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OCAS 2011 : 1st International Workshop on Ontologies come of Age in the Semantic Web


When Oct 23, 2011 - Oct 24, 2011
Where Bonn, Germany
Submission Deadline Aug 15, 2011
Notification Due Sep 5, 2011
Final Version Due Sep 16, 2011
Categories    ontologies   semantic web

Call For Papers

1st International Workshop on Ontologies come of Age in the Semantic Web, OCAS2011
Collocated with the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2011)
October 23rd or 24th, 2011
Bonn, Germany

Also, OCAS Challenge:
First place: US$ 2000
Second place: US$ 1000
Three third prizes of $500 each

For the Challenge, specifically for the Challenge, check

The OCAS Workshop

The real challenge for Semantic Web technologies and ontologies lays in the adoption; although the need for this disruptive technology is clear, it has not yet been fully adopted by the mainstream. Ontologies: where, what for, how, when and why? Ontologies are being used in several applications, but is ontology engineering a mature discipline? Not only are we interested in practical realizations of the Semantic Web, but also in visions of technology that illustrate how SW technology and ontologies could change our experience of the Web.

Questions addressed by OCAS2011:

• How are SW technologies and ontologies being adopted by mainstream?
• Experience reports of the introduction of SW technologies and ontologies in corporate and government environments
• Once introduced in an environment, how do SW and ontology-based applications evolve?
• Ontologies in manufacturing and production chains
• Ontologies supporting CAD interoperability and feature extraction; towards smart CAD environments
• How could RDF(a) and ontologies be used to represent the knowledge encoded in scientific documents and in general-interest media publications?
• What ontologies do we need for representing structural elements in a document?
• How can we capture the semantics of rhetorical structures in scholarly communication, and of hypotheses and scientific evidence?
• What does a network of truly interconnected documents look like? How could interoperability across documents
be enabled?
• Are decision support systems in the biomedical domain using ontologies? How?
• How are biomedical ontologies logically formalizing the rich set of lexical definitions gathered? How are these
ontologies going beyond controlled vocabularies?
• Practical cases of successful and unsuccessful application of ontologies and SW technologies in application domains such as: financial, biomedical, e-business, engineering, law enforcement, document management, egovernment, legislative systems.

Organizing Committee

Alexander García Castro( is an instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is currently working on the application and development of SW technologies and ontologies in translational research. He is particularly interested in Knowledge Management, Ontology engineering and Semantic Web Technologies in the biomedical domain. Alexander has been leading the development of the ORATEOntology repository, focusing on manual and automatic mapping facilities. He has also led the development of a number of Protégé plug-ins. In addition Alexander has successfully participated in a number of Semantic Web related projects, some of them have been awarded at in international contests such as the 2009 Elsevier Grand Challenge. In addition Alexander has successfully organized workshops such as ORES (at ESWC2010), SERES (at ISWC2010), SePublica( (at ESWC2011) and OSEMA (at ESWC2011). email

Ken Baclawski is an Associate Professor of the College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University. His primary research area is ontology based computing. This includes research in the Semantic Web, formal ontology-based methods for software engineering and software modeling, and ontology-based methods in biology and medicine. He was one of the founders of the OOR initiative. He and his students have been active developers of the OOR. Professor Baclawski holds 10 US and UK patents. He has authored articles in such journals and conferences as the US National Academy of Science, Information Systems, the International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, and the International Semantic Web Conference. He has served on numerous peer review panels for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Association for Computing Machinery, and has organized and served on many program committees of research conferences. He serves as a consultant to companies and government laboratories, and has edited and written several books and research monographs. email

John Bateman is a full Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English and Linguistics Departments of the University of Bremen, specializing in functional, computational and multimodal linguistics. His research interests include functional linguistic approaches to multilingual and multimodal document design, dialogue systems and discourse structure. He has been investigating the relation between language and social context for many years, focusing particularly on accounts of register, genre, functional variation, lexicogrammatical description and theory, multilingual and multimodal linguistic description, and computational instantiations of linguistic theory. He has published widely in all these areas, as well as authoring several introductory and survey articles on natural language generation and systemic-functional linguistics. His current interests centre on the application of functional linguistic and corpus methods to multimodal meaning making, analysing and critiquing multimodal documents of all kinds, the development of linguistically-motivated ontologies, and the construction of computational dialogue systems for robothuman communication.

Kim Viljanen is a working as a doctoral candidate in the Semantic Computing Research Group at the Aalto University, focusing on semantic web, linked data, future of web and content management technologies. He has published many scientific papers, has given lots of talks both internationally and in Finland, and acted as a lecturer. Kim has participated in the creation of award winning applications such as the semantic portals MuseumFinland and HealthFinland. He is currently developing the Finnish semantic web infrastructure FinnONTO, focusing his research work on the Ontology Library ONKI.

Christoph Lange( is a Ph.D. student at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. His thesis, to be submitted in January 2010, as well as his recent publications, focus on collaborative authoring of mathematical documents using Semantic Web technologies. This involves document ontologies, interactive assistive services embedded into documents, as well as Linked Data publishing. He was a chair of the Semantic Wiki workshop series( at ESWC 2008 to 2010, of the ORES (Ontology Repositories) workshop( and the AI Mashup Challenge at ESWC 2010(, and a PC member of WIMS 2011(, the Balisage Markup conference( 2010 and 2011, and I-SEMANTICS( 2007 through 2011. email

Program Committee

1. Li Ding, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
2. John Bateman, Universität Bremen, Germany.
3. Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Germany.
6. Raul Palma, Poznan University, Poland.
7. Oscar Corcho, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
8. Fabian Neuhaus, University of Maryland, USA.
12. William Hogan, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
13. Nigam Shah, Stanford University, USA.
14. Peter Haase, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods, Germany.
15. Michael Gruninger, University of Toronto, Canada
16. Leyla Garcia, Bundeswehr University, Germany.
17. Benjamin Good, Novartis, USA
18. Matthew Horridge, University of Manchester, UK
19. Oliver Kutz, University of Bremen, Germany.
20. Raul Garcia Castro, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.
21. Mike Dean, BBN Technologies, USA.
22. Steve Pettifer, Manchester University, UK.
23. Carlos Toro, VICOMTech Industrial Applications. Spain
24. Riichiro Mizoguchi, Osaka University, Japan.
25. Carlos Pedrinaci, Open University, England
26. Jouni Tuominen, University of Helsinki, Finland


- Paper submission deadline: August 15
- Notification of acceptance or rejection: September 5
- Camera ready version due: September 16

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