EC-Web 2015

16th International Conference on Electronic Commerce and Web Technologies - EC-Web 2015

Valencia, Spain
September 3 - 4, 2015

***   New Deadline (Papers and Extended Abstracts): June 1st   ***

Background, Aims and Scope

EC-Web is an international scientific conference series devoted to technology related aspects of e-Commerce and e-Business. The 16th edition of the conference, EC-Web 2015, will take place in Valencia, Spain in September 2015 and will serve as a forum to bring together researchers and practitioners to present and discuss recent advances in their fields. We solicit original scientific contributions in the following areas:

  • Search, Comparison and Recommender Systems
  • Preference representation and reasoning
  • Semantic-based Systems, Ontologies and Linked Data
  • Agent-based Systems, Negotiation and Auctions
  • Social Web and Social Media in E-Commerce
  • Computational Advertising
  • E-commerce Infrastructures and Cloud-based Services
  • Service modellin and engineering
  • Business Processes, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures
  • E-Business Architectures
  • Emerging Business Models, Software as a Service, Mobile Services
  • Security, Privacy and Trust
  • Case Studies

Special Tracks:

EC-Web 2015 will feature a set of tracks:

T1) Search, Comparison and Recommender Systems (Track chair: Tommaso Di Noia, Politecnico di Bari, Italy) 

In the Web era, resource retrieval techniques play a fundamental role in helping the users to deal with the issues related to information overload. Today's search engines as well as matchmaking systems are no more working solely on pure text/keyword analysis. Their results are computed and enriched by putting together, e.g., link-based data, user preferences as well as information encoded in the so called knowledge graphs. The same happens for personalized information filtering systems, such as recommender systems, where pure collaborative and content-based approaches are hybridized with each other, combined and fed by many different and diverse data sources in order to improve not only the accuracy of the results but also their novelty, diversity, and serendipity. 

T2) Linked Data and Semantic Web (Track chair: Asunción Gómez Pérez, UPM Madrid, Spain)

Semantic Web Technologies, in particular data markup standards provide an established means for publishing and partially exchanging structured data on the web. Large numbers of websites have started to markup their content using standards such as Microdata, Microformats, and RDFa allowing search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo! use the markup to improve their search results. MeanwhileAt the same time, this is widely used in the e-commerce area where structured product offers descriptions are published online and sometimes even linked to general purpose schemas such as and or product classifications such as eClass. Theis special track ius concerned with methods, tools, and analyseis covering the life-cycle of structured descriptions for e-commerce on the web including their creation, maintenance, integration and use.

T3) Service Modelling and Engineering (Track chair: Jorge Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal) Service-oriented systems are becoming pervasive in business. Cloud services, Web APIs, and process models are examples of building blocks, which can be assembled combined to implement service systems. While previous past approaches often relied on SOA patterns to architect systems, we can nowadays observe an increased there is the need now to provide theories, techniques, and tools to support service engineering in order to be able to to develop superior more effective and efficient services. This track will present focuses on current research on in the fields of service modeling (e.g., SLA, pricing models, legal terms, standardization efforts, process models), service analytics (e.g., capacity planning, metered usage, service compliance, performance optimization, reliability prediction), and frameworks to compose services (e.g., Cloud BPM and end-to-end integration).

T4) Social Web and E-Commerce (Track chair: Conor Hayes, DERI, Ireland)

The sSocial wWeb has become an important platform for activities connected to online e-commerce on the web. Social networks, review sites and blogs have become important places to market products and analyze their reception by lareger groups of customers. Thus, methods for creating and analyzing user behaviour and interaction on the sSocial wWeb becomes more and more increasingly important. Topics of interest in this context special track include targeted advertisement, opinion mining and sentiment analysis as well as trust and reputation mechanisms in social online social networks and their impact on user behaviour.

T5) Agents-based E-Commerce Systems (Track chair: Terry R. Payne, University of Liverpool, UK)

The use of personal agents in e-Ccommerce settings comes with many advantages as it enables customers to monitor offers and place purchase orders or bids without having to be online constantly. In particular in setting s with multiple buyers and sellers, the agent-metaphor provides an adequate model to provide automatic support for market participants. This special trakckc is concerned with the use of multi-agent technology in e-commerce and the topics include: agent architectures, communication protocols, and negotiation mechanisms for performing e-commerce business transactions on the web. We are interested in theoretical papers as well as in reports on practical implementations of agent-based e-commerce systems .on the web.

T6) Open Track

This track is open to submission concerning any topic related to the intersection of e-commerce and web technology not covered by any of the above mentioned tracks. Depending on the topic of the paper and the availability of reviewers, the pProgramm chairs will take the freedom to forward assign papers to a special track if in case it fits there.

