CFP: International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS-2006)

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Date: 01/23/06

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    International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems <> 
    November 9-11, 2006
    Baltimore, Maryland (USA)
    Conference Description
    Since ancient times, ontology, the analysis and categorisation of what
    exists, has been fundamental to philosophical enquiry. But, until
    recently, ontology has been seen as an abstract, purely theoretical
    discipline, far removed from the practical applications of science.
    However, with the increasing use of sophisticated computerised
    information systems, solving problems of an ontological nature is now
    key to the effective use of technologies supporting a wide range of
    human activities. The ship of Theseus and the tail of Tibbles the cat
    are no longer merely amusing puzzles. We employ databases and software
    applications to deal with everything from ships and ship building to
    anatomy and amputations. When we design a computer to take stock of a
    ship yard or check that all goes well at the veterinary hospital, we
    need to ensure that our system operates in a consistent and reliable
    way even when manipulating information that involves subtle issues of
    semantics and identity. So, whereas ontologists may once have shied
    away from practical problems, now the practicalities of achieving
    cohesion in an information-based society demand that attention must be
    paid to ontology. 
    Researchers in such areas as artificial intelligence, formal and
    computational linguistics, biomedical informatics, conceptual modeling,
    knowledge engineering and information retrieval have come to realise
    that a solid foundation for their research calls for serious work in
    ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and
    relations that make up their respective domains of inquiry. In all
    these areas, attention is now being focused on the content of
    information rather than on just the formats and languages used to
    represent information. The clearest example of this development is
    provided by the many initiatives growing up around the project of the
    Semantic Web. And, as the need for integrating research in these
    different fields arises, so does the realisation that strong principles
    for building well-founded ontologies might provide significant
    advantages over ad hoc, case-based solutions. The tools of formal
    ontology address precisely these needs, but a real effort is required
    in order to apply such philosophical tools to the domain of information
    systems. Reciprocally, research in the information sciences raises
    specific ontological questions which call for further philosophical
    The purpose of FOIS is to provide a forum for genuine interdisciplinary
    exchange in the spirit of a unified effort towards solving the problems
    of ontology, with an eye to both theoretical issues and concrete
    Program Chairs
    Brandon Bennett (University of Leeds, UK) 
    Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA and Berlin Brandenburg
    Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany) 
    Conference Chair
    Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy) 
    Local Chair
    Bill Andersen (OntologyWorks, USA) 
    Publicity Chair
    Leo Obrst (MITRE, USA)
    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 (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, ontology and epistemology, semiotics
    Methodologies and Applications
    *	Top-level vs. application ontologies 
    *	Role of reference ontologies; Ontology integration and
    *	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, E-business,
    Enterprise integration, ... 
    Deadlines and Further Information
    Electronic abstracts: May 1, 2006
    Final submissions: May 5, 2006
    Acceptance Notification: June 26, 2006
    Submission of camera-ready paper: July 28, 2006
    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
    page: .
    Proceedings will be published and available at the conference.
    Programme Committee
    *	Bill Andersen (OntologyWorks, USA) 
    *	Nicholas Asher (Department of Philosophy, University of Texas
    at Austin, USA) 
    *	Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (Research Institute for Computer
    Science, CNRS, Toulouse, France) 
    *	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,
    *	Joost Breuker (Leibniz Center for Law, University of Amsterdam,
    The Netherlands) 
    *	Roberto Casati (Jean Nicod Institute, CNRS, Paris, France) 
    *	Werner Ceusters (European Centre for Ontological Research,
    *	Tony Cohn (School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK) 
    *	Matteo Cristani (University of Verona, Italy) 
    *	Ernest Davis (Department of Computer Science, New York
    University, USA) 
    *	Martin Dörr (Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Heraklion,
    *	Carola Eschenbach (Department for Informatics, University of
    Hamburg, Germany) 
    *	Christiane Fellbaum (Cognitive Science Laboratory, Princeton
    University, USA and Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and
    Humanities, Berlin, Germany) 
    *	Antony Galton (School of Engineering and Computer Science,
    University of Exeter, UK) 
    *	Aldo Gangemi (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Roma,
    *	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) 
    *	Eduard Hovy (University of Southern California, USA) 
    *	Ingvar Johansson (Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical
    Information Science, University of Saarbrücken, Germany) 
    *	Werner Kuhn (IFGI, Muenster) 
    *	Fritz Lehmann (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) 
    *	Chris Menzel (Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University,
    *	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) 
    *	Leo Obrst (The MITRE Corporation, USA) 
    *	Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts, USA) 
    *	Massimo Poesio (Department of Computer Science, University of
    Essex, UK) 
    *	Ian Pratt-Hartmann (Department of Computer Science, University
    of Manchester, UK) 
    *	James Pustejovsky (Department of Computer Science, Brandeis
    University, USA) 
    *	David Randell (Imperial College London, UK) 
    *	Robert Rynasiewicz (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
    *	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) 
    *	Veda Storey (Department of Computer Information Systems,
    Georgia State University, USA) 
    *	Richmond Thomason (University of Michigan, USA) 
    *	Mike Uschold (The Boeing Company, USA) 
    *	Achille Varzi (Department of Philosophy, Columbia University,
    *	Laure Vieu (Research Institute for Computer Science, CNRS,
    Toulouse, France) 
    *	Chris Welty (IBM Watson Research Center, USA) 
    Dr. Leo Obrst       The MITRE Corporation, Information Semantics    Center for Innovative Computing & Informatics 
    Voice: 703-983-6770 7515 Colshire Drive, M/S H305 
    Fax: 703-983-1379   McLean, VA 22102-7508, USA 

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