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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Formal Ontology in Information Systems, 22-25 Sep 2014, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

FOIS 2014


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 

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.


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 objects/artifacts
* 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.


Paper Submission Deadline: March 3, 2014
Notification: May 5, 2014
Camera-ready papers: June 30, 2014
Conference Dates: September, 22-25, 2014


Submitted papers must not exceed 14 pages (including the bibliography) and include an abstract of 
no more than 300 words. Papers should be submitted non-anonymously and be prepared in PDF format 
in accordance with the IOS formatting guidelines found at

The Easychair submission page can be found at: (Select the track 'Research Paper')

As with previous FOIS conferences, the proceedings will be published as a volume in the IOS Press 
series 'Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications'.


General Chair:
Laure Vieu (CNRS, France)

Program Chairs:
Pawel Garbacz (Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
Oliver Kutz (University of Bremen, Germany)

Local Organization:
Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espirito Santo Brazil)
Renato Rocha Souza (FGV, Brazil)

Robert Hoehndorf (University of Cambridge, UK)

Ontology Competition:
Till Mossakowski (DFKI Bremen and University of Bremen, Germany)

Early Career Symposium:
Marion Haemmerli (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Torsten Hahmann (University of Toronto, Canada)
Claudio Masolo (ISTC-CNR, Italy)

Janna Hastings (European Bioinformatics Institute, UK)
Fernanda Baiao (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)