T7) PhD Track

In this track we especially encourage submissions on early results by first and second year PhD students. The papers should present the PhD topic project outline of the candidate including and cover the Problem Statement, the State of the Art, and Pplanned cContribution as well as information on first results achieved. Reviewers will be instructed to treat evaluate these papers different thant full research papers and provide as much constructive feedback as much as possible. The first author of papers submitted to this track has to be a PhD Student.

Paper Submission, Selection and Publication

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished research papers at

The manuscripts are limited to 12 pages using the Springer LNBIP style sheet:

Authors may also submit extended abstracts of full papers with a length of 4-6 pages. Authors of accepted extended abstracts will be asked to provide full papers for final review and inclusion in the proceedings in autumn 2015.

The selection of papers will be based on a peer-review process by selected international experts. Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. The proceedings will be published as post-conference proceedings in the Springer Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series in autumn 2015. 

Selected papers will get the opportunity to submit to a fast track review process in the Journal on Data Semantics. 


  • Submission of full papers: June 1, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2015
  • Camera-ready copies due: tba


Conference Program Chairpersons:

  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim, Germany
  • Dietmar Jannach, TU Dortmund, Germany

Senior Program Committee

  • Jorge Cardoso, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Tommaso Di Noia, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
  • Asuncion Gomez-Perez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Conor Hayes, DERI, Ireland
  • Terry R. Payne, University of Liverpool, UK

Program Committee:

Ardissono, Liliana (University of Torino, Italy, Italy)
Aumayr, Erik (Insight Centre for Data Analytics @ NUI Galway, Ireland)
Bae, Joonsoo (Chonbuk National Universiry, Korea, Rep.)
Basile, Pierpaolo (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
Bellogín, Alejandro (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
Breslin, John (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Bridge, Derek (University College Cork, Ireland)
Burke, Robin (DePaul University)
Camarinha-Matos, Luis M. (Universidade Nova de Lisboa + Uninova, Portugal)
Cardoso, Jorge (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Cena, Federica (University of Turin, Italy, Italy)
Chapman, Archie (University of Sydney, Australia)
Cremonesi, Paolo (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Cuzzocrea, Alfredo (ICAR-CNR & University of Calabria, Italy)
Dabrowski, Maciej (, Ireland)
de Gemmis, Marco (University of Bari, Aldo Moro , Italy)
De Luca, Ernesto William (FH Potsdam, Germany)
Di Noia, Tommaso (Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy)
Düdder, Boris (TU Dortmund, Germany)
Eckert, Kai (Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart, Germany)
Felfernig, Alexander (Graz University of Technology, Austria, Austria)
Ferreira Da Silva, Catarina (University of Lyon 1, France)
Filipe, Araujo (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
García, José María (University of Sevilla, Spain)
Gasparetti, Fabio (Roma Tre University, Italy, Italy)
Gomadam, Karthik (Accenture Technology Labs)
Gómez-Pérez, Asunción (Univ. Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Hayes, Conor (Insight at NUI Galway, Ireland)
Heitmann, Benjamin (INSIGHT@NUI Galway, Ireland)
Hulpus, Ioana (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Galway, Ireland)
Jae-Yoon, Jung (Kyung Hee University)
Jannach, Dietmar (TU Dortmund, Germany, Germany)
Jannach, Dietmar (TU Dortmund, Germany)
Kumar, Akhil (Penn State University)
Manfred, Reichert (Ulm University, Germany)
Margaria, Tiziana (University Potsdam, Germany)
Mendling, Jan (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
Meusel, Robert (University of Mannheim, Germany, Germany)
Middleton, Stuart E. (University of Southampton, UK, United Kingdom)
Missier, Paolo (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
Mocan, Adrian (SAP SE, Germany)
Monica, Dragoicea (Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania)
Musto, Cataldo (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy)
Narducci, Fedelucio (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy, Italy)
Nunes, Ingrid (University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Ostuni, Vito Claudio (Pandora Media, Inc., United States)
Panniello, Umberto (Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy)
Passant, Alexandre (, Ireland)
Paulheim, Heiko (Data and Web Science Group, University of Mannheim, Germany)
Payne, Terry R. (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Pinto, Alexandre Miguel (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Ricci, Francesco (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, Italy)
Robu, Valentin (Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom)
Rowe, Matthew (University of Lancaster, United Kingdom)
Sebastian, Götz (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
Semeraro, Giovanni (Univeristy of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy, Italy)
Shchekotykhin, Kostyantyn (University Klagenfurt, Austria)
Spillner, Josef (TU Dresden, Germany)
Stefan, Jablonski (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Stein, Sebastian (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
Stuckenschmidt, Heiner (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Telang, Pankaj (Cisco Systems, United States)
Vagan, Terziyan (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Vidal, Maria Esther (Universidad Simon Bolivar, Venezuela)
Vieira, Marco (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Vitvar, Tomas (Oracle, Czech Republic)
Zanker, Markus (Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Zapilko, Benjamin (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)

to be completed.