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From: Fred Freitas <fred_freitas_br@yahoo.com.br>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 17:43:51 -0300
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27 October 2006
Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

A collocated event at the International Joint Conference 
IBERAMIA'2006 (the X Ibero-American Artificial Intelligence Conference)
SBIA'2006 (the XVIII Brazilian Artificial Intelligence Symposium)
SBRN'2006 (the IX Brazilian Neural Networks Symposium).

After pursuing a long tradition of study in Philosophy, the term 
“ontology” has become the new buzzword in computer science. It is 
receiving special attention not only from an active community of 
researchers pertaining to many areas of informatics but also from the 
industry, which is providing increasing budgets and investments to 
develop this technology and make it available in business as soon as 
There is at least one main reason for this recognition: ontologies 
constitute the backbone of the Semantic Web, as they are responsible for 
providing context to pages, thus promising to make a relevant part of 
the Web contents understandable and processable by the software. 
However, there are some challenging obstacles that should be tackled to 
make ontologies wide-spread reputation shift from a promise to a daily 
used technology. For instance, heterogeneity and evaluation are two of 
these obstacles.
As for heterogeneity, ontology is composed of knowledge and knowledge is 
naturally diverse in its various features: form, expression, syntax, 
contents, meaning, points of view, perspectives, uses, terminology, 
premises, among other features. Of course, this variety would be 
reflected on its encoding on ontologies and would pose subtle questions 
for its application. Dealing with heterogeneity in its many types has 
become a recurrent research issue for ontology employment, and also a 
good source of ontology usage, e.g. for problems like information 
integration of heterogeneous databases and systems.
As for evaluation, in many applications, ontologies are applied in 
machine reasoning, thus requiring knowledge from them to encompass a 
great variety of point of views, and, most important, to sanction 
correct inferences that correspond to the reality being dealt with by 
the reasoner component.
Following the success of the first edition of the Workshop on Ontologies 
and their Applications, we intend, with this second edition, to enrich 
the discussion on how to enhance ontologies’ applicability, thus 
realizing this promising technology  in general, but also in specific 
settings, such as e-business and e-commerce to name but a few.

Topics of Interest:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Ontology Engineering
- methodologies
- capture and learning
- management

Semantic consistency
- foundational ontologies
- upper-level ontologies
- evaluation methods, applications and problems

Semantic Interoperability
- composition and modularity
- merging, mapping and alignment
- ontology language interoperability

Enhancement of ontology applicability
- linguistic ontologies applied to text processing
- patterns of ontologies for specific applications

Ontologies for Information Sharing
- ontology-based information integration
- mediators and brokers
- agents and ontologies

Ontology Applications
- Semantic Web
- knowledge management
- e-commerce, e-government
- e-learning and e-science
- information retrieval

Workshop format and attendance:

We intend to avoid the usual conference format, where papers are 
presented and the audience plays a rather passive role. Therefore, the 
emphasis for this one-day workshop is on working groups. In order to 
foster lively and fruitful discussion, the workshop sessions will be 
defined according to groups of topics formed from accepted papers. In 
each group of topics, we plan to allocate around one-third of the time 
for debates.

Attendance will be limited to 60 registrations, formed by workshop 
papers authors and interested members of the community. Workshop 
attendees are required to register at the main joint conference 
IBERAMIA-SBIA-SBRN’2006. For more information, please have a look at the 
conference website at http://www.icmc.usp.br/~iarn2006.

Submission procedure:

We encourage the submission of high-quality papers based on entirely new 
work or surveys, both meeting the foci of the workshop. Papers must be 
written in English and may have a length of up to 12 pages, including 
tables, figures, and references. Like the main conference, papers must 
conform to the Springer LNCC/LNAI style. It is recommended that authors 
use Springer-Verlag template files (see 
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html, section "Proceedings and 
Other Multi-author Volumes" for formatting instructions) to minimize 
possible conflicts of paper length when preparing the camera ready.

Papers should be formatted in PDF (preferred) or PostScript, and 
submitted electronically only, through the EDAS Conference Management 
System web site (at 

Submission is a three-step process. In a first step authors are required 
to register as new authors with JEMS. After registration as author the 
login data will be sent to the specified email address. This data can be 
used to access the system. In a second step authors have to register 
their paper (click the submit paper button in JEMS). The third step 
consists on uploading the paper.

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two program committee 
members and/or additional reviewers/referees. Accepted papers will be 
published in the workshop proceedings, in the CDROM with the joint 
conference technical papers and in the CEURS online.

At least one of the authors of accepted papers has to register for the 
main conference (IBERAMIA-SBIA-SBRN’2006), otherwise the paper will not 
be included in the proceedings.

Any other questions regarding papers submission may be directed to one 
of the organizers.

Special Issue

Authors of best papers will be recommended to submit expanded versions 
for a Special Issue on Ontologies and their Applications at The Journal 
of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS). You can check that at 
(see at the bottom of the page).

J,UCS - The Journal of Universal Computer Science - is a high-quality 
electronic publication that deals with all aspects of computer science. 
J.UCS has been appearing monthly since 1995 and is thus one of the 
oldest electronic journals with uninterrupted publication since its 
foundation. J.UCS is a joint publication of the Know-Center, Graz, 
Austria, in cooperation with the IICM, Graz University of Technology, 
Austria, Joanneum Research, Austria and Springer Pub. Co.

Important dates:

June 13 2006     - Deadline for workshop papers
July 13 2006     - Notification of workshop paper acceptance
August 13 2006   - Deadline for workshop camera-ready papers

October 23-27 2006 - Joint Conference IBERAMIA-SBIA-SBRN’06 technical 
October 27-28 2006 - 2nd Workshop on Ontologies & their Applications

Program Committee:

Troels Andreasen, Roskilde Universitetscenter, Danmark
Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR, Italy
Joost Breuker, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Virginia Brilhante, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Brazil
Ronald Cornet, Amsterdam Medical Center, Netherlands
Monica Crubezy, SMI, Stanford University, USA
Henrik Eriksson, Linköping University, Sweden
Jérôme Euzenat, INRIA, France
Mariano Fernandez-López, CEU, Spain
Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Giancarlo Guizzardi, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR, Italy
Michel Klein, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Konstantinos Kotis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Andreia Malucelli, PUC/PR, Brazil
Leo Obrst, Mitre Corporation, USA
H.Sofia Pinto, IST/INESC-ID, Portugal
Jorge Santos, Instituto Politécnico de Porto, Portugal
Stefan Schlobach, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christoph Schmitz, Universitaet Kassel, Germany
Stefan Schulz, Universitaet Freiburg, Germany
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universitaet Mannheim, Germany
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bozen – Bolzano, Italy
Ingo Timm, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
André Valente, University of Southern California, USA
Ubbo Visser, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Renata Wasserman. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Organizing Committee:

Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
	fred@cin.ufpe.br (contact person)
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universitaet Mannheim, Germany
	heiner @ informatik.uni-mannheim.de
H.Sofia Pinto, IST/INESC-ID, Portugal
Andreia Malucelli, PUCPR, Brazil

Context of the workshop and the collocated conferences:

IBERAMIA'2006 is the 10th conference of the IBERAMIA conference series, 
which has been one of the most suitable forums to Ibero-American 
Artificial Intelligence researchers (from South and Central America 
countries, Mexico, Spain and Portugal) present their results.

SBIA'2006 is the 18th conference of the SBIA conference series, which is 
the leading conference in Brazil for presentation of research and 
applications in Artificial Intelligence. 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 

The proceedings of these two conferences will be published in a single 
volume of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series of 
Springer-Verlag, as occurred in 2000 (LNAI 1952).

IBERAMIA’2006 and SBIA’2006 will be held together with the IX Brazilian 
Neural Networks Symposium (SBRN).

About the city:

The city of Ribeirão Preto was founded June 19, 1856, by farmers coming 
from the southeast of São Paulo State in search of good climate and soil 
for coffee growing. The city was laid by a stream called “Black Stream”, 
and was named after it (ribeirão preto means black stream in 
Portuguese). Eventually the farmers’ choice revealed itself as very 
adequate and the fertile soil of the Ribeirão Preto region allowed the 
highest crop productivity in Brazil.

The creation of the University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto (USP-RP) 
stimulated the cultural and academic life in Ribeirão Preto and several 
schools, colleges and universities were opened in the city since then. 
Today, besides USP-RP there are six other universities and faculties in 
the city. More information on the city can be found at 
http://www.icmc.usp.br/iarn2006/inf/aboutrp.php .


Fred Freitas
Associate Professor
Centro de Informática - CIn
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - UFPE - Brazil
Phone: +55 81 2126 8430 r. 4345

Research interests: Ontologies, semantic web, ontology-based text processing

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