CfC Special Issue Applied Ontology





Following FOCA, workshop held at ESSLLI from July 31 to August 4, 2006  

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Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents, special issue for the  

journal Applied Ontology ( <>








Roberta Ferrario (ferrario at


Laurent Prevot (prevotlaurent at







Following the workshop "Formal Ontologies for Communicating Agents" that
took place within the last ESSLLI summer school in Malaga, we would like to
invite contributions for a special issue of the international  

journal ''Applied Ontology''.

We especially invite the authors of the paper presented at FOCA 2006 to  

submit an extended

version of their contribution. However, anyone is invited to submit a  

relevant contribution for the topic of the special issue described  







In recent years lots of efforts have been devoted to formal studies of

human and artificial agent communication. Research advancements have   

been achieved along three main lines: (i) agent's internal states and   

dynamics, (ii) social interaction and conventional communicative   

patterns, (iii) semantics-pragmatics interface - especially  in the   

dialogue context (i.e. the interplay between the semantic content of   

messages and the communicative acts themselves). There is a recent   

trend of studies trying to integrate these approaches in many ways. On   

the other hand, formal ontology has been consecrated as a good solution  

  for comparing and integrating information and thus its application to   

this specific domain is very promising . More precisely, an ontological  

  analysis of the fundamental ingredients of interaction and   

communication will make explicit the hidden ontological assumptions   

underlying all these proposals.

Ontology has also proven to be a very powerful means to address issues   

related to the exchange of meaningful communication across autonomous   

entities, which can organize and use information heterogeneously. The
purpose of this special issue is therefore to gather contributions  

that  (i) take seriously into account the ontological aspects of   

communication and interaction and (ii) use formal ontologies for   

achieving a better semantic coordination between interacting and   

communicating agents.






We encourage contributions concerning the two main areas listed below   

with a particular attention to  explore the interplay between   

ontological analysis and its applications in practical cases.


* Ontological aspects of interaction and communication

    - Ontological analysis of interaction and communication

    - Studies on the structure and coherence of interaction

          - Logical models for communicative acts

    - Primitives of interaction and communication

    - Formal semantics of dialogue (dealing with ontological issues)

    *Semantic coordination through formal ontologies

    - Dialogue semantics and formal ontology

    - Dynamic ontology sharing

    - Ontological primitives for meaning negotiation, ontological   

alignment and semantic interoperability

        - Ontology evolution through communication

        - Concrete problems and experiences in terminological  

disambiguation and integration






Although a formal contribution is not an absolute requirement for  

contributing to Applied Ontology, the contributors should keep in mind  

the aim and scope of Applied Ontology, an interdisciplinary journal of  

Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling.


Applied Ontology is a new journal whose focus is on information content  

in its broadest sense. As the subtitle makes clear, two broad kinds of  

content-based research activities are envisioned: ontological analysis  

and conceptual modeling. The former includes any attempt to investigate  

the nature and structure of a domain of interest using rigorous  

philosophical or logical tools; the latter concerns the cognitive and  

linguistic structures we use to model the world, as well as the various  

analysis tools and methodologies we adopt for producing useful  

computational models, such as information systems schemes or knowledge  



Applied Ontology is the first journal with explicit and exclusive focus  

on ontological analysis and conceptual modeling under an  

interdisciplinary view. It aims to establish a unique niche in the  

realm of scientific journals by carefully avoiding unnecessary  

duplication with discipline-oriented journals. For this reason, authors  

will be encouraged to use language that will be intelligible also to  

those outside their specific sector of expertise, and the review  

process will be tailored to this end. For example, authors of  

theoretical contributions will be encouraged to show the relevance of  

their theory for applications, while authors of more technological  

papers will be encouraged to show the relevance of a well-founded  

theoretical perspective. Moreover, the journal will publish papers  

focusing on representation languages or algorithms only where these  

address relevant content issues, whether at the level of practical  

application or of theoretical understanding. Similarly, it will publish  

descriptions of tools or implemented systems only where a contribution  

to the practice of ontological analysis and conceptual modeling is  

clearly established.








Submissions, that will undergo a peer-reviewing process, must be sent  

electronically through the journal's website  

( <> by
the deadline listed below.  

Detailed instructions for authors are available from the same website.







Submissions            December 20, 2006

Notification             February 21, 2007

Camera-ready                   April 25, 2007

Special Issue           Winter 2007




Received on Monday, 2 October 2006 09:11:16 UTC