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Special Session

Information Filtering and Retrieval - DART
Chairs: Cristian Lai, Alessandro Giuliani and Giovanni Semeraro
DART 2015 intends to provide a more interactive and focused platform for researchers and practitioners for presenting and discussing new and emerging ideas. It is focused on researching and studying new challenges in intelligent information filtering and retrieval. In particular, DART aims to investigate novel systems and tools to web scenarios and semantic computing. In so doing, DART will contribute to discuss and compare suitable novel solutions based on intelligent techniques and applied in real-world applications.
Text Mining - SSTM
Chair: Ana Fred
With the increasing popularity and availability of Internet-based technologies, as well as the proliferation of digital computing devices and their use in communication, huge amounts of Human generated content is produced every day in the form of documents, email, instant messaging, social network sites, blogs, and other textual corpora. As a result, we have witnessed an increased demand for systems and algorithms capable of mining textual data, seeking interesting characteristics, hidden patterns, structure, trends, knowledge and key relationships within these large textual corpora. Text mining, combining the disciplines of data mining, information extraction, information retrieval, text categorization, probabilistic modeling, linear algebra, machine learning, and computational linguistics, is a new interdisciplinary field that emerged to address these issues. Examples of emergent applications include metadata generation, visualization techniques, information extraction, text segmentation and classification, text summarization, and trend analysis, to name a few. This special session aims at sharing new ideas and works on models and approaches for improving over state of the art techniques for mining unstructured, semi-structured, and fully structured textual data.

the design, development and use of Knowledge IT Artifacts in professional communities and aggregations - KITA
Chairs: Federico Cabitza, Angela Locoro and Aurelio Ravarini
Broadly meant, a Knowledge Artifact (KA) is any artifact purposely built to support knowledge-related processes; these latter include archival of and access to knowledge sources, knowledge sharing & exchange, its retrieval and exploitation, its production & learning (internalization). For this reason, KAs come in very different formats and types: just to limit ourselves to the electronic KAs, what we can denote as Knowledge IT artifacts (to hint at those specific IT artifacts, i.e., applications and software platforms, that specifically support knowledge
creation and sharing), examples include:
• decision support systems that convey the most pertinent items from the knowledge bodies mentioned above according to the situation or the user requests, profiles and needs;
• online digital platforms enabling an aggregation of firms (a cluster, a supply chain) to share valuable knowledge in order to achieve specific strategic aims (such as internationalization, new product development, lean production);
• online wiki encyclopedias and manuals that represent objectively, if not structuredly (e.g., ontologically) a body of specialist knowledge;
• multimedia learning software that integrate different content sources and interactive techniques to have users develop both intellectual and practical competencies on the basis of the knowledge embedded in the artifacts.
Keynote Lectures

On Smart Data, Decisions and Processes
Jan Vanthienen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Modern, smart businesses use the full power of information and knowledge to reach excellent performance. Intelligence is not just about the ability to obtain, model and understand information and processes, but also about smart decisions, the capability to analyze, discover and manage knowledge, the power to adapt to new situations and events in the networked economy, and the ability to perform effectively according to business rules and policies in order to innovate and create value.
Business Ethics as Personal Ethics
João César das Neves, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), Portugal
Business ethics is today an indispensable trait of any contemporary firm. But this vulgarization has, as expected, signified a reduction in value. Does the enormous activity related to social responsibility in modern business marked a real improvement in the ethical attitude of managers? Does it imply, at least, any noteworthy gain in the moral credibility of companies? How can the contemporaneous enterprise, at the cutting edge of progress, get in touch with one of the oldest and most determinant characteristics of the human behaviour?
Posters Session

Today 18 posters were scheduled to be presented in a forum for presenters from around the world to highlight their work and to share their successful ideas with colleagues by presenting a research study, a practical problem-solving effort, or an innovative idea. The Poster presentations provided other conference participants an opportunity to quickly and easily become acquainted with the presenters’ poster topic.
Closing Session

At the closing session, A "Best Paper Award", a "Best Student Paper Award" and a "Best PhD Project Award" were conferred to the author(s) of a full paper presented at the conference, selected by the Program/Conference Chairs based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing, assessed by the Program Committee, and paper presentation quality, assessed by session chairs at the conference venue.
Farewell Cocktail

Time to say goodbye and what a great way of doing it. Enjoy a laugh with new and old friends and we hope to have your presence at the conference’s next edition.