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Category:   E-CFP
Subject:   Special issue on Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents
Email:   fomi_(on)_loa-cnr.it
Date received:   20 Sep 2006
Deadline:   20 Dec 2006

****************************** CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS ****************************************************************************************** Following FOCA, workshop held at ESSLLI from July 31 to August 4, 2006 (http://www.loa-cnr.it/esslli06/): Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents, special issue for the journal Applied Ontology (http://www.applied-ontology.org/) ****************************************************************************************** GUEST EDITORS OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE: Roberta Ferrario (ferrario at loa-cnr.it) Laurent Prevot (prevotlaurent at gate.sinica.edu.tw) ****************************************************************************************** PURPOSE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE : Following the workshop "Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents" that took place within the last ESSLLI summer school in Malaga, we would like to invite contributions for a special issue of the international journal ''Applied Ontology''. We especially invite the authors of the paper presented at FOCA 2006 to submit an extended version of their contribution. However, anyone is invited to submit a relevant contribution for the topic of the special issue described below. ***************************************************************************************** DESCRIPTION: In recent years lots of efforts have been devoted to formal studies of human and artificial agent communication. Research advancements have been achieved along three main lines: (i) agent's internal states and dynamics, (ii) social interaction and conventional communicative patterns, (iii) semantics-pragmatics interface - especially in the dialogue context (i.e. the interplay between the semantic content of messages and the communicative acts themselves). There is a recent trend of studies trying to integrate these approaches in many ways. On the other hand, formal ontology has been consecrated as a good solution for comparing and integrating information and thus its application to this specific domain is very promising . More precisely, an ontological analysis of the fundamental ingredients of interaction and communication will make explicit the hidden ontological assumptions underlying all these proposals. Ontology has also proven to be a very powerful means to address issues related to the exchange of meaningful communication across autonomous entities, which can organize and use information heterogeneously. The purpose of this special issue is therefore to gather contributions that (i) take seriously into account the ontological aspects of communication and interaction and (ii) use formal ontologies for achieving a better semantic coordination between interacting and communicating agents. **************************************************************************************** MAIN TOPICS: We encourage contributions concerning the two main areas listed below with a particular attention to explore the interplay between ontological analysis and its applications in practical cases. * Ontological aspects of interaction and communication - Ontological analysis of interaction and communication - Studies on the structure and coherence of interaction - Logical models for communicative acts - Primitives of interaction and communication - Formal semantics of dialogue (dealing with ontological issues) *Semantic coordination through formal ontologies - Dialogue semantics and formal ontology - Dynamic ontology sharing - Ontological primitives for meaning negotiation, ontological alignment and semantic interoperability - Ontology evolution through communication - Concrete problems and experiences in terminological disambiguation and integration ***************************************************************************************** ABOUT THE JOURNAL: Although a formal contribution is not an absolute requirement for contributing to Applied Ontology, the contributors should keep in mind the aim and scope of Applied Ontology, an interdisciplinary journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling. Applied Ontology is a new journal whose focus is on information content in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge structures. Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the realm of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary duplication with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors will be encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to those outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review process will be tailored to this end. For example, authors of theoretical contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of their theory for applications, while authors of more technological papers will be encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded theoretical perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers focusing on representation languages or algorithms only where these address relevant content issues, whether at the level of practical application or of theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish descriptions of tools or implemented systems only where a contribution to the practice of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is clearly established. ****************************************************************************************** SUBMISSION DETAILS: Submissions, that will undergo a peer-reviewing process, must be sent electronically through the journal's website (http://www.applied-ontology.org/) by the deadline listed below. Detailed instructions for authors are available from the same website. ****************************************************************************************** IMPORTANT DATES: Submissions December 20, 2006 Notification February 21, 2007 Camera-ready April 25, 2007 Special Issue Winter 2007 ****************************************************************************************** _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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