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LINGUIST List 21.1818

Thu Apr 15 2010

Confs: Philosophy of Lang, Semantics, Comp Ling/Canada

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        1.    Leo Obrst, Formal Ontology in Information Systems

Message 1: Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Date: 14-Apr-2010
From: Leo Obrst <lobrstmitre.org>
Subject: Formal Ontology in Information Systems
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Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Short Title: FOIS

Date: 11-May-2010 - 14-May-2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact: Michael Gruninger
Contact Email: gruningermie.utoronto.ca
Meeting URL: http://fois2010.mie.utoronto.ca/

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Meeting Description:

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.

Call for Participation:

Please join us for the Sixth International Conference on Formal Ontology in
Information Systems (FOIS 2010), to be held May 11-14, 2010 at The Sutton Place
Hotel, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

To register, please visit the online registration and information page:

http://www.aaai.org/Forms/torontoregistration-form.php

FOIS 2010 will be co-located with AAMAS, ICAPS, KR, and NMR. Options for
cross-registration are available.

FOIS is intended to provide a meeting point for researchers with an interest in
formal ontology, where both theoretical issues and concrete applications can be
explored in a spirit of genuine interdisciplinarity. The FOIS 2010 program will
feature invited talks by John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany), Alan
Rector (University of Manchester, UK), and Francis Jeffry Pelletier (Simon
Fraser University, Canada), as well as two workshops on Modular Ontologies and
Ontology Education.

For complete conference information, please see:

http://fois2010.mie.utoronto.ca/

For inquiries regarding registration, please write to AAAI at:

toronto10aaai.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Toronto this May!

The FOIS 2010 Conference Committee
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