Sixth International Conference on
Formal Ontology in Information Systems
(co-located with KR 2010)
F I N A L C A L L F O R P A P E R S
The FOIS conference series began with the first meeting in Trento, Italy, in June 1998, which was followed by meetings in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008. The sixth FOIS conference will be held in Toronto, Canada, during 11-14 May 2010, and we are now calling for papers to be considered for inclusion in the conference.
Ontology began life in ancient times as a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry concerned with the analysis and categorisation of what exists. In recent years, the subject has taken a practical turn with the advent of complex computerised information systems which are reliant on robust and coherent representations of their subject matter. The systematisation and elaboration of such representations and their associated reasoning techniques constitute the modern discipline of formal ontology, which is now being applied to such diverse domains as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, bioinformatics, GIS, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and the Semantic Web. Researchers in all these areas are becoming increasingly aware of the need for serious engagement with ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations making up their respective domains of enquiry, to provide a solid foundation for their work.
FOIS is intended to provide a meeting point for researchers from these and other disciplines with an interest in formal ontology, where both theoretical issues and concrete applications can be explored in a spirit of genuine interdisciplinarity.
Conference chair: Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Program chairs: Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan) Local organisation: Chris Welty (IBM Research, Hawthorne, NY, USA)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
The FOIS conference series is now an official initiative of the newly established International Association for Ontology and its Applications (www.iaoa.org).
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 artefacts, functions and roles * 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 * Ontology-based application systems * Requirements engineering * Knowledge engineering * Knowledge management and organization * Knowledge representation; Qualitative modeling * Computational lexicons; 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
Submissions: 31 October 2009 Notification of acceptance: 18 December 2009 Final camera-ready submission: 15 January 2010 Conference: 11-14 May 2010
Submitted papers must not exceed 14 pages, including the bibliography and an abstract of no more than 300 words.
Papers should be submitted electronically as PDF files prepared in accordance with the IOS formatting guidelines available from http://www.iospress.nl/authco/instruction_crc.html. Submissions should be made via Easychair at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fois2010.
Proceedings will be published by IOS Press and will be available at the time of the conference. Please note that at least one author must register for the conference in order for an accepted paper to be published in the proceedings.
Bill Andersen (Ontology Works, Inc., USA) John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany) Brandon Bennett (University of Leeds, UK) Stefano Borgo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy) Joost Breuker (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Paul Buitelaar (National University of Ireland, Galway) Roberto Casati CNRS-EHSS, Paris, France) Werner Ceusters (University of Buffalo, USA) Matteo Cristani (University of Verona, Italy) Ernest Davis (New York University, USA) Maureen Donnelly (University of Buffalo, USA) Martin Dörr (Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece) Carola Eschenbach (University of Hamburg, Germany) Jérôme Euzenat (INRIA, Grenoble, France) Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA) Roberto Ferrario (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy) Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK) Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy) Pierdaniele Giaretta (University of Verona, Italy) Pierre Grenon (Open University) Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada) Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy) Udo Hahn (Jena University, Germany) Jerry Hobbs (University of Southern California, USA) Ken Kaneiwa (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kyoto, Japan) Werner Kuhn (University of Münster, Germany) Terry Langendoen (University of Arizona, USA) Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy) Leonardo Lesmo (University of Torino, Italy)) Claudio Masolo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy) William McCarthy (Michigan State University, USA) Chris Menzel (Texas A&M University, USA) Simon Milton (University of Melbourne, Australia) Riichiro Mizoguchi (University of Osaka, Japan) Philippe Muller (University of Toulouse III, France) John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada) Natasha Noy (Stanford University, USA) Daniel Oberle (SAP Research, CEC Karlsruhe) Leo Obrst (The Mitre Corporation, USA) Maria Teresa Pazienza (University of Rome, Italy) David Randell (University of Birmingham, UK) Alan Rector (University of Manchester, UK) Riccardo Rosati (University of Rome, Italy) Guus Schreiber (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Johanna Seibt (University of Aarhus, Denmark) Michael Sintek (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany) Barry Smith (University of Buffalo, USA) John Sowa (Vivomind Intelligence Inc., USA) John Stell (University of Leeds, UK) Veda Storey (Georgia State University, USA) Achille Varzi (Columbia University, New York, USA) Laure Vieu (CNRS-IRIT, Toulouse, France) Chris Welty (IBM Research, Hawthorne, USA)