(DBWORLD) CFP: Formal Ontology in Information Systems



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Hannu Kangassalo (hk@cs.uta.fi)
Mon, 8 Jan 2001 18:22:28 +0200


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FORMAL ONTOLOGY IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOIS-2001 October 17-19, 2001 Ogunquit, Maine Sponsored by ACM http://www.fois.org/ Paper Submission Deadline: April 11, 2001 Research on ontology is becoming increasingly widespread in the computer science community. Its importance has been recognized in fields as diverse as e-commerce, enterprise and information integration, qualitative modelling of physical systems, natural language processing, knowledge engineering, database design, geographic information science, libraries, and intelligent information access. Insights in this field have potential impact on the whole area of information systems. In order to provide a solid general foundation for this work, it is important to focus on the common scientific principles and open problems arising from current tools, methodologies, and applications of ontology. We envision FOIS to be a unique gathering whose essential character is strongly interdisciplinary, and truly unlike any other conference. The program committee includes representatives of three broad disciplines: computer and information science, philosophy, and linguistics, and includes researchers from sub-areas as diverse as formal ontology, knowledge engineering, logic, database design, natural language processing, library science, knowledge representation, descriptive metaphysics, and geographic information systems. Although the primary focus of the conference is on theoretical issues, methodological proposals as well as papers dealing with concrete applications from a well-founded theoretical perspective are welcome. We also encourage those interested in top-level ontologies, web and e-commerce content standards, and enterprise modeling to participate. This is the second conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems, following the first FOIS, held in Trento, Italy in 1998. The conference will be held in the beautiful Cliff House, an Inn in the finest New England style that has been in operation since 1872. The Cliff House is located on Bald Head Cliff, Maine, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The timing of the conference should put us there during the prime Autumn season, when the leaves will be changing colors. Conference attendees will have a free afternoon to chat with colleagues and enjoy the 72 Acres (30 hectares) of ocean front scenery. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Papers Papers will be peer reviewed by three members of the program committee. Reviews of papers will typically be handled by at least one person outside the primary field of the authors, in order to encourage a diversity of remarks. Papers should be 10 pages or less, and submitted in electronic form on A4 or US Letter size paper. PDF submissions are preferred. Authors not able to submit electronically must submit five copies of their paper to the address below by April 11, 2001: Chris Welty Vassar College Computer Science Dept. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 USA +1-914-437-5992 Fax copies will not be accepted. Authors submitting papers electronically must submit a plain text abstract by April 11, 2001, and their final papers by April 17. Electronic submissions will be collected on the FOIS-2001 web page, http://www.fois.org/ Topics 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 out of scope. Topics of particular interest to the conference are: THEORETICAL ISSUES APPLICATION AREAS * Foundations: mereology, * Knowledge organization, constitution, identity, integration and standardization integrity, dependence, * Intelligent information access causality, vagueness, * B2C and B2B e-commerce granularity * Information systems design * Kinds of entity: particulars vs. * Knowledge engineering universals, continuants vs. * Conceptual modelling occurrents, abstracta vs. * Qualitative modelling concreta, attributes, relations, * Lexical semantics qualities, quantities, events, * Terminology integration tropes or moments, states, * Product knowledge integration situations, environments * Geographic information systems * Matter, space, time, motion, * Legal information systems change Business information systems * Natural kinds, organisms, artifacts * The ontology of social reality: legal and administrative entities, artistic expressions * The ontology of information, information processing, and software products * Cognitive foundations of ontologies, elicited ontologies, cross-cultural ontologies Kinds of ontology: top-level ontologies, domain ontologies, task ontologies, application ontologies TOOLS AND METHODOLOGIES * Ontological and linguistic instruments for conceptual analysis * Methodologies for ontology development, maintenance, and integration DEADLINES PROCEEDINGS Electronic Abstracts: April 11, 2001 The proceedings will probably be Final Submission: April 17, 2001 published, as in 1998, in the IOS-Press (Amsterdam) bookseries "Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applcations" and it will be distributed to registered participants. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CONFERENCE CHAIR PROGRAM CHAIRS Nicola Guarino Chris Welty Barry Smith National Research Vassar College Computer Seminar Philosophie, Council, LADSEB-CNR Science Department Universitaat Koblenz, Corso Stati Uniti, 4 Poughkeepsie, NY Rheinau I-35127 Padova 12604-0462 56075 Koblenz Italy USA Germany e-mail: guarino@ladseb.pd.cnr.it weltyc@cs.vassar.edu phismith@buffalo.edu Local Arrangements: Publicity: James Pustejovsky Bill Andersen Department of Computer Science and Chief Technology Officer - Ontology Works Volen Center for Complex Systems 1130 Annapolis Road, Suite 203 Brandeis University Odenton, MD 21113 Waltham, MA 02254 PROGRAM COMMITTEE: * Paul Buitelaar (Language Technology, DFKI, Germany) * Tony Cohn (Division of Artificial Intelligence, Univ. of Leeds, UK) * Robert Colomb (School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia) * Ernest Davis (Deptartment of Computer Science, New York University, USA) * Randall Dipert (Dept. of Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo, USA) * Carola Eschenbach (Department for Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany) * Andrew Frank (Insitute of Geoinformation, Technical University Vienna, Austria) * Antony Galton (School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Exeter, UK) * Aldo Gangemi (ITBM-CNR, Italy) * Pierdaniele Giaretta (Dept. of Philosophy, Univ. Padua, Italy) * Wolfgang Grassl (Department of Economics and Business, Hillsdale College, USA) * Mike Gruninger (Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Univ. of Toronto, Canada) * Nicola Guarino (LADSEB-CNR, National Research Council, Padova, Italy) * Patrick J. Hayes (Inst. for Human and Machine Cognition, Univ. of West Florida, USA) * Heinrich Herre (Institut fuer Informatik, Universitaet Leipzig, Germany) * Graeme Hirst (Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada) * Ed Hovy (USC/ISI, Los Angeles, USA) * Hannu Kangassalo (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland) * Fritz Lehmann (CYCorp, Austin, Texas, USA) * William E. McCarthy (Department of Accounting, Michigan State University, USA) * Deborah McGuinness (Knowledge Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, USA) * Robert Meersman (Department of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium) * Chris Menzel (Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, USA) * Kevin Mulligan (Deptartment of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland) * John Mylopoulos (Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada) * Sergei Nirenburg (Computing Research Lab., New Mexico State Univ., USA) * James Pustejovsky (Department of Computer Science, Brandeis University, USA) * Peter Simons (School of Philosophy, Univ. of Leeds, UK and Ontek Corp., USA) * Barry Smith (Seminar Philosophie, Universitaat Koblenz, Germany) * Dagobert Soergel (College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, USA) * Veda Storey (Georgia State University, USA) * Austin Tate (Univ. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) * Mike Uschold (The Boeing Company, USA) * Reind Van De Riet (Department of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands) * Achille Varzi (Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA) * Laure Vieu (IRIT - CNRS, Toulouse, France) * Piek Vossen (SAIL Labs, Belgium) * Chris Welty (Department of Computer Science, Vassar College, New York, USA) * Roel Wieringa (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Vrije Univ., The Netherlands) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- To subscribe or unsubscribe yourself from dbworld, send a msg to majordomo@cs.wisc.edu with one of these lines: subscribe dbworld OR unsubscribe dbworld To find out more options send a msg with the line: help To post messages, go to URL www.cs.wisc.edu/dbworld --------------------------------------------------------------------------


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