IAOA events are events directly (co-)organised by the Association. They generally include reductions in participation fees for members, limited support for attendance on application, and publication agreements established by the Association (currently IOS press).

The flagship IAOA conference is the
The International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS), held biannually.

Past FOIS events are listed in the
FOIS series website - the FOIS 2014 conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, September 22-26, 2014.

Other main IAOA events include the
Interdisciplinary Summer Schools on Ontological Analysis and the IAOA Summer Institutes, held in an alternating manner.

The next
IAOA summer school 2014 will be held in Vitória, Brazil, between September 15-19, directly preceding the FOIS conference. The IAOA summer school 2012 was held in Trento, Italy. The last IAOA Summer Institute 2013 was held in Fiesole (Firenze), Italy.

Further events include the
Ontology Summits, the WoMO workshops, as well as the FOMI workshops - links to past and upcoming events can be found in the blog below.

Ontology Summit 2012:

"Ontology for Big Systems"

Co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA & NCO_NITRD, the 2012 Ontology Summit is in session between Jan-12 and Apr-13 this year. This is the 7th in the series of 3-month open annual events, by and for the Ontology Community and their collaborators

Description, Goals & Objectives:

This year's Ontology Summit is titled "Ontology for Big Systems" and seeks to explore, identify and articulate how ontological methods can bring value to the various disciplines required to engineer a "big system." The term "big system" is intended to cover a large scope that includes many of the terms encountered in the media such as big data, complex techno-socio-economic systems, intelligent or smart systems, cloud computing, netcentricity and collective intelligence. Established disciplines that fall within the summit scope include (but not limited to) systems engineering, software engineering, information systems modelling, and data mining.

The principal goal of the summit is to bring together and foster collaboration between the ontology community, systems community, and stakeholders of some of the "big systems." Together, the summit participants will exchange ideas on how ontological analysis and ontology engineering might make a difference, when applied in these "big systems." We will aim towards producing a series of recommendations describing how ontologies can create an impact; as well as providing illustrations where these techniques have been, or could be, applied in domains such as bioinformatics, electronic health records, intelligence, the smart electrical grid, manufacturing and supply chains, earth and environmental, e-science, cyberphysical systems and e-government. As is traditional with the Ontology Summit series, the results will be captured in the form of a communiqué, with expanded supporting material provided on the web.

Process & Deliverables:

This is our 7th annual OntologySummit season. Similar to our last 6 summits, this OntologySummit will comprise of 3 months of virtual discourse (over our archived mailing lists) and virtual panel sessions (over augmented conference calls), and culminate in a 2-day face-to-face workshop/symposium held on April 12 & 13, 2012 at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the greater Washington, DC Area (Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA to be exact) during which we, among other things, will distill our thoughts into a collaboratively developed communiqué.

Come join us at the weekly virtual panel discussions (every Thursday), and the culmination event - the OntologySummit2012 Workshop and Symposium.

First Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis

The first IAOA summer school will take place in Trento (Italy) on July 16-20 2012 (the week just before FOIS 2012 in Graz) as a full immersion experience in ontology. The emphasis is on ontological analysis and the goal is to show how the different disciplines interact and communicate to answer a variety of problems.
The school is open to students, to researchers and to practitioners and is organized to foster cross-disciplinary interaction.


Lecturers and courses:
Christiane Fellbaum, Dept. of Computer Science, Princeton University,
- Ontology, semantics, and cognitive linguistics

Chiara Ghidini and Luciano Serafini, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento,
- Introduction to First Order Logic for Knowledge Representation
- Logical tools for ontological analysis

Nicola Guarino, Laboratory for Applied Ontology ISTC-CNR, Trento,
- Introduction to Applied Ontology

Giancarlo Guizzardi, Dept. of Computer Science, Federal University of Espírito Santo,
- Ontology-driven conceptual modelling

Kevin Mulligan, Dept. of Philosophy, Université de Genève,
- Ontological analysis: the philosophical perspective

CFP: FOIS 2012 - Seventh International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems

FOIS 2012 - Seventh International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
Held together with the 3rd International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2012)


July 24-27, 2012 - Graz, Austria

We are calling for papers to be considered for inclusion in FOIS 2012.

