Technical Committee on Semantic Computing Plans Joint Workshops

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 April, 2011 -- The IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Semantic Computing (TCSEM) plans to hold eight joint workshops with other technical committees to address semantic computing’s interactions with other branches of computer science.
The effort is in keeping with a Technical and Conference Activities Board initiative to promote intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary activities within computer science and between computer science and other disciplines. Many of the eight joint workshops cover emerging technical areas and are expected to inspire brainstorming.
The joint workshops will be organized in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Semantic Computing, to be held 15-18 September at Stanford University. Authors are invited to submit papers by 28 May. For more information, visit
“This is our first attempt and we are excited that eight technical committees are with us. We will continue this series and believe more technical committees will join us next year,” said Phillip Sheu, chair of the Technical Committee on Semantic Computing. “These joint workshops may initiate some important research directions for Computer Science as a whole. We also plan to include a joint curriculum in the Semantic Computing summer school starting next year.”
Semantic computing addresses technologies that derive and use semantics from content, where content can be video, audio, text, conversation, process, program, device, or behavior.
Interdisciplinary in nature, and intradisciplinary within the Computer Society, semantic computing requires the development of new, synergized technologies from various areas in order to be successful. For more information on TCSEM, visit
Each joint workshop will address an analysis of existing content to derive semantics and manipulation and synthesis of content based on (user and system) semantics, in a specific technical area.
The eight joint workshops include:
• Workshop on Semantic Software Engineering (TCSEM + TCSE)
• Workshop on Semantic Multimedia Computing (TCSEM + TCMC)
• Workshop on Semantic Communication (TCSEM + TCCC)
• Workshop on Semantic Security & Privacy (TCSEM + TCSP)
• Workshop on Semantic Composition of Music (TCSEM + TCCGM)
• Workshop on Semantic Learning Technologies (TCSEM + TCLT)
• Workshop on Semantic Distributed Systems (TCSEM + TCDP)
• Workshop on Semantic Biomedical Computing (TCSEM + TCCLS)
Contacts for the joint workshops include:
• TC on Computational Life Sciences (TCCLS), Xuewen Chen,
• TC on Computer Communications (TCCC), Burkhard Stiller,
• TC on Computer-Generated Music (TCCGM), Denis Baggi
• TC on Distributed Processing (TCDP), Jie Wu,
• TC on Learning Technology (TCLT), Demetrios Sampson,
• TC on Multimedia Computing (TCMC), Shu-Ching Chen,
• TC on Security and Privacy (TCSP), Hilarie Orman,
• TC on Semantic Computing (TCSEM), Phillip C-Y Sheu,
• TC on Software Engineering (TCSE), Elliot Chikofsky,
The Computer Society supports more than three dozen Technical Committees dedicated to particular computing specialties. Computer Society Technical Committees organize conferences, disseminate technical news, and sponsor awards and contests, as well as other technical activities. For more information, visit

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