Announcing RuleML+RR 2017 Tutorials

February 27, 2017 3:27 PM
  • Decision Modeling with DMN and OpenRules, by Jacob Feldman
  • How to do it with LPS (Logic-Based Production System), by Robert Kowalski, Fariba Sadri, Miguel Calejo
  • Semantic Event Reasoning and Rule-based Complex Event Processing, by Danh Le Phuoc, Adrian Paschke, Minh Dao-Tran, Marcin Wylot
  • Logic-based Rule Learning for the Web of Data, by Francesca A. Lisi
  • Rulelog: Highly Expressive Semantic Rules with Scalable Deep Reasoning, by Benjamin Grosof, Michael Kifer, Paul Fodor

New submission deadline of 2017: 6 March

February 27, 2017 3:22 PM

Due to popular demand, we have extended the submission deadline of RuleML+RR 2017 to 6 March. We encourage both long and short papers.

RuleML+RR 2017, held in London, 12-15 July, includes the following:

RuleML+RR 2017: Call for Tutorials

January 13, 2017 8:20 PM
Tutorials may introduce novices to major topics in the area, introduce experts to a special subarea, motivate and explain a topic of emerging importance, survey a mature area of research and/or practice, present a novel synthesis combining distinct lines of work, introduce the audience to an external topic that can relate to research in the area on a relevant topic.

Tutorial attendance is complimentary for all RuleML+RR 2017 conference registrants.


Tutorial proposals should be submitted via Easychair:

Each submission (up to two pages) should include the following information:

  • A title.
  • An abstract.
  • The preferred duration (up to half-day).
  • A description that outlines which topics would be covered, and the depth to which they would be covered. If different length options are possible, the proposal should identify which parts would be included for each length.
  • A short description of the intended audience and any prerequisite knowledge for attendees.
  • A brief biography of the proposed presenter(s), along with contact information.
  • If (part of) the tutorial material or an earlier version of it has been presented elsewhere, the proposal should indicate those respective events (and dates), and describe how the current proposal differs from the previous ones.

A two-page extended abstract of the tutorial will be included in the conference proceedings. Tutorial slides are expected to be made available online to conference participants.


Proposal submission: 20 January 2017

Notification: 6 February 2017

Camera-ready due: 24 April 2017

Possible tutorial dates: 12, 13, 14, 15 July 2017


The RuleML+RR 2017 program chairs: Stefania Costantini (University of L’Aquila, Italy), Enrico Franconi (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy), William Van Woensel (Dalhousie University, Canada);

The RuleML+RR 2017 General Chairs: Roman Kontchakov (Birkbeck, University of London, UK), Fariba Sadri (Imperial College London, UK);

Publicity Chair: Giovanni De Gasperis (University of L'Aquila, Italy).

CfP: RuleML+RR 2017: International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning

October 20, 2016 7:09 PM
This leading international joint conference in the field of rule-based reasoning calls for high-quality papers related to theoretical advances, novel technologies, and innovative applications concerning knowledge representation and reasoning with rules. The event will take place on 12-15 July 2017 in London.

Stemming from the synergy between the well-known high-impact RuleML and RR events, one of the main goals of this conference is to build bridges between academia and industry.

RuleML+RR 2017 aims to bring together rigorous researchers and inventive practitioners, interested in the foundations and applications of rules and reasoning in academia, industry, engineering, business, finance, healthcare and other application areas. It will provide a forum for stimulating cooperation and cross-fertilization between the many different communities focused on the research, development and applications of rule-based systems.

In addition to regular submissions, RuleML+RR 2017 will host the 11th International Rule Challenge, a Doctoral Consortium, an Industry Track, and the 13th Reasoning Web Summer School. Please note that separate submission guidelines apply for these additional events; they will be made available on a later date at the conference web site.


Topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Production rules systems
  •  Logic programming engines and applications
  •  Business rules engines and management systems
  •  Logic-based reasoning for rules
  •  Inductive and abductive logic programming
  •  Rule markup languages and rule interchange formats
  •  Rule-based policies, reputation, and trust
  •  Pragmatic web reasoning and distributed rule inference / rule execution
  •  Reaction and ECA rules
  •  Constraint programming
  •  Rule-based languages for intelligent information access and the Semantic Web
  •  Vocabularies, ontologies, and business rules
  •  Bridge rules in multi-context systems
  •  Rule discovery, extraction and transformation
  •  Rule-based data management, data integration, and data interoperability
  •  Scalability and expressive power of logics for rules
  •  Mapping rules for ontology-based data access
  •  Rule-based dynamic data, stream, and complex event processing
  •  Reasoning with incomplete, inconsistent and uncertain data
  •  Non-monotonic, common-sense, and closed-world reasoning
  •  Non-classical logics and the Web
  •  Combining rules with knowledge extraction and information retrieval
  •  Rules, agents, and norms
  •  Rule-based distributed / multi-agent systems
  •  Rule-based communication/dialogue
  •  Argumentation models
  •  Rules and human language technology
  •  Rules in online market research and online marketing
  •  Applications of rule technologies in healthcare and life sciences
  •  Industrial applications of rules
  •  Rules and business process compliance checking
  •  Standards activities related to rules
  •  Rules and social media



Papers must be original contributions written in English and must be submitted at as:


  • Full Paper (15 pages in the proceedings)
  • Short Paper (8 pages in the proceedings)


Please upload all submissions in LNCS format. To ensure high quality, submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by at least 3 PC members based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition. They must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference / workshop with formal proceedings

The accepted papers will be published in book form in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Short papers may contain 1 extra page (max.) for which there is a charge of US$200. Long papers are allowed 2 extra pages (max.), with a charge of US$200 for EACH extra page.


Student Travel Support

Some financial support will be available to enable student authors to travel to the conference. These will be awarded on a case-by-case basis. Proof of studentship will be required at time of registration.


Important dates




Title and abstract registration:

15 February 2017


Paper submission:

22 February 2017


Author feedback on initial reviews:

30 March - 3 April 2017


Author notification:

10 April 2017


Camera ready:

24 April 2017



12-15 July 2017


11th International Rule Challenge

The RuleML+RR 2017 Challenge is one of the highlights of the conference, and seeks to provide competition among innovative rule-oriented applications, aimed at both the research and industrial side. Submissions may present demos related to the RR+RuleML 2017 track topics (see below), supply benchmarks and comparison results for rule engines, illustrate rule- and model-driven engineering, report on industrial experience, present real cases and practical experiences, and realize mobile deployment of rule-based reasoning.


Doctoral Consortium

We welcome submissions from PhD students whose research activity is closely related to rule and reasoning systems. The Doctoral Consortium is an excellent opportunity for students to interact with leading experts in the field, and to present and discuss their ideas in a dynamic and friendly setting.


Industry Track

The Industry Track targets businesses and the private sector interested in sharing, exploring, and learning about the use of rule technologies for solving real-life business problems, for instance in the field of logistics, planning, domotics, healthcare, big data and high- scalability reasoning, and financial applications including high-frequency trading.


13th Reasoning Web Summer School (RW 2017)

The purpose of the Reasoning Web Summer School is to disseminate recent advances on reasoning techniques which are of particular interest to Semantic Web, Linked Data, Ontologies, Rules, Logic, and Knowledge Graph applications. It is primarily intended for postgraduate (PhD or MSc) students, postdoctoral researchers, young researchers, and senior researchers wishing to learn about Reasoning on the Semantic Web and related issues.

The Reasoning Web series of annual Summer Schools was started in 2005 by the European Network of Excellence REWERSE.




With kind regards,


RuleML+RR 2017 Program Chairs

Stefania Costantini, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Enrico Franconi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

William Van Woensel, Dalhousie University, Canada


RuleML+RR 2017 General Chairs

Roman Kontchakov, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Fariba Sadri, Imperial College London, UK

RuleML 2016 Report

September 9, 2016 4:02 PM
The 10th International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML 2016) was held at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York 11794, USA, July 6-9, 2016. A total number of 68 papers were submitted from which 18 full papers, 2 short papers, 3 industry papers, 7 challenge papers and 3 Doctoral Consortium papers were selected. Moreover, 2 keynote and 2 tutorial papers were invited.

