About SUM'10

Managing uncertainty and inconsistency has been extensively explored in Artificial Intelligence over a number of years. Now with the advent of massive amounts of data and knowledge from distributed heterogeneous, and potentially conflicting, sources, there is interest in developing and applying formalisms for uncertainty and inconsistency widely in systems that need to better manage this data and knowledge.

The annual International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM) has grown out of this wide-ranging interest in managing uncertainty and inconsistency in databases, the Web, the Semantic Web, and AI. It aims at bringing together all those interested in the management of large volumes of uncertainty and inconsistency, irrespective of whether they are in databases, the Web, the Semantic Web, or in AI, as well as in other areas such as information retrieval, risk analysis, and computer vision, where significant computational efforts are needed.

After a promising First International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management was held in Washington DC, USA in 2007, the conference series has been successfully held in Napoli, Italy, in 2008, and again in Washington DC, USA, in 2009. The Fourth International Conference on Scalable Uncertainty Management (SUM 2010) will be held in Toulouse, France, during 27-29 September 2010.

Papers are solicited in all areas of managing substantial and complex kinds of uncertainty and inconsistency in data and knowledge, including (but not restricted to) applications in decision-support systems, negotiation technologies, semantic web applications, search engines, ontology systems, information retrieval, natural language processing, information extraction, image recognition, vision systems, text mining, and data mining, and consideration of issues such as provenance, trust, heterogeneity, and complexity of data and knowledge.

The proceedings of the conference will be published as a volume in the "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" series by Springer.

Link to Conference Proceedings : here

Special Sessions

In order to encourage cross fertilization of ideas, we will hold two special sessions each with a session chair who will be responsible for selecting the papers.

  • Uncertainty in Information Retrieval
  • Risk Analysis


Organizing Committee

Local Organization

  • Florence Boué (IRIT, CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
  • Didier Dubois (IRIT, CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
  • Henri Prade (IRIT, CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)

Program Chairs

  • Amol Deshpande (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Anthony Hunter (University College London, UK)

Program Committee

Leila Amgoud (IRIT, France)Weiru Liu (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
Chitta Baral (Arizona State University, USA)Peter Lucas (University of Nijmegen, NL)
Leopoldo Bertossi (Carleton University, Canada)Thomas Lukasiewicz (Oxford University, UK; TU Vienna, Austria)
Salem Benferhat (University of Artois, France)Tommie Meyer (Meraka Institute, Pretoria, South Africa)
Isabelle Bloch (ENST, France)Serafin Moral (Universidad de Granada, Spain)
Reynold Cheng (University of Hong Kong)Dan Olteanu (Oxford University, UK)
Carlos Chesñevar (Universidad Nacional delSur, Bahia Blanca, Argentina)Jeff Z Pan (Aberdeen University, UK)
Laurence Cholvy (ONERA, Toulouse, France)Bijan Parsia (University of Manchester, UK)
Jan Chomicki (SUNY Buffalo, USA)Simon Parsons (City University New York, USA)
Fabio Gagliardi Cozman (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)Gabriella Pasi (University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)
Anish Das Sarma (Yahoo Research, USA)Sunil Prabhakar (Purdue University, USA)
Thierry Denoeux (Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France)Andrea Pugliese (Università della Calabria, Italy)
Jürgen Dix (TU Clausthal, Germany)Guilin Qi (Southeast University, China)
Francesco Donini (University of Tuscia, Italy)Chris Re (University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA)
Scott Ferson (Applied Biomathematics, USA)Thomas Roelleke (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Nikos Gorogiannis (University College London, UK)Prithviraj Sen (Yahoo Research, India)
Lluis Godo (IIIA, Spain)Prakash Shenoy (University of Kansas, USA)
John Grant (Towson University, USA)Guillermo Simari (Universidad Nacional delSur, Bahia Blanca, Argentina)
Sergio Greco (Università della Calabria, Italy)Umberto Straccia (ISTI-CNR, Italy)
Jon Helton (Sandia, USA)Sunil Vadera (University of Salford, UK)
Ihab Ilyas (University of Waterloo, Canada)Jef Wijsen (Université de Mons, Belgium)
Vladik Kreinovich (Computer ScienceUniversity of Texas,USA)Nic Wilson (University College Cork, Ireland)
Rudolf Kruse (Universität Magdeburg, Germany)Ronald R. Yager (Iona College, USA)
Jonathan Lawry (University of Bristol, UK)

Timetable (deadlines)

Paper submission deadline: April 14, 2010
Accept/reject decisions: May 31, 2010
Camera ready papers due: June 30, 2010
Last day for author registration: July 15, 2010
Registration open from: June 21, 2010

Instructions to Authors

Papers submission is closed.

Final versions of accepted papers must be typeset using the Springer LaTeX2e style llncs for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (see http://www.springer.com/ comp/lncs/Authors.html). The length should not exceed 14 pages.

Authors of accepted papers should submit the following by email to amol@cs.umd.edu by June 30th, 2010 at the latest

  1. all your paper sources, including figures and any special style or font files (as a single zip file),
  2. a copyright form signed by one author on behalf of all the authors of the paper (scanned pdf preferred),
  3. a readme (txt) file, giving clear indication of the first name(s) and the surname(s) of all the authors of the paper, as well as the name, address, and email address, of the corresponding author,
  4. a final PDF file (used primarily for crosschecking).

Note that all figures will be printed in black and white; please ensure that the figures are legible in black and white.


Registration is open from June 21, 2010. To register, please, connect to https://wwwsecu.irit.fr/sum10-adm/.

Authors are requested to register before July 15, 2010..


