ISKOI: Ontologies for the intelligence community: Fairfax: Dec 3-4

Duminda Wijesekera dwijesek at
Thu Jun 12 10:29:45 CEST 2008

Call for Papers


Towards Effective Exploitation and Integration of Intelligence Resources

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

December 3-4, 2008

(A classified event is scheduled for December 5 for those with TS/SCI 
clearances only. For further information contact: oic-2008-ts-sci at

The tasks of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence 
grow more complex with every year, the emergence of new technologies 
and new types of threats. New approaches are required to enable 
greater flexibility, precision, timeliness and automation of analysis 
in response to rapidly evolving threats.  Ontology-based technology 
as applied in areas such as bioinformatics has demonstrated the 
possibility of gains along all of these dimensions. The time is ripe 
to extend these gains to other spheres.

This conference will bring together experts on ontology-based 
technology with particular experience in the problems facing the 
intelligence community. It will feature invited talks from prominent 
ontologists and intelligence community leaders, as well as submitted 
papers focusing especially on the creation of public-domain ontology 
resources to support the work of intelligence analysts.

Submissions are invited of short papers in pdf format (up to 1500 
words) designed to serve as the basis for 20-minute oral 
presentations at the conference. Accepted papers will be published 
(at speaker discretion) in the proceedings, in both an online version 
and a printed version to be distributed at the meeting. The authors 
of selected papers will be invited to submit longer versions for 
publication in Volume 2 of the series on Semantic Technology, 
Information Sharing and Intelligence Analysis.

Papers may address a wide variety of issues addressing the ontology 
needs of the intelligence community. We are especially interested in 
papers on the following topics:

- Ontologies and reasoning under conditions of uncertainty
- Ontological issues related to source credibility and evidential pedigree
- Ontological issues related to the use of images and other kinds of 
sensing devices
- Creating an interoperable suite of public-domain ontologies 
relevant to intelligence analysis covering areas such as:
    * Social networks
    * Ethnicity, religion and politics
    * Spatial and temporal phenomena
    * Conditions that foster or inhibit outbreak of violence
    * Infrastructure with
    * Biology and health
    * Emergency Response
- Usability issues relating to ontology technology

Important dates:

Submissions due: July 27, 2008
Notification of acceptance: August 29, 2008
Camera-ready papers due: October 31, 2008

Further information will be provided in due course at

For inquiries please write to the conference co-chairs:

Kathryn Blackmond Laskey
C4I Center and SEOR Department
4400 University Drive, MS 4B5
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
klaskey at

Duminda Wijesekera
Department of Computer Science
4400 University Drive, MS 4A5
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
dwijesek at

Preliminary Scientific Committee

Bill Andersen (Ontology Works)
Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic University)
Dennis Buede (Innovative Decisions, Inc.)
Werner Ceusters (University at Buffalo)
Randall Dipert (University at Buffalo)
Kathleen Stewart Hornsby (University of Iowa)
Terry Janssen (Lockheed Martin Corporation)
Kathryn Blackmond Laskey (George Mason University, co-chair)
Kevin Lynch (CIA)
Dan Maxwell (Innovative Decisions, Inc.)
Leo Obrst (MITRE Corporation)
Steven Robertshaw (UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
Barry Smith (University at Buffalo)
Duminda Wijesekera (George Mason University, co-chair)

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