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LINGUIST List 19.12

Mon Jan 07 2008

Calls: Semantics/Germany; Applied Ling,Discourse Analysis/Japan

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        1.    Carola Eschenbach, 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
        2.    Hidetosi Sirai, Japanese Society for Language Sciences 2008

Message 1: 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Date: 03-Jan-2008
From: Carola Eschenbach <eschenbachinformatik.uni-hamburg.de>
Subject: 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
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Full Title: 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Short Title: FOIS-08

Date: 31-Oct-2008 - 03-Nov-2008
Location: Saarbruecken, Germany
Contact Person: Carola Eschenbach
Meeting Email: eschenbachinformatik.uni-hamburg.de
Web Site: http://fois08.dfki.de

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 24-Apr-2008

Meeting 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

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.

FOIS 2008 Call for Papers

The 5th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
October 31st - November 3rd, 2008
Saarbrücken, Germany
DFKI, Competence Center Semantic Web

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 page:

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 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 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, Linguistics, ...

Programme Committee

Bill Andersen (Ontology Works, USA)
John Bateman (Department of Applied English Linguistics, University of Bremen,
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 Netherlands)
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, Germany)
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, Italy)
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, Italy)
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, Canada)
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, USA)
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, France)
Chris Welty (IBM Watson Research Center, USA)
Message 2: Japanese Society for Language Sciences 2008
Date: 22-Dec-2007
From: Hidetosi Sirai <siraisist.chukyo-u.ac.jp>
Subject: Japanese Society for Language Sciences 2008
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Full Title: Japanese Society for Language Sciences 2008
Short Title: JSLS2008

Date: 12-Jul-2008 - 13-Jul-2008
Location: Shizuoka, Japan
Contact Person: Kei Nakamura
Meeting Email: keiaya.yale.edu
Web Site: http://aimee.gsid.nagoya-u.ac.jp/jsls2008/wiki.cgi?page=JSLS2008English

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language
Acquisition; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

Call For Papers for Japanese Society for Language Sciences 10th Annual
International Conference (JSLS2008)

The Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS) invites proposals for our
Tenth Annual International Conference, JSLS 2008. JSLS2008 will be held at the
University of Shizuoka, in Shizuoka, Japan. We welcome proposals for oral
presentations and poster presentations. Our plenary speaker will be Dr. Bernard
Comrie (Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology).


The Japanese Society for Language Sciences aims ''to promote the language
sciences and contribute to a better understanding of the human mind through
theoretical and experimental research on language'' (Article 2, JSLS
Regulations). The scope of this endeavor covers a wide area, including
linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), first
language acquisition, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language
production, mother tongue education, foreign language instruction, natural
language processing, brain science, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, discourse
research, and linguistic philosophy, among others. This society hopes that
researchers working on these widely diverse topics reach beyond their own areas
of specialization by supporting the active exchange of opinions and ideas
between researchers working in related fields.

Qualifications for Presenters

All presenters should be members of JSLS by June 1st, 2008. (It is not necessary
for co-presenters to be members, but they must be registered for the conference
if they plan to attend.) Please refer to the following website for membership
Papers published or presented elsewhere should not be submitted and will not be
accepted. Each author is only allowed to submit one proposal as the first
author. Each paper presentation will be 25 minutes in length (20 minutes for
presentation, followed by a 5-minute question & answer period). The presentation
of posters will be 90 minutes. The language of presentation can be either
Japanese or English.

Please visit http://aimee.gsid.nagoya-u.ac.jp/jsls2008/wiki.cgi?page=Call+for+Papers
for more information.

JSLS2008 Conference Committee Chairperson
Yasushi Terao (University of Shizuoka)

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