Paper Submission Deadline: January 31, 2012 February 12, 2012 (updated)
Notification: March 8, 2012
Camera-Ready Deadline for accepted papers: March 24, 2012
Conference Dates: July, 24-27, 2012

Conference chair: Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Program chairs: Maureen Donnelly (University at Buffalo, USA) and
Giancarlo Guizzardi (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil)
Local organization: Stephan Schulz (Gratz University, Austria)

Final call for participation: IAOA Summer Institute in Applied Ontology - Ontology of processes in the human environment, in engineering, and in business

The International Association for Applied Ontology (www.iaoa.org), in cooperation with the Vespucci Initiative (www.vespucci.org), organizes its first Summer Institute in Applied Ontology in Florence, Italy, on July 17-23, 2011. Applications will close soon.

The IAOA promotes interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, and applications of ontological analysis more generally.

This first Summer Institute in Applied Ontology will focus on the topic of Process Ontology and its applications to the analysis of processes in the human environment, in engineering, and in business.

The Summer Institute facilitators will be:
Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Werner Kuhn (University of Muenster, Germany)
David Mark (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA).

Date: July 17-23, 2011, Process Ontology: 

Venue: Firenze, Italy (see 

Accommodation: hotel, bed and breakfast, or camp ground in Fiesole (20 minutes by bus from Firenze; shuttle bus or car to venue)

Application: at vespucci.org and www.iaoa.org, until the end of April, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: continuing.
Grants may be available for participants with special financial needs, if these are stated and justified in the application.

Goals and Contents:
Understanding processes has become one of the key challenges to society: how much does our climate change, and why? how can deforestation of the Amazon be put under control? how can manufacturing processes be optimized? Process ontology provides the theory, tools, and techniques to analyze processes and to improve the design and use of information systems that support human decisions in dynamic situations. The institute will feature tutorials on ontology, progressing into research discussions and group work on the ontological analysis of processes.

Participants will learn to:
- apply basic ontological distinctions and formal ontology;
- sort out the different kinds of things that go under the name "process";
- identify spatio-temporal patterns underlying processes;
- understand implications of choosing between three- and four-dimensionalism
- relate existing process ontologies to each other;
- specify complex states, processes and events in terms of simpler ones;
- design domain-specific process ontologies (e.g. in manufacturing, e-commerce, geography, biology) from more generic ontologies.

CFP: FOMI 2011 - 5th Workshop on Formal Ontologies Meet Industry

FOMI 2011 - 5TH Workshop on Formal Ontologies Meet Industry
July 7-8, 2011 – Delft, Netherlands

- Paper Submission: March 5, 2011
- Acceptance Notification: April 9, 2011
- Camera Ready: May 14, 2011
Virginia Dignum, Information and Communication Technology, Delft University of Technology
Pieter Vermaas, Philosophy, Delft University of Technology
For any question, contact fomi2011@tudelft.nl

Presentation at the First IAOA General Assembly - 13 May 2010 (Toronto, Canada)

Please find the presentation slides of a talk given by the newly elected IAOA Executive Council, held at the FOIS 2010 conference, here.

FOIS 2010 / WoMO 2010 Proceedings

The proceedings of FOIS 2010 have been published here. The proceedings of WoMO 2010 can be found here. Both are freely available online for IAOA members in the Member’s Area.

First IAOA Executive Council Elections - Apr/May 2010 (virtual event)

The IAOA will elect its first Executive Council, beginning on April 28, 2010. Read all about the process in this Wiki.

WoMO 2010 co-located with FOIS 2010

The 4th International Workshop on Modular Ontologies, WoMO-2010, will be co-located with FOIS-2010. Find the CFP here.

Proceedings of FOMI 2009

The proceedings of FOMI 2009 have been published here.
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