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ICCS 2003

11th International Conference on Conceptual Structures:

Conceptual Structures for Knowledge Creation and Communication

July 21 - 25, 2003, Dresden, Germany

Aims and Scope

The International Conferences on Conceptual Structures (ICCS) have been held annually in Europe, Australia, and North America since 1993. Their central focus is the formal representation and analysis of conceptual knowledge with applications to artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and related areas of computer science.

Historically, a group of researchers working on the theory and applications of Conceptual Graphs founded the ICCS. Over the years, they have broadened the scope to include a wider range of theories, among them Formal Concept Analysis, Description Logics, Situation Theory, Discourse Representation Theory, and related techniques.

Papers for ICCS 2003 are invited on the following topics: conceptual structures (theory, applications, and experience with case studies); their interplay with language, semantics and pragmatics; formal methods for concept analysis and contextual logic, modeling, representation, and visualization of concepts; conceptual knowledge acquisition; and the theory and applications of formal ontologies. Comparisons of methods and representations on the basis of reasoning ability, expressiveness, ease of use, and computational performance are welcome. Integration of methodologies, user interfaces, knowledge use, reuse, and integration are all of high interest at ICCS 2003.

Papers on the ICCS 2003 theme of "Knowledge Creation and Communication" are particularly encouraged. ICCS 2003 will focus on the interplay between meaning and formalization of conceptual structures, and on the relation between data, information, and knowledge. Of special interest is the question to which extent formal representations of conceptual structures can support human communication and knowledge creation. Papers which discuss such research or applications in the area of bringing together Formal Concept Analysis and Contextual Logic, Conceptual Graphs, formal ontologies within the Semantic Web or other areas are strongly encouraged, as well as papers linking conceptual structures to other fields or applications.

Authors are invited to submit papers describing both theoretical and practical research. Papers accepted or under review by other conferences or journals are not acceptable as submissions to ICCS. The language of the conference will be English.

Authors' Information

Papers are limited to 14 pages in Springer's format. We strongly recommend the use of LaTeX2e for the final version. For more details see
Position papers (2 pages) are also welcome.

For all papers, a one page abstract in PostScript or PDF format must be received by Tuesday January 7, 2003. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper. The electronic submission of the full paper in Postscript or PDF format must be received on or before Thursday, January 9, 2003.

Submit your abstract and your paper via email to Aldo de Moor ( with ICCS2003 in the subject line. Please include your name and your full address. In case you have problems with electronic submission, contact Bernhard Ganter as early as possible. An address is given below.

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted, must be presented at the conference. Papers accepted for publication will appear in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence Series by Springer-Verlag. Position papers and papers which are not included in the LNAI volume, but are of sufficient quality and interest to the community, will be published in supplementary proceedings. A precondition for publication (for all papers) is that the final version is in full compliance with Springer's format.

Call for Workshop Proposals

Workshop proposals for ICCS 2003 are invited on any of the areas of interest to the Conceptual Structures community, including specialized sub-areas. Previous workshops have included CG tools, PORT Pragmatic Web and Concept lattice-based Knowledge Discovery. The deadline for submission of workshop proposals to the Program Chairs is February 1, 2003.

Conference Chairs and Editorial Board

General Chair: Bernhard Ganter (TU Dresden, Germany)

Program Chairs: Aldo de Moor (Tilburg University, The Netherlands), Wilfried Lex (TU Clausthal, Germany)

Editorial Board:

Galia Angelova (Bulgaria)
Michel Chein (France)
Dan Corbett (Australia)
Harry Delugach (USA)
Peter Eklund (Australia)
Mary Keeler (USA)
Sergei Kuznetsov (Russia)
Lotfi Lakhal (France)
Guy Mineau (Canada)
Bernard Moulin (Canada)
Marie-Laure Mugnier (France)
Heather Pfeiffer (USA)
Uta Priss (UK)
John Sowa (USA)
Gerd Stumme (Germany)
Bill Tepfenhart (USA)
Rudolf Wille (Germany)

Further Information

This call for papers and the latest information regarding the conference can be found on the World Wide Web at:

Bernhard Ganter
Institut für Algebra
TU Dresden
D-01062 Dresden

Phone: +49-351-463-35063
Fax: +49-351-463-34235