[PlanetKR] [CFP] 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016), University of Savoie, Annecy (France)

Brodaric, Boyan (NRCan/RNCan) boyan.brodaric at canada.ca
Sat Dec 5 01:44:03 EST 2015

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9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016)

July 6-9, 2016, University of Savoie, Annecy (France)

website: http://iaoa.org/fois2016
contact: fois2016 at easychair.org


FOIS Paper Submission Deadline:	Jan 31, 2016
FOIS Notification:			Mar 31, 2016
ECS Paper Submission Deadline:		Feb 26, 2016
ECS Notification:			Apr 15, 2016
Workshop Proposal Deadline: 		Jan 15, 2016
Workshop Notification:			Jan 25, 2016
Conference Date:			Jul 6-9, 2016


Formal ontology for information systems 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 domains of enquiry.

The FOIS conference provides 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 2016 is intended as a nexus of interdisciplinary research and communication. It is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA, http://iaoa.org/), which is a non-profit organization promoting 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.


Gilberto Câmara (National Institute for Space Research, Brazil)
Friederike Moltmann (IHPST, Paris , France)
Stephen Mumford (University of Nottingham, UK)


Following the success of the 2014 edition, FOIS 2016 will include, in addition to paper presentations,
+ workshops
+ a formal ontology competition
+ an early career symposium (ECS). 

FOIS 2016 will be directly preceded by the 3rd Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis. It will moreover be co-located with ICCS 2016 (International Conference on Conceptual Structures), to be held July 4-6.


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 following:

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, etc.)
* 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 of perception (human and artificial)

* Ontology-driven information systems design
* Ontological foundations for conceptual modeling
* Knowledge management
* Qualitative modeling
* Computational linguistics
* Information retrieval
* Semantic Web, web services
* Ontology and the Internet of Things: Smart Networked Systems and Societies
* Ontology for Big Data
* Business modeling
* Ontologies for particular scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, geography, physics, cognitive sciences, linguistics etc.)
* Ontologies for engineering: shape, form and function, artifacts, manufacturing, design, architecture, etc.
* Ontologies for the humanities: arts, cultural studies, history, law, literature, philosophy, etc.


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 http://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-word-tools-for-book-authors/.

The EasyChair submission page is at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fois2016

As with previous FOIS conferences, the proceedings will be published by IOS Press, this year in electronic format with permanent open access (!).


Workshops at FOIS are events whose scientific program is independently established by the workshop organizers. The workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting the contributions. Workshops can be events that provide a forum for the discussion of topics that may complement the main conference or focus on specialized sub-topics related to formal ontology and its application in information systems. We especially invite proposals for workshops organized by IAOA Special Interest Groups and Technical Committees.

Workshop proposals should be no more than two pages in length and must contain the following information:
- title of the workshop and names of organizers
- description of the workshop topic and format
- brief description of experience in workshop organization
- brief statement on the relation and relevance of the workshop to FOIS
- intended duration of the workshop (half-day, full-day)
- plans for publishing workshop proceedings.

FOIS Workshop Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than January 15, 2016. Decisions on acceptance will be made by January 25.

For workshop proposal submission and further inquiries, write to fois2016workshops at gmail.com


This event is designed to provide an opportunity for graduate students to present their work at one of the leading conferences in formal ontology and to get first-hand feedback and mentorship from senior researchers in their field. It will also allow participants to network with other early career scientists in the broad field of ontology. Topics of interest include all topics relevant to the interdisciplinary field of ontology as outlined in the topics of interest for FOIS 2016.

The ECS will be held as a poster session within the main FOIS conference. The poster session will be opened by a lightning talks session, during which each participant has the opportunity to advertise his/her work in a 3 minutes speech to the general audience of the FOIS conference. Each participant will be assigned a senior researcher as a mentor, who will provide substantial feedback to his/her work. Moreover, a PhD Lounge will allow early career scientists to meet and discuss their work with each other. 

The ECS is open to students at the Masters and Doctoral Level who have not defended their thesis before the ECS Submission deadline. 

Candidates can apply by submitting a 2-page description of their research project (see the template at http://nemo.inf.ufes.br/fois16-ecs/ECS_submission_template.zip) and a current CV by February 26, 2016. Submissions will be reviewed by selected members of the FOIS Program Committee. Submission should be made via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fois2016 (select the track 'Early Career Symposium'). Accepted submissions will be published in a symposium booklet (PDF).

All participants must register for the main conference. Applicants can apply for the scholarships made available by the IAOA.

For all queries about the Early Career Symposium, please contact the organizers at ecsfois16 at gmail.com.


