About TourismKG 2018

1st International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs on Travel and Tourism (TourismKG 2018) is a half-day workshop at the 18th International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2018).

Travel and Tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry having a major impact on the global economy. An increasing number of people use applications on the Web to plan their trips. Although current applications are focused on humans, in the era of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, there is a need for machine-readable data.

Semantic Web techniques such as ontologies or vocabularies allow domain experts to represent knowledge with explicit semantics in a machine-readable way. Besides, datasets can be transformed and integrated with this knowledge in order to create the so-called Knowledge Graphs. Such Knowledge Graphs, together with Machine Learning techniques, are used by popular applications such as Siri, Google Now, or Alexa. The success of these applications depends on the existence of high-quality knowledge graphs.

While Knowledge Graphs have been successfully used in other domains such as finance, medical or e-commerce, little attention has been paid to apply these technologies in the Tourism and Travel industry. Thus, the goal of this workshop is to raise the awareness of the importance of Knowledge Graphs on the travel industry and discuss their usage, challenges, enhancement, and ways of commercial exploitation.

Workshop structure: Although it will be adapted to the variety and content of accepted papers, we consider a keynote, paper presentations, and hands-on (DBpedia quality enhancement techniques, including the Spanish DBpedia as a source of local infomation).

Call for papers



Submission Guidelines

We envision three types of submissions in order to cover the entire spectrum from mature research papers to novel ideas and industry technical talks:

  • » Research Papers (max 12 pages), presenting novel scientific research addressing the topics of the workshop.
  • » Position Papers, Demo papers and System and Dataset descriptions (max 4 pages), encouraging papers describing significant work in progress, late breaking results or ideas of the domain, as well as functional systems or datasets relevant to the community.
  • » Industry & Use Case Presentations (max 4 pages), in which industry experts can present and discuss practical solutions, use case prototypes, best practices, etc., in any stage of implementation.

Submission criteria are as follows:

The accepted papers will be published as Springer LNCS proceedings.

The authors of the accepted papers are given a presentation time slot of 25 minutes, with 5 minutes Q&A.

Important dates

Paper Submission Sunday April 1, 2018
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Acceptance Notification Saturday April 28, 2018
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Workshop Tuesday June 5, 2018
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Organizing Committee

  • Mariano Rico

    Mariano Rico
    Email: mariano.rico AT fi.upm.es
    @marianorico

    Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    He is creator and responsible for the Spanish DBpedia, the biggest DBpedia chapter after the English DBpedia. His research interests include Semantic Web, Linked Data, Natural Language Processing and Human-computer interaction.

  • Miriam Scaglione

    Miriam Scaglione
    Email: miriam.scaglione AT hevs.ch

    School of Management & Tourism of the University of Applied Sciences Valais (HES-SO Valais)

    Miriam Scaglione has a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences and M.Sc. in Statistics (Université de Neuchâtel), M.Sc. in Cognitive Sciences (EHSS, Paris); certified in database Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, B.Sc. in Scientific Computing (Universidad de Buenos Aires). She is president of the Swiss Chapter of the International federation for IT and Travel & Tourism, member of the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism, International Institute of Forecasters. Her research interests include applied statistics and time series in tourism, the hospitality industry, transportation and forecast of technology diffusion in telecommunications and e-tourism. She leads regional impact studies of tourism and a big data project which aims to monitor the frequentation of tourists using mobiles phone data in Switzerland.

  • Filip Radulovic

    Filip Radulovic
    Email: filip AT sepage.fr
    @filiprd

    Sépage, Paris

    Filip leads Sépage's R&D department and heads the researchers team into the design of core recommendation and search algorithms and products. He holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM).

  • Rodolfo Baggio

    Rodolfo Baggio
    Email: rodolfo.baggio AT unibocconi.it
    @rudi51

    Rodolfo Baggio holds a Master degree in Physics and a PhD in Tourism Management. After working for leading information technology firms for over 20 years, he joined Bocconi University where he is in charge of the Market Analysis and Digital Strategies area at the Master in Economics and Tourism and is Research Fellow at the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. He has been involved in several international research projects and actively researches and publishes on the use of information technologies in tourism and on the applications of quantitative complex network analysis methods to the study of tourism destinations.

  • Freddy Priyatna

    Freddy Priyatna
    Email: fpriyatna AT fi.upm.es
    @freddy_priyatna

    Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Freddy Priyatna is a postdoctoral researcher at Ontology Engineering Group, Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His main research interest is on the generation of Knowledge Graph from legacy datasets.

  • Nandana Mihindukulasooriya

    Nandana Mihindukulasooriya
    Email: nmihindu AT fi.upm.es
    @nandanamihindu

    Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Nandana Mihindukulasooriya is a predoctoral researcher at Ontology Engineering Group, Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His main research interests are Knowledge Graph quality assessment and repair.

Programme Committee

Alicia Orea Giner Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Andrés García Silva Expert System, Spain
Boris Villazón-Terrazas Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Madrid, Spain
Carlos Buil Aranda Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Chun Lu Sorbonne University, France
Daniel Garijo University of Southern California, USA
Dimitris Kontokostas AKSW Group, Leipzig University, Germany
Ghislain Atemezing Mondeca, France
Giuseppe Rizzo Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), Italy
Ioan Toma Onlim GmbH, Austria
Jean-Paul Calbimonte Institute of Information Systems (IIG) at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), Switzerland
Jeremy Debattista ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Jose Luis Redondo Garcia Amazon, Cambridge, UK
Jorge Gracia Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Oshani Seneviratne Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, USA
Udana Wickramasinghe Director - ICT, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka
Roland Schegg Institut Tourisme, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

Location

TourismKG 2018 will be held as part of ICWE 2018 in Cáceres, Spain.

Cáceres is a Spanish world heritage city situated in a strategic position just in the middle between Madrid and Lisbon. It stands out for its mixture of culture, history and nature. Every corner of Cáceres transmits a calm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Conference delegates will be able to enjoy each of these corners while they walk to the conference venue or in their leisure time.



A glimpse of Cáceres from Game of Thrones (GoT)

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