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LINGUIST List 24.3394

Thu Aug 29 2013

Calls: Computational Ling, Text/Corpus Ling, Lexicography/Brazil

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Aug-2013
From: Janna Hastings <hastingsebi.ac.uk>
Subject: 8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
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Full Title: 8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Short Title: FOIS 2014

Date: 22-Sep-2014 - 25-Sep-2014
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Contact Person: Janna Hastings
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://fois2014.inf.ufes.br/p/home.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 03-Mar-2014

Meeting Description:

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 2014 is intended as a nexus of interdisciplinary research and communication.

The FOIS conference series began with the first meeting in Trento, Italy in June 1998 followed by meetings in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The eighth FOIS conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September 22-25.

FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA), 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.

Call for Papers:


FOIS is a growing conference, and the 2014 edition will add a number of new facets, including

- a formal ontology competition,
- an open call for workshops, and
- an early career symposium.

It will moreover be directly preceded by the Second Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis, to be held in Vitoria, Brazil, between September 15-19.

Scope of FOIS – Topics of Interest:

We seek high-quality papers on a wide range of topics. Concerning scope, an ideal FOIS paper will address both content-related ontological issues and their formal modeling, as well as their impact and relevance for some aspects of information systems.

Areas of particular interest to the conference include the following:

Foundational Issues:

- Kinds of entities: particulars/universals, continuants/occurrents, abstracta/concreta, dependent entities/independent entities, natural objects/artifacts
- Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence, constitution, causality, subsumption, instantiation
- Vagueness and granularity
- Space, time, and change

Methodological Issues:

- Role of reference ontologies
- Top-level vs. domain-specific ontologies
- Relationship with cognition, language and semantics
- Formal comparison among ontologies
- Ontology integration and alignment

Domain-specific Ontologies:

- Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, etc.)
- Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells, organisms, etc.)
- Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions, emotions, percepts, etc.)
- Ontology of artifacts, functions and roles
- Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, social relationships, artistic expressions, languages, etc.)


- Ontology-driven information systems design
- Ontological foundations for conceptual modeling
- Knowledge management
- Qualitative modeling
- Computational linguistics
- Information retrieval
- Semantic Web, Web services
- Business modeling
- Ontologies for particular scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, geography, physics, cognitive sciences, linguistics etc.)
- Ontologies for engineering: shape, form and function, artifacts, manufacturing, design, architecture, etc.
- Ontologies for the humanities: arts, cultural studies, history, law, literature, philosophy, etc.

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: March 3, 2014
Notification: May 5, 2014
Camera-ready papers: June 30, 2014
Conference dates: September 22-25, 2014

Submission Guidelines:

Submitted papers must not exceed 14 pages (including the bibliography) and include an abstract of no more than 300 words. Papers should be submitted non-anonymously and be prepared in PDF format in accordance with the IOS formatting guidelines found at:


The Easychair submission page can be found at:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fois2014 (Select the track 'Research Paper')

As with previous FOIS conferences, the proceedings will be published as a volume in the IOS Press series 'Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications'.

Conference Organisation:

General Chair:

Laure Vieu (CNRS, France)

Program Chairs:

Pawel Garbacz (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Oliver Kutz (University of Bremen, Germany)

Local Organization:

Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo Brazil)
Renato Rocha Souza (FGV, Brazil)


Robert Hoehndorf (University of Cambridge, UK)

Ontology Competition:

Till Mossakowski (DFKI Bremen and University of Bremen, Germany)

Early Career Symposium:

Marion Haemmerli (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Torsten Hahmann (University of Toronto, Canada)
Claudio Masolo (ISTC-CNR, Italy)


Janna Hastings (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)
Fernanda Baiao (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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