[tdwg] CfP: 1st International Workshop on Ontologies come of Age in the Semantic Web, OCAS2011 (collocated with ISWC2011)

Jouni Tuominen jouni.tuominen at aalto.fi
Mon Jun 27 14:53:45 CEST 2011

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1st International Workshop on Ontologies come of Age in the Semantic 
Web, OCAS2011
Collocated with the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2011)
October 23rd or 24th, 2011
Bonn, Germany

Also, OCAS Challenge:

First place: US$ 2000
Second place: US$ 1000
Three third prizes of $500 each

For the Challenge, specifically for the Challenge, check 

The OCAS Workshop


The real challenge for Semantic Web technologies and ontologies lays in 
the adoption; although the need for this disruptive technology is clear, 
it has not yet been fully adopted by the mainstream. Ontologies: where, 
what for, how, when and why? Ontologies are being used in several 
applications, but is ontology engineering a mature discipline? Not only 
are we interested in practical realizations of the Semantic Web, but 
also in visions of technology that illustrate how SW technology and 
ontologies could change our experience of the Web.

Questions addressed by OCAS2011:

* How are SW technologies and ontologies being adopted by mainstream?
* Experience reports of the introduction of SW technologies and 
ontologies in corporate and government environments
* Once introduced in an environment, how do SW and ontology-based 
applications evolve?
* Ontologies in manufacturing and production chains
* Ontologies supporting CAD interoperability and feature extraction; 
towards smart CAD environments
* How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge 
encoded in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?
* What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a 
* How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in scholarly 
communication, and of hypotheses and scientific evidence?
* What does a network of truly interconnected documents look like? How 
could interoperability across documents
be enabled?
* Are decision support systems in the biomedical domain using 
ontologies? How?
* How are biomedical ontologies logically formalizing the rich set of 
lexical definitions gathered? How are these
ontologies going beyond controlled vocabularies?
* Practical cases of successful and unsuccessful application of 
ontologies and SW technologies in application domains such as: 
financial, biomedical, e-business, engineering, law enforcement, 
document management, egovernment, legislative systems.

Organizing Committee

Alexander García Castro is an instructor at the University of Arkansas 
for Medical Sciences. He is currently working on the application and 
development of SW technologies and ontologies in translational research. 
He is particularly interested in Knowledge Management, Ontology 
engineering and Semantic Web Technologies in the biomedical domain. 
Alexander has been leading the development of the ORATEOntology 
repository, focusing on manual and automatic mapping facilities. He has 
also led the development of a number of Protégé plug-ins. In addition 
Alexander has successfully participated in a number of Semantic Web 
related projects, some of them have been awarded at in international 
contests such as the 2009 Elsevier Grand Challenge. In addition 
Alexander has successfully organized workshops such as ORES (at 
ESWC2010), SERES (at ISWC2010), SePublica (at ESWC2011) and OSEMA (at 

Ken Baclawski is an Associate Professor of the College of Computer and 
Information Science, Northeastern University. His primary research area 
is ontology based computing. This includes research in the Semantic Web, 
formal ontology-based methods for software engineering and software 
modeling, and ontology-based methods in biology and medicine. He was one 
of the founders of the OOR initiative. He and his students have been 
active developers of the OOR. Professor Baclawski holds 10 US and UK 
patents. He has authored articles in such journals and conferences as 
the US National Academy of Science, Information Systems, the 
International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, 
the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, and the International Semantic 
Web Conference. He has served on numerous peer review panels for the 
National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the 
Association for Computing Machinery, and has organized and served on 
many program committees of research conferences. He serves as a 
consultant to companies and government laboratories, and has edited and 
written several books and research monographs.

John Bateman is a full Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English 
and Linguistics Departments of the University of Bremen, specializing in 
functional, computational and multimodal linguistics. His research 
interests include functional linguistic approaches to multilingual and 
multimodal document design, dialogue systems and discourse structure. He 
has been investigating the relation between language and social context 
for many years, focusing particularly on accounts of register, genre, 
functional variation, lexicogrammatical description and theory, 
multilingual and multimodal linguistic description, and computational 
instantiations of linguistic theory. He has published widely in all 
these areas, as well as authoring several introductory and survey 
articles on natural language generation and systemic-functional 
linguistics. His current interests centre on the application of 
functional linguistic and corpus methods to multimodal meaning making, 
analysing and critiquing multimodal documents of all kinds, the 
development of linguistically-motivated ontologies, and the construction 
of computational dialogue systems for robothuman communication.

Kim Viljanen is a working as a doctoral candidate in the Semantic 
Computing Research Group at the Aalto University, focusing on semantic 
web, linked data, future of web and content management technologies. He 
has published many scientific papers, has given lots of talks both 
internationally and in Finland, and acted as a lecturer. Kim has 
participated in the creation of award winning applications such as the 
semantic portals MuseumFinland and HealthFinland. He is currently 
developing the Finnish semantic web infrastructure FinnONTO, focusing 
his research work on the Ontology Library ONKI.

Christoph Lange is a Ph.D. student at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. 
His thesis, to be submitted in January 2010, as well as his recent 
publications, focus on collaborative authoring of mathematical documents 
using Semantic Web technologies. This involves document ontologies, 
interactive assistive services embedded into documents, as well as 
Linked Data publishing. He was a chair of the Semantic Wiki workshop 
series at ESWC 2008 to 2010, of the ORES (Ontology Repositories) 
workshop and the AI Mashup Challenge at ESWC 2010, and a PC member of 
WIMS 2011, the Balisage Markup conference 2010 and 2011, and I-SEMANTICS 
2007 through 2011.

Program Committee

* Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
* John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany.
* Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany.
* Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland.
* Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
* Fabian Neuhaus, University of Maryland, USA.
* William Hogan, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
* Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA.
* Peter Haase, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description 
Methods, Germany.
* Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
* Leyla Garcia, Bundeswehr University, Germany.
* Benjamin Good, Novartis, USA
* Matthew Horridge, University of Manchester, UK
* Oliver Kutz, University of Bremen, Germany.
* Raul Garcia Castro, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
* Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA.
* Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK.
* Carlos Toro, VICOMTech Industrial Applications. Spain
* Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan.
* Carlos Pedrinaci, Open University, England
* Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki, Finland


- Paper submission deadline: August 15
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: September 5
- Camera ready version due: September 16

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We are looking forward to your submissions.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions.

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The workshop is collocated with the 10th International Semantic Web 
ISWC2011 (October 23-27, 2011 - Bonn, Germany): 

Kind regards,

Alexander García Castro, Ken Baclawski, John Bateman, Kim Viljanen, 
Christoph Lange

Jouni Tuominen | jouni.tuominen at aalto.fi | +358 9 470 23346
Project Researcher, Semantic Computing Research Group
University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science
Aalto University School of Science, Department of Media Technology
Room 2541, Otaniementie 17, Espoo, Finland; P.O. Box 15500, 00076 Aalto, 

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