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LINGUIST List 23.1323

Thu Mar 15 2012

Calls: Computational Ling, Cognitive Sci, Semantics/Austria

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Date: 15-Mar-2012
From: Frank Loebe <frank.loebeinformatik.uni-leipzig.de>
Subject: Formal Ontology in Information Systems 2012
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Full Title: Formal Ontology in Information Systems 2012
Short Title: FOIS 2012

Date: 24-Jul-2012 - 27-Jul-2012
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Michael Gr√ľninger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://purl.org/icbofois2012

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

Call Deadline: 01-May-2012

Meeting Description:

7th International Conference on Formal Ontologies in Information Systems (FOIS 2012)
July 24-27, 2012 in Graz, Austria
Held together with the
3rd International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2012)

Ontology, originally a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry, is concerned with the analysis and categorization of what exists. In recent years, however, a complementary focus of ontological inquiry gained significant momentum fueled by the advent of complex information systems which rely on robust and coherent representations of their subject matter. The systematic study of such representations, their reasoning techniques and their relations to reality, are at the center of the modern discipline of formal ontology.

Formal ontology in this modern sense is now a research focus in such diverse domains as conceptual modeling, database design, software engineering, organizational modeling, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, the life sciences, bioinformatics, geographic information science, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and the semantic web. Researchers in all these areas increasingly recognize 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, in providing a solid foundation for their work.

The FOIS conference is designed to provide a meeting point for researchers from all disciplines with an interest in formal ontology. The conference encourages submission of high quality articles on both theoretical issues and concrete applications. As in previous years, FOIS 2012 is intended as a nexus of interdisciplinary research and communication [1].

The FOIS conference series [2] began with the first meeting in Trento, Italy in June 1998 followed by meetings in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. The 7th FOIS conference will be held in Graz, Austria July 24-27, 2012, in conjunction with the third International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2012) [1].

FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) [3], which is a non-profit organization the purpose of which is to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general.

Keynote Speakers:

Steven R. Ray (Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, California, USA)
Laure Vieu (CNRS-IRIT, Toulouse, France)
Edward N. Zalta (Stanford University, California, USA)

Call for Posters:

FOIS 2012 of Young Scientists


Submission of posters of Young Scientists: May 1, 2012
Early registration deadline for FOIS 2012: April 15, 2012
Travel grant application deadline: April 8, 2012
Regular registration: June 30, 2012
Late registration: July 27, 2012

Researchers in diverse areas increasingly recognize 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, in providing a solid foundation for their work. Among these areas there are:

- Conceptual modeling
- Database design
- Software engineering
- Organizational modeling
- Artificial intelligence
- Computational linguistics
- The life sciences
- Bioinformatics
- Geographic information science
- Knowledge engineering
- Information retrieval, and
- Semantic Web

Poster Session (Submissions by Young Scientists only!):

The poster session at FOIS 2012 will 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.

As this poster session is particularly intended to provide an opportunity for young ontologists to disseminate, and obtain feedback on, their work, submission is restricted to students who are working towards a postgraduate qualification (Master's or Ph.D.).

The selection of poster contributions will pay specific attention to their relevance to the topics of FOIS 2012.

Topics of Interest:

Topic areas of interest include in particular:

Foundational Issues:

- Kinds of entity: particulars/universals, continuants/occurrents, abstracta/concreta, dependent/independent entities, natural objects/artifacts
- 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, etc.)
- Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells, organisms, etc.)
- Ontology of artifacts, functions and roles
- Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions, emotions, etc.)
- Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, social relationships, artistic expressions, etc.)
- Ontology of the information society (information, communication, meaning negotiation, etc.)
- 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
- Ontological foundations for conceptual modeling
- 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: Biomedical science, E-business, Enterprise integration, Engineering, Geography, Law, Library science, Linguistics, etc.

We encourage graduate students to submit posters to FOIS 2012.

Important Dates:

Poster submission: May 1, 2012
Poster notification: June 1, 2012
Final poster submission: June 25, 2012
Electronic publication: July 10, 2012

Poster presenters must register for the conference, please see [4, 5] for applicable rates.

Author Instructions for Posters:

Poster submission should consist of:

1. An electronic copy of the poster itself (for printing at A2 size), preferably in PDF format, and
2. A cover letter giving the author's contact details and a statement of current status, including the year of expected graduation at the PhD or Master's level.

All poster submissions should have the subject line 'FOIS poster' and should be mailed to:

[6] fois2012easychair.org

Accepted posters will be published electronically and made available via the conference web page [1].

Travel Funding:

A limited number of travel grants may become available. Interested applicants should contact Ludger Jansen [7] for further information until April 8, 2012.

Prospective applications are possible (e.g., prior to poster submission).

Conference Organisation:

Conference Chair:

Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)

Program Chairs:

Maureen Donnelly (University at Buffalo, USA)
Giancarlo Guizzardi (Fed. Univ. of Espírito Santo, Brazil)

Local Organization:

Stefan Schulz (Graz University, Austria)

For the FOIS programme committee, please see the FOIS 2012 website [1].

Related Opportunities:

Young scientists may also take into account the following.

1. Early Career Symposium (ECS; joint part of ICBO and FOIS) [8]

Extended abstracts can be submitted by April 15, 2012 (also in parallel to a FOIS poster). Accepted abstracts are presented as short talks.

2. First Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis [9]

Organized by IAOA [3] during Jul 16-20, 2012, in Trento, Italy, just the week before the FOIS conference in Graz, Austria.


[1] http://purl.org/icbofois2012
FOIS and ICBO 2012 website

[2] http://www.formalontology.org/
FOIS conference series

[3] http://www.iaoa.org
International Association for Ontology and Its Applications

[4] http://www.kr-med.org/icbofois2012/registration.htm
FOIS registration page

[5] http://www.kr-med.org/icbofois2012/graph/rates.png
ICBO/FOIS registration rates overview

[6] mail to: fois2012easychair.org
Submission address for FOIS posters of young scientists

[7] http://www.iph.uni-rostock.de/Vita-Jansen.22.0.html
Homepage of Ludger Jansen (with email address)

[8] http://www.kr-med.org/icbofois2012/doccons.htm
Joint ICBO/FOIS Early Carreer Symposium

[9] http://iaoa.org/isc2012/index.php
Website of the First Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis

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