Call for Outrageous Ideas

The Outrageous Ideas track is part of ISWC again! As in 2011 and 2018, this track is sponsored by the prestigious CCC Blue Sky ideas and it solicits visionary ideas, long term challenges, and opportunities for the Semantic Web that are outside of the current topics in the field and are not mature or specific enough to be accepted in the regular research track. The contributions will have to have convincing arguments that the proposed topic is promising as well as relevant, and they should relate, compare, or contrast their proposition as much as possible to the existing literature from relevant fields, possibly including fields outside the Semantic Web Community.

We solicit visionary papers with significant impact on the field as well as outside the field, where the following topics might provide some inspiration:

  • Actionable and reliable knowledge generation
  • Blockchain and the Semantic Web
  • Deep learning and knowledge graphs
  • Graph embeddings
  • Knowledge cyborgs
  • Knowledge driven virtual reality
  • Knowledge Graphs in Nature
  • Semantic data programming and weak supervision
  • Semantic web and lifelong learning
  • Semantic Web in low resource settings
  • Trust and reliable knowledge on the Web
  • <Your better or outrageous idea here>

Reviews and review criteria

Submissions will be judged on the extent to which they expand the possibilities and horizons of the field or challenge existing assumptions prevalent in the field. Depending on the number of submissions, each paper will be reviewed by at least three to five committee members, and the final ranking established by consensus in the program committee panel. The review criteria used are: 1) provocativeness, 2) degree of risk, 3) difference from the mainstream research, and 4) time horizon to the foreseen adoption by the research community. There will be two sets of winners. One recommended by the Program Committee and sponsored by the CCC and the second selected by the participants to the conference.


To encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is offering prizes for up to 3 top papers in this special track: first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500, to be awarded as travel grants. These prizes will be granted to the winners selected by the Program Committee.


Submissions to this track should follow the same formatting guidelines as submissions to the research track, but are limited to at most FOUR pages text for both submission and final publication, with at most one page references (if really needed). Accepted papers will be published on the web with an option to extend the paper to be published in the CEUR proceedings.

Important Dates

Activities Due Date
Paper submission June 28, 2019
Notification of acceptance July 19, 2019
Camera ready papers July 26, 2019
Conference October 29, 2019

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time. (GMT-10)

Program Chairs


  • Abraham Bernstein, University of Zürich, Department of Informatics, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Maria Keet, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Program committee

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