Call for Papers: Special Issue on Industrial Applications

In this Special issue we invite submissions that illustrate the use and impact of Semantic Web technologies in industry. A large number of companies are intently focused on embedding intelligence into all aspects of their business, from the consumer products and services on offer to their own internal processes and logistic operations. The technological challenges and solutions required to realize this goal are vast and varied, but those related to the following areas are of particular interest for this Special Issue:

  • Autonomous Systems - systems that have a high level of self-governance with respect to sensing, perception, reasoning, learning, decision-making and action.
  • Connected Systems - systems and technologies that lay the foundations of an Internet of Things
  • Human-machine Interaction - multimodal interfaces between users and computer systems
  • User-centric Computing - intuitive, interactive and intelligent user-centric systems that enable a seamless user-experience for products and services.

In particular, we are interested in use cases focusing on cyber-physical systems that utilize and combine semantic technologies with the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, cognitive computing, robotics, etc. in order to drive the digital transformation of industry and industrial applications.
If data exchange and interoperability have always played an important role in industrial information management, their criticality has become even more prominent in Industry 4.0: in fact, cyber-physical systems require distributed processing and ubiquitous computing, and ensuring consistency and coherence in the information workflow, up to the service level, is of paramount importance for industrial applications.

Semantic data modeling, with its different methodologies and tools, represents in and of itself a core application of Semantic Web technologies in industry, and it’s also important for the functionalities it enables, i.e. automatic reasoning and validation: these functionalities, in combination with machine learning algorithms and deep network infrastructures, are transforming the value chain further, by introducing AI-based analytics into the industrial ecosystem.

In addition to success stories, this Special Issue also welcomes papers that justifiably demonstrate and expose the current deficiencies (or failures) of Semantic Web technologies in relation to the above stated challenges.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge Graphs
    • Creation and maintenance
    • Cross domain integration
    • Deployment and utilization of knowledge graphs
  • Standard ontologies and vocabularies for industry
  • Ontology Management tools at scale
  • Semantic Web Services
  • Inference and Reasoning
  • Ontology-based Data Access
  • Knowledge-based Artificial Intelligence: integration between machine learning algorithms and semantic web technologies
  • Obstacles and challenges related to large-scale adoption of semantic technologies in Industry.
  • Impact of semantic technologies in addressing business problems
  • Deficiencies of Semantic Web technologies for industrial applications
  • Use of semantic technologies for question answering and digital assistance/virtual assistants
  • Challenges associated with monetization and commercialization of Semantic technologies.
  • Success stories and challenges associated with use of SPARQL querying systems within Industrial settings
  • Integration of heterogeneous datasets within Industrial settings using Semantic Web technologies
  • Linked data reuse and consumption within Industrial settings


Submission deadline: 30 September 2018. Papers submitted before the deadline will be reviewed upon receipt.

Submission Instructions

Submissions shall be made through the Semantic Web journal website at Prospective authors must take notice of the submission guidelines posted at

We welcome four main types of submissions: (i) full research papers, (ii) reports on tools and systems, (iii) application reports, and (iv) survey articles. The description of the submission types is posted at While there is no upper limit, paper length must be justified by content.

Note that you need to request an account on the website for submitting a paper. When submitting, please indicate in the cover letter that it is for the Special Issue on Industrial Applications and the chosen submission type. All manuscripts will be reviewed based on the SWJ open and transparent review policy and will be made available online during the review process.

Guest Editors

The guest editors can be reached at

Alessandro Oltramari, Bosch Research and Technology Center, Pittsburgh (USA)
Cory Henson, Bosch Research and Technology Center, Pittsburgh (USA)
Prateek Jain, Appzen Inc., San Jose (USA)

Guest Editorial Board

(to be completed)

William Jarrold, Nuance Communications
Mariana Damova, Mozaika
Steven Gustafson, Maana
Peter Z. Yeh, Nuance Communications
Charles Ortiz, Nuance Communications
Vijayaraghava Mutharaju, GE Global Research
Stefan Schmid, Bosch Research
Sarasi Lalithsena, IBM Research
Varish Mulwad, GE Global Research
Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR