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SHAPES 1.0 - The Shape of Things

SHAPES 1.0 workshop,
at CONTEXT 2011, September, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Abstracts due: August 15
Full papers due: August 30
Workshop date: September 26/27

Shape, Form, and Structure are some of the most elusive notions within many different disciplines ranging from the natural sciences through engineering to art. Several approaches have been proposed to study the notions of shape, form and structure from different viewpoints, yet a comprehensive formal treatment of these notions is currently lacking and no real interdisciplinary perspective has been put forward.

This workshop will serve as an interdisciplinary platform for the discussion of all topics connected to shape (broadly understood): perspectives from psycho-linguistics, ontology, computer science, mathematics, aesthetics, cognitive science and beyond are welcome to contribute and participate.

We seek to provide a forum to stimulate and facilitate an active exchange on interdisciplinary applications, ideas, approaches, and methods in the area of modelling shape, form, pattern and function. The format of the workshop will combine invited speakers, peer-reviewed full contributions, as well as short position papers and posters, and will allow ample time for open discussions amongst the participants.

IAOA champions: Mehul Bhatt (Co-Organizer) + Oliver Kutz (EC liaison, Co-Organizer)

Deep Knowledge Representation Challenge Workshop, KCAP 2011

Deep Knowledge Representation Challenge Workshop

Co-located with K-CAP 2011
Date: June 26, 2011
Location: Banff, Alberta, Canada

This workshop will provide a forum to discuss difficult problems in representing complex knowledge needed to support deep reasoning, question answering, explanation and justification systems. The goals of the workshop are: (1) to create a comprehensive set of knowledge representation (KR) challenge problems suitable for a recurring competition, and (2) begin to develop KR techniques to meet those challenges.

IAOA champion: Vinay Chaudhri
IAOA EC liaison: Peter Yim

Ontology between Philosophy and Computer Science

Symposium "Ontology between Philosophy and Computer Science"
at the 14th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
Nancy, France, July 19–26, 2011

This symposium is devoted to the role of ontology as a bridge between
philosophy and knowledge engineering. These days, ontology exhibits two main
directions: the traditional philosophical understanding of ontology and a
new computer-based understanding of ontology which is related to knowledge
engineering. There are scholars from both fields contending that ontology in
knowledge engineering and ontology in philosophy are two completely
different disciplines. We shall try to show in this workshop that – despite
their different languages and different points of departure – ontologies in
knowledge engineering (let us say: ontology as technology) and ontology in
philosophy (let us say: ontology as categorial analysis) have numerous
problems in common. And for this reason, engineers and philosophers must
devise ways to talk to each other.

IAOA champions: Heinrich Herre (Co-Organizer) + Oliver Kutz (EC liaison)

OBML 2011 - Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences

Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences (OBML) 2011
October 6-7, Charité, Berlin, Germany. Co-located with INFORMATIK 2011.

The series "Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences" (OBML) was
initiated by the Working Group for OBML of the German Society for Computer
Science in 2009. The OBML aims to bring together scientists who are working
in this area to exchange ideas and discuss new results, to start
collaborations and to initiate new projects. It is held once annually and
deals with all fundamental aspects of biomedical ontologies as well as
additional hot topics. In 2011, such a topic is "Phenotype ontologies in
medicine and biomedical research".

IAOA champions: Heinrich Herre (Chair) + Oliver Kutz (EC liaison)

Workshop "Philosophy & Engineering - Formal knowledge facing history, technology and materiality"

Workshop "Philosophy & Engineering. Formal knowledge facing history, technology and materiality." (Atelier "Philosophie & Ingénierie. Le formel face à l’histoire, la technologie et la matérialité.")

Workshop at IC 2011 - 22nd French national conference on Knowledge Engineering (22èmes Journées francophones d’Ingénierie des Connaissances)

Chair: Alexandre Monnin (alexandre DOT monnin AT DOT Monnin AT>)
Location and date: Chambéry (France), May 16-17, 2011
Hosted by the AFIA joint Conferences in Artificial Intelligence.

