October 25-26, 2007—Orlando, Florida



We invite to share their ideas, results, and experiences: industry practitioners, rule system providers, technical experts and developers, rule users, and researchers who are exploring foundations (especially in the area of system interoperability and rule interchange), are developing systems and applications, or are using rule-based systems. We invite submissions related (but not limited to) to one or more of the following topics:


· Representation and meta-annotation of rules and rule sets (modules) for publication and interchange purposes

· Collaborative authoring, modeling and engineering of rule specifications and rule repositories

· Heterogeneous and homogenous information integration of external data and domain knowledge into rules including object-oriented data representations, databases, Web resources, meta-data repositories and Semantic Web ontologies

· Homogeneous and heterogeneous integration of  rules and ontologies

· Hybrid rule systems combining, e.g. declarative rules and object-oriented programming or forward-reasoning production rules and backward-reasoning derivation rules

· Management and maintenance of distributed rule bases and rule repositories during their lifecycle

· Interchange and refactoring of rule bases in heterogeneous execution environments

· Verification and validation of interchanged rule bases in heterogeneous execution environments

· Contributions on effective, practical, and deployable Web standards on rules as well as special purpose, vertical domain rule languages

· Communication between rule based systems using interchange formats and processing / communication middleware such as Event Processing Networks (EPN), and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and Event Driven Architectures (EDA)

· Applications, products, research, and development in rule-based, distributed complex event processing (CEP), event communication and reaction rules (e.g., ECA rules, production rules, trigger rules)

· Event-driven/action rule languages and models

· Practical solutions tackling the real-world Software Engineering requirements of rule-based systems in open, distributed environments such as the Web

· Modeling of executable rule specifications and tool support (e.g. development environments,  editors, compilers, interpreters, translators/transformations, rule code generators)

· Execution models, rule engines, and environments

· Compilation vs. interpretation approaches of rules

· Rules interchange standards and related industry interchange formats, e.g. SBVR, PRR, XBRL,FIX/FPL, FpML, MISMO, ACORD, RuleML, RIF, SWRL, etc.

· Applications and integration of rules in web standards, e.g., semantic web services (SWS), WS-standards, BPEL, security (e.g. XRML), meta data processing (e.g. personal information management DC, vCard, FOAF, vCalendar etc.)

· Rule-based software agents and (web) services

· Rules in Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

· Rules in Semantic Web Technologies

· Rules in Web Intelligence Research

· Applications of rules in the Semantic Web and Pragmatic Web (e.g. negotiation of ontology meaning or communication within a pragmatic context)

· Comparing and advancing the state of  current business rules engines (BRE) and business rules management system (BRMS) tools

· Practical interoperation between different rule formats such as business rules, decision tables, decision trees, reactive rules, derivation rules, logical formulas, constraints, association rules, transformation rules and ontological domain conceptualization including meaning negotiation and practical use of agreed rules and vocabularies

· Applications based on (Semantic) Web rule standardization or standards-proposing efforts

· Translation of interchangeable and domain-independent rule formats and rule models into executable technical rule specifications

· Extraction and reengineering of platform-independent, interchangeable rules and rule models from existing platform-specific resources and information

· Natural-language processing of rules

· Graphical processing, modelling and rendering of rules

· Incorporation of rules technology into distributed enterprise application architectures such as such as Real-Time Enterprise (RTE), Business Activity Management (BAM), Business Performance Management (BPM), Business Process Management, Enterprise Workflow Systems, Database Management Systems or Supply Chain Management Solutions and related areas such as Service-based Architectures (Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) / Service Oriented Computing (SOC) / Service Component Architectures (SCA) ), Semantic Web Services (SWS), IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Service Level Management (IT SLM) , and Policy solutions

· Rule-based policies and electronic contracts: their specification, execution, and management

· Languages for exchanging and processing information through the web, e.g. common base event, WS-standards, ebXML etc.

· E-contracting and automated negotiations with rule-based declarative strategies

· Applications of rules in e.g. legal reasoning, compliance rules, security, IT government, security, risk management, trust and proof reasoning, etc.

· Rule-based (multi-valued) reasoning with and representing uncertain and fuzzy information

· Rule-based reasoning with non-monotonic negation, modalities, deontic, temporal, priority, scoped or other rule qualifications