ISKOI: Formal ontology in information systems (Saarbrucken: Oct 31-Nov 3)

Michael Gruninger gruninger at
Wed Jan 2 11:56:41 CET 2008

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**** The 5th International Conference
**** on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
**** October 31st ­ November 3rd, 2008
**** Saarbrücken, Germany
**** DFKI, Competence Center Semantic Web

Conference Description
Since its inception ten years ago, the International Conference on 
Formal Ontology in Information Systems has explored the multiple 
perspectives on the notion of ontology that have arisen from such 
diverse research communities as philosophy, logic, computer science, 
cognitive science, linguistics, and various scientific domains.

As ontologies have been applied in new and exciting domains such as 
the World Wide Web, bioinformatics, and geographical information 
systems, it has become evident that there is a need for ontologies 
that have been developed with solid theoretical foundations based on 
philosophical, linguistic, and logical analysis. Similarly, there is 
also a need for theoretical research that is driven by the issues 
that have been raised by recent work in the more applied domains.

FOIS is intended to be a forum in which to explore this interplay 
between the theoretical insights of formal ontology and their 
application to information systems and emerging semantic technologies.

Invited Speakers
* Johanna Seibt (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)
* Mike Uschold (Boeing Corporation, USA)
* York Sure (SAP Research, Germany)

Important dates and Further Information
* Electronic abstracts: April 22, 2008
* Final submissions: April 24, 2008
* Acceptance Notification: June 18, 2008
* Submission of camera-ready papers: July 18, 2008

Submitted papers must not exceed 5000 words (including bibliography). 
Abstracts should be less than 300 words. Papers should be submitted 
electronically; information will be provided on the conference web 

Proceedings will be published and available at the conference.

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Conference Chair:
* Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy) nicola.guarino at
Program Chairs:
* Carola Eschenbach (University of Hamburg, Germany)
* Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Local Organization
* Paul Buitelaar (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
* Massimo Romanelli (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
* Michael Sintek (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany)

We seek high-quality papers on a wide range of topics. While authors 
may focus on fairly narrow and specific issues, all papers should 
emphasize the relevance of the work described to formal ontology and 
to information systems. Papers that completely ignore one or the 
other of these aspects will be considered as lying outside the scope 
of the meeting.
Topic areas of particular interest to the conference are:

Foundational Issues
* Kinds of entity: particulars vs. universals, continuants vs. 
occurrents, abstracta vs. concreta, dependent vs. independent, 
natural vs. artificial
* Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence, 
constitution, subsumption, instantiation
* Vagueness and granularity
* Identity and change
* Formal comparison among ontologies
* Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, ...)
* Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells, organisms, ...)
* Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions and 
other mental attitudes; emotions, ...)
* Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, 
social relationships, artistic expressions, ...)
* Ontology of the information society (information, communication, 
meaning negotiation, ...)
* Ontology and Natural Language Semantics, Ontology and Cognition

Methodologies and Applications
* Top-level vs. application ontologies
* Ontology integration and alignment; role of reference ontologies
* Ontology-driven information systems design
* Requirements engineering
* Knowledge engineering
* Knowledge management and organization
* Knowledge representation; Qualitative modeling
* Computational lexica; Terminology
* Information retrieval; Question-answering
* Semantic web; Web services; Grid computing
* Domain-specific ontologies, especially for: Linguistics, Geography, 
Law, Library science, Biomedical science, Ebusiness, Enterprise 
integration, ...

Programme Committee
Bill Andersen (Ontology Works, USA)
John Bateman (Department of Applied English Linguistics, University 
of Bremen, Germany)
Brandon Bennett (School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK)
Stefano Borgo (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Vladimir Borschev (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Joost Breuker (Leibniz Center for Law, University of Amsterdam, The 
Paul Buitelaar (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Roberto Casati (Jean Nicod Institute, CNRS, Paris, France)
Werner Ceusters (New York State Center of Excellence in 
Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo)
Hans Chalupsky (University of Southern California, USA)
Philipp Cimiano (Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Germany)
Tony Cohn (School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK)
Matteo Cristani (University of Verona, Italy)
Carola Eschenbach (Department for Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany)
Jérôme Euzenat (INRIA Rhône-Alpes)
Christiane Fellbaum (Cognitive Science Laboratory, Princeton 
University, USA and Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and 
Humanities, Berlin, Germany)
Roberta Ferrario (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Antony Galton (School of Engineering and Computer Science, University 
of Exeter, UK)
Aldo Gangemi (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Roma, Italy)
Pierdaniele Giaretta (Department of Philosophy, University of Verona, Italy)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Nicola Guarino (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Udo Hahn (Jena University, Germany)
Jerry Hobbs (University of Southern California, USA)
Rüdiger Klein (Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany)
Werner Kuhn (IfGI, University of Muenster)
Terry Langendoen (University of Arizona, USA)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
Leonardo Lesmo (Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy)
David Mark (Department of Geography, State University of New York, 
Buffalo, USA)
Claudio Masolo (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
William McCarthy (Michigan State University)
Chris Menzel (Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, USA)
Simon Milton (Department of Information Systems, University of 
Melbourne, Australia)
Philippe Muller (Research Institute for Computer Science, University 
of Toulouse III, France)
John Mylopoulos (Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada)
Daniel Oberle (SAP Research, CEC Karlsruhe)
Leo Obrst (The MITRE Corporation, USA)
Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Yun Peng (University of Maryland, USA)
James Pustejovsky (Department of Computer Science, Brandeis University, USA)
Massimo Romanelli (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Riccardo Rosati (University of Rome, Italy)
Tom Russ (University of Southern California, USA)
Johanna Seibt (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Michael Sintek (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany)
Barry Smith (National Center for Ontological Research and Department 
of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, USA; Institute for Formal 
Ontology and Medical Information Science, Saarbrücken, Germany)
John Sowa (Vivomind Intelligence Inc., USA)
John Stell (School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK)
Veda Storey (Department of Computer Information Systems, Georgia 
State University, USA)
Ludger van Elst (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany)
Achille Varzi (Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA)
Laure Vieu (Research Institute for Computer Science, CNRS, Toulouse, France)
Chris Welty (IBM Watson Research Center, USA)

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