Atlanta, GA, USA
In recent years the field of distributed systems is increasingly becoming service oriented and information/knowledge centric. In this context the role of application and data semantics in designing large-scale distributed systems is gaining critical importance. While there have been number of conferences and workshops on Semantic Web, Databases and Information Systems, there has been very limited discussion on the role of semantics in generic class of services (beyond Web services), and virtually no research discussion on the role of semantics at the network levels. However, push from the industry (such as CISCO's Application Oriented Networking) as well as increasing role of semantics and associated data engineering techniques at application servers and network component levels make this area worthy of research discussions.