SIS-IoT: Semantic Interoperability and Standardization in the IoT

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:30 to 17:30
The Meervaart (Room 8)

Chairs: Laura Daniele (TNO), Anna Fensel (Semantic Technology Institute, Innsbruck), Raúl García-Castro (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Enrico Scarrone (Telecom Italia and ETSI SmartM2M), Omar Elloumi (Nokia and oneM2M)


Semantic technology and linked data are perceived by the IoT industry as beneficial technologies to enable semantic interoperability in the fragmented landscape of IoT ecosystems and platforms. However, most industrial practitioners are not familiar with these technologies and are not willing to learn them, as they believe the learning curve is too steep. IoT developers - whether device manufacturers or application developers - ask for rather simple ontologies that are easy to use, and clear guidelines on how to implement semantic web/ linked data solutions, possibly supported by standards development organizations (SDOs), whereas the information they can currently find on the Internet is overwhelming and perceived as not directly applicable. As we have often heard from industrial stakeholders in the past years, there is a clear need to bring semantic technology out of the research labs - where it has been successful so far - to be adopted and applied in operational environments by the IoT industry.

The main objective of this workshop is to bring SDOs and industrial practitioners in IoT with an interest in semantic interoperability together with the strong and successful research community at SEMANTiCS 2017 to discuss current trends and challenges in Semantic Interoperability and Standardization in IoT.

The SIS-IoT workshop will include a keynote speech and a panel with experts from the research community and industry. The keynote speech will be delivered by Omar Elloumi, the “IoT Evangelist of the Year”.

The SIS-IoT workshop is supported by:


Workshop Style

The workshop will be a combination of presentations on existing standardization activities on semantics and IoT (state of the art), e.g., SAREF activities in ETSI, and contributions from users on their on-going standardization and research developments on semantic interoperability in IoT (current progress beyond the state of the art), as basis for generating an interactive discussion and bring the collaboration between the research community and industry a step further.

The workshop will include a keynote speech delivered by Omar Elloumi -  the “IoT Evangelist of the Year” - and a panel with experts from the research community and industry.

Contributions from users on their on-going standardization and research developments on semantic interoperability in IoT should be submitted in the form of research papers (max 8 pages) or short papers (2 to 4 pages). Authors of accepted papers will be invited to give a presentation at the workshop. Accepted papers will published in the workshop proceedings (CEUR-WS or equivalent). As a result of the workshop we also aim at publishing an overview paper/workshop report in a relevant journal or magazine.



13:30 / 14:25 Keynote
  Omar Elloumi, Nokia and oneM2M, IoT Evangelist of the Year
14:25 / 15:00 Paper Presentations, Part 1
  Title: Towards Federated Queries for Web of Things Devices (short paper)
  Authors: Sejal Jaiswal (Laboratoire Hubert Curien) and Maxime Lefrançois (MINES Saint-Etienne)
  Title: Planned ETSI SAREF Extensions based on the W3C&OGC SOSA/SSN-compatible SEAS Ontology Pattern.
  Author: Maxime Lefrançois (MINES Saint-Etienne)
15:00 / 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 / 16:45 Paper Presentations, Part 2
  Title: Towards IoT platforms’ integration Semantic Translations between W3C SSN and ETSI SAREF.
  Authors: Joao Moreira (SCS/ University of Twente), Laura Daniele (TNO), Luis Ferreira Pires (University of Twente), Marten van Sinderen (University of Twente), Katarzyna Wasielewska (Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences), Paweł Szmeja (SRIPAS), Wiesław Pawłowski (Institute of Informatics, University of Gdańsk), Maria Ganzha (Warsaw University of Technology) and Marcin Paprzycki (IBS PAN and WSM)
  Title: A Model Driven Approach Accelerating Ontology-based IoT Applications Development.
  Authors: Charbel El Kaed and Andre Ponnouradjane (Schneider Electric)
  Title: Adaptation of ontology sets for water related scenarios management with IoT systems for a more productive and sustainable agriculture systems.
  Authors: Diego Sánchez-De-Rivera (UPM), Tomás Robles (UPM), Juan Antonio López (IMIDA), Azucena Sierra de Miguel (TRAGSA), Mariano Navarro De La Cruz (TRAGSA), Juan Antonio Martínez (Odin Solutions), Antonio F. Skarmeta (Universidad de Murcia) and María Sofía Iglesias Gómez (TRAGSA)
16:45 / 18:00 Panel with experts from industry and research community


Call for Papers

We solicit contributions in the form of research papers (max 8 pages) or short papers (2 to 4 pages). Authors of accepted papers will be invited to give a presentation at the workshop.

Relevant topics of interest include the use of (ontology) standards for solving semantic interoperability issues along the following lines:

  • Cross-cutting IoT semantic interoperability approaches reusing standards
  • Use cases and implementations from pilots, innovation and research projects
  • Current trends in standardization bodies related to IoT
  • IoT standardization in vertical sectors (Smart Cities, Industrial Applications, Ageing Well, Smart Agriculture, Smart Energy, Wearables, Smart Appliances, Cooperative and Connected Mobility, etc.)
  • Alignment of ontology standards among standardization bodies
  • Solutions for machine-to-machine semantic interoperability
  • Open source implementations


Paper submission

Papers should follow the ACM ICPS guidelines for formatting and must not exceed 8 pages in length for full papers and 4 pages for short papers, including references and optional appendices. The layout templates can be found here: All accepted full papers and short papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. Papers should be submitted through the EasyChair submission system (

Papers must be submitted in PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) format. Other formats will not be accepted. For the camera-ready version, the source files (Latex, WordPerfect, Word) will also be needed.



Important Dates

  • July 11, 2017: deadline to submit papers
  • July 28, 2017: notifications to authors
  • August 14, 2017: camera ready versions
  • September 11, 2017: workshop


Programme Committee

  • Nicolas Seydoux, LAAS
  • Victor Charpenay, Siemens AG
  • Kris McGlinn, Trinity College Dublin
  • Mahdi Ben Alaya, Sensinov
  • María Poveda Villalón, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • Pieter Colpaert, IMEC
  • Fano Ramparany, Orange
  • Achille Zappa, Insight
  • Maxime Lefrancois, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne


Attending the Workshop

The SIS-IoT 2017 workshop is co-located with the SEMANTICS 2017 conference.

Participants of the workshops at SEMANTiCS2017 will be charged a marginal fee to cover the basic costs. For regular conference attendees, the workshops are included in the conference ticket.

Registration for the SIS-IoT 2017 is mandatory as space is limited. Registration has to be performed through the main conference registration system