[DL] 8th Int'l Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO 2014) - Submission Deadline Extended to May 27

Ivan José Varzinczak ijv at acm.org
Mon May 19 00:17:11 CEST 2014

*Apologies for cross-posting*

    8th Int'l Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO)
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 22, 2014
          held in conjunction with FOIS 2014

             --- Last Call for Papers ---
      EXTENDED Submission deadline: May 27, 2014


Submissions: Extended to May 27, 2014
Notification: June 30, 2014
Camera ready: July 20, 2014
Workshop: September 22, 2014

Submission guidelines: http://womo2014.bio-lark.org

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 issues.

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, Brazil.

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.


Kenneth Baclawski, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Tudor Groza, The University of Queensland, Australia
Torsten Hahmann, University of Maine, USA
Ivan Varzinczak, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


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
Francisco Martin-Recuerda, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Adrian Paschke, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Alessandra Mileo, DERI Galway, Ireland
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 José Varzinczak
Departamento de Ciência da Computação - Instituto de Matemática
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Homepage: http://en.varzinczak.net16.net
Google scholar profile: http://tinyurl.com/varzinczak

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