[PlanetKR] 8th Int'l Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO 2014) - Submission Deadline Extended to May 27

Torsten Hahmann torsten at spatial.maine.edu
Mon May 19 06:31:14 EST 2014

      8th Int'l Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO)
        Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2014
            held in conjunction with FOIS 2014

               --- Last Call for Papers ---
        EXTENDED Submission deadline: May 27, 2014


Submissions: Extended to May 27, 2014
Notification: June 30, 2014
Camera ready: July 20, 2014
Workshop: September 22, 2014

Submission guidelines: http://womo2014.bio-lark.org

MODULARITY as studied for years in software engineering, is also central 
to formal and applied ontologies. Modularity supports reducing the 
complexity of ontologies and thereby easing the development, use and 
reuse, verification, maintenance, and integration of ontologies by 
humans and machines.

The WoMO workshop series, now in its 8th edition, has helped to advance 
the understanding of modularity as it applies to ontologies. This year's 
workshop aims to go beyond ontologies and focuses on fostering knowledge 
exchange between other communities where modularity is or may become a 
critical factor, such as Big Data and Context. Big Data denotes 
collections of large, complex and heterogeneous datasets characterised 
by big volume, velocity and variety. The key research questions in this 
area revolve around the efficient management and use of this data, i.e., 
facets where modularized ontologies may lead to improved solutions. 
Context, on the other hand, is one of the most challenging problems 
faced in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Without considering contextual 
information, reasoning can easily run into problems such as: 
inconsistency, when considering knowledge in the wrong context; 
inefficiency, by considering knowledge irrelevant for a certain context; 
incompleteness, since an inference may depend on knowledge assumed in 
the context and not explicitly stated. Modular representations of 
knowledge, including modular ontologies, are one promising avenue for 
dealing with such context-related issues.

WoMO 2014 continues the series of successful events that have been an 
excellent venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss latest work 
as well as work-in-progress. The most recent WoMOs were held at 
FOIS/ICBO 2012 and at LPNMR 2013. This time WoMO will be collocated with 
the Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2014), 
the leading conference in formal and applied ontology, in Rio de 
Janeiro, Brazil.

In addition to the foundational ontology-related topics, this year's 
workshop encourages submissions that discuss various topics on 
modularity in Big Data and Context, as well as vertical applications of 
modularity in particular domains such as Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, 
Biomedicine, Ambient Intelligence or Social Intelligence.

In general, topics include, but are not limited to:

* Foundational aspects of modularity: definition, representation, 
structure, design patterns, granularity;
* Logical aspects: modular (ontology) languages; reconciling 
inconsistencies across modules; formal structuring of modules; 
heterogeneity; hybrid theories; intertheory relations (conservativity, 
interpretability, strong equivalence, inseparability, etc.);
* Algorithmic & heuristic approaches: distributed and incremental 
reasoning; modularization and module extraction techniques; reasoning 
complexity; system descriptions;
* Methodological issues as they occur throughout the ontology lifecycle: 
publishing/sharing, linking, maintenance, reuse of modules;
* Analysis and evaluation: case studies or other analyses of 
modularizations; quantitative and qualitative ways to measure adequacy 
of a modularization; comparison of modularizations with respect to 
philosophical, logical, reasoning, cognitive, or social aspects;
* Modularity issues that arise in Big Data and Linked Data;
* Context-driven modularization and module-based contextual reasoning.

The workshop will be open to all attendants of FOIS'14 and its 
workshops. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for 
the workshop and present the paper.


Kenneth Baclawski, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Tudor Groza, The University of Queensland, Australia
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA
Ivan Varzinczak, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, South Africa


Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Arina Britz, Meraka Institute, CSIR, South Africa
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Mike Dean, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
Martin Homola, Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia
Robert Hoehndorf, University of Cambridge, UK
Ernesto Jiminez-Ruiz, University of Oxford, UK
Kouji Kozaki, Osaka University, Japan
Francisco Martin-Recuerda, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Adrian Paschke, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Alessandra Mileo, DERI Galway, Ireland
Guilin Qi, Southeast University, China
Thomas Schneider, University of Bremen, Germany
Marco Schorlemmer, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spain
Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Dimitry Tsarkov, University of Manchester, UK
George Vouros, University of Piraeus, Greece
Dirk Walther, TU Dresden, Germany
Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia


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