Registration fees are the following :

  • Regular: 365 euros
  • Discussants: 180 euros

Registration fees include proceedings, lunches, coffee breaks and gala dinner.

Each extra gala dinner ticket costs 50 euros.

Scientific Program

Preliminary Program


  • 9h : Registration
  • 9h30 : Opening Welcome
  • 10h : Epistemic Uncertainty
    • D. Dubois, K. Loquin, Kriging with ill-known variogram and data
    • W. Laâmari, B. Ben Yaghlane, C. Simon, Comparing evidential graphical models for imprecise reliability
    • J. Lawry, Imprecise bipolar belief measures based on partial knowledge from agent dialogues
    • discussion: Olivier Strauss
  • 12h30 : Lunch
  • 14h : Handling Probabilistic Data
    • M. Martinez-Alvarez, T. Roelleke, Modelling probabilistic inference networks and classification in probabilistic datalog
    • F. A. Afrati, A. Vasilakopoulos, Managing lineage and uncertainty under a data exchange setting
    • discussion: Ander de Keizjer
  • 16h : Clustering and Classification
    • S. Ben Harriz, Z. Elouedi, DK-BKM: Decremental K Belief K-modes Method
    • M. Bounhas, K. Mellouli, H. Prade, M. Serrurrier, From Bayesian classifiers to possibilistic classifiers for numerical data
    • M. Magnani, D. Montesi, Uncertainty in decision tree classifiers
    • B. Quost, T. Denoeux, Clustering fuzzy data using the fuzzy EM algorithm
    • discussion: Eyke Hüllermeier


  • 9h : Invited Speaker: Christoh Koch, Markov Chain Monte Carlo and Databases
  • 10h30 : Risk and Trust
    • S. Destercke, Evaluating trust from past assessments with imprecise probabilities: comparing two approaches
    • C. W. Hansen, J. C. Helton, C. J. Sallaberry, Characterization, propagation and analysis of aleatory and epistemic uncertainty in the 2008 performance assessment for the proposed repository for high-level radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada
    • R. R. Yager, Risk modeling for decision support
    • discussion: Didier Dubois
  • 12h30 : Lunch
  • 14h : Logic Programming
    • E. Saad, Disjunctive fuzzy logic programs with fuzzy answer set semantics
    • G. I. Simari, J. P. Dickerson, V. S. Subrahmanian, Cost-based query answering in action probabilistic logic programs
    • discussion: Lluis Godo
  • 16h : Web Search and Querying
    • C. d'Amato, N. Fanizzi, B. Fazzinga, G. Gottlob, T. Lukasiewicz, Combining semantic web search with the power of inductive reasoning
    • P. Bosc, A. Hadjali, O. Pivert, G. Smits, On the use of fuzzy cardinalities for reducing plethoric answers to fuzzy queries
    • S. Flesca, F. Furfaro, F. Parisi, Range-consistent answers of aggregate queries under aggregate constraints
    • Y. Wang, W. Liu, D. Bell, A Structure-based similarity spreading approach for ontology matching
    • discussion : Amedeo Napoli


  • 9h : Inconsistency Handling
    • L. Amgoud, P. Besnard, A formal analysis of logic-based argumentation systems
    • L. Amgoud, S. Vesic, Handling inconsistency with preference-based argumentation
    • M.V. Martinez, F. Parisi, A. Pugliese, G. I. Simari, V. S. Subrahmanian, Efficient policy-based inconsistency management in relational knowledge bases
    • O. Pivert, H. Prade, Handling dirty databases: from user warning to data cleaning —towards an interactive approach
    • discussion: Anthony Hunter
  • 11h45: Invited Speaker: Torsten Schaub, Answer Set Programming, the solving paradigm for knowledge representation and reasoning
  • 12h45: Lunch
  • 14h15: Information Fusion
    • L. Cholvy, Plausibility of information reported by successive sources
    • J. Ma, W. Liu, P. Miller, Event modelling and reasoning with uncertain information for distributed sensor networks
    • O. Van Laere, S. Schockaert, B. Dhoedt, Combining multi-resolution evidence for georeferencing Flickr images
    • discussion: Odile Papini
  • 16h45 : Knowledge representation with possibility theory
    • Z. Assaghir, M. Kaytoue, H. Prade, A possibility theory-oriented discussion of conceptual pattern structures
    • discussion: Salem Benferhat


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Conference will take place at Paul Sabatier University, at the auditorium of IRIT, located on the groundfloor.

Paul Sabatier University can be reached from downtown by subway, line B, direction "Ramonville".

Subway station "Université Paul Sabatier" is inside the university, within walking distance from IRIT.

The Airport shuttle links up the Airport of Toulouse-Blagnac with the town. The return ticket costs 6,30 euros, it is valid 2 months, it is preferable to buy this ticket. There is a "jeune aller-retour" ticket for young people (< 26 years old). The shuttle stops are indicated on the magnified map of subway line B

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Invited Speakers

  • Christoph Koch (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA) Title to be announced
  • Torsten Schaub (University of Potsdam, Germany) Answer Set Programming, the Solving Paradigm for Knowledge Representation and Reasoning


  • Salem Benferhat: Possibilistic representation
  • Ander de Keijzer: Handling Probabilistic Data
  • Lluis Godo : Logic Programming
  • Didier Dubois: Risk & Trust
  • Eyke Hüllermeier: Clustering & Classsification
  • Tony Hunter: Handling Inconsistency
  • Amedeo Napoli: Web Search & Querying
  • Odile Papini: Information Fusion
  • Olivier Strauss: Imprecise Uncertainty

july 2010