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WoMO 2011 : 5th Int. Workshop on Modular Ontologies


Conference Series : Workshop on Modular Ontologies
When Aug 8, 2011 - Aug 12, 2011
Where Ljubljana, Slovenia
Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2011
Notification Due May 23, 2011
Final Version Due Jun 6, 2011
Categories    ontologies   artificial intelligence   knowledge representation   semantic web

Call For Papers

5th Int. Workshop on Modular Ontologies (WoMO)
Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 8-12, 2011
held in conjunction with ESSLLI 2011

--- Last Call for Papers ---
EXTENDED+FINAL Submission deadline: April 15, 2011


Stefano Borgo (Laboratory of Applied Ontology, Trento, Italy)
Modularity in foundational ontologies

Stefan Schulz (Medical University Graz, Austria)
"Modularity Aspects in Biomedical Ontologies"

Michael Zakharyaschev (Birkbeck College London, UK)
Logical approaches to modularity

(Topics are tentative.)

MODULARITY, as studied for many years in software engineering, allows mechanisms for easy and flexible reuse, generalization, structuring, maintenance, design patterns, and comprehension. Applied to ontology engineering, modularity is central not only to reduce the complexity of understanding ontologies, but also to facilitate ontology maintenance and ontology reasoning.

Recent research on ontology modularity shows substantial progress in foundations of modularity, techniques of modularization and modular development, distributed reasoning and empirical evaluation. These results provide a foundation for ongoing multi-disciplinary research and development.

The workshop follows a series of successful events that have been an excellent venue for practitioners and researchers to discuss latest work and current problems, and is this time organised as a satellite workshop of ESSLLI 2011 (week 2, see ), following an introductory ESSLLI course on notions of modularity in ontologies (week 1, see ).

TOPICS include, but are not limited to:

- What is Modularity: Kinds of modules and their properties; modules vs. contexts; design patterns; granularity of representation;

- Logical/Foundational Studies: Conservativity and syntactic approximations for modules; modular ontology languages; reconciling inconsistencies across modules; formal structuring of modules; networks of ontologies; heterogeneity;

- Algorithmic Approaches: distributed reasoning; modularization and module extraction; (selective) sharing and re-using, linking and importing; hiding and privacy; evaluation of modularization approaches; complexity of reasoning; reasoners or implemented systems;

- Applications: Semantic Web; life sciences; bio-ontologies; natural language processing; ontologies of space and time; ambient intelligence; collaborative ontology development; etc.

The workshop is open to all members of the ESSLLI community. Workshop speakers will be required to register for the Summer School; however, they will be able to register at a reduced rate to be determined by the Local Organizers. Participants can attend any other ESSLLI courses and workshops of their choice.


Paper Submission: April 15, 2011
Notification: May 23, 2011
Camera ready: June 6, 2011
Workshop: August 8-12, 2011


The workshop welcomes submission of high quality original and previously unpublished papers.

Contributions should not exceed 13 pages in length and must be formatted according to IOS Press style (see ).
Contributions should be prepared in PDF format and submitted not later than April 15, 2011, through the EasyChair Submission System (see ).

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Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the program committee. Accepted papers may be extended up to 16 pages and will be published as chapters in an IOS Press book in the series 'Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications'.

(Find the WoMO 2010 proceedings here )


Oliver Kutz (Research Center on Spatial Cognition (SFB/TR 8), Bremen, Germany)
Thomas Schneider (Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany)


Jie Bao (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA)
Simon Colton (Imperial College, London, UK)
Melanie Courtot (BC Cancer Care & Research, Vancouver, Canada)
Bernardo Cuenca Grau (University of Oxford, UK)
Faezeh Ensan (University of New Brunswick, Canada)
Fred Freitas (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
Silvio Ghilardi (University of Milan, Italy)
Janna Hastings (European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK)
Robert Hoehndorf (University of Cambridge, UK)
Joana Hois (University of Bremen, Germany)
C. Maria Keet (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)
Roman Kontchakov (Birkbeck College, London, UK)
Frank Loebe (University of Leipzig, Germany)
Till Mossakowski (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Bremen, Germany)
Leo Obrst (MITRE, McLean, VA, USA)
Bijan Parsia (University of Manchester, UK)
Daniel Pokrywczynski (University of Liverpool, UK)
Anne Schlicht (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Marco Schorlemmer (Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Barcelona, Spain)
Andrei Tamilin (FBK-IRST, Trento, Italy)
Dirk Walther (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain)

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