[DL] CFP: OIC 2007: Ontology for the Intelligence Community

Obrst, Leo J. lobrst at mitre.org
Sat Jun 9 21:05:21 CEST 2007


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NOTE: Paper submission date: July 15, 2007







Towards Effective Exploitation and Integration of Intelligence


Hilton Hotel, Columbia, MD


November 28-30, 2007 


(November 30th is CLASSIFIED: those with TS/SCI clearances only and
will be in Hanover, MD, near Columbia, MD).


The increasing volume, variety and velocity of intelligence analysis
requires new approaches that will enable greater flexibility,
precision, timeliness and automation of analysis to maximize valuable
human resources in responding to fast-evolving threats. 

Ontology-based technology as applied in areas such as bioinformatics
has demonstrated the possibility of gains along all of these
dimensions. The time is ripe to extend these gains also to other


This conference will bring together experts on ontology-based
technology with particular experience in the problems facing the
intelligence community. It will feature invited talks from prominent
ontologists and intelligence community leaders, as well as submitted
papers focusing especially on the creation of public-domain ontology
resources to support the work of intelligence analysts.


Conference Director: Barry Smith (National Center for Ontological
Research, Buffalo)


Scientific Committee

Kathleen Stewart Hornsby (Maine) (Chair); Bill Andersen (Ontology

Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer); Werner Ceusters (Buffalo); Randall

(Buffalo); Terry Janssen (Lockheed); Kathryn Laskey (George Mason

University); Kevin Lynch (CIA); Leo Obrst (MITRE); Chris Welty (IBM





Submissions are invited of short papers in pdf format (up to 1500
words) designed to serve as the basis for 20-minute oral presentations
at the conference. Accepted papers will be published (at speaker
discretion) in the proceedings, in both an online version and
prospectively a printed version. The authors of selected papers will be
invited to submit longer versions for publication in volume 1 of a new
series on Ontology for the Intelligence Community. 


Papers may address a wide variety of issues addressing the ontology
needs of the intelligence community. We are especially interested in
papers devoted to the task of creating an interoperable suite of
public-domain ontologies relevant to intelligence analysis, covering
areas such as:


         emergency response

         urban settings

         geospatial / cartographic


         social networks

         images and imaging


         moving object tracking

         religion and politics

         biology and health


The ontologies should be combinable at will in such a way as to support
the integration of data describing different domains. We encourage
submissions that describe scenarios where multiple ontologies are
linked to support higher-order analysis and reasoning over complex
data. Questions to be addressed might include: which domains should be
included in such a suite of ontologies? how can we ensure that
ontologies interoperate in useful ways? how can we address the specific
problems arising in virtue of the partiality and uncertainty of
intelligence data? how can we use domain ontologies to organize,
display and share intelligence analysis hypotheses while also
maintaining a clean distinction between types and instances in
knowledge representation artifacts?



A CLASSIFIED paper and presentation/demo day will be held on the 30th
only for those holding TS/SCI Clearances.  Related Intelligence
Community project participants are encouraged to submit unclassified
and classified presentations.  Because we are still in the process of
determining the submission procedure for this, UNCLASSIFIED inquiries
about CLASSIFIED submissions or procedures can be addressed to Leo
Obrst (lobrst at mitre.org) or Terry Janssen (terry.janssen at lmco.com).
Unclassified paper submissions with CLASSIFIED Demonstrations are also
encouraged. We will have more general guidelines for CLASSIFIED
submissions shortly.


Details on how to pass clearances, and to whom, will be provided to
those who sign up for the CLASSIFIED day on the 30th.



Receipt of papers: July 15, 2007

Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2007


Further information regarding submission will be provided in due course
at http://ncor.us/oic2007 <http://ncor.us/oic2007> 


For inquiries please write to ncor at buffalo.edu.


This meeting is sponsored by the NATIONAL CENTER FOR ONTOLOGICAL



Dr. Leo Obrst       The MITRE Corporation, Information Semantics 
lobrst at mitre.org    Information Discovery & Understanding, Command and
Control Center
Voice: 703-983-6770 7515 Colshire Drive, M/S H305 
Fax: 703-983-1379   McLean, VA 22102-7508, USA 
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