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[protege-discussion] KR-MED 2006 "Biomedical Ontology in Action" - Call for Participation

Olivier Bodenreider olivier at
Thu Oct 19 14:41:21 PDT 2006


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                         Call for Participation

                     Biomedical Ontology in Action

               November 8, 2006, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

                         Workshop organized by
          the National Center for Ontology Research (NCOR) and
   the Working Group on Formal (Bio-)Medical Knowledge Representation
         of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

                       Collocated with FOIS 2006


Tentative program and registration information available at:

For information, please contact: krmed06 at

In recent years, a good deal of attention has been paid to the sorts of
criteria that an ontology must satisfy if it is to ensure true
information integration and automatic reasoning across large-scale
knowledge sources. Formal ontology is now an established field of
research with conferences such as FOIS and organizations such as NCOR.
The biomedical domain is at the leading edge of ontology research, as
illustrated by the recent creation of the National Center for Biomedical
Ontology, a NIH Roadmap center.

Standing on the foundations of biomedical ontologies are the many
applications supported by these ontologies. For example, in health care,
ontologies are an important component of an interoperable health
information technology infrastructure. In biology, ontologies have
become essential for annotating the literature and integrating the
multiple, heterogeneous knowledge bases resulting from the analysis of
high-throughput experiments.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers from a broad range
of fields that are related to formal ontology and medical
informatics. The goal is to show how current research can be brought to
bear on the practical problems associated with the development of
applications supported by these ontologies, i.e., to show biomedical
ontology "in action".


Organizing Committee
* Stefan Schulz (Freiburg University Hospital, Germany)
* Barry Smith (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
* Fabian Neuhaus (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)

Scientific Program Committee
* Olivier Bodenreider (chair, National Library of Medicine, USA)
* Anita Burgun (University of Rennes, France)
* Ronald Cornet (Amsterdam Academic Medical Center, The Netherlands)
* Maureen Donnelly (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
* Aldo Gangemi (ISTC Laboratory of Applied Ontology, Italy)
* Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
* Anand Kumar (IFOMIS, Germany)
* Phillip Lord (University of Newcastle, UK)
* Yves Lussier (University of Chicago, USA)
* Onard Mejino (University of Washington, USA)
* Peter Mork (Mitre Corporation, USA)
* Fabian Neuhaus (National Center for Ontology Research, USA)
* Daniel Rubin (National Center for Biomedical Ontology, USA)
* Stefan Schulz (Freiburg University Hospital, Germany)
* Lowell Vizenor (National Library of Medicine, USA)
* Chris Welty (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA)
* Jennifer Williams (OntologyWorks, USA)



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Telephone: +1 410 235 5400
Fax: +1 410 235 5572

The Inn at the Colonnade is located across from Johns Hopkins University
less than four miles from Baltimore's CBD and historic Inner Harbor, and
only 20 minutes from BWI International Airport.


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