[PlanetKR] Subject: [CFP] Ontological Modelling of Socio-Technical Systems, Workshop @ FOIS 2014, Rio de Janeiro

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Fri May 9 21:26:13 EST 2014

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Workshop on Ontological Modelling of Socio-Technical Systems @ FOIS 2014
September 22, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Email: OMSS14 at loa.istc.cnr.it
João-Paulo Almeida (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil)
Socio-Technical Systems (STS) are complex systems that embed human and  
artificial agents, material and institutional artefacts and resources,  
in which agents' behaviour and practices are partly constrained by  
norms. The design and the investigation of the property of STS is a  
challenging topic for a number of communities such as organisation  
sciences, multiagent systems, AI, sociology, economics, just to name a  
few. As a guiding example of STS, one can imagine an airport in which  
human agents playing different roles, as operators, policemen, crew,  
passengers... are constrained by institutional and social norms and  
interact with each other and with artificial agents such as sensors,  
surveillance cameras, monitors, biometric devices, visual scanners for  
the luggage, automated air traffic control system, etc.
The contribution of ontologies to the understanding, modelling,  
designing of STS is crucial, as their role is to provide a clear and  
unambiguous interpretation of the language used to represent the  
heterogeneous pieces of information that are intertwined in STS.  
Moreover, since STS involve both human and artificial agents, what is  
needed is a means of representation that is fairly understandable by  
humans and implementable in machines. Ontologies that are built on a  
solid foundational analysis are aimed at making explicit hidden  
assumptions and thus enhance understanding. On the other hand, their  
expression in a formal language favour implementability. STS pose a  
number of challenges to ontological modelling at various levels. From  
a foundational point of view, the very concept of system, of  
human-machine interaction, of artefact, of norm-based behaviour demand  
an ontologically aware approach that integrates these complex concepts  
and knowledge of the environment. From an applied perspective, we need  
clever tools to organise the complex layers of information (normative,  
technical, social, behavioural) involved in STS and describe their  
mutual entanglement.
In particular, due to the heterogenous nature of the system, very  
expressive languages seem to be needed in order to treat such type of  
information; however, expressive languages usually come with the price  
of complexity, and pose serious challenges to  
The aim of this workshop is to gather a number  
of contributions that focus on theoretical aspects of the ontological  
modelling of STS as well as on the application of ontologies to actual  
STS (such as airports, hospitals, service systems and complex  
organisations in general).

Topics include, but are not limited to:

* Foundational investigation about STS (ontological analysis of  
concepts of system, interaction, artefacts, roles, functions,  
* Methodological investigations about  
modelling STS.
* Representing and reasoning about norms in STS.
* Representing and reasoning about interaction in STS. Representing  
and reasoning about organisations.
* Modelling institutional and technical artefacts.
* Modelling crisis, adaptivity and resilience of STS.
* Modelling rules in STS.
* Expressivity of ontologies.
* Ontology for multi-agent  
* Modelling disagreement and conflict in STS.
Interfacing sensor information and symbolic information (e.g.  
* Interdisciplinary approaches to STS: ontologies in computer vision,  
organization sciences, law, economics etc.)
* Ontology learning  
for adaptive STS.

Paper Submission Deadline: May 22, 2014
Notification: June 22, 2014
Camera-ready papers: July 22, 2014
Workshop Date: September, 22, 2014

Different kinds of contributions are foreseen: full papers,  
short/position papers and project outlines.
All contributions must be formatted according to IOS Press style (see  
http://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-word-tools-for-book-authors/). Full papers should not exceed 12 pages in length, while short/position papers and project outlines should not exceed 6 pages. Moreover, papers should be submitted non-anonymously and be prepared in PDF  
The Easychair submission page can be found at:
The authors of accepted papers are also welcome to submit extended  
versions to the the international journal Applied Ontology (IOS  
Press), to be considered for publication either as regular articles or  
included in a special issue on “Ontology of Socio-Techincal Systems”,  
depending on the number of high quality articles that will be received.

Workshop Chairs:
Roberta Ferrario (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Daniele Porello (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Program Committee:

     Stefano Borgo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
     Emanuele Bottazzi (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
     Massimiliano Carrara (University of Padova, Italy)
     Marco Cristani (University of Verona, Italy)
     Fabiano Dalpiaz (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
     Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
     Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil)
     Claudio Masolo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
     Alessandro Oltramari (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
     Renata Silva Souza Guizzardi (Federal University of Espírito  
Santo, Brazil)
     Nicolas Troquard (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
     Gerd Wagner (Brandenburg University of Technology,  
Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany)
     Hans Weigand (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)

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