings will be published electronically in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings series.

Short papers should be not longer than 4 pages and will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be scheduled for a 15 min presentation (including questions) at the workshop. Position papers will receive no review and will be presented as part of themed discussion groups. There will be a demo session scheduled for demonstrating working implementations. We encourage accompanying demonstrations with a position paper.

Position statements are limited to 2 pages and should include some or all of the following:


Due to the limited number of seats in the workshop venue, people wishing to attend must register by sending an e-mail to Subject line must say 'akt-sws04 registration' and body should include name and affiliation of attendee.

Registration ends on the 3rd of December 2004.

Important Dates

Submissions due: 19th November 2004
Notification of acceptance: 30th November 2004
Camera ready format due: 3rd December 2004
Workshop: 8th December 2004


The workshop will take place at KMi and presentations will be webcast live. Our server may be down, but the workshop presentations will be recorded.

For attendees coming the previous night, a reservation of 15 places for dinner has been made at Chiquito in Milton Keynes city center. Please send an e-mail to if you want to guarantee your place. You can also find other options nearby.

7th December 19:45 Informal dinner - Optional
8th December 9:15 - 9:30 Welcome by John Domingue
  9:30 - 9:45 1. Treating “shimantic web” syndrome with ontologies
Duncan Hull, Robert Stevens, Phillip Lord, Chris Wroe, and Carole Goble

  9:45 - 10:00 2. Agent-based Mediation in Semantic Web Service Framework
Renato de Freitas Bulcao Neto, Yathiraj Bhat Udupi, and Steve Battle

  10:00 - 10:15 3.Orchestration of Semantic Web Services in IRS-III
Roberto Confalonieri, John Domingue and Enrico Motta

  10:15 - 10:30 4. Interactive Composition of WSMO-based Semantic Web Services in IRS-III
Denilson Sell, Farshad Hakimpour, John Domingue, Enrico Motta and Roberto C. S. Pacheco

  10:30 - 10:45 5. SWSDesigner: The Graphical Interface of ODESWS
Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Rafael González-Cabero and Manuel Lama
  10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break

  11:15 - 11:30 6. Developing a Service-Oriented Architecture to Harvest Information for the Semantic Web
Barry Norton, Sam Chapman and Fabio Ciravegna

  11:30 - 11:45 7. Integrating Preferences into Service Requests to Automate Service Usage
Michael Klein and Birgitta Konig-Ries

  11:45 - 12:00 8. OCML Ontologies to XML Schema Lowering
Vlad Tanasescu, John Domingue and Liliana Cabral

  12:00 - 12:15 9. Using OWL-S to annotate services with ancillary behaviour
Roxana Belecheanu, Mariusz Jacyno and Terry Payne

  12:15 - 12:30 10. Integration of OWL-S into IRS-III
Farshad Hakimpour, John Domingue, Enrico Motta, Liliana Cabral and Yuangui Lei

  12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and coffee

  13:30 - 14:45 Panel: "Which Semantic Web Service standards?"
Terry Payne, Michael Stollberg, John Domingue and Steve Battle

  14:45 - 15:45 Discussion Group 1 - MIAKT
Position Paper: MIAKT position paper, MIAKT component services

  14:45 - 15:45 Discussion Group 2 - Applications
Position Paper: Web Service Support for Scientific Data Analysis
Other application papers: 1.

  14:45 - 15:45 Discussion Group 3 - SWS Composition/Orchestration/Planning
Position Paper: Proposed Functional-Style Extensions for Semantic Web Service Composition
Other Papers: 3, 4, 6

  15:45 - 16:00 Coffee break

  16:00 - 17:00 Discussion Group 4 - MIAKT (cont.)

  16:00 - 17:00 Discussion Group 5 - SWS Description
Position Paper: The DIANE Service Description
Other Papers: 7, 9

  16:00 - 17:00 Discussion Group 6 - SWS Mediation/Lifting/Lowering
Position Paper: Finding Ariadne’s thread in the data mediation maze
Related Papers: 1, 2, 8

  17:00 - 17:20 Feedback and Wrap up

  17:20 - 18:00 Demo session with Cream Tea

Demo 1: OntoSearch
Demo 2: SWSDesigner (paper 5)
Demo 3: IRS-OWL-S Translator (paper 10)
Demo 4: Composition Interface for IRS-III (paper 4)
Demo 5: OCML-XSD lowering (paper 8)