Knowledge engineering has a tradition of reusing concepts belonging to the philosophical tradition. In a sense, one could go as far as to say that it is a "continuation of philosophy through other means and methods". As a consequence, the objects it inherits undergo many deep transformations. What is conversely at stake for philosophy is to understand how its concepts are modified in a context where technology is paramount. The Web exemplifies this trend and yet adds another layer of complexity, as betokens the expression "philosophical engineers" forged by Tim Berners-Lee himself to describe the people who created the Web and characterize their work. This workshop would like to explore the links between philosophy and engineering both from a theoretical and practical point of view and reconsider the activity of practicing philosophy at the present time.

IAOA champions: Alexandre Monnin (Organizer) + Laure Vieu (EC)

IC 2011 - 22nd French national conference on Knowledge Engineering

IC 2011 - 22nd French national conference on Knowledge Engineering
(22èmes Journées francophones d’Ingénierie des Connaissances)

Conference Chair: Alain Mille (
Location and date: Chambéry (France), May 20-27, 2011
Hosted by the AFIA joint Conferences in Artificial Intelligence.

Organized every year since 1997 by the Gracq (Group of Research in Knowledge Acquisition), the IC conference constitutes a place of exchanges and reflections of the French-speaking Knowledge Engineering community. The development of the Sciences and Technologies of Information and Communication, in particular Web technologies, in the whole society engenders transformations in the individual and collective practices. The Knowledge Engineering techniques accompany this evolution, by inventing the theories, the methods and the tools allowing the integration of the "knowledge" dimension in computing environments where the plasticity and the capacity to integrate the activities become cardinal virtues.

Knowledge Engineering models, among which ontologies are key structures, are renewed and integrate more and more the dynamic dimension of the computer-based activities and to the massification of the practices. The conference is the opportunity to confront the theories, the models, the methods, the tools, the observations of the practices bound to these evolutions and which will allow going further.

IAOA champions: Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (PC member) + Laure Vieu (EC)

Workshop on Modular Ontologies - WoMO 2011

Workshop on Modular Ontologies WoMO 2011. Co-located with ESSLLI 2011, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1-12 August 2011.

Modularity, as studied for many years in software engineering, allows mechanisms for easy and flexible reuse, generalization, structuring, maintenance, design patterns, and comprehension. Applied to ontology engineering, modularity is central not only to reduce the complexity of understanding ontologies, but also to facilitate ontology maintenance and ontology reasoning.

The workshop follows a series of successful events that have been an excellent venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss latest work and current problems, and is this time organised as a 
satellite workshop of ESSLLI 2011.

IAOA champions: Oliver Kutz (Workshop co-chair) + John Bateman (EC)

AOW 2010: The Sixth Australasian Ontology Workshop

AOW 2010: The Sixth Australasian Ontology Workshop

Held in conjunction with the 23rd Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI 2010)

Workshop Date: Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The use of formal ontologies in knowledge systems has many advantages.It allows for an unambiguous specification of the structure ofknowledge in a domain, enables knowledge sharing and, as a result,makes it possible to perform automated reasoning about ontologies. Inrecent years there has been a worldwide increase in the use ofontologies, both in industry and in research laboratories. There is agrowing community of researchers in the Australasian region working onvarious aspects of ontologies. The primary aim of this workshop is tobring together ontology researchers in the region.

IAOA champions: Markus Stumptner (PC member) + Riichiro Mizoguchi (EC)

3º Seminário de pesquisa em Ontologia no Brasil - August 30-31, 2010

3º Seminário de pesquisa em Ontologia no Brasil (ONTOBRAS) 
August 30-31, 2010, Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

IAOA champions: Fernando Ostuni-Gauthier (Coordinator) + Giancarlo Guizzardi (EC)

International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) - July 26-30, 2011

International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO)
July 26-30, 2011, University at Buffalo, NY, USA

Ontologies are being used in an ever increasing variety of ways by researchers in almost every life science discipline, and their use in annotation of both clinical and experimental data is now a common technique in integrative translational research. Principles-based ontologies are being developed for the description of biological and biomedical phenomena of almost every different type. To be maximally effective, such ontologies must work well together. But as ontologies become more commonly used and as their breadth of coverage increases, the problems involved in achieving coordination in ontology development become ever more urgent. The ICBO conference series was initiated in 2009 to address these problems by providing an overarching forum bringing together representatives of all major communities involved in the development and application of ontologies in biomedicine and related areas.

IAOA champions: Barry Smith (Chair) + Mark Musen (AB)
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