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[protege-discussion] [FOCA-Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents] Call for Contributions, special issue for the journal Applied Ontology

Laurent Prevot prevot at gate.sinica.edu.tw
Wed Oct 4 22:45:17 PDT 2006


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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
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Following FOCA, workshop held at ESSLLI from July 31 to August 4, 2006 
(http://www.loa-cnr.it/esslli06/):


Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents, special issue for the 
journal Applied Ontology (http://www.applied-ontology.org/)

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GUEST EDITORS OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE:

Roberta Ferrario (ferrario at loa-cnr.it)

Laurent Prevot (prevotlaurent at gate.sinica.edu.tw)

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PURPOSE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE :

Following the workshop "Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents"
that took place within the last ESSLLI summer school in Malaga, we would
like to invite contributions for a special issue of the international 
journal ''Applied Ontology''.
We especially invite the authors of the paper presented at FOCA 2006 to 
submit an extended
version of their contribution. However, anyone is invited to submit a 
relevant contribution for the topic of the special issue described below.

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DESCRIPTION:

In recent years lots of efforts have been devoted to formal studies of
human and artificial agent communication. Research advancements have  
been achieved along three main lines: (i) agent's internal states and 
 dynamics, (ii) social interaction and conventional communicative  
patterns, (iii) semantics-pragmatics interface - especially  in the  
dialogue context (i.e. the interplay between the semantic content of  
messages and the communicative acts themselves). There is a recent  
trend of studies trying to integrate these approaches in many ways. On  
the other hand, formal ontology has been consecrated as a good solution  
for comparing and integrating information and thus its application to  
this specific domain is very promising . More precisely, an ontological  
analysis of the fundamental ingredients of interaction and  
communication will make explicit the hidden ontological assumptions  
underlying all these proposals.
Ontology has also proven to be a very powerful means to address issues  
related to the exchange of meaningful communication across autonomous  
entities, which can organize and use information heterogeneously.
The purpose of this special issue is therefore to gather contributions 
that  (i) take seriously into account the ontological aspects of  
communication and interaction and (ii) use formal ontologies for  
achieving a better semantic coordination between interacting and  
communicating agents.

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MAIN TOPICS:

We encourage contributions concerning the two main areas listed below 
 with a particular attention to  explore the interplay between  
ontological analysis and its applications in practical cases.

* Ontological aspects of interaction and communication
   - Ontological analysis of interaction and communication
   - Studies on the structure and coherence of interaction
         - Logical models for communicative acts
   - Primitives of interaction and communication
   - Formal semantics of dialogue (dealing with ontological issues)

* Semantic coordination through formal ontologies
   - Dialogue semantics and formal ontology
   - Dynamic ontology sharing
   - Ontological primitives for meaning negotiation, ontological  
alignment and semantic interoperability
       - Ontology evolution through communication
       - Concrete problems and experiences in terminological 
disambiguation and integration

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ABOUT THE JOURNAL:

Although a formal contribution is not an absolute requirement for 
contributing to Applied Ontology, the contributors should keep in mind 
the aim and scope of Applied Ontology, an interdisciplinary journal of 
Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling.

Applied Ontology is a new journal whose focus is on information content 
in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of 
content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis 
and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate 
the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous 
philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and 
linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various 
analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful 
computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge 
structures.

Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus 
on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an 
interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the realm 
of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary duplication 
with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors will be 
encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to those 
outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review process will 
be tailored to this end. For example, authors of theoretical 
contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of their theory 
for applications, while authors of more technological papers will be 
encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded theoretical 
perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers focusing on 
representation languages or algorithms only where these address relevant 
content issues, whether at the level of practical application or of 
theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish descriptions of 
tools or implemented systems only where a contribution to the practice 
of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is clearly established.

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SUBMISSION DETAILS:

Submissions, that will undergo a peer-reviewing process, must be sent 
electronically through the journal's website 
(http://www.applied-ontology.org/) by the deadline listed below. 
Detailed instructions for authors are available from the same website.

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IMPORTANT DATES:

Submissions        December 20, 2006
Notification         February 21, 2007
Camera-ready     April 25, 2007
Special Issue       Winter 2007

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