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[protege-discussion] CFP - FOIS08: 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

Paul Buitelaar paulb at
Thu Jan 10 09:26:29 PST 2008

**** The 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information 
**** October 31st - November 3rd, 2008
**** DFKI - Saarbrücken, Germany

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.

Conference Chair
*  Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Program Chairs
*  Carola Eschenbach (University of Hamburg, Germany)
*  Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Local Organization: DFKI - Competence Center Semantic Web 
*  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  
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: Biomedical science, 
eBusiness, Enterprise integration, Geography, Law, Library science, 

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, 
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, 
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, 
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, 
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, 
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, 
Chris Welty (IBM Watson Research Center, USA)

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