Most regular papers were presented in one of these tracks:

  • Smart Contracts, Blockchain, and Rules,
  • Constraint Handling Rules,
  • Event Driven Architectures and Active Database Systems,
  • Legal Rules and Reasoning,
  • Rule- and Ontology-Based Data Access and Transformation,
  • Rule Induction and Learning.

Following up on previous years, RuleML also hosted the 6th RuleML Doctoral Consortium and the 10th International Rule Challenge, which this year was dedicated to applications of rule-based reasoning, such as: Rules in Retail, Rules in Tourism, Rules in Transportation, Rules in Geography, Rules in Location-Based Search, Rules in Insurance Regulation, Rules in Medicine, and Rules in Ecosystem Research.

This year’s symposium featured four invited keynote and tutorial talks (click to watch on Youtube):

As a novelty this year, there was a highly successful co-location between RuleML 2016 and DecisionCAMP 2016, facilitated by Jacob Feldman and colleagues. A total number of 132 participants attended both conferences and the affiliated sub-events. The co-location was a great opportunity for the rule-based community and the industrial decision-modeling community to mingle at one of the several joint events such as: the joint reception and conference dinner at the Hilton Garden Hotel on, respectively, Tuesday July 6 and Thursday July 8; the joint keynote by Bruce Silver; the joint tutorial by Neng-Fa Zhou; and the RuleML industry session on Friday, July 9.

The RuleML 2016 Best Paper Awards were given to:

  • Iliano Cervesato, Edmund Soon Lee Lam and Ali Elgazar for their paper "Choreographic Compilation of Decentralized Comprehension Patterns", and
  • Ho-Pun Lam, Mustafa Hashmi and Brendan Scofield for their paper "Enabling Reasoning with LegalRuleML".


Iliano Cervesato presenting Choreographic Compilation of Decentralized Comprehension Patterns



The 10th International Rule Challenge Awards went to:

  • Ingmar Dasseville, Laurent Janssens, Gerda Janssens, Jan Vanthienen and Marc Denecker, for their paper "Combining DMN and the Knowledge Base Paradigm for Flexible Decision Enactment", and
  • Jacob Feldman for his paper "What-If Analyzer for DMN-based Decision Models".


Ingmar Dasseville presenting Combining DMN and the Knowledge Base Paradigm for Flexible Decision Enactment


Jacob Feldman. What-If Analyzer for DMN-based Decision Models


As in previous years, RuleML 2016 was also a place for presentations and face-to-face meetings about rule technology standardizations, which this year covered RuleML 1.02 (System of Families of Languages and Knowledge-Interoperation Hub) and DMN 1.1 (OMG DMN RTF).


Adrian Paschke. A RuleML - DMN Translator
Harold Boley. The RuleML Knowledge-Interoperation Hub
Daniel Selman. Decision Management at the Speed of Events


Details about the RuleML and DecisionCAMP 2016 programs etc. can be found via, the Springer proceedings at, the CEUR proceedings at, and RuleML Youtube channel videos at

We would like to thank our sponsors, whose contributions allowed us to cover the costs of student participants and invited/keynote speakers. We would also like to thank all the people who have contributed to the success of this year’s special RuleML 2016 and co-located events, including the organization chairs, PC members, authors, speakers, and participants.

The RuleML community will join forces in 2017 with the RR (Web Reasoning and Rule Systems) community for the joint conference: RuleML+RR 2017: International Joint Conference on Rules and Reasoning, under the leadership of Fariba Sadri and Roman Kontchakov.

See you all next year at RuleML+RR 2017 in London, UK.


Paul Fodor (General Chair), Guido Governatori (Program Co-Chair), Jose Julio Alferes (Program Co-Chair), Leopoldo Bertossi (Program Co-Chair).


Contact info: Paul Fodor, Computer Science Department, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA,