The 6th International Symposium on Rules: Research Based and Industry Focused Share this on Twitter

Montpellier, France, August 27-29, 2012



RuleML-2012@ECAI is a research-based, industry-focused symposium: its main goal is to build a bridge between academia and industry in the field of rules and semantic technology, and so to stimulate the cooperation and interoperability between business and research, by bringing together rule system providers, participants in rule standardization efforts, open source communities, practitioners, and researchers. The concept of the symposium has also advanced continuously in the face of extremely rapid progress in practical rule and event processing technologies. As a result, RuleML-2012 will feature hands-on demonstrations and challenges alongside a wide range of thematic tracks. It will thus be an exciting venue to exchange new ideas and experiences on all issues related to the engineering, management, integration, interoperation, and interchange of rules in distributed enterprise intranets and open distributed environments.

We invite you to share your ideas, results, and experiences: as an industry practitioner, rule system provider, technical expert and developer, rule user or researcher, exploring foundations, developing systems and applications, or using rule-based systems.


We invite high-quality submissions related to (but not limited to) one or more of the following topics:

  • Rules and Automated Reasoning
  • Logic Programming and Non-monotonic Reasoning
  • Int. Conference track on Pragmatic Web (see track description below)
  • Rule-Based Policies, Reputation and Trust
  • Rule-based Event Processing and Reaction Rules
  • Fuzzy Rules and Uncertainty
  • Rule Transformation, Extraction and Learning
  • Vocabularies, Ontologies, and Business rules
  • Rules in online-market research and online marketing
  • Rule Markup Languages and Rule Interchange
  • General Rule Topics

Important Dates

Paper submission: April 1, 2012, extended to April 15, 2012 (closed)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 20, 2012, May 27, 2012
Camera-ready copy due: June 10, 2012
RuleML-2012 dates: August 27-29, 2012

Submission guidelines

Papers must be in English and must be submitted at as:

  • Full Papers (15 pages in the proceedings)
  • Short Papers (8 pages in the proceedings)

Please upload all submissions as PDF files based on the LNCS format. The selected papers will be published in book form in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series.


General Chairs:

Grigoris Antoniou, Institute of Computer Science, FO.R.T.H., GR
Guido Governatori, NICTA, Australia

Program Chairs:

Antonis Bikakis, University College London, UK
Adrian Giurca, Brandenburg University of Technology, DE

Satellite Events

The RuleML2012 Conference is also hosting

Int. Conference on Pragmatic Web (ICPW 2012)

The conference track on PRAGMATIC WEB is part of RuleML-2012 and centred around the study of pragmatics in the Semantic Web. That is, it draws attention to how communicative actions are performed by agents via Web media and illuminates how mutual understanding and commitments to actions can evolve in (agent) conversations. This year the Pragmatic Web conference track has a special focus on the applications of rule-based technologies and AI agent technologies for the Pragmatic Web. Topics of Interest include one or more of the following topics (but are not limited to):

  • Rule-Based Distributed/Multi-Agent Systems
  • Rules, Agents and Norms
  • Rule-Based Communication, Dialogue and Argumentation Models
  • Vocabularies / ontologies for pragmatic primitives (e.g. speech acts, deontic primitives)
  • Pragmatic Web reasoning and distributed rule inference / rule execution

RuleML 2012 Doctoral Consortium

The RuleML 2012 Doctoral Consortium is an initiative of the International Symposium on Rules, RuleML, to attract and promote Ph.D. research in the area of Rules and Markup Languages. The doctoral symposium offers to students a close contact with leading experts on the field, as well as the opportunity to present and discuss their ideas in a dynamic and friendly setting. The accepted thesis descriptions will be presented to an interested audience and subject to discussion with a panel of senior researchers, and we expect submissions on any (but not limited to) of this year's RuleML2012@ECAI topics.

Students are invited to submit an original description of their work addressing the following aspects:

  • A clear formulation of the research question.
  • An identification of the significant problems in the field of research.
  • An outline of the current knowledge of the problem domain, as well as the state of existing solutions.
  • A presentation of any preliminary ideas, the proposed approach and the results achieved so far.
  • A sketch of the applied research methodology.
  • A description of the Ph.D. project's contribution to the problem solution.
  • A discussion of how the suggested solution is different, new, or better as compared to existing approaches to the problem.

Accepted submissions will be published in internal proceedings and later on published in CEUR Workshop Proceedings ( volume of RuleML.

RuleML 2012 Doctoral Consortium Important Dates

Paper submission: June 27, 2012 (82 days left)
Notification of acceptance/rejection: July 16, 2012
Camera-ready copy due: July 30, 2012
Doctoral Consortium date: August 27, 2012

RuleML 2012 Doctoral Consortium Submission guidelines

Thesis descriptions are limited to 8 pages in English using LNCS format and submitted electronically in PDF format jointly with a maximum 5 page CV.

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RuleML 2012 Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Grzegorz J. Nalepa, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
Monica Palmirani, CIRSFID-University of Bologna, Italy

6th International Rule Challenge

The International RuleML2012@ECAI Challenge is one of the highlights of the RuleML2012 conference. The challenge is dedicated to practical experiences with rule-oriented applications. In particular, submissions of benchmarks/evaluations, demos, case studies/use cases, experience reports, best practice solutions (e.g. design patterns, reference architectures, models), rule-based implementations/tools/applications, demonstrations of engineering methods, implementations of rule standards (e.g. RuleML, RIF, SBVR, PRR, rule-based Event Processing languages, BPMN+rules, BPEL+rules,...), rules + industrial standards (e.g. XBRL, MISMO, Accord,...), and industrial problem statements are particularly encouraged.

The topics of the International RuleML2012@ECAI Challenge include (but they are NOT limited to) the following:

  • Industrial rule-based applications includiong rule-based Web applications
  • Demos related to the RuleML2012@ECAI Topics
  • Extensions and implementations of rule standards: W3C RIF, RuleML, SBVR,...
  • Editing environments and IDEs for Web rules
  • Benchmarks and comparison results for rule engines
  • Distributed rule bases and rule services
  • Reports on industrial experience about rule systems

Previous challenge editions were in Ft Lauderdale, Florida (RuleML2011@BRF Challenge), in Washington, DC (RuleML2010Challenge), in Las Vegas, Nevada (RuleML2009Challenge) and Orlando, Florida (RuleML2008Challenge and RuleML2007Challenge).

RuleML2012Challenge is the first edition taking place in Europe.

6th International Rule Challenge Important Dates

Paper submission: June 27, 2012 ()
Notification of acceptance/rejection: July 15, 2012
Camera-ready copy due: July 31, 2012
RuleML Challenge date: TBA

6th International Rule Challenge Submission guidelines

Submissions to the International RuleML2012@ECAI Challenge consist of:

  1. An early 1 page abstract announcing the application.
  2. An open-source or commercial demo
  3. A demo paper, using LNCS format, describing research, implementation, and technical details of your submission.

Submit both the demo and the paper to Would you have an online demo please indicate in the description paper an URL were it can be tested and evaluated.

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6th International Rule Challenge Chairs

Hassan Ait-Kaci, IBM Canada
Yuh-Jong Hu, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Dumitru Roman, SINTEF, NO