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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on digital support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, DBLP and EI.


SCOE 2012Special Session on Semantic Computing and Ontology Engineering
Chair(s): Steffen Staab

NTMIST 2012Special Session on New Tools, Techniques and Methodologies for Information System Testing
Chair(s): Olivier Camp

MDDIS 2012Special Session on Model Driven Development for Information Systems: Techniques, Tools and Methodologies
Chair(s): Slimane Hammoudi

Special Session on Semantic Computing and Ontology Engineering - SCOE 2012


Steffen Staab
University of Koblenz-Landau

The special session on Semantic Computing Ontology Development addresses any kind of computational problems that require semantics analysis, semantic integration, semantic interfaces and technologies that create, manipulate or retrieve computational content based on meaning and intention, from video, audio, text, software, and any other media. Researchers are invited to present software tools, applications or theoretical work covering a variety of ontology engineering activities, including Annotation and Documentation, Human-Ontology Interaction, Knowledge Acquisition, Modularization and Customization, Ontology Dynamics, Ontology Evaluation, Ontology Matching, Reasoning and Inference, and other related topics.

Special Session on New Tools, Techniques and Methodologies for Information System Testing - NTMIST 2012


Olivier Camp
Computer Science, Graduate School of Electronics of the West

Information system development is a human intensive activity and over the years the need for a disciplined approach for development of better quality and reliable Information system has led to the evolving field of Information system development (ISD). The Information system community continually attempts to develop technologies and methodologies to enable easier, faster and cheaper ways to build high quality information systems. One of the main elements of information system quality assurance is information system testing or verification as it represents the ultimate review of specification, design and code generation. Despite the use of testing tools and methods in Information system development, systems are constantly delivered with an unreasonable amount of failures. These failures are not found, in part, because of inadequate testing tools and methodologies. To avoid these failures new techniques for Information system testing have been proposed such as Model Based Testing (MBT). MBT is expected to allow more adequate information testing because it is rooted in automated procedures, avoiding manual error prone activities.
This special session aims at being a forum for researchers, developers, testers and users to discuss about new approaches, methodologies, tools and experiences in the field of testing. We invite authors to submit papers describing results of theoretical or experimental research or describing approaches and means to introduce new testing methodologies in industrial contexts.

Special Session on Model Driven Development for Information Systems: Techniques, Tools and Methodologies - MDDIS 2012


Slimane Hammoudi
Computer Science Department, ESEO, ERIS

The Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) is an approach to the development of IT systems fostered by the Object Management Group (OMG) that separates the specification of the system functionality from its implementation on a particular platform. A common pattern of MDA development is to define a platform-independent model (PIM) of a system, and to apply (parameterised) transformations to this PIM to obtain one or more platform-specific models (PSMs). In this context, PIMs are reusable models that consolidate the application development effort. Furthermore, MDA advocates the use of OMG core technology, especially the Meta-Object Facility (MOF) and MOF-compliant languages such as UML and CWM. In Model-Driven Development the MDA principles and technologies are applied in the development of information systems. MDD has already been around for some years and is about to become commodity in software development due to its benefits (reduction on development costs, improvement of software quality, reduction of maintenance costs and the support for controlled evolution of IT systems). MDD has also been applied in many application areas, such as real-time and embedded systems, telecommunication systems, and, more recently, in the development and integration of enterprise information systems. However, the MDD research community is wishing to explore the bounds of MDD, by investigating new applications areas and combinations with other emerging technologies, like, for example, pervasive context-aware systems, Semantic web, Semantic web services, SOA and ontologies.
This Special session aims at fostering the latest developments and applications of MDD approach. We invite authors to submit contributions on the techniques, the tools and the methodologies of MDD for future information systems.