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FOIS 2023: 2nd Call for Papers
13th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2023), July 17-20, 2023 (Sherbrooke, QC, Canada) and Sept 18-20, 2023 (Online)
We are happy to announce three exciting keynote speakers for FOIS 2023:
- Deborah McGuinness, Tetherless World Senior Constellation Chair and Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
- John Heil, Professor of Philosophy, Washington University, USA and Durham University, UK
- Michael Gruninger, Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
More information about our keynotes speakers: https://fois2023.griis.ca/keynote-speakers/
Definition and scope
The FOIS conference is a meeting point for all researchers with an interest in formal ontology. Formal ontology is the systematic study of the types of entities and relations making up the domains of interest represented in modern information systems. The conference encourages submission of high quality, not previously published results on both theoretical issues and practical advancements. FOIS 2023 will have distinct tracks for foundational issues, ontology applications and methods, and domain ontologies.
FOIS aims to be a nexus of interdisciplinary research and communication for researchers from many domains engaging with formal ontology. Common application areas include conceptual modeling, database design, knowledge engineering and management, software engineering, organizational modeling, artificial intelligence, robotics, computational linguistics, the life sciences, bioinformatics and scientific research in general, geographic information science, information retrieval, library and information science, as well as the Semantic Web.
FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA: http://iaoa.org/), which is a non-profit organization promoting interdisciplinary research and international collaboration in formal ontology.
- Paper submission deadline: 31 January 2023
- Author rebuttal period: March 24-31, 2023 (tentative)
- Notifications: April 10, 2023 (tentative)
- Camera-ready papers: May 1, 2023
- Onsite conference: July 17-20, 2023
- Virtual conference: September 18-20, 2023
The submission deadline for workshops will be after the notifications to allow authors to submit a revised version of rejected papers to any of the conference workshops if the paper topics are appropriate for this workshop.
FOIS 2023 will consist of a physical meeting and a virtual meeting:
An in-person only meeting in Sherbrooke, Quebec from July 17 to 20, 2023 that will be very much like a traditional conference with keynotes, regular talks, workshops and tutorials and plenty of social and networking opportunities. This part will not have a remote participation option, but we plan on recording selected talks (e.g. keynotes). The main conference will be from July 17 to 19 and workshops and tutorials will be held mostly on July 20.
This will be followed by an online part to be held from September 18 to 20, 2023 that offers an opportunity for presentation and discussion of additional papers that were not presented at the physical meeting in Sherbrooke.
To plan for this two-part event, authors must at the time of submission indicate their preference and constraints for presenting either on site in Sherbrooke or virtually. Acceptance will be either for in-person presentation or for online presentation, at which time authors can no longer change the modality. Since the numbers of in-person and online presentations are limited, we encourage authors to be as flexible as possible to maximize your chance of paper acceptance. More details are provided in the Submission Instructions.
FOIS 2023 seeks three types of full-length (14 pages) high-quality papers on a wide range of topics:
Foundational papers address content-related ontological issues, their formal representation, and their relevance to some aspect of information systems.
Application and Methods papers address novel systems, methods, and tools related to building, evaluating, or using ontologies, emphasizing the impact of ontology contents.
Domain ontology papers describe a novel ontology for a specific realm of interest, clarifying ontological choices against requirements and foundational theory, and showing ontology use.
Please refer to the submission instructions for more details. As usual, the FOIS proceedings will be published by IOS Press.
The conference will also offer workshops and tutorials related to formal ontologies. See the separate call for workshops and tutorials for more information.
Topics of interest
Areas of particular interest to FOIS include the following:
- Foundational Issues
- Kinds of entities: particulars/universals, continuants/occurrents, abstracta/concreta, dependent entities/independent entities, natural objects/artifacts, events/processes
- Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence, constitution, causality, subsumption, instantiation
- Vagueness and granularity
- Space, time, and change
- Methodological issues
- Top-level vs. domain-specific ontologies
- Role of reference ontologies
- Ontology similarity, integration, alignment, matching and entity reconciliation
- Ontology modularity, patterns, and contextuality
- Ontology evaluation, quality, reuse, adaptation, and evolution
- Ontology compliance with FAIR principles
- Formal comparison among ontologies
- Relationship between conceptual modeling and ontologies
- Relationship with cognition, language, semantics, and context
- Connections between knowledge graphs and ontologies
- Methodological issues in the applications of ontologies
- Social issues, such as trust or bias, with respect to ontologies
- Technical applications of ontologies, such as
- Semantic Web
- Other areas of AI (Machine Learning, Explainable AI, Rules)
- Qualitative modeling
- Systems applications of ontologies, such as
- Ontology-driven information systems design
- Ontology-based data access
- Knowledge management
- Information retrieval
- Computational linguistics
- Metadata management
- Domain applications of ontologies, such as
- Ontologies for business modeling
- Ontologies for particular scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, geography, physics, geoscience, cognitive sciences, linguistics, etc.)
