The 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems, FOIS 2016

Call for Papers

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: January 31st, 2016 extended to February 15th, 2016 (23:59 CET)
Paper notification: April 15th, 2016

Topics of Interest

FOIS seeks high-quality papers on a wide range of topics. An ideal FOIS paper will address both content-related ontological issues and their formal modeling, as well as their relevance to some aspect of information systems.

Areas of particular interest to the conference include the following:

Foundational Issues:

  • Kinds of entities: particulars/universals, continuants/occurrents, abstracta/concreta, dependent entities/independent entities, natural objects/artifacts
  • Formal relations: parthood, identity, connection, dependence, constitution, causality, subsumption, instantiation
  • Vagueness and granularity
  • Space, time, and change

Methodological issues:

  • Role of reference ontologies
  • Top-level vs. domain-specific ontologies
  • Relationship with cognition, language and semantics
  • Formal comparison among ontologies
  • Ontology integration and alignment

Domain-specific ontologies:

  • Ontology of physical reality (matter, space, time, motion, etc.)
  • Ontology of biological reality (genes, proteins, cells, organisms, etc.)
  • Ontology of mental reality and agency (beliefs, intentions, emotions, percepts, etc.)
  • Ontology of artifacts, functions and roles
  • Ontology of social reality (institutions, organizations, norms, social relationships, artistic expressions, languages, etc.)
  • Ontology of perception (human and artificial)


  • Ontology-driven information systems design
  • Ontological foundations for conceptual modeling
  • Knowledge management
  • Qualitative modeling
  • Computational linguistics
  • Information retrieval
  • Semantic Web, Web services
  • Ontology and the Internet of Things: Smart Networked Systems and Societies
  • Ontology for Big Data
  • Business modeling
  • Ontologies for particular scientific disciplines (biology, chemistry, geography, physics, cognitive sciences, linguistics etc.)
  • Ontologies for engineering: shape, form and function, artifacts, manufacturing, design, architecture, etc.
  • Ontologies for the humanities: arts, cultural studies, history, law, literature, philosophy, etc.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must not exceed 14 pages (including 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.

The Easychair submission page can be found at:

The proceedings will be published by IOS Press in electronic format with permanent open access.


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