[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 Oct 3 06:52:59 EST 2015

(with apologies for cross-posting)


9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016)
July 6-9, 2016, University of Savoie, Annecy (France)



Ontology, originally a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry, is concerned with the analysis and categorization of what exists. In recent years, 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 high quality submissions on both theoretical issues and concrete applications. As in previous years, FOIS 2016 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/). IAOA is a non-profit organization that aims 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.


Following the success of the 2014 edition, FOIS 2016 will include, in addition to paper presentations:

+ a formal ontology competition,
+ workshops, and
+ an early career symposium.

FOIS will be directly preceded by the Third IAOA Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis.

It will moreover be co-located with ICCS 2016 (International Conference on Conceptual Structures), to be held between July 4th and 6th.


We seek high-quality papers on a wide range of topics. 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.


FOIS Paper Submission Deadline: Jan 31, 2016
Notification:                           Mar 31, 2016
Conference Date:                        Jul 6-9, 2016


The EasyChair submission page can be found at:



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

Program Chairs:
Roberta Ferrario (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Werner Kuhn (UC 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 Cesare (Brunel University, UK)

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

Early Career Symposium:
Adrien Barton (Osaka University, Japan)
Jean-Remy Bourguet (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Stefano Borgo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)

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

Demo chair:
Frank Loebe (University of Leipzig, Germany)




João Paulo A. Almeida (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Mauricio Almeida (UFMG, Brazil)
Patrick Barlatier (University of Savoie, France)
Adrien Barton (Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)
Mehul Bhatt (The University of Bremen, Germany)
Thomas Bittner (SUNY Buffalo, USA)
Olivier Bodenreider (US National Library of Medicine, USA)
Jean-Remy Bourguet (Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Stefano Borgo (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
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)
Werner Ceusters (SUNY at Buffalo, USA)
Vinay Chaudhri (SRI International, USA)
Michelle Cheatham (Wright State University, USA)
Philipp Cimiano (University of Bielefeld, Germany)
Mathieu D'Aquin (Knowledge Media Institute, the Open University, UK)
Richard Dapoigny (LISTIC/Polytech'Savoie, France)
Sergio de Cesare (Brunel University, UK)
Maureen Donnelly (University at Buffalo, USA)
Ricardo Falbo (Universidade Federal do Esprito Santo, Brazil)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)
Roberta Ferrario (Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies - CNR, Italy)
Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK))
Pawel Garbacz (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Chiara Ghidini (FBK-irst, Italy)
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)
Krzysztof Janowicz (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Ludger Jansen (University of Münster, Germany)
Paul Johannesson (Stockholm University, Sweden)
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)
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)
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)
Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Michael Uschold (Reinvent Technology, USA)
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)

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