- Ontologies for engineering: shape, form and function, artifacts, manufacturing, design, architecture, etc.
- Ontologies for the humanities: arts, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, etc.
- Ontologies for the social sciences: economics, law, political science, anthropology, archeology, etc.
- Ontologies for Open Science and dataset sharing
- Domain-specific ontologies
- Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, etc.)
- Ontology of biological reality (organisms, genes, proteins, cells, etc.)
- Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions, emotions, perceptions, cognition, etc.)
- Ontology of artifacts, functions, capacities and roles
- Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, social relationships, artistic expressions, etc.)
Antony Galton, University of Exeter, UK
Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, IRIT-CNRS Toulouse, France
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA
Local Organization Chair:
Jean-François Ethier, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Cassia Trojahn, IRIT Université Toulouse 2, France
Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:
Megan Katsumi, University of Toronto, Canada
Emilio Sanfilippo, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Early Career Chairs:
Antoine Zimmermann, École des Mines de Saint-Étienne (EMSE), France
Guendalina Righetti, Free University Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
Demo & Showcase Chairs:
Sergio de Cesare, University of Westminster, UK
Tiago Prince Sales, University of Twente, Netherlands
Lucia Gomez Alvarez, TU Dresden, Germany
Selja Seppälä, University College Cork, Ireland
Maria Hedblom, Jönköping University, Sweden
Program committee: https://fois2023.griis.ca/conference-organization/
Dr. Lucía Gómez Álvarez
Computational Logic Group
Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Faculty of Computer Science
following up on the ICFCA Call for workshops, I am wondering whether
anybody is interested in co-organising or participating in a workshop on
using Jupyter notebooks for FCA. Notebooks provide possibilities for
sharing and exchanging data and algorithms, even combining algorithms
written in different programming languages and for writing teaching
materials and other documentation. I know that some FCA people are
already using them, but I am not sure how much interest there would be in
a workshop on this topic. Thus, if you are interested, please let me know
(by email to upriss(a)gmail.com).
17th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis
July 17-21, 2023, Kassel, Germany
# Call for Workshops and Tutorials
The ICFCA 2023 Organizing Committee invites proposals for
workshops/tutorials to be held on the first day of the conference (July
17, 2023), which will take place in Kassel, Germany. We invite proposals
for both **full- and half-day workshops/tutorial** in current and
emerging topics in (or related to) Formal Concept Analysis. The workshop
and tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss novel topics in an
interactive atmosphere. They can concentrate in-depth on research
topics, but can also be devoted to application issues.
ICFCA 2023 will be a hybrid conference with a strong emphasis on on-site
interaction. Therefore all contributors are required to present their
work locally in Kassel.
# Duration & format
We welcome both full- and half-day workshop/tutorial proposals. We would
like to encourage proposers to aim for a program that is both varied and
interesting. For workshops, especially where the format is concerned, we
would like you to think about ways of going beyond the usual list of
presentations of accepted papers. Another way of extending the usual
format is to include a specific challenge problem that can be addressed
by the workshop participants, with a dedicated challenge session in the
workshop program. Note, however, that the challenge should be only one
of the components of the workshop, targeting a problem which is specific
to the workshop topic(s).
# Combined Tutorial & Workshop
Especially for a relatively novel but rapidly maturing topic, giving an
introduction of the state-of-the-art may go beyond the scope of an
invited presentation. In this case, a half day tutorial followed by a
half day workshop could be a good format.
# Guidelines for proposals
When proposing a workshop or a tutorial, please provide (at least) the
- A brief description of
- the specific issues that will be addressed,
- the reasons why the workshop/tutorial is of interest in these times,
- the main research areas involved,
- and what the workshop/tutorial will add to the conference (e.g., do
you expect papers of a theme that would not fit the main conference?).
- For workshops,
- a draft of the Call for Papers, including information on accepted
formats (e.g., regular papers, extended abstracts, oral-only
presentations of relevant recently published or submitted contributions,
- and expected format of the workshop (e.g., invited talks,
presentations, poster sessions, panel discussions, challenge sessions,
or other ideas for ensuring an interactive atmosphere).
- In the case of a combined tutorial-workshop, please clearly
indicate the format.
- Any special requirements regarding logistics (e.g., poster stands,
audio equipment), if applicable.
For applying or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact the Program Chairs Domingo López Rodríguez and Dominik
Dürrschnabel: icfca2023(a)lists.cs.uni-kassel.de. We are looking forward
to your proposals.
# Tutorial/Workshop proposal deadline:
Friday, February 3, 2023