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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Call for Papers: Formal Ontology in Information Systems 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From: <hastings_(on)_ebi.ac.uk>
Date received: 29 Aug 2013
Deadline: 03 Mar 2014
Start date: 22 Sep 2014


8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information

FOIS 2014, September 22-25, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Email: fois2014_(at)_gmail.com




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,
formal representations of their subject matter. The systematic
study of such representations, their axiomatics, their
corresponding reasoning techniques and their relations to
cognition and 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, 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 to provide a foundation for their work, where ontology
is understood as a general theory of the types of entities and
relations making up their respective domains of enquiry.

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.

FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association
for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA, website:
http://iaoa.org/), 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.




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.




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

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,

* 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

* Ontologies for engineering: shape, form and function,
  artifacts, manufacturing, design, architecture, etc.

* Ontologies for the humanities: arts, cultural studies, history,
  law, literature, philosophy, etc.




Paper Submission Deadline: March 3, 2014

Notification: May 5, 2014

Camera-ready papers: June 30, 2014

Conference Dates: September, 22-25, 2014




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'.




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)


Janna Hastings

      Email: hastings_(at)_ebi.ac.uk | Tel: +44 (0)1223 494411 | Fax:
      +44 (0)1223 494468

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      Blog: www.bioontology.ch

Coordinator, Cheminformatics and Metabolism, European
Bioinformatics Institute


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