Call For Participation: FOIS 2006 - International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems, Nov. 9-11, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Call For Participation: FOIS 2006 - International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems, Nov. 9-11, Baltimore, MD, USA

Obrst, Leo J.

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Call for Participation

FOIS-2006

International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

November 9-11, 2006
Baltimore, Maryland (USA)

November 8, 2006: Co-located Workshop: Biomedical Ontology in Action (separate registration required).

Early registration is through October 9, 2006.

Late registration will begin October 10, 2006.

The conference hotel is: Inn at The Colonnade. The Inn at the Colonnade is right off the John Hopkins University campus, about a 5-10 min walk from the conference location, the new Charles Commons facility.

To register for FOIS 2006, please enter the appropriate information at the registration website.


Conference Description

Since ancient times, ontology, the analysis and categorisation of what exists, has been fundamental to philosophical enquiry. But, until recently, ontology has been seen as an abstract, purely theoretical discipline, far removed from the practical applications of science. However, with the increasing use of sophisticated computerised information systems, solving problems of an ontological nature is now key to the effective use of technologies supporting a wide range of human activities. The ship of Theseus and the tail of Tibbles the cat are no longer merely amusing puzzles. We employ databases and software applications to deal with everything from ships and ship building to anatomy and amputations. When we design a computer to take stock of a ship yard or check that all goes well at the veterinary hospital, we need to ensure that our system operates in a consistent and reliable way even when manipulating information that involves subtle issues of semantics and identity. So, whereas ontologists may once have shied away from practical problems, now the practicalities of achieving cohesion in an information-based society demand that attention must be paid to ontology.

 

Researchers in such areas as artificial intelligence, formal and computational linguistics, biomedical informatics, conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering and information retrieval have come to realise that a solid foundation for their research calls for serious work in ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations that make up their respective domains of inquiry. In all these areas, attention is now being focused on the content of information rather than on just the formats and languages used to represent information. The clearest example of this development is provided by the many initiatives growing up around the project of the Semantic Web. And, as the need for integrating research in these different fields arises, so does the realisation that strong principles for building well-founded ontologies might provide significant advantages over ad hoc, case-based solutions. The tools of formal ontology address precisely these needs, but a real effort is required in order to apply such philosophical tools to the domain of information systems. Reciprocally, research in the information sciences raises specific ontological questions which call for further philosophical investigations.

 

The purpose of FOIS is to provide a forum for genuine interdisciplinary exchange in the spirit of a unified effort towards solving the problems of ontology, with an eye to both theoretical issues and concrete applications.


Organizing Committee

Program Chairs
Brandon Bennett (University of Leeds, UK) [hidden email]
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA and Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany) [hidden email]

Conference Chair
Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
[hidden email]

Local Chair
Bill Andersen (Ontology Works, USA) [hidden email]

Publicity Chair
Leo Obrst (The MITRE Corporation, USA) [hidden email]


Important Dates

Early registration is through October 9, 2006.

Late registration will begin October 10, 2006.
FOIS-06 Conference: November 9-11, 2006

 


Programme Committee

  • Bill Andersen (Ontology Works, USA)
  • Nicholas Asher (Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (Research Institute for Computer Science, CNRS, Toulouse, France)
  • John Bateman (Department of Applied English Linguistics, University of Bremen, Germany)
  • Brandon Bennett (School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK)
  • Stefano Borgo (Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy)
  • Joost Breuker (Leibniz Center for Law, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Roberto Casati (Jean Nicod Institute, CNRS, Paris, France)
  • Werner Ceusters (New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo)
  • Tony Cohn (School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK)
  • Matteo Cristani (University of Verona, Italy)
  • Ernest Davis (Department of Computer Science, New York University, USA)
  • Martin Dörr (Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Heraklion, Greece)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Eduard Hovy (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Ingvar Johansson (Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, University of Saarbrücken, Germany)
  • Werner Kuhn (IFGI, Muenster)
  • Fritz Lehmann (USA)
  • Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • Leonardo Lesmo (Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy)
  • Bernardo Magnini (Centre for Scientific and Technological Research, ITC, Trento, Italy)
  • David Mark (Department of Geography, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA)
  • 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)
  • Leo Obrst (The MITRE Corporation, USA)
  • Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Massimo Poesio (Department of Computer Science, University of Essex, UK)
  • Ian Pratt-Hartmann (Department of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK)
  • James Pustejovsky (Department of Computer Science, Brandeis University, USA)
  • David Randell (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Robert Rynasiewicz (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • 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)
  • Veda Storey (Department of Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University, USA)
  • Richmond Thomason (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Mike Uschold (The Boeing Company, USA)
  • 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)

Co-located Workshop: Biomedical Ontology in Action.

November 8, 2006, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Workshop organized by the National Center for Ontology Research (NCOR) and the Working Group on Formal (Bio-)Medical Knowledge Representation of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

 

Co-located with FOIS 2006.

 

Please note that this workshop requires separate registration and separate payment of the Workshop fees at the above site.


Registration

Academic:

Early: $250

Late: $300

Onsite: $350

 

Corporate / Government

Early $300

Late: $400

Onsite: $450

 

Student:

Early: $50

Late: $75

Onsite: $100

 

Early registration is through October 9, 2006.

Late registration will begin October 10, 2006.

 

To register for FOIS 2006, please enter the appropriate information at the registration website.

 


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