Definition and Scope
Formal ontology in this modern sense is now a research focus in such diverse domains as conceptual modeling, database design, software engineering, organizational modeling, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, the life sciences, bioinformatics, geographic information science, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and the Semantic Web. Researchers in all these areas increasingly recognize the need for serious engagement with ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations making up their respective domains of enquiry, in providing a solid foundation for their work.
The FOIS conference is designed to provide a meeting point for researchers from all disciplines with an interest in formal ontology. The conference encourages submission of high quality articles on both theoretical issues and concrete applications. As in previous years, FOIS 2014 is intended as a nexus of interdisciplinary research and communication.
FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA), which is a non-profit organization the purpose of which is to promote interdisciplinary research and international collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general.
- a formal ontology competition,
- an open call for workshops, and
- a young researchers symposium.
Scope - Topics of Interest
Areas of particular interest to the conference include the following:
- 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
- Role of reference ontologies
- Top-level vs. domain-specific ontologies
- Relationship with cognition, language and semantics
- Formal comparison among ontologies
- Ontology integration and alignment
- 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-driven information systems design
- Ontological foundations for conceptual modeling
- Knowledge management
- Qualitative modeling
- Computational linguistics
- Information retrieval
- Semantic Web, Web services
- 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.
Paper Submission Deadline: March 3, 2014
Notification: May 5, 2014
Camera-ready papers: June 30, 2014
Conference Dates: September, 22-25, 2014
Submitted papers must not exceed 14 pages (including the bibliography) and include an abstract of no more than 300 words. Papers should be submitted non-anonymously and be prepared in PDF format in accordance with the IOS formatting guidelines found at:
The Easychair submission page can be found at:
As with previous FOIS conferences, the proceedings will be published as a volume in the IOS Press series 'Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications'.