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2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on
Web Intelligence (WI-09)

Tutorials due: *** 30th April 2009 ***NEW DEADLINE***


September 15-18, 2009, Milan, Italy

(Papers Due: *** 10 April 2009 *** 20th April 2009 EXPIRED
Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings
by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which are indexed by EI.)

WI 2009 will provide a leading international forum of scientific research and development to explore the fundamental interactions between AI-engineering and Advanced Information Technology (e.g., wireless networks, ubiquitous devices, social networks, and data/knowledge grids), and their role on the next generation of Web-empowered products, Web systems and services. AI-engineering refers to a new area, slightly beyond traditional AI, which encompasses: brain informatics, human level AI, intelligent agents, social network intelligence, knowledge engineering, representation, planning, data mining and discovery.

WI 2009 will be jointly held with the 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-09). The two conferences will have a joint opening, keynote, reception, and banquet. Attendees only need to register for one conference and can attend workshops, sessions, tutorials, panels, exhibits and demonstrations across the two conferences. We are also planning a joint panel, joint paper sessions, and a doctoral mentoring program to discuss common problems in the two areas.

Topics of Interest

We invite submissions in all WI related areas. Papers exploring new directions or areas will receive a careful and supportive review. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

* WI Foundations
- Brain Informatics for WI
- Human-Level WI
- New Cognitively Inspired Models for WI
- Granular Computing (GrC) for WI
- Soft Computing for WI
- Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC) for WI
- Human-Inspired WI Computing

* World Wide Wisdom Web (W4)
- Meta-Knowledge Discovery and Representation
- Problem Solver Markup Language (PSML)
- Search of Best Means and Ends
- Goal-Directed Services Support
- Distributed Resources Optimization
- Service Self-Aggregation
- Web Inference Engine
- Information and Knowledge Markets
- New Social Interaction Paradigms
- Social and Psychological Contexts
- Regularities and Laws of W4

* Web Information Retrieval and Filtering
- Web Information Retrieval in context
- Multimedia Indexing
- Personalization
- Location-based Information Retrieval
- Geographic information retrieval
- Content-based Information Filtering
- Collaborative Filtering and Recommendation
- Hybrid Recommendation
- Clustering-Based Recommender Systems
- Information Retrieval Models and Evaluations
- Web Information Categorization
- Ranking Techniques
- Proxy and Cache Techniques
- Web Prediction and Pre-fetching
- Distributed Web Search
- Specifications for Web Information Extraction Process
- Web Crawling Systems
- Search Engines and Meta-search Engines

* Semantics and Ontology Engineering
- Semantic Web
- Ontology-Based Information Extraction and Retrieval
- Ontology-Based Web Mining
- Web-Based Ontology Learning

* Web Mining and Farming
- Text Mining
- Data Stream Mining
- Multimedia Data Mining
- Web Content Mining
- Web Log and Usage Mining
- Context Sensitive Web Mining
- Web Information Clustering
- Web Page Clustering and Mining
- Data Warehousing
- Web Farming and Warehousing

* Social Networks and Social Intelligence
- Social Network Mining
- Web Site Clustering
- Web 2.0
- Link Topology and Site Hierarchy
- Theories of Small-World Web
- Virtual and Web Communities
- Web-Based Cooperative Work
- Knowledge Community Formation and Support
- Ubiquitous Computing
- Intelligent Wireless Web
- Ubiquitous Learning Systems
- Entertainment

* Knowledge Grids and Grid Intelligence
- Semantic Grids
- Knowledge Resources and Services Discovery
- On-Demand Planning and Routing
- Brokering and Scheduling
- Middleware Architectures and Tools

* Web Agents
- Global Information Foraging
- Distributed Problem Solving
- Coordination
- Resource Intermediary and Coordination Mechanisms
- Self-Organization and Reproduction
- Agent Networks and Topologies
- Mobile Agents
- Macroscopic Behavior Modeling
- Trust Models for Web Agents

* Web Services
- Service-Oriented Computing
- Matchmaking
- Web Service Reconfiguration
- Web Service Workflow Composition
- Middleware-Based Ubiquitous Services
- Grid Services

* Intelligent Human-Web Interaction
- Adaptive Web Interfaces
- Context-Aware Computing
- Emotional Factor
- Learning User Profiles
- Personalized Interfaces
- Personalized Web Sites
- Remembrance Agents
- Multimedia Representation
- Visualization of Information and Knowledge
- Social and Psychological Issues

* Web Support Systems
- Information Retrieval Support Systems
- Web Site Navigation Support Systems
- Recommender Support Systems
- Web-Based Decision Support Systems
- Soft Computing (including neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary computation, rough sets, and granular computing) and Uncertainty Management for WI

* Intelligent e-Technology
- Business Intelligence
- Intelligent Enterprise Portals
- Web-Based Direct Marketing and CRM
- Web-Based EDI
- Digital Libraries
- Decentralized Community Communication Techniques
- e-Publishing
- e-Business and e-Commerce
- e-Finance
- e-Government
- e-Learning
- e-Medicine
- e-Market
- e-Service
- Web Security, Integrity, Privacy and Trust

On-Line Submissions and Publication

High-quality papers in all WI related areas are solicited. Paper submissions should be limited to a maximum of 8 pages in the IEEE 2-column format, the same as the camera-ready format (see the
Author Guidelines at the submission page).
All submitted papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity.

