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[protege-discussion] FOIS08 deadline extension for Poster Submission - September 21, 2008

Paul Buitelaar paulb at
Wed Sep 3 09:18:59 PDT 2008

[Apologies for multiple copies.]
[Please forward this information to young scientists (master students, 
PhD students) who might be interested in playing an active role at FOIS 

**** NEW Deadline for poster submissions: ** September 21, 2008 **
**** The 5th International Conference
**** on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
**** October 31st - November 3rd, 2008
**** Saarbrücken, Germany
**** DFKI, Competence Center Semantic Web

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 (Reinvent Technology, USA)
*  York Sure (SAP Research, Germany)

Poster Session
The poster session at FOIS 2008 shall give young scientists the  
opportunity to present their current work related to formal ontology in 
information systems and discuss their approach, results, problems and 
methods with the other participants of the conference. The  selection of 
poster contributions will be based on submitted research papers and pay 
specific attention to their relevance to the topics of FOIS 2008.

The poster proceedings compiled from the contributions will be published 
electronically and made available via the conference web page.

Important Dates and Further Information
*  Poster Submissions: September 21, 2008 - extended
*  Application/Industry Session Submission: September 21, 2008
*  Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2008
*  Submission of camera-ready poster papers: October 5, 2008
*  Electronic publication of poster proceedings: October 20, 2008
*  Conference: October 31 - November 3, 2008

Submitted poster presentations must not exceed 6 pages (including  
bibliography). They should be submitted electronically in the form of a 
pdf-file (formatted according to the IOS paper guidelines to be mailed to 
fois08 at
Further information will be provided on the conference web page:

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 contributions 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. 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, 

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