Dear IAOA members,

herewith you receive the October newsletter on events that cover research in ontology (conferences, workshops, etc.) or are associated with IAOA (e.g., meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Committees). These newsletters shall inform you about upcoming events and their corresponding deadlines. They may also include short reports of interesting past events, for example, by IAOA members who attended them. The planned frequency of the newsletters ranges from monthly to bi-monthly. This service complements the calendars of events [1] and deadlines [2], which we run for gathering event information. Please notice that such calendars are now easily accessible from the right sidebar of the landing page of the IAOA website [3] and from the Events page [4].

Should you have any further suggestions, comments or questions on this service, please let us know by writing to the Association [5] or publicly to the membership [6].

Should you be aware of events that you wish to be added to the calendar, you may write to [7].

IAOA Executive Council

[1] calendar: “IAOA Check Events”

[2] calendar: “IAOA Check Deadlines”

[3] https://iaoa.org/

[4] https://iaoa.org/index.php/events/

[5] info@iaoa.org

[6] iaoa-member@ovgu.de

[7] calendars@iaoa.org


The dates of FOIS 2020 have been announced: it will take place in Bolzano from September 14 to 17 2020. It will be part of a great wider event, the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge, a month of knowledge in September 2020. JOWO and ISAO will also be part of it.

Please check the webpages for updates:

*** BoSK 2020: https://summerofknowledge.inf.unibz.it
*** FOIS 2020: https://fois2020.inf.unibz.it
*** JOWO 2020: https://iaoa.org/jowo/
*** ISAO 2020: https://isao2020.inf.unibz.it


* Ontology As Structured by the Interfaces with Semantics 2 (OASIS 2)
October 16-18, Nantes, France

Website: http://oasis.cnrs.fr/oasis2

* 18th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE 2019)
October 22-23, Rhodes, Greece

Website: http://www.otmconferences.org/index.php/conferences/odbase-2019

* 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019)
October 26-30, Auckland, New Zealand

Website: https://iswc2019.semanticweb.org/

* 2nd Workshop on Semantic Web for Social Good (SW4SG 2019)
October 26 or 27, Auckland, New Zealand

Website: https://sw4sg2019.github.io/iswc2019/

* 10th Workshop on Ontology Design and Patterns (WOP2019)
October 26 or 27, Auckland, New Zealand

Website: http://ontologydesignpatterns.org/wiki/WOP:2019

* 38th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2019)
November 4-7, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Website: https://www.inf.ufrgs.br/er2019/

* 3rd International Workshop on the Applications of Knowledge Representation and Semantic Technologies in Robotics (AnSWeR19)
November 4-8, The Venetian Macao, Macau, China

Website: http://wiki.knoesis.org/index.php/Answer-Robotic-SemanticWeb-IoT-Workshop-IROS2019

* 18th International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIIA 2019)
November 19-22, Rende (CS), Italy

Website: https://aiia2019.mat.unical.it

* Knowledge Capture (K-Cap 2019)
November 19-21, Marina del Rey, California, USA

Website: http://www.k-cap.org/2019/index.html

* Fourth Iberian Robotics Conference (ROBOT 2019)
November 20-22, Porto, Portugal

Website: https://web.fe.up.pt/~robot2019/

* 11th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT 2019)
November 20-22, Trento, Italy

Website: http://context19.disi.unitn.it/

* 11th International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition, Reuse and Evaluation (KARE 2019)
November 23-26, Sorrento (NA), Italy

Website: http://www.sitis-conf.org/en/kare-19.php

* SA Forum for Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR 2019)
December 3-6, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: https://www.fair2019.org.za/

* Industrial Ontology Foundry Fall Meeting 2019 (IOF 2019)
December 4-5, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Website: https://www.nist.gov/news-events/events/2019/12/industrial-ontology-foundry-meeting

* Symposium on Artificial Intelligence (CSCI-ISAI 2019)
December, 5-7, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Website: https://americancse.org/events/csci2019/Symposiums/csci_isai


* SA Forum for Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR 2019)
December 3-6, Cape Town, South Africa

Deadline for submissions:
*** Tuesday, October 15

* 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020)
June 8-12, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Deadline for submissions:
*** Wednesday, October 30 (workshop proposals submission)
*** Friday, November 15 (abstracts submission)
*** Tuesday, November 19 (papers submission)
*** Thursday, November 21 (PAIS abstracts submission)
*** Tuesday, November 26 (PAIS papers submission)

Website: http://ecai2020.eu/

* 17th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2020)
May 31 – June 4, Heraklion, Greece

Deadline for submissions:
*** Thursday, November 21 (workshop proposals submission)
*** Wednesday, December 4 (abstracts submission)
*** Wednesday, December 11 (papers submission)
*** Wednesday, February 12 (PhD symposium submission)
*** Thursday, March 12 (posters, demos and industry track submission)

Website: https://2020.eswc-conferences.org/

* 14th International Workshop on Value Modelling and Business Ontologies (VMBO 2020)
January 16-17, Bruxelles, Belgium

Deadline for submissions:
*** Sunday, November 24 (papers submission)

