CfP: 5th International Workshop on Philosophy an Informatics (WSPI2008)

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5th International Workshop on Philosophy an Informatics (WSPI2008)
Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 1./2., 2008

Paper Submission deadline: December 15, 2007


The workshops are designed to encourage interdisciplinary exchange on 
the philosophical foundations of informatics. They seek to bring 
together researchers from philosophy, informatics and neighbouring 
disciplines in order to explore common points of interest and to 
intensify the exchange between the disciplines and a common vocabulary. 
The workshop also serves as the annual meeting platform of the members 
of the Special Interest Group on Philosophy and Informatics. The 2008 
Workshop has a special focus on the area of conceptualization and 
representation in both computer science and philosophy.


Philosophers and informaticians/computer scientists or
representatives of related disciplines with an interest in the
cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas.


The workshop will be held in English.


WSPI 2008 focuses on conceptualizations, but contributions on
philosophy and informatics in general are also invited. The main
topics are:

* Philosophical ontology in informatics
    o Ontology, terminology, and taxonomy
    o Recent trends in ontology engineering
    o Rormal Representations for Concepts
* Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence
    o Application of Formal Representations
    o Reasoning in Semantic Technologies
    o Cognition as Inference and Induction
* Logical Approaches to Formal Representations
    o Philosophical contributions
    o Epistemology in informatics and bioinformatics
* Philosophically motivated reflections on representation formalisms in 
* Limitations in formal representations
* Common Grounds between Informatics and Philosophy


Submission deadline:           December 15, 2007
Notification of acceptance:    January 20, 2008
Camera-ready versions:         February 20, 2008
Workshop:                      April 1 - 2, 2008


All accepted papers will be published as a DFKI technical report (with 
ISSN) as well as electronically at (past workshops:,


All submissions will be subject to review by the WSPI Program Committee. 
The workshop chairs and the organizing committee have final authority 
over the review process and all decisions relating to acceptance of 
papers. Review criteria include originality of ideas, technical 
soundness, significance of results, and quality of presentation. The 
intention is to have three reviews per submission. Notification of 
acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be mailed to the 
corresponding authors.


Workshop submission will be electronic, in pdf format only. A submission 
system will be available at the workshop website in due time. Submitted 
papers must not exceed 12 pages and should conform to Springer LNCS 
style (see below). Papers must be written in English. At least one 
author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and present 
the contribution in order to be published in the workshop proceedings.

Authors are strongly encouraged to use LaTeX and the Springer llncs 
class files available at 
While the pages in the final camera-ready form of a paper must be 
unnumbered (this is the default in llncs style), numbered pages are 
preferred for reviewing. Page numbering can be turned on using the LaTeX 
command \pagestyle{plain}. Do not hesitate to contact the workshop 
chairs for further questions:


For questions regarding workshop schedule, accomodation and travel 
information and registration please refer to the workshop website 
located at


The Fifth International Workshop on Philosophy and Informatics (WSPI 
2008) is organized by the German Research Center for Artificial 
Intelligence DFKI GmbH (, the Department of 
Philosophy at the University of Kaiserslautern 
(, and the Special Interest Group on 
Philosophy and Informatics ( of the 
German Informatics Society.


Manuel Möller, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany (Contact Person),

Wolfgang Neuser, Department of Philosophy, University of Kaiserslautern, 

Thomas Roth-Berghofer, University of Kaiserslautern / DFKI GmbH, Germany,


Stephen K. Probert, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
Marcus Spies, University of Munich, Germany
Denny Vrandecic, AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Heinz Müller, University of Cooperative Education, Mannheim, Germany
Klaus Wiegerling, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Stephan Baumann, Competence Center Computational Culture, DFKI, Germany
Paul Buitelaar, Competence Center Semantic Web, DFKI, Germany
Werner Ceusters, European Centre for Ontological Research, Germany
Luciano	Floridi, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Norbert	Jastroch, MET Communications GmbH, Bad Homburg, Germany
Christophe Roche, University of Savoie, France
Francis	Rousseaux, IRCAM, Paris, France
Stefan Schulz, SCE, Carleton University, Canada
Barry Smith, IFOMIS, Saarbrücken, Germany
Boris Wyssusek, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Wolfgang Lenski, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Gerhard Heyer, University of Leipzig, Germany
Dieter Münch, TU-Berlin, Germany
Bertin Klein, DFKI, Germany
John D. Haynes, School of Information Technology, Charles Darwin 
University, Australia
Manuel Möller -- DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern --
phone: +49 631 20575-132 -- fax: +49 631 20575-103
Workshop on Philosophy and Informatics:

Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz GmbH
Trippstadter Strasse 122, D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Wahlster (Vorsitzender)
Dr. Walter Olthoff

Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats:
Prof. Dr. h.c. Hans A. Aukes

Amtsgericht Kaiserslautern, HRB 2313

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