Call for papers

The 4th Workshop on Foundational Ontology (FOUST IV) is organised as part of the Joint Ontology Workshops and hosted by the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge.

FOUST IV is going to happen virtually.

Foundational ontologies are attempts to systematise those categories of thought or reality which are common to all or almost all subject-matters. Commonly considered examples of such categories include ‘object’, ‘quality’, ‘function’, ‘role’, ‘process’, ‘event’, ‘time’, and ‘place’. Amongst existing foundational ontologies, there is both a substantial measure of agreement and some dramatic disagreements. There is currently no uniform consensus concerning how a foundational ontology should be organised, how far its ‘reach’ should be (e.g., is the distinction between physical and non-physical entities sufficiently fundamental to be included here?), and even what role it should play in relation to more specialised domain ontologies. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present work on specific foundational ontologies as well as foundational ontologies in general and their relations to each other and to the wider ontological enterprise.

Workshop Topics

  • Changes to existing foundational ontologies / extension by new modules
  • Any specific category or topic usually covered by foundational ontology (e.g., functions, roles, time, mereology)
  • Theoretical results about specific foundational ontologies (e.g., consistency proof of significant parts of an existing foundational ontology)
  • Comparison and alignments of foundational ontologies
  • Relationship between foundational ontologies and domain ontologies
  • Applications of foundational ontologies in AI, Semantic Web, Linguistics, etc.

Submissions

We encourage different types of contribution:

  • Full research paper: Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages (excluding the bibliography) and must include an abstract of no more than 300 words.
  • Short paper: Submitted papers must not exceed 6 pages (excluding the bibliography) and must include an abstract of no more than 300 words.

Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS Press formatting guidelines, which can be found at http://www.iospress.nl/service/authors/latex-and-word-tools-for-book-authors/

The Easychair submission page can be found at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2020 (select the track “3rd Workshop on Foundational Ontology”)

All contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, compare:

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: July 27, 2020
  • Notification: August 25, 2020
  • Camera ready: September 1, 2016
  • Workshop: September, 14-16 (precise date(s) TBD)

Workshop Policy

No traveling and physical participation is required, no registration fee. The workshop is going to happen virtually.

Contact

E-mail:  foustworkshop@gmail.com

Organization

PC Chairs

Tiago Prince Sales – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Daniele Porello – Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy

Program Committee

To be announced.

Steering Committee

Stefano Borgo – Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
Oliver Kutz – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Frank Loebe – University of Leipzig, Germany
Fabian Neuhaus – Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany