Call for Papers

AI and its ethical issues is of significance for governments, industry, the general public, and academia, all of whom (sometimes from very different perspectives) recognize the importance of ethical guidelines and requirements in the AI domain. The workshop is of interest to a broad audience, including researchers, practitioners, and experts, who are invested in the ethical and moral dimensions of AI, knowledge graphs, and generative AI systems. This includes individuals and organizations from various fields, such as Computer Science, Semantic Web, Cognitive Science, Ethics, and Cultural Studies, who share an interest in responsible AI development and the alignment of AI technologies with human values and societal ethics. This workshop accepts contributions on several topics, such as (but not limited to): Knowledge Representation and Extraction of moral, cultural and social values; Grounded World Models, with a particular focus on Ethics and Morality; Morally Informed Decision Making; Generative models of moral behavior; Formal Representation of Socio-behavioral theories for Social and Legal Norms, etc. In addition, it includes the exploitation of recent technologies, e.g. LLM(s), in the context of semantic technologies, to tackle the diverse challenges associated with moral reasoning.

We welcome presentations that not only focus on technological endeavours but also explore the analysis of values and ethical issues from the perspective of philosophical, historical, social, and other research questions. Apart from research, resource and work-in-progress papers, we encourage the audience to submit position papers. This interactive environment will foster a dynamic and interactive space for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Topic Areas

  • Ethical dilemmas and theoretical foundations in value knowledge representation
  • Development and methodology for value-centric vocabulary, schema, and ontology
  • Formalization of ethical frameworks (e.g., Deontic, Utilitaristic, Social Contract, etc.) for moral reasoning
  • Foundational ontologies (e.g., DOLCE, BFO, UFO, etc.) for modeling ethics and values
  • Harmonization of moral and cultural value theories with ontological structures
  • Formal approaches for values and ethics as embodied cognition structures
  • Policy formalization with ontologies and knowledge graphs for ethical AI
  • Values in time: Temporal knowledge graphs for value alignment
  • Neuro-symbolic and hybrid semantic web tools for moral reasoning
  • Cross-cultural values and norms representation
  • Value-sensitive autonomous agents
  • FAIR principles for knowledge graph construction and data curation
  • Automated and semi-automated construction of knowledge graphs for values and norms
  • Commonsense knowledge and value recognition semantic technologies
  • Automatic extraction of moral and cultural values from multimodal resources
  • Innovative workflows and tools for ethical knowledge extraction
  • Value-driven system design and explainability
  • Standards, measures, and best practices for ontologies within ethical AI

Guidelines and Review Criteria

The following contribute categories are welcome:

Full Papers (10-12 pages excluding references)
Short Papers (5-8 pages excluding references)
Position Papers (1-4 pages excluding references, not included in the proceedings)
Extended Abstract of recently published papers (1-4 pages excluding references, not included in the proceedings)

We welcome any types of research, resource and application papers, as well as (short only) demonstration submissions.

Full papers are expected to showcase innovative and substantive research adopting Semantic Web technologies for the investigation of value and ethics, presenting results and evaluations.

Short papers may share intermediate results, ongoing research. Both full and short papers will undergo review based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the workshop
  • Grounding in the literature and related work
  • Originality and soundness
  • Potential influence and significance
  • Reproducibility and availability of resources
  • Design and execution of evaluation (for full papers)

Position papers should include motivation and description for positions and ideas within these fields, including controversial topics, and will be peer-reviewed, based on:

  • Relevance to the workshop
  • Grounding in the literature
  • Potential significance and impact
  • Clear presentation of ideas and positions

After the workshop, the authors of short paper will be given the opportunity to extend their work to Full papers, and authors of position papers will be given the opportunity to extend their work to both Short of Full papers, to be included in the proceedings.

How to Submit

All submissions must be written in English and formatted using the template for submissions to CEUR Workshop Proceedings. All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via EasyChair.

For each accepted paper, at least one of the authors needs to register at ESWC 2024 and participate in WISDOMS.

All questions about submissions should be emailed to