RuleML 2014

The 8th International Web Rule Symposium
Prague, Czech Republic, August 18-20, 2014

Call for Papers: Rules and Human Language Technology

RuleML 2014 Special Track: Rules and Human Language Technology

Over the last decade, there has been enormous growth in open, web-based distribution of textual material from business, legal, and government communities concerning constructs such as contracts, business processes, legal cases, regulations, policies, legislation, health services, and citizen information sources. Unstructured or semi-structured textual material makes up a large portion of what is now called Big Data. In addition, there have been dramatic improvements in the effectiveness and accuracy of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and, more broadly, Human Language Technologies (HLT), accompanied by a significant expansion of the HLT community itself. In parallel, there have been substantial developments in machine-readable, knowledge-based semantic representations. For instance, a recent RuleML-OASIS collaboration led to LegalRuleML, which bridges between legal sources and formal rules.

Nevertheless, there is a substantial knowledge-acquisition bottleneck in using HLT to translate from the textual content of Big Data to machine-readable, knowledge-based semantic representations (and from formal representations back to text). Consequently, the research and industrial communities cannot make full use of the abundance of information available in Big Data to scale up such representations. By the same token, how the representations can be applied is limited. While there have been some efforts to address the bottleneck (e.g. controlled languages such as Executable English, SBVR, or ACE) and advanced parsers with semantic translation (e.g. C&C/Boxer), much more remains to be done. The Special Track is intended to focus attention on the issues, provide an outlet for current work, and be a forum for the exchange of ideas.

The Special Track is relevant to a range of communities (e.g., in Business, Law, and Government), who are concerned with translating between human language and formal rules. For example, in the BRMS community, there is growing interest in acquiring and maintaining rules extracted from textual documents such as contracts, public or internal regulations of corporations, and policy documents. Similarly, the requirements engineering community is interested in acquiring requirements from texts and generating rules to check the software behavior. The concerns of the Special Track also bear on work in decision support and process modeling communities.

Papers of interest in the Special Track will (typically) relate to the translation of texts that are descriptive (e.g., statements of facts and rules on facts) or prescriptive (e.g., statements of obligations or prohibitions in laws, regulations, or policies) to or from semantic representations.

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Organisers

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Important Dates for RuleML (including the special tracks)

Extended abstract submission: April 14, 2014
Extended paper submission: April 22, 2014
Notification: May 20, 2014
Camera ready: June 6, 2014
RuleML 2014 dates: August 18-20, 2014

Submission guidelines

Papers must be original contributions written in English and must be submitted at EasyChair for the special track as:

Please upload all submissions in LNCS format. To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by 3 PC members based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. Accepted papers will be published in book form in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series with the RuleML main track proceedings.

Program Committee