FOIS-08: Call for Posters

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**** The 5th International Conference
**** on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
**** October 31st - November 3rd, 2008
**** Saarbrücken, Germany
**** DFKI, Competence Center Semantic Web

Conference Description
Since its inception ten years ago, the International Conference on  
Formal Ontology in Information Systems has explored the multiple  
perspectives on the notion of ontology that have arisen from such  
diverse research communities as philosophy, logic, computer science,  
cognitive science, linguistics, and various scientific domains.

As ontologies have been applied in new and exciting domains such as  the 
World Wide Web, bioinformatics, and geographical information  systems, 
it has become evident that there is a need for ontologies  that have 
been developed with solid theoretical foundations based on  
philosophical, linguistic, and logical analysis. Similarly, there is  
also a need for theoretical research that is driven by the issues that  
have been raised by recent work in the more applied domains.

FOIS is intended to be a forum in which to explore this interplay  
between the theoretical insights of formal ontology and their  
application to information systems and emerging semantic technologies.

Invited Speakers
*  Johanna Seibt (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)
*  Mike Uschold (Boeing Corporation, USA)
*  York Sure (SAP Research, Germany)

Accepted Papers
The list of accepted papers is available via  .

Poster Session
The poster session at FOIS 2008 shall give young scientists the  
opportunity to present their current work related to formal ontology  in 
information systems and discuss their approach, results, problems  and 
methods with the other participants of the conference. The  selection of 
poster contributions will be based on submitted research  papers and pay 
specific attention to their relevance to the topics of  FOIS 2008.

The poster proceedings compiled from the contributions will be  
published electronically and made available via the conference web page.

Important Dates and Further Information
*  Submissions: August 31, 2008
*  Acceptance Notification: September 22, 2008
*  Submission of camera-ready papers: October 5, 2008
*  Electronic publication of poster proceedings: October 20, 2008
*  Conference: October 31 - November 3, 2008

Submitted poster presentations must not exceed 6 pages (including  
bibliography). They should be submitted electronically in the form of  a 
pdf-file (formatted according to the IOS paper guidelines  to be mailed to
Further information will be provided on the conference web page:

Conference Chair
*  Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)
Program Chairs
*  Carola Eschenbach (University of Hamburg, Germany)
*  Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Local Organization: DFKI - Competence Center Semantic Web
*  Paul Buitelaar (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
*  Massimo Romanelli (DFKI GmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
*  Michael Sintek (DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern, Germany)

We seek contributions on a wide range of topics. While authors may  
focus on fairly narrow and specific issues, all papers should  emphasize 
the relevance of the work described to formal ontology and  to 
information systems.
Topic areas of particular interest to the conference are:

Foundational Issues
*  Kinds of entity: particulars vs. universals, continuants vs.  
occurrents, abstracta vs. concreta, dependent vs. independent, natural  
vs. artificial
*  Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence,  
constitution, subsumption, instantiation
*  Vagueness and granularity
*  Identity and change
*  Formal comparison among ontologies
*  Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, ...)
*  Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells,  organisms, ....)
*  Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions and  other 
mental attitudes; emotions, ...)
*  Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms,  
social relationships, artistic expressions, ...)
*  Ontology of the information society (information, communication,  
meaning negotiation, ...)
*  Ontology and Natural Language Semantics, Ontology and Cognition

Methodologies and Applications
*  Top-level vs. application ontologies
*  Ontology integration and alignment; role of reference ontologies
*  Ontology-driven information systems design
*  Requirements engineering
*  Knowledge engineering
*  Knowledge management and organization
*  Knowledge representation; Qualitative modeling
*  Computational lexica; Terminology
*  Information retrieval; Question-answering
*  Semantic web; Web services; Grid computing
*  Domain-specific ontologies, especially for: Biomedical science,  
eBusiness, Enterprise integration, Geography, Law, Library science,  

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