Archive for the ‘Knowledge Engineering’ Category

The Pretence of Knowledge

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Pretence of Knowledge by Friedrich August von Hayek. (Nobel Prize Lecture in Economics, December 11, 1974)

From the lecture:

The particular occasion of this lecture, combined with the chief practical problem which economists have to face today, have made the choice of its topic almost inevitable. On the one hand the still recent establishment of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science marks a significant step in the process by which, in the opinion of the general public, economics has been conceded some of the dignity and prestige of the physical sciences. On the other hand, the economists are at this moment called upon to say how to extricate the free world from the serious threat of accelerating inflation which, it must be admitted, has been brought about by policies which the majority of economists recommended and even urged governments to pursue. We have indeed at the moment little cause for pride: as a profession we have made a mess of things.

It seems to me that this failure of the economists to guide policy more successfully is closely connected with their propensity to imitate as closely as possible the procedures of the brilliantly successful physical sciences – an attempt which in our field may lead to outright error. It is an approach which has come to be described as the “scientistic” attitude – an attitude which, as I defined it some thirty years ago, “is decidedly unscientific in the true sense of the word, since it involves a mechanical and uncritical application of habits of thought to fields different from those in which they have been formed.”1 I want today to begin by explaining how some of the gravest errors of recent economic policy are a direct consequence of this scientistic error.

If you have some time for serious thinking over the weekend, visit or re-visit this lecture.

Substitute “computistic” for “scientistic” and capturing semantics as the goal.

Google and other search engines are overwhelming proof that some semantics can be captured by computers, but they are equally evidence of a semantic capture gap.

Any number of proposals exist to capture semantics, ontologies, Description Logic, RDF, OWL, but none are based on an empirical study how semantics originate, change and function in human society. Such proposals are snapshots of a small group’s understanding of semantics. Your mileage may vary.

Depending on your goals and circumstances, one or more proposal may be useful. But capturing and maintaining semantics without a basis in empirical study of semantics seems like a hit or miss proposition.

Or at least historical experience with capturing and maintaining semantics points in that direction.

I first saw this in a tweet by Chris Diehl

Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (Archives)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Proceedings of the International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering

From the webpage:

SEKE 2012 Proceedings July 1 – July 3, 2012 Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, San Francisco Bay, USA
SEKE 2011 Proceedings July 7 – July 9, 2011 Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, USA
SEKE 2010 Proceedings July 1 – July 3, 2010 Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, San Francisco Bay, USA
SEKE 2009 Proceedings July 1 – July 3, 2009 Hyatt Harborside at Logan Int’l Airport, Boston, USA
SEKE 2008 Proceedings July 1 – July 3, 2008 Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, San Francisco Bay, USA
SEKE 2007 Proceedings July 9 – July 11, 2007 Hyatt Harborside at Logan Int’l Airport, Boston, USA

Another treasure I discovered while hunting down topic map papers.

For coverage, see the call for papers, SEKE 2013.

SEKE 2013

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

SEKE 2013: The 25th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering


Paper submission due: Midnight EST, March 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance: April 20, 2013
Early registration deadline: May 10, 2013
Camera-ready copy: May 10, 2013
Conference: June 27 – 29, 2013

From the call for papers:

The Twenty-Fifth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2013) will be held at Hyatt Harborside at Boston’s Logan International Airport, USA from June 27 to June 29, 2013.

The conference aims at bringing together experts in software engineering and knowledge engineering to discuss on relevant results in either software engineering or knowledge engineering or both. Special emphasis will be put on the transference of methods between both domains. Submission of papers and demos are both welcome.


Agent architectures, ontologies, languages and protocols
Multi-agent systems
Agent-based learning and knowledge discovery
Interface agents
Agent-based auctions and marketplaces
Artificial life and societies
Secure mobile and multi-agent systems
Mobile agents
Mobile Commerce Technology and Application Systems
Mobile Systems

Autonomic computing
Adaptive Systems
Integrity, Security, and Fault Tolerance
Enterprise Software, Middleware, and Tools
Process and Workflow Management
E-Commerce Solutions and Applications
Industry System Experience and Report

Service-centric software engineering
Service oriented requirements engineering
Service oriented architectures
Middleware for service based systems
Service discovery and composition
Quality of services
Service level agreements (drafting, negotiation, monitoring and management)
Runtime service management
Semantic web

Requirements Engineering
Agent-based software engineering
Artificial Intelligence Approaches to Software Engineering
Component-Based Software Engineering
Automated Software Specification
Automated Software Design and Synthesis
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
Embedded and Ubiquitous Software Engineering
Measurement and Empirical Software Engineering
Reverse Engineering
Programming Languages and Software Engineering
Patterns and Frameworks
Reflection and Metadata Approaches
Program Understanding

Knowledge Acquisition
Knowledge-Based and Expert Systems
Knowledge Representation and Retrieval
Knowledge Engineering Tools and Techniques
Time and Knowledge Management Tools
Knowledge Visualization
Data visualization
Uncertainty Knowledge Management
Ontologies and Methodologies
Learning Software Organization
Tutoring, Documentation Systems
Human-Computer Interaction
Multimedia Applications, Frameworks, and Systems
Multimedia and Hypermedia Software Engineering

Smart Spaces
Pervasive Computing
Swarm intelligence
Soft Computing

Software Architecture
Software Assurance
Software Domain Modeling and Meta-Modeling
Software dependability
Software economics
Software Engineering Decision Support
Software Engineering Tools and Environments
Software Maintenance and Evolution
Software Process Modeling
Software product lines
Software Quality
Software Reuse
Software Safety
Software Security
Software Engineering Case Study and Experience Reports

Web and text mining
Web-Based Tools, Applications and Environment
Web-Based Knowledge Management
Web-Based Tools, Systems, and Environments
Web and Data Mining

Given the range of topics, I am sure you can find one or two that interest you and involve issues where topic maps can make a significant contribution.

Looking forward to seeing your paper in the SEKE Proceedings for 2013.