General Chair:
Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)

Program Chairs:
Roberta Ferrario (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Werner Kuhn (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)

Local Organization:
Patrick Barlatier (University of Savoie-Mt. Blanc, France)
Richard Dapoigny (University of Savoie-Mt. Blanc, France)

Oliver Kutz (Free University of Bolzano, Italy)
Sergio de Cesari (Brunel University London, UK)

Ontology Competition: 
Fabian Neuhaus (University of Magdeburg,Germany)

Early Career Symposium:  
Adrien Barton (Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)
Jean-Rémi Bourguet (University of Sassari, Italy)
Stefano Borgo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)

Joao Paulo Almeida (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Boyan Brodaric (Geological Survey of Canada, Canada)				

Frank Loebe (University of Leipzig, Germany)						


Joao Paulo Almeida (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Mauricio Almeida (UFMG, Brazil)
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (IRIT Toulouse, France)
Patrick Barlatier (University of Savoie, France)
Adrien Barton (Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)
Colin Batchelor (Royal Society of Chemistry, UK)
John Bateman (University of Bremen, Germany)
Mehul Bhatt (The University of Bremen, Germany)
Thomas Bittner (SUNY Buffalo, USA)
Olivier Bodenreider (US National Library of Medicine, USA)
Alex Borgida (Rutgers University, USA)
Stefano Borgo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Jean-Rémi Bourguet (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Mathias Brochhausen (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA)
Boyan Brodaric (Geological Survey of Canada, Canada)
Pier Luigi Buttigieg (University of Bremen, Germany)
Maria Luiza Campos (Federal University of  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Roberto Casati (Institut Jean Nicod EHESS DEC/ENS, France)
Werner Ceusters (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
Jean Charlet (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, Paris, France)
Vinay Chaudhri (SRI International, USA)
Michelle Cheatham (Wright State University, USA)
Philipp Cimiano (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Madalina Croitoru (INRIA, Montpellier, France)
Mathieu D'Aquin (Knowledge Media Institute, the Open University, UK)
Richard Dapoigny (LISTIC/Polytech'Savoie, France)
Sergio de Cesare (Brunel University London, UK)
Maureen Donnelly (University at Buffalo, USA)
Jérôme Euzenat (INRIA & LIG, France)
Ricardo Falbo (Universidade Federal do Esprito Santo, Brazil)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Roberta Ferrario (Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies - CNR, Italy)
Peter Fox (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
Fabien Gandon (INRIA, Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France)
Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy)
Pawel Garbacz (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Chiara Ghidini (FBK-irst, Italy)
Pierre Grenon (EMBL-EBI, UK)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Terry Halpin (LogicBlox Inc, USA)
Heinrich Herre (IMESE, University of Leipzig, Germany)
Pascal Hitzler (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, USA)
Robert Hoehndorf (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
Matthew Horridge (Stanford University, USA)
Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Ludger Jansen (University of Münster, Germany)
Paul Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Gilles Kassel (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France)
Marijke Keet (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Kai-Uwe Kuehnberger (University of Osnabrueck, Institute of Cognitive Science, Germany)
Werner Kuhn (UC Santa Barbara, USA)
Oliver Kutz (Free University of Bolzano, Italy)
Christoph Lange (University of Bonn, Germany)
Joshua Lieberman (Harvard University, USA)
Frank Loebe (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Claudio Masolo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Christopher Menzel (Texas A&M University, USA)
Riichiro Mizoguchi (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
Till Mossakowski (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
Mark Musen (Stanford University, USA)
John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada)
Fabian Neuhaus (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
Leo Obrst (MITRE, USA)
Jeffrey Parsons (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Oscar Pastor Lopez (Valencia, Spain)
Florian Probst (SAP Research, Germany)
Chantal Reynaud (Université Paris Sud, France)
Renato Rocha Souza (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil)
Ulrike Sattler (University of Manchester, UK)
Simon Scheider (University of Muenster, Germany)
Stefan Schlobach (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Marco Schorlemmer (Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, CSIC, Spain)
Stefan Schulz (University of Graz, Austria)
Johanna Seibt (Dept. of Philosophy, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Luciano Serafini (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy)
Gaurav Sinha (Ohio University, USA)
Barry Smith (SUNY Buffalo, USA)
Gem Stapleton (University of Brighton, UK)
Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean-Nicod, CNRS-ENS-EHESS, France)
Veda Storey (GSU, USA)
Heiner Stuckenschmidt (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Danai Symeonidou (INRA Montpellier, France)
Michael Uschold (Reinvent Technology, USA)
Achille Varzi (Columbia University, USA)
Guido Vetere (IBM, Italy)
Renata Vieira (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Laure Vieu (CNRS, France)
Gerd Wagner (Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany)
Renata Wassermann (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Antoine Zimmermann (École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France)

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