SuCCESS’16 - 1st Int. Workshop on Semantic Change & Evolving Semantics

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 09:00 to 12:30
Campus Augustusplatz

Organizing Committee: Sándor Darányi - University of Boras, Efstratios Kontopoulos - CERTH/ITI, Alastair Gill - King’s College London

Aims & Scope

This half-day workshop aims at exploring emerging research in the areas of semantic change and evolving semantics.

Semantics differ across contexts, domains, communities and time. This has implications for communication, terminology, access to and exchange of information, problem-solving and construction of knowledge. Where there is interaction and feedback, this effect is mitigated, as it is possible to settle on a shared understanding; in contrast, the effect is particularly pronounced in asynchronous and static information. This problem is shared across many domains; some examples of areas in which the effect is particularly pronounced include cultural heritage, data curation, digital preservation, and knowledge management. One practical example is the need to respond to semantic change in ontology curation and engineering; another is the capture and treatment of context in search indexing and ranking. In this workshop we will focus on semantic change in these domains and closely aligned areas. As such, we expect the workshop to be of interest to researchers with an interest in combining techniques to address evolving semantics. We are therefore seeking expressions of interest in the workshop intended to explore this area and to collect together a series of perspectives on the theory and relevance of semantic change across contexts and disciplines.


Time Slot Title
09:00 Welcome by Alastair Gill  
09:05 Keynote by Albert Meroño Peñuela*  
09:20 Group 1: Studies of Semantic Drift • Computing Semantic Change Using Context Volatility (Andreas Niekler, Christian Kahmann, Gerhard Heyer)
• Physics as a Metaphor to study Semantic Drift (Sándor Darányi, Peter Wittek, Konstantinos Konstantinidis, Symeon Papadopoulos, Efstratios Kontopoulos)
• A framework for Measuring Semantic Drift in Ontologies (Thanos Stavropoulos, Stelios Andreadis, Marina Riga, Efstratios Kontopoulos, Panagiotis Mitzias, Yiannis Kompatsiaris)

Q&A moderated by Alastair Gill
10:40 Break / coffee
11:00 Group 2: Wider Investigations of Drift • Factuality Drift Assessment by Lexical Markers in Resolved Rumors (Piroska Lendvai, Uwe Reichel, Thierry Declerck)
• Understanding User Communities from Social Network Data (Alastair Gill, Emma Tonkin)
• A Knowledge-oriented Approach of Semantic Changes (Daniel Galarreta)

Q&A moderated by Albert Meroño Peñuela
12:20 Conclusions  
12:30 End  

*Keynote speaker bio

Albert Meroño Peñuela is a postdoc at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the International Institute of Social History (IISG). He is currently working in WP4 of CLARIAH, which aims at facilitating the integration of socio-historical datasets using Web technology. Albert obtained his PhD in 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, under the supervision of Frank van Harmelen, Stefan Schlobach, and Andrea Scharnhorst. He also holds a bachelor in Informatics Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (FIB-UPC), and has previously worked at the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT-UAB) developing models for Law using Semantic Web technology. His research interests include Linked Open Data, Government and Statistical data, Artificial Intelligence, and Digital Humanities.



The proceedings of the workshop will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings (

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: extended 8 July 2016 (11:59 pm, CET time) ... CLOSED
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 22, 2016 (11:59 pm, CET time)
  • Camera-Ready Paper: July 31, 2016 (11:59 pm, CET time)
  • Workshop day: September 12, 2016


  • The workshop is free to attend however registration through the SEMANTiCS conference is required. Please follow the free registration link below.
  • Please note that at least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the workshop.
  • If workshop attendants wish to join SEMANTiCS 2016 (12-15 September 2016) please refer to the main conference website for or pricing, accomodation and venue information:

Programme Committee

    • Georgios Meditskos, CERTH/ITI
    • Sándor Darányi - University of Boras
    • Efstratios Kontopoulos - CERTH/ITI
    • Alastair Gill - King’s College London
    • Yiannis Kompatsiaris - CERTH/ITI
    • Thanos Stavropoulos - CERTH/ITI
    • Nikolaos Lagos - Xerox Research Centre Europe
    • Nick Bassiliades - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    • Albert Meroño Peñuela - VU University Amsterdam
    • Antonis Bikakis - University College London
    • Laura Hollink - Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
    • Daniel Galarreta - CNES