Website: https://www.easychair.org/cfp/vmbo2020


* German AI Journal (KI): Special Issue on Ontologies and Data Management

Deadline for submissions:
*** Thursday, October 31 (papers submission)
*** Saturday, November 30 (system descriptions, project reports, PhD abstracts, discussions submission)

Website: https://link.springer.com/journal/13218


* Ontology Summit 2019
October 16, 12:00 EST, virtual meeting
(the Ontology Summit is organized and run by the Ontolog Community)
default dates: every Wednesday, 12.00 EST

*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/OntologySummit2020
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/WikiHomePage
*** http://ontologforum.org/index.php/ConferenceCall_2019_10_09

* Executive Council (EC) Meeting

next meeting: n.227, October 15, 14:30 UTC
default dates: bi-weekly, on Tuesdays, 14:30 UTC

EC Webpage:

* EduTC Meetings – Technical Committee on Education

next meeting: n. 44, November 6, 14:30 UTC
default dates: 1st Wednesday of each month, 14:30 UTC

Mailing list archive:

EduTC Webpage:

Scientific Committees

EduTC Wiki: http://iaoaedu.cs.uct.ac.za/

* SWAO SIG Meetings – Semantic Web Applied Ontology SIG

next meeting: n.72, November 4, 14:00 EST
default dates: 1st Monday of each month, 13:30 EST

Mailing list archive: https://listserv.ovgu.de/pipermail/iaoa-swao/

Last SWAO Meeting Webpage:

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JOWO 2019 – Report from Graz

The IAOA event JOWO 2019 – Episode V: The Styrian Autumn of Ontology took place at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, on 23-25 September. The event included twelve workshops, five tutorials, three keynote presentations, and three IAOA meetings, which makes it the largest JOWO event so far. It was a success both in terms of submissions and participants: the call for papers attracted a total of 101 article submissions for all workshops, of which 83 were accepted, and the event counted a little over 100 participants.

The 2019 edition of JOWO hosted workshops that cover a broad spectrum of contemporary applied ontology research, including its foundational aspects (FOUST III), its methodology and quality evaluation (BOG, WOMoCoE), the link between ontologies and data science (DAO-SI), the application of ontologies in specific domains, in particular, cognitive science (CAOS IV), contextual representations of information (CREOL), industry (FOMI), life sciences (ODLS), the concepts of shape, form and structure (SHAPES 5.0), social, legal and economic domains (SoLEEE), digital humanities (WODHSA), and knowledge sharing (WINKS-2).

The tutorials also covered a wide variety of topics ranging from foundational ontologies (FOUNT, TLO), ontology engineering (DOnEReCA), and machine learning with ontologies (MLwO), to biomedicine (SNOMED).

We were very happy to include in our program three keynote speeches by Antony Galton, Yongsheng Gao, and Valentina Presutti, who focused on several aspects of fundamental and applied ontology research.

Finally, the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) held three meetings: a General IAOA Meeting, a meeting by the IAOA Education Committee, and the kickoff meeting of the new IAOA Special Interest Group on Applied Ontology in Industry and Standards.

There were many opportunities to interact in a more relaxed atmosphere during the social events, including a reception by the Austrian Federal State of Styria at the beautiful Orangerie. JOWO closed with the traditional Pub Quiz organised by the IAOA Education Committee, which was also a success, with 28 participants, and great fun.

We would like to thank all workshop and tutorial organizers, authors and speakers for their contributions; the programme committee members and additional reviewers for their timely reviewing; the local organization team, led by Pablo Lopez-Garcia and Stefan Schulz, for the smooth organization; and the JOWO Steering Committee for its insightful advice. Moreover, we would like to thank SNOMED International and Das Land Steiermark for providing generous financial support and facilities. More information will follow soon about the edition of the proceedings.

The JOWO 2019 Chairs,
Adrien Barton and Selja Seppälä

ONTOBRAS 2019 – Report from Porto Alegre

Ontobras was held this year in Porto Alegre, from September 2 to 5 and it was a great success. The seminar had 70 participants:  16 from industry, 28 students and 26 academic researchers (lecturers, mainly). Given its highly specialized nature, this can be considered a very good result.

33 papers were received, of which 11 full papers were accepted, plus 6 short papers to be presented as a poster. The Workshop onThesis and Dissertations has received 6 submissions from Ph.D. students and 2 from master students who are developing their thesis with main focus on ontology. Moreover, organizing the seminar has raised the attention of many other Brazilian organizations and researchers that have never participated to Ontobras in the past, thanks to the publicity on Linkedin and social media.  During and after the seminar, several new contacts of interest in the subject have been received. Therefore, the main aims of the seminar were fully achieved:  that of bringing together the community, offering a forum for PostGraduate students and stimulating them to do research in the area, and attracting new players from industry.

The Ontobras organization deeply thanks IAOA for the financial support, which has helped to start the organization earlier than usual and helped to set the subscription fee for students to 200 reals, (44 euros), providing material and food for all of them.  This fee has guaranteed to several non-author students the participation in the conference.


The General Organization

Mara Abel

Joel Luis Carbonera