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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Modular Ontologies, 22 Sep 2014, Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

WoMO 2014 - held in conjunction with FOIS 2014

MODULARITY as studied for years in software engineering, is also central 
to formal and applied ontologies. Modularity supports reducing the 
complexity of ontologies and thereby easing the development, use and 
reuse, verification, maintenance, and integration of ontologies by humans 
and machines.

The WoMO workshop series, now in its 8th edition, has helped to advance 
the understanding of modularity as it applies to ontologies. This year's 
workshop aims to go beyond ontologies and focuses on fostering knowledge 
exchange between other communities where modularity is or may become a 
critical factor, such as Big Data and Context. Big Data denotes 
collections of large, complex and heterogeneous datasets characterised by 
big volume, velocity and variety. The key research questions in this area 
revolve around the efficient management and use of this data, i.e., facets 
where modularized ontologies may lead to improved solutions. Context, on 
the other hand, is one of the most challenging problems faced in 
Artificial Intelligence (AI). Without considering contextual information, 
reasoning can easily run into problems such as: inconsistency, when 
considering knowledge in the wrong context; inefficiency, by considering 
knowledge irrelevant for a certain context; incompleteness, since an 
inference may depend on knowledge assumed in the context and not 
explicitly stated. Modular representations of knowledge, including modular 
ontologies, are one promising avenue for dealing with such context-related 

WoMO 2014 continues the series of successful events that have been an 
excellent venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss latest work 
as well as work-in-progress. The most recent WoMOs were held at FOIS/ICBO 
2012 and at LPNMR 2013. This time WoMO will be collocated with the 
Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2014), the 
leading conference in formal and applied ontology, in Rio de Janeiro, 

In addition to the foundational ontology-related topics, this year's 
workshop encourages submissions that discuss various topics on modularity 
in Big Data and Context, as well as vertical applications of modularity in 
particular domains such as Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biomedicine, 
Ambient Intelligence or Social Intelligence.

In general, topics include, but are not limited to:

* Foundational aspects of modularity: definition, representation, structure, design patterns, granularity;
* Logical aspects: modular (ontology) languages; reconciling inconsistencies across modules; formal structuring of modules; heterogeneity; hybrid theories; intertheory relations (conservativity, interpretability, strong equivalence, inseparability, etc.);
* Algorithmic & heuristic approaches: distributed and incremental reasoning; modularization and module extraction techniques; reasoning complexity; system descriptions;
* Methodological issues as they occur throughout the ontology lifecycle: publishing/sharing, linking, maintenance, reuse of modules;
* Analysis and evaluation: case studies or other analyses of modularizations; quantitative and qualitative ways to measure adequacy of a modularization; comparison of modularizations with respect to philosophical, logical, reasoning, cognitive, or social aspects;
* Modularity issues that arise in Big Data and Linked Data;
* Context-driven modularization and module-based contextual reasoning.

The workshop will be open to all attendants of FOIS'14 and its workshops. 
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop 
and present the paper.


Paper Submission:  May 23, 2014
Notification:  June 30, 2014
Camera ready: July 20, 2014
Workshop: September 22, 2014


We welcome submissions on modularity in a broad sense. The workshop is 
open to papers of theoretical or practical nature from various 
disciplines. Submissions can be long papers (12 pages) or short papers (5 
pages), formatted according the IOS formatting guidelines found at

All submissions must be prepared in PDF format and submitted no later than 
the submission deadline, through the EasyChair Submission Page at

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the program 
committee. Accepted papers will be made available in the proceedings to be 
published electronically in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings series (see The proceedings of WoMO 2012 and 2013 are 
available at and


Kenneth Baclawski, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Tudor Groza, The University of Queensland, Australia
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA
Ivan Varzinczak, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, South Africa


Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Arina Britz, Meraka Institute, CSIR, South Africa
Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Mike Dean, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA
Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
Martin Homola, Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia
Robert Hoehndorf, University of Cambridge, UK
Ernesto Jiminez-Ruiz, University of Oxford, UK
Kouji Kozaki, Osaka University, Japan
Alessandra Mileo, DERI Galway, Ireland
Adrian Paschke, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Guilin Qi, Southeast University, China
Thomas Schneider, University of Bremen, Germany
Marco Schorlemmer, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spain
Luciano Serafini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Dimitry Tsarkov, University of Manchester, UK
George Vouros, University of Piraeus, Greece
Dirk Walther, TU Dresden, Germany
Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia


Ivan Jos Varzinczak
Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research - South Africa