Marc Richardson British Telecom
Monika Solanki De Montfort University
Michael Stollberg DERI
Leticia Gutierrez Essex County Council
Rob Davies Essex County Council
Steve Battle  Hewlett Packard Labs
Denilson Sell OU
Dileep Damle OU
Dnyanesh Rajpathak OU
Enrico Motta OU
Farshad Hakimpour OU
Gaston Burek OU
Jianhan Zhu OU
John Domingue OU
Liliana Cabral OU
Maria Varga-Veras OU
Michele Pasin OU
Neil Benn OU
Roberto Confalonieri OU
Tom Heath OU
Vanessa Lopez OU
Vladimir Tanasescu OU
Yuangui Lei OU
Michael Klein Universität Karlsruhe
Derek Sleeman University of Aberdeen
Edward Thomas University of Aberdeen
Martin Kollingbaum University of Aberdeen
Chris Walton  University of Edinburgh
Dave Robertson University of Edinburgh
Stephen Potter University of Edinburgh
José Luiz Fiadeiro University of Leicester
Duncan Hull University of Manchester
Robert Stevens University of Manchester
Sean Bechhofer University of Manchester
Barry Norton University of Sheffield
Fabio Ciravegna University of Sheffield
Simon Foster University of Sheffield
Ayomi Bandara University of Southampton
David Dupplaw University of Southampton
Gary Wills  University of Southampton
Hugh Glaser University of Southampton
Mariusz Jacyno University of Southampton
Mischa M Tuffield University of Southampton
Nick Gibbins University of Southampton
Paul H. Lewis University of Southampton
Roxana Belecheanu University of Southampton
Sebastian Stein University of Southampton
Srinandan Dasmahapatra University of Southampton
Stephen W Ball University of Southampton
Steve Harris University of Southampton
Terry Payne University of Southampton
Y.David Liang University of Southampton
Asunción Gómez-Pérez UPM
Rafael Gonzalez-Cabero UPM



Steering Committee

John Domingue, KMi, The Open University - Chair
Enrico Motta, KMi, The Open University

Workshop Organisers

Liliana Cabral, KMi, The Open University

Program Committee

Steve Battle, HP Labs, UK
Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield
Oscar Cocho, ISOCO, Spain
John Davies, BT, UK
Asuncion Gomez-Perez, UPM, Spain
Farshad Hakimpour, KMi, The Open University
Martin Kollingbaum, University of Aberdeen
Ruben Lara, DERI, Innsbruck, Austria
Mathew Moran, DERI, Galway, Ireland
Barry Norton, University of Sheffield
Terry Payne, University of Southampton
Dave Robertson, University of Edinburgh
Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton
Derek Sleeman, University of Aberdeen
Monica Solanki, De Monfort University, UK
Michael Stollberg, DERI, Innsbruck, Austria

Directions and Accommodations

Please download a list of local hotels.

Please see the KMi website for further information and directions.

Quick guide on airport links to the Open University

The closest airport to Milton Keynes is Luton.

Travelling from LUTON

There is no direct rail service from Milton Keynes to Luton but several express bus routes provide a reasonable
service. Three are 17 buses a day from the Coachway to Luton Airport (services 230 & 777 - the journey time is just 45 minutes. Alternatively, a bright red
Virgin bus picks up at the front of Milton Keynes railway station and the shopping centre and runs to Luton
Airport approximately hourly with a journey time of just under an hour - this service does not operate through the

Taxi from Luton to Milton Keynes: - Fare is around £30. You can pre-book a taxi with Carolton Car Service
telephone +44 (0)1908 307030.


From Heathrow airport:

The Railair (Watford) train service provides a rail link to Watford Junction. From Watford Junction the Silverlink
train service travels to Milton Keynes.
Virgin and Silverlink trains travel from London Euston Station to Milton Keynes Central Station.

From Gatwick airport:

The Gatwick Express train travels to Milton Keynes ( 1 hour and 40 minutes)

The Open University can then be reached by taxi.

Discover times and cost of rail journies at
Direct bus services from Heathrow, Gatwick to Milton Keynes Coach Station - details at this web site:

Travelling from  STANSTED

A direct bus (service 777) operates from Stansted to Milton Keynes 8 times a day with a journey time of 2 hours 15
minutes, fare approx. £21


From Milton Keynes Central Train Station to the Open University : fare approx. £7.00, journey time about 10 mins.