The 9th Workshop on Knowledge Engineering and Software Engineering (KESE9)

Aims and Scope

The KESE logo (c) 2008 by WTF Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) have been successfully developed in various domains based on techniques and tools from Knowledge Engineering (KE). The classic KE approach to system modelling uses mostly symbolic logic-based symbolic knowledge representation methods, which are more specific from Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a broad sense, that has recently included computational intelligence techniques. Since most of the implementations of today KBS are software based, Software Engineering (SE) methods and tools play an important role in their development. Moreover, recent developments in SE emphasize the importance of the use of formalized symbolic representations in the software development process.

This stimulates the synergy between KE methods and SE methods and tools. Thus, declarative software engineering techniques have been established in many areas, such as knowledge systems, logic programming, constraint programming, and lately in the context of the Semantic Web, business rules as well as business processes.

The ninth workshop on Knowledge Engineering and Software Engineering (KESE9) is held at the KI 2013, the 36th Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence, in Koblenz, September 16-20, 2013 (the German AI Conference), co-located with Informatik 2013, and wants to bring together researchers and practitioners from both fields of software engineering and knowledge engineering, as well as the Semantic Web community. The intention is to give ample space for exchanging latest research results as well as knowledge about practical experience. Moreover the workshop endeavors to promote the use of KE techniques in SE problems, where significant benefits can be derived from their use. The general goal of the workshop is to show how the KE techniques can provide practical solutions in SE issues. On the other hand, the influence of SE methods and tools on the practical design of KBS within KE.

The principal focus of the Workshop is on methods of Knowledge Engineering rooted in the symbolic logic-based representations and their novel applications in Software Engineering. Moreover, a synergistic use and development of these KE methods together with recent formalized and declarative SE methods, including Model-Driven Architecture and Development, ontological modelling as well as Business Process modelling is emphasized. Finally, the studies of the impact of these SE methods on the classic KE development processes are welcomed.

The previous KESE Workshops were held at the German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI) since 2005 and on the Spanish AI Conference (CAEPIA) in 2011, and in 2012 on ECAI2012. See the KESE workshop series page for more information.

Topics of Interest

Topics of the workshop are generally related to the applications of symbolic KE techniques in SE as well as the use of KE in the SE practice.

Specific topic the areas include but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge and software engineering for the Semantic Web
  • Ontologies in practical knowledge and software engineering
  • Business Rules design, management and analysis
  • Business Processes modelling in KE and SE
  • Practical knowledge representation and discovery techniques in software engineering
  • Agent-oriented software engineering
  • Context and explanation in intelligent systems
  • Knowledge base management in KE systems
  • Evaluation and verification of KBS
  • Practical tools for KBS engineering
  • Process models in KE applications
  • Software requirements and design for KBS applications
  • Declarative, logic-based, including constraint programming approaches in SE

Call for Tool Presentations

We are also strongly interested in tool presentations, so we regularly encourage the submission of tool presentation papers, i.e., system descriptions that clearly show the interaction between knowledge engineering and software engineering research.

KESE 9 schedule

Session 00 - Introduction (9:00-9:30)

Workshop opening.

Session 01 - Explanation and Decisions (9:30 - 10:30)

  1. Dean Kramer, Christian Severin Sauer and Thomas Roth-Berghofer: Towards Explanation Generation using Feature Models in Software Product Lines
  2. Joachim Baumeister, Albrecht Striffler, Marc Brandt and Michael Neumann: Towards Continuous Knowledge Representations in Episodic and Collaborative Decision Making

Session 02 - Business Rules and Processes (11:00 - 12:30)

  1. Ludwig Ostermayer and Dietmar Seipel: A Prolog Framework for Integrating Business Rules into Java Applications
  2. Krzysztof Kluza, Mateusz Baran, Szymon Bobek and Grzegorz J. Nalepa: Overview of Recommendation Techniques in Business Process Modeling
  3. Krzysztof Kaczor, Grzegorz J. Nalepa and Krzysztof Kutt: HaDEsclipse - Integrated Environment for Rules (Just-Before-Lunch Tool Presentation)

Session 03 - Semantics and Systems (14:00 - 15:10)

  1. Simon Beckstein, Ralf Bruns, Juergen Dunkel and Leonard Renners: Integrating Semantic Knowledge in Data Stream Processing
  2. Régis Newo and Klaus-Dieter Althoff: Two-Step knowledge acquisition for Life Counseling
  3. Emilian Pascalau: Identifying Guidelines for Designing and Engineering Human-Centered Context-Aware Systems

Important Dates

  • 25.05.2014: Deadline for paper submission
  • 23.06.2014: Notification on paper acceptance
  • 07.07.2014: Camera ready papers
  • 18/9.08.2014: Workshop date

Call for Papers

The official KESE9 CfP: Call for Papers

Submission Details

Papers should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines. The length should not exceed 12 pages for regular papers and 6 pages for short papers (including figures and references). Please use A4 format!

All papers must be submitted in PDF. Please submit your paper via EasyChair (


The one-day workshop will be held with presentations of accepted papers. The submitted papers will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. At least one author of each accepted paper must register and present the contribution. A comfortable time slot for discussions will be given. Accepted contributions will appear as CEUR Workshop Proceedings (

Workshop organizers

Program Committee

  • Isabel Maria del Aguila, University of Almeria, Spain
  • Klaus-Dieter Althoff, University Hildesheim, Germany
  • Kerstin Bach, Verdande Technology AS, Norway
  • Joachim Baumeister, denkbares GmbH/University Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Joaquin Canadas, University of Almeria, Spain
  • Adrian Giurca, BTU Cottbus, Germany
  • Jason Jung, Yeungnam University, Korea
  • Rainer Knauf, TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • Mirjam Minor, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt, Germany
  • Pascal Molli, University of Nantes - LINA, France
  • Grzegorz J. Nalepa, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
  • Jose Palma, University of Murcia, Spain
  • Alvaro E. Prieto, University of Extremadura, Spain
  • Thomas-Roth Berghofer, University of West London, UK
  • Dietmar Seipel, University Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Jose del Sagrado, University of Almeria, Spain


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