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			CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
	
	   WORKSHOP ON ONTOLOGIES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS
	   *********************************************
                           WONTO´2004

			September 28, 2004
		   Sao Luis, Maranhao – Brazil
		     www.ws.onto.ufal.br 

		     held in conjunction with
	XVII Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence (SBIA)
	Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks (SBRN)
	IEEE Machine Learning and Signal Processing (IEEE MLSP)
		 September 29 - October 1st, 2004
		       www.sbc.org.br/sbia 


In the early 90’s, efforts to promote integration and massive reuse of knowledge
bases written in different knowledge formalisms and representation languages
from existing expert systems and agents brought the field of ontologies into the
research agenda of artificial intelligence again. New tools and techniques were
generated to tackle these tasks since then, and the field matured over the years.

The success of the Semantic Web has led to a wide interest in ontologies and
their applications from communities outside AI, such as software engineering and
databases. Their expressivity to define terminologies used in a domain or in an
application makes them a key technology for information sharing and integration
in many areas, such as knowledge management and electronic commerce. More
recently, ontologies have also been discussed as a key technology for
non-commercial areas such as e-science, e-learning and e-government.

The wide application of ontologies in these new scenarios comes with new
challenges with respect to providing supporting technologies that help users in
different communities to create, maintain and use ontologies at a large scale:
Engineering methodologies that guide the process of creating of ontologies,
learning techniques that help generating ontologies from repositories of data or
text and user-friendly tools for managing and maintaining ontologies in a
distributed setting. Besides these new challenges, the problem of semantic
interoperability between different ontologies is still largely unsolved. There
is a need for new approaches on ontology mapping, merging and alignment to
leverage this problem.

This workshop addresses the application of ontologies in the different areas
mentioned above, as well as the theoretical and practical challenges arising
from these applications. We invite contributions to enhance the state-of-the-art
of creating, managing and using ontologies. 

Workshop programme
==================

16:00-20:00
Monday, September 27	and
08:00-09:00
Tuesday, September 28
Workshop and Tutorials Registration (see instructions below)

09:00-09:15
Workshop Opening

Applications Sessions
---------------------

09:15-09:45
Ontologies and Commitments in a Distributed Model for Institutions in Open
Multi-Agent Systems	  
Marcos De Oliveira, Martin Purvis and Stephen Cranefield

09:45-10:15
Semantic Web and Ontological Modeling of Learning Materials and Objects for
Evolutionary e-Learning Systems  
Moyses de Araujo and Maria Alice Grigas Varella Ferreira

10:15-10:30
-- Coffee Break --

10:30-11:00
An Ontology-Based Approach for Visual Knowledge: Image Annotation and
Interpretation  
Luís A Lima Silva, Laura S Mastella, Mara Abel, Renata M Galante and Luiz F De Ros

11:00-11:30
Using Ontologies to Retrieve Vídeo Information 
Christian Paz-Trillo, Renata Wassermann and Paula P Braga

11:30-12:00 
Semantic Linux: a fertile ground for the Semantic Web  
Guillaume Barreau and Debora Abdalla

12:00-14:00
---  Lunch Break  --- 

14:00-14:30
Implementation of Ontology-driven Workflow Flexibilization Mechanisms  
Tatiana A S C Vieira, Marco A Casanova and Luis G Ferrao

Ontology Engineering Sessions
-----------------------------

14:30-15:00
Bioinformatics: A Growing Field for Ontologies  
Eduardo Battistella, Jose G C de Souza, Rejane A Ferreira, Renata Vieira, Jose C
M Mombach and Ney Lemke

15:00-15:30
Ontological Foundations for Biomedical Sciences  
Stefan Schulz and Udo Hahn

15:30-16:00 
Constructing a legal core ontology: LRI-Core  
Joost Breuker

16:00-16:30
-- Coffee Break --

16:30-17:00 
>From MANTRA to MONK: A Project to Transform a Hybrid Knowledge Representation
System into an Ontology Framework  
Fred Freitas and Guilherme Bittencourt

17:00-17:30
Ontology-Enabled Reuse of Structural Data-Based Models  
Virginia Brilhante

17:30-??
Wrap-up

Workshop details and attendance
===============================

In this first edition of the Workshop, we had 24 submissions from 8 countries.
All submitted papers were reviewed by three members of the international program
committee and/or additional reviewers/referees, according to their expertise.
Out of these papers, 11 were accepted for presentation and publication, reaching
the acceptance rate of around 46 per cent. Accepted papers are published in the
workshop proceedings that will be handed out to atendees at registration. 

Attendance will be formed by the workshop papers' authors and interested members
of the community. 

IMPORTANT: Workshop attendees are required to register at the main SBIA 2004
conference AND at the workshop.

Workshop registration
=====================

Workshop registration can be accomplished via its web site
(http://www.ufma.br/sbia/index.php -  in Portuguese) or at the venue. We
recommend interested participants to register at the website to prevent
overbooking, although we have raised attendance limit to 80 registrations.

Workshop fee is US$30, proceedings included. This fee can be payed at the venue.
Alternatively, Brazilian participants can credit the fee at the conference bank
account and send us a receipt by fax (+55 98 217-8241). Check registration
details at its web site (http://www.ufma.br/sbia/index.php -  in Portuguese)

Conference account details:

Banco do Brasil
Number :	    5321-X
Agency :	    3846-6
Under the name (Nomenclatura) :   FSADU / SBIA / MLSP / SBRN

Any other questions regarding registration may be directed to the workshop
chair, Fred Freitas (fred.freitas@tci.ufal.br).

