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Submission Deadline March 16th, 2015
Submission Site https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hswi2015
Submission Types full research papers, position papers, case study reports, reports of experiments, evaluation reports
Date 2015-06-01
Place Portoroz, Slovenia
Colocated With http://2015.eswc-conferences.org
Notification April 3, 2015
Camera Ready Deadline April 17, 2015
Title 3rd Workshop on Human-Semantic Web Interaction (HSWI’15)
Hashtag #HSWI2015

Workshop on Human-Semantic Web Interaction (HSWI’15)

together with the 12th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC'15)

June 1, 2015 (Morning). Portoroz, Slovenia

To advance and consolidate the development of Semantic Web (SW) technologies and applications, a strong interdisciplinary approach is required. Amongst others, SW technologies imply new challenges for user interaction - and especially end user interaction - beyond those already posed by Web technologies and interactive systems in general. Some of the challenges to Semantic Web Interfaces are:

  • SW technologies provide a new set of innovative functionalities, which require equally innovative interfaces to be enjoyed
  • Interfaces are required for datasets of which the schemas are not yet fully known at design time
  • UIs for datasets where there is as much information in the links between the resources as in the resources themselves
  • Interfaces need to be able to deal with different levels of granularity of data and information.
  • UIs for information that is automatically derived from potentially incomplete and imperfect data
  • Control over data/information delivery, due to size and complexity of data sources

The HSWI workshop aims to explore and evaluate good practices in interface design, and ultimately feed into possible recommendations for standardizing and consolidating knowledge and good practices into a set of guidelines for semantic web developers, to ensure the usability and reasonably functional user experiences of the next generation of Semantic Web applications.


The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 1st International Workshop on Summarizing and Presenting Entities and Ontologies (SumPre).

Accepted paper of the HSWI workshop:

  • Florian Haag, Steffen Lohmann, Stephan Siek and Thomas Ertl. Visual Querying of Linked Data with QueryVOWL

Topics of Interest

HSWI invites papers on, but not strictly limited to, the following topics (unordered):

  • Semantic Web applications and tools addressing the needs of end users, both for creating and consuming Semantic Web data
  • Requirements for supporting the design and implementation of user interfaces for semantic applications
  • Natural Language Interfaces
  • Interaction styles and requirements, including new/emergent types of interactions
  • Models for specifying structure and behavior of semantic interfaces
  • Lessons learned from developing, evaluating and using semantic interfaces
  • Defining Semantic Interfaces: concepts, requirements
  • Literature reviews and methodologies in the scope of Human-Semantic Web Interaction
  • Stakeholders perspectives
  • Sensemaking
  • Semantic search interfaces
  • Use Cases/Case Studies, best practices, evaluations
  • New web based interaction technologies (Gesture, Touch, Mind-Web Interfaces, etc.)UI/UX
  • Paradigms for semantic applications on mobile devices, taking into account on-board sensors (think: SIRI/Google Now on steroids)
  • Visualization in semantic interfaces

Submission and Presentation

For providing a forum for sharing novel ideas, HSWI welcomes a broad spectrum of contributions, including for example:

  • Full research papers
  • Position papers
  • Case Studies
  • Descriptions of Experiments
  • Evaluations

The authors in doubt about the relevance of the genre of their submission are invited to contact HSWI organizers. Submissions will be evaluated by the members of the international program committee.

Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this workshop.

We accept both short (6pp.) and long papers (12pp.) which must be formatted according to the information for LNCS authors. Papers must be submitted in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format. Papers that exceed the maximum pages or do not follow the LNCS guidelines will be automatically rejected without a review. Additionally, your submission may be accompanied by a short video figure or interactive illustration to foster the understanding of your work. More information about the Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) are available on the Springer LNCS Web site.

Submit your papers through EasyChair at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hswi2015

Papers will be presented in slots of 20+5 minutes. User interfaces are predestinated for demonstration, so we encourage participants to show live demos of the approaches they discuss.

Demo Jam Session

Like in the last year, the workshop will foster an impromptu demo session, where on-site participants can show and discuss demonstrations of semantic web interfaces. There will be no formal review process, but a simple pre-registration. Details will be announced later.


Contributions will be selected based upon their quality as evaluated by 2-3 referees. Accepted papers will be published on the open-access platform CEUR-WS. At least one author of accepted papers is required to register at the conference.

Important Dates

  • Workshop papers submission deadline: March 16th, 2015 (23:59 Hawaii Time)
  • Notifications of acceptance for Workshop papers: April 3, 2015
  • Submission of camera ready versions of accepted Workshop papers: April 17, 2015
  • Workshop day: June 1st, 2015

Workshop Organizers

Heiko Paulheim (heiko at informatik dot uni-mannheim dot de), University of Mannheim, Germany

Martin Voigt (martin.voigt at ontos dot com), Ontos GmbH, Germany

Roberto Garcia (roberto dot garcia at udl dot cat), Universitat de Lleida, Spain

Program Committee

Currently, the following people confirmed to serve as program committee member.

  • Marius Brade, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Sarven Capadisli, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Miguel Ceriani, "Sapienza" - University of Rome, Italy
  • Aba-Sah Dadzie, The University of Birmingham, UK
  • Massimiliano Dal Mas, Matrix SpA - Virgilio, IEEE, Italy
  • Ian Dickinson, Epimorphics Ltd., UK
  • Nima Dokoohaki, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, Sweden
  • Rosa Maria Gil, Universitat de Lleida, Spain
  • Alvaro Graves, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
  • Paul Hermans, ProXML, Belgium
  • Anna Jordanous, University of Kent, UK
  • Evangelos Kapros, UX Engineer at Learnovate Centre, Ireland
  • Steffen Lohmann, University of Stuttgart
  • Mathias Lux, Klagenfurt University, Austria
  • Paul Mulholland, The Open University, UK
  • Andreas Nürnberger, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jan Polowinski, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Han Woo Park, YeungNam University, South Korea
  • Lloyd Rutledge, Open Universiteit, The Netherlands
  • Timo Stegemann, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Lars G. Svensson, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Germany
  • Andreas Thalhammer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Haofen Wang, Apex SJTU, China
  • Lydia Weiland, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Amrapali Zaveri, Universität Leipzig, Germany


This workshop has been partially supported by the research project InDAGuS, Infrastructures for Sustainable Open Government Data with Geospatial Features

(Spanish Government TIN2012-37826-C02).