Call for Participation FOIS 2014: Don't miss the Early Bird registration deadline of July 11th!

Don't miss the FOIS 2014 Early Bird registration deadline of July 11! 





8th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

FOIS 2014, September 22-25, 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




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Early Registration deadline: July 11, 2014





FOIS 2014 will feature keynote presentations by Nicholas Asher (CNRS &
Toulouse University, France), Kit Fine (New York University, USA), Nicola
Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Italy), and Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza (Pontifical
Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). 


Kit Fine will talk on "Truthmaking and Semantics" as part of the Information
Artifact Ontologies workshop.


In the Formal Ontologies meet Industry workshop, Mara Abel will speak about
why we should bother with good models. 


For the Logics and Ontologies for Natural Language workshop, the invited
speakers are Renata Vieira and Adam Pease. 


Additional workshop details may be found at



The summer school website may be found at



A list of accepted papers for FOIS can be found at







Ontology, originally a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry, is
concerned with the analysis and categorization of what exists. In recent
years, however, 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 submission of high quality articles on both theoretical issues
and concrete applications. As in previous years, FOIS 2014 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:  <>, which is a non-profit organization the purpose of which
is 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






FOIS is a growing conference, and the 2014 edition will add a number of new
facets, including


+ a formal ontology competition,

+ an open call for workshops, and

+ an early career symposium.


It will moreover be directly preceded by the Second Interdisciplinary Summer
School on Ontological Analysis, to be held in Vitoria, Brazil, between
September 15-19. See  <>






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

* 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-driven information systems design

* Ontological foundations for conceptual modeling

* Knowledge management

* Qualitative modeling

* Computational linguistics

* Information retrieval

* Semantic Web, Web services

* 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.






Conference Chair:

Laure Vieu (CNRS, France)


Program Chairs:

Pawel Garbacz (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)

Oliver Kutz (Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany)


Organizational Chairs:

Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo Brazil)

Renato Rocha Souza (FGV, Brazil)


Workshop Chairs:

Robert Hoehndorf (University of Cambridge, UK)


Ontology Competition Chairs:

Till Mossakowski (Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany)


Early Career Symposium Chairs:

Marion Haemmerli (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Torsten Hahmann (University of Maine, USA)

Claudio Masolo (ISTC-CNR, Italy)


Publicity Chairs:

Janna Hastings (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)

Fernanda Baiao (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)



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