SBIA Keynote Speakers
=====================

1 - Requirements Engineering: A challenge for AI
Colette Rolland, University Paris 1 Pantheon, Sorbonne, France

2 - Agent teams: theory and practice
Milind Tambe, University of Southern California, USA

Additional details on these speeches can be be found at 
http://www.ufma.br/sbia/keynotespeakers.html 

SBIA Tutorials
==============

1 - Intelligent Tutoring Systems
Rosa Viccari, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

2 - An implementation of the Extended Enterprise with Web Services, a solution
for interoperability between J2EE WSAD and Biztalk 2004 
Valerie Monfort, IBM, France

Additional details on tutorials  and/or their registration procedures can be be
found at http://www.ufma.br/sbia/tutorials.html

IMPORTANT: Tutorials have their own registration procedures and fees: questions
on tutorials' registration must be directed to the Main Conference Personnel
(sbia2004@elo.com.br) or its chair (labidi@uol.com.br). 

Workshop Banquet
================

Aiming to promote integration among workshop atendees, we are organizing a
banquet in the evening at the magnificent regional sea food Maracangalha
Restaurante, which is located at Av. Litoranea, 45 – Calhau, Sao Luis.

Phones: + 55 98 3084-3436 or 3084-3435  

Note that this banquet is NOT included in the conference or workshop fees (each
participant pays her bill).
 
Program Committee
=================
 
Troels Andreasen, Roskilde Universitetscenter, Danmark 
Guilherme Bittencourt, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
Stefano Borgo, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology, Italy
Joost Breuker, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oscar Corcho, iSOCO, Spain
Ronald Cornet, Amsterdam Medical Center, Netherlands
Monica Crubezy, SMI, Stanford University, USA
Henrik Eriksson, Linköping University, Sweden
Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
Vipul Kashyap, Partners HealthCare, USA
Michel Klein, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Konstantinos Kotis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Eduardo Mena, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
Boris Motik, FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany
Natasha Noy, SMI, Stanford University, USA 
Leo Obrst, Mitre Corporation, USA
Helena Sofia Pinto, INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal
Jorge Santos, Instituto Politecnico de Porto, Portugal
Stefan Schlobach, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Steffen Staab, AIFB, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany
Gerd Stumme, Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Germany
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bozen – Bolzano, Italy
Ingo Timm, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Andre Valente, Knowledge Systems Venture, USA
Ubbo Visser, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Raphael Volz, AIFB, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany 
Holger Wache, Universitaet Bremen, Germany

Organizing Committee
====================
 
Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil
    fred.freitas@tci.ufal.br (contact person)
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
    heiner@cs.vu.nl 
Raphael Volz, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
    volz@aifb.uni-karlsruhe.de 

Context of the workshop and the collocated conferences
======================================================
 
SBIA, the Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, is a biannual event
intended to be the main forum of the AI community in Brazil. However since the
1990's it has also attracted researchers from all over the world, when it
started to have an international program committee and also keynote invited
speakers. 

The SBIA 2004 is the 17th event of the series. Since 1995, SBIA has been
accepting papers written and presented only in English, with proceedings being
published in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series of
Springer-Verlag (SBIA'95:991, SBIA'96:1159, SBIA'98:1515, SBIA'00:1952,
SBIA'02:2507). 

The SBIA 2004 is sponsored by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC). It will be
held in Sao Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhao in the northeast of
Brazil, together with the Brazilian Symposium on Neural Networks, and with the
IEEE MLSP 2004 (IEEE Machine Learning and Signal Processing). The proceedings of
these latter events will be published by the IEEE Computer Society. For more
information on these events, please check http://www.sbc.org.br/sbia or
http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/sbiarn04 .

This way, we expected you and both the AI and ANN communities to join us and
make this event a very exciting one. Last but not least, besides the dense
scientific program we prepared (technical papers, tutorials, invited talks, and
student sections), there are still the cultural highlights of Sao Luis, as well
as the natural beauties of one of the most wonderful places in Brazil: beaches,
sun, and pristine water. 

Hope to meet you there!

About the city
==============

Sao Luis, capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhao is considered a place
blessed by nature. Located in a transition area between the Northeast and the
northern regions of Brazil, the state displays a wide variety of ecosystems. A
mix of beaches, forests, cerrados, lakes, and rivers are just a few of the
attractions that differentiate Maranhao from all other Brazilian States. 

Add to that rich and unique history, music, traditions, popular culture, and
many other facets and it is clear that Maranhao is well worth a visit. Sao Luis
is located on the northeast coast, and is a World Heritage island. It is the
only capital in Brazil founded by French. However, it has a wonderful Portuguese
Historical Center, along with an exquisite local sea food, and is close to one
of the most beautiful desert in the Word: Lencois Maranhenses, where pristine
water is laying lazily, distributed on several dunes. 
 
Venue
=====

The conference will take place at Rio Poty Hotel
(http://www.riopoty.com.br/grupopoty/rpsl.htm, site in Portuguese). More
information on the venue can be found at the main conference web site.


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