Note that WI’09 will accept ONLY on-line submissions, containing PDF versions. Please use the Submission Form on the WI’09 website to submit your paper. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press that are indexed by EI.

Submissions accepted as regular papers will be allocated 8 pages in the proceedings and accorded oral presentation times in the main conference. Submissions accepted as short papers will be allocated 4 pages in the proceedings and will have a shorter presentation time at the conference than regular papers.

All co-authors will be notified at all time, for the submission, notification, and confirmation on the attendance. Submitting a paper to the conference and workshops means that, if the paper is accepted, at least one author should attend the conference to present the paper. The acceptance list and no-show list will be openly published on-line. For no-show authors, their affiliations will receive a notification.

A selected number of WI'09 accepted papers will be expanded and revised for inclusion in Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: An International Journal” ( and in the Annual Review of Intelligent Informatics (


As an important part of the conference, the workshop program will focus on new research challenges and initiatives. All papers accepted for workshops will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press that are indexed by EI, and will be available at the workshops. Detailed information is available at Workshops page.

Note: we will not have a separate workshop registration fee (i.e., conference registration covers everything).


WI’09 also welcomes Tutorial proposals. WI’09 will include tutorials providing in-depth background on subjects that are of broad interest to the Web intelligence community. Both short (2 hours) and long (half day) tutorials will be considered. The tutorials will be part of the main conference technical program. Detailed information is available at the conference homepage.

Note: we will not have a separate tutorials registration fee (i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).


We solicit Industry/Demo-Track papers by the following methods.

(1) Industry papers of 4 pages can be submitted on the same schedule as the research track.
(2) Separate 2 page demo proposals can submitted at a later schedule.
(3) Full regular paper submissions can include a demo option. That is, a full paper submissions will be asked to specify if they would like to give a demonstration; choice of demonstrations (while utilizing information from the regular reviewing process) will be selected based on value as a demonstration.

For options (1) and (2), please find more detailed instructions at the Industry/Demo page.

Important Dates

·        Workshop proposal submission: January 31, 2009  EXPIRED

·        Electronic submission of full papers: April 20, 2009 EXPIRED

·        Tutorial proposal submission: April 30, 2009 EXTENDED

·        Workshop paper submission: April 30, 2009

·        Notification of paper acceptance: June 3, 2009

·        Conference: September 15-18, 2009

Conference Organization

Conference Chair: Gabriella Pasi, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy.

 Organizing Co-Chairs:

Gloria Bordogna, National Council of Research, Bergamo, Italy

Giancarlo Mauri, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy

 Program Chair:

Ricardo Baeza Yates, Yahoo! Inc., Barcelona, Spain 

WI Program Co-Chairs:

Bettina Berendt, K.U.Leuven, Leuven Belgium.

Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA.

Lim Ee Peng, Singapore Management University, Singapore. 

IAT Program Co-Chairs:

Jérôme Lang, CNRS, LAMSADE, Paris, France.

Sushmita Mitra, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India

Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College, City Univ of NY

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Paolo Boldi, University of Milan, Italy.

Giuseppe Vizzari, University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy

Tutorial Co-Chairs:

Mohand Boughanem, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Fabrizio Sebastiani, National Council of Research, Pisa, Italy

Publicity Co-Chairs:

 Jia Hu, The International WIC Institute/BJUT, China

Mounia Lalmas, University of Glasgow, UK


Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan


Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA

WIC Co-Chairs/Directors:

Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

Jiming Liu, University of Windsor, Canada

WIC Advisory Board:

Edward A. Feigenbaum, Stanford University, USA

Setsuo Ohsuga, University of Tokyo, Japan

Benjamin Wah, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Philip Yu, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

L.A. Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley, USA

WIC Tech. Committee & WI/IAT Steering Committee:

Jeffrey Bradshaw, UWF/Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA

Nick Cercone, York University, Canada

Dieter Fensel, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Georg Gottlob, Oxford University, UK

Lakhmi Jain, University of South Australia, Australia

Jianchang Mao, Yahoo! Inc., USA

Pierre Morizet-Mahoudeaux, Compiegne University of Technology, France

Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University, Japan

Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan

Andrzej Skowron, Warsaw University, Poland

Jinglong Wu, Okayama University, Japan

Xindong Wu, University of Vermont, USA

Yiyu Yao, University of Regina, Canada

*** Contact Information ***

Gabriella Pasi (Conference General Chair)

The WIC Office