2016 Knowledge Engineering and Mathematical Geology

Knowledge Engineering and Mathematical Geology (KEMG 2016)

“Theory and Geoscientific Application of the Event Bush Method”

12-14 December 2016, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia


The method of event bush was suggested in early 2000s for qualitative modeling of evolution of geological and geographical environments. In brief, it represents a directed graph with specific constraints on edges that correspond to the semantic rules of formulation of events in the nodes. However, with further development, the event bush expanded over other fields than geoscience, where alike tasks arise, from history to physics, and allowed quantification and connection with mathematical models. The latter gives ground to consider it as a tool for creation of qualitative conceptual models, which, as was put forth yet by the founder of mathematical geology Andrei Vistelius, must be the basis for any research in this science.

The same time, development of the event bush claimed for a new vision of natural language, which has resulted in a new type of grammar designed to fit the changing phenomena. This grammar appears applicable to various methods that may describe evolution, such as event trees, Petri nets, Bayesian belief networks, sequence diagrams and many others. All of them appear somehow related to the event bush, though this relation still needs to be studied.

KEMG 2016 is a focused international meeting aiming to round up the achievements in the theory and key application area of the event bush, the area that has become its main testbed, the geoscience. This conference continues the tradition of small international meetings on various aspects of interaction of knowledge engineering/representation and mathematical geology – the colloquium KEMG 2012 and workshop KEMG 2015. However, the conference is innovative in the way the research is presented. An event bush, like any knowledge engineering product, is a fruit of joint work of an expert in the subject area and a knowledge engineer. Therefore, it is expected that the results of application of the event bush are submitted by joint teams consisting of experts (geoscientists) and knowledge engineers. Alternatively, geoscientists are encouraged to submit their results, which they think could and should be presented in the form of event bush, and the knowledge engineering team of ITMO University in communication with the authors will try to produce an event bush from their results. The name of the knowledge engineer responsible for the submission will then be added to the coauthors’ list. Theoretical results are submitted in the normal way.



We invite scientific publications on methodological aspects of the event bush method and on application of this method in the Earth sciences (geology, geography, geophysics and their sub-disciplines). Theoretical papers may be up to 20 pages long including the tables, figures and reference list. Application papers with an event bush desirably do not exceed 7-8 pages. Those geoscientists submitting their results for construction of event bush are kindly requested to try to stick to 4-5 pages. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman, 12, with standard (default) MS Word formatting. Figures and tables should be embedded in the text. Figure captions go after the figures, table headings – before the tables. Both should be typed in Times New Roman 10. References should be cited and listed exactly as in the Mathematical Geosciences (download a PDF file from http://www.springer.com/earth+sciences+and+geography/journal/11004?detailsPage=pltci_2369201).

Manuscripts should be submitted via email cpshenichny@yandex.ru indicating KEMG 2016 in the Subject line.

Each submission will be subject to blind peer-review by at least two reviewers. For application papers, one reviewer will be from the field of geoscience, and another, from computer/information/semantic science.

Proceedings will be published online at geognosis.ifmo.ru and submitted to CEUR for republication and indexation in Scopus. Alternatively, an edited volume will be printed.


Presentation guidelines

The scientific program of the meeting consists of two parts: theoretical and application. Theoretical talks will be given in a form of short lectures up to 30 min. long. Application talks will be given jointly by two speakers: an expert and a knowledge engineer. The expert will describe the problem in question (15 min.), and knowledge engineer, present the event bush responding to it (5 min.). Total length of presentation must not exceed 20 minutes. Both Russian and English are the languages for the conference, but Russian speakers are kindly requested to submit presentations in English. Registration fee is not charged.


Important dates

Submission of papers: by October 10, 2016

Construction of event bushes (if necessary) and peer-review: by November 1, 2016

Notification of acceptance: November 1, 2016

Return of revised papers: by November 30, 2016

Online publication: by December 12, 2016



The conference will be hosted by ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia, at 16 Birzhevaya Linia V.O., room 301/5


Scientific Program

Since December 1, 2016, the scientific program of the meeting will be available here.


Scientific Program Committee

Cyril Pshenichny, co-chair, ITMO University, Russia

Dmitry Mouromtsev, co-chair, ITMO University, Russia

Roberto Carniel, University of Udine, Italy

Paolo Diviacco, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Trieste, Italy

Uwe Wolter, University of Bergen, Norway

Stephen Henley, Resources Computing International Ltd, Matlock, UK

Victor Dech, Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology (IGGD), Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

Ivelina Nikolova, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

Sherzod Turaev, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA

Lev Maslov, Computing Center, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Khabarovsk, Russia

Alexander Anoprienko, Donetsk National Technical University (DonNTU), Donetsk People’s Republic

Victor Snezhko, Karpinsky Russian Geological Research Institute (VSEGEI), St. Petersburg, Russia

Irina Talovina, University of Mines (Gorny Institut), St. Petersburg, Russia

Silvina Guzman, Univresity of Salta, Argentina

Heather Pfeifer, US Army TRADOC/TRAC — WSMR, White Sands, NM, USA

Boyan Brodaric, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Alicia Felpeto Rielo, National Institute of Geography (Instituto Geografico Nacional), Madrid, Spain

Mark Jessel, University of West Australia, Perth, Australia

Contact Information

For invitation letter (if needed) and any technical questions, please contact Olga Dosuzheva at olga.kurash@mail.ru.


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Summit caldera lake at Tianchi Volcano, China/North Korea. Photo by Cyril Pshenichny