Call for Papers

Knowledge and Data Engineering for e-Learning

Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
Guest Editors: Qing Li, Rynson W.H. Lau, Dennis McLeod, and Jiming Liu


  With the advent of the Internet, we are seeing more sophisticated techniques being developed to support e-learning. The rapid development of Web-based learning and new concepts like virtual classrooms, virtual laboratories and virtual universities introduces many new issues to be addressed. On the technical side, we need to develop effective e- technologies for supporting distance education. On the learning and management side, we need to consider issues such as new style of learning and different system set-up requirements. Finally, the issue of standardization of e-learning systems should also be considered. In this special issue, our focus will be on the technical side, although other issues related to knowledge and data engineering for e-learning may also be considered.



In this special issue, we call for original papers describing novel knowledge and data engineering techniques that support e-learning. Preference will be given to papers that include an evaluation of users' experience in using the proposed methods. Areas of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Semantic Web technology for e-learning
  • Data modeling (eg., XML) for efficient management of course materials
  • Searching and indexing techniques to support effective course notes retrieval
  • User-centric e-learning systems and user interaction management
  • Profiling techniques to support grading and learning recommendation
  • Data and knowledge base support for pervasive e-learning
  • Course material analysis and understanding
  • Automatic generation of questions and answers
  • Collaborative communities for e-learning


  Prospective authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Information for Authors as published in recent issues of the journal or at Note that mandatory over-length page charges and color charges will apply. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online IEEE manuscript submission system at Updated information of this call can be found at


Submission deadline: July 1, 2007
Completion of first round of reviews: October 1, 2007 December 1, 2007
Minor/Major revision due (first round): December 1, 2007 January 15, 2008
Completion of second round of reviews: January 1, 2008 March 1, 2008
Minor revisions due (second round): January 30, 2008
Final decision notification: February 15, 2008
Publication materials due: March 4, 2008
Publication Date: August 2008 (tentative)

Guest Editors:

Qing Li
Department of Computer Science
City University of Hong Kong

Rynson W.H. Lau
Department of Computer Science
University of Durham
United Kingdom

Dennis McLeod
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California

Jiming Liu
School of Computer Science
University of Windsor

You may download the CFP in PDF format.

Last updated on 3rd December, 2007.