FOIS-IaD 2018 : FOIS 2018 Industry Track
Call For Papers
We invite submissions from industry on the industrial application of
ontologies and semantic technology at this year’s 10th International
Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2018);
please see http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/ and the Demonstrations and
Industry Track page at http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/?page_id=359
Contributions from industry may take the form of demonstrations or
formal papers, or a combination of the two. Papers will be published
in the proceedings for the Workshop component of FOIS, the Joint
Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO 2018). Please see the JOWO page at
Formal papers and demonstrations should be related to the topics of
interest of the main FOIS conference. The scope for papers and
demonstrations includes software for the ontology lifecycle as well as
ontology-based software, for example:
* Computational environments and prototypes for ontological engineering
* Practical ontology projects
* Advances in applying ontologies and lessons learned
* Late-breaking results of innovative uses of ontology-based and/or
ontology engineering techniques
* Use of ontology in industrial and business applications
* Ontological representations of software engineering techniques and frameworks
* Industry and enterprise ontologies and ontology standards e.g.
* Regulatory and compliance applications of ontology
* Ontology driven software engineering
* Deriving ontology applications from business concept (reference) ontologies
* Use of ontologies in machine learning, natural language processing
or artificial intelligence,
* Use of ontologies in linked data or in Semantic Web based inference
* Findings about the nature and style of ontology needed for a given
type of industrial application
In line with the scope and audience of FOIS and JOWO, papers and
demonstrations should indicate the ontological motivations/principles
for the presented technical application or solution.
The submission should also answer these questions:
* What is the research background and application context of the paper
* For whom is it most interesting/useful? (e.g., for business data
owners, corporate compliance officers or other corporate stakeholders,
ontology researchers, ontology developers, ontology practitioners,
and/or for graduate or undergraduate students?)
* What are the key technologies used and what are the technical
In addition, these points should be considered:
* How does the system, application or infrastructure relate to
pre-existing work and what is its contribution to ontology research?
* The specific use or uses of ontology in the application (if an
application is described)
* Whether any given ontology formally describes real things or data about things
* The logical formalism in which any given ontology is framed
* Relationship of the ontology to application data if any
* Ontology development techniques followed
* Use or non-use of upper ontologies, along with rationale for same
* Ontology quality or assessment measures followed, if any
* Any other considerations relating to the application of semantics or
model theory in any given ontology e.g. formal ontological stances
(realism, nominalism etc.)
# Formal Papers
We invite formal paper submissions relevant to the area of ontology
and related information systems and which address the topics of the
FOIS Conference. Technical reports on ontology-based software systems
(free or commercial), descriptions of completed work, and work in
progress are all welcome, as are papers on industry ontologies,
standards and regulatory applications.
Authors must submit a paper that should be between 6 to 10 pages in
the FOIS format (see http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/?page_id=8).
All paper submissions will undergo a common review process alongside
those for demonstrations. Formal papers for which it is intended that
there is also a demonstration component should clearly indicate this
in the abstract. Accepted papers will be published in the JOWO
The FOIS 2018 Industry Track Demo Sessions are designed to provide an
exciting and highly interactive way to demonstrate ontology research.
This element of the Industry Track complements the overall program of
the FOIS conference and is an excellent forum to advertise the
applicability of results and software, as well as to receive feedback
from the international ontology research community.
Demonstrations are intended to showcase innovative formal ontology
related implementations and technologies in industry. Demonstrations
of ontology-based software systems (free or commercial), whether these
are completed work or work in progress, are all welcome.
We explicitly welcome entries from commercial providers. However,
submissions for demonstrations should go beyond pure advertisements of
commercial software packages and convey some scientific contribution.
Demonstrations should make clear what will be demonstrated and in
particular point out what makes the demonstration a novel showcase.
Submitters should further specify the following:
* What exactly will be demonstrated?
* What will attendees of the demonstration learn?
* How does the demonstrated system, application or infrastructure
relate to pre-existing work?
* Why is it a novel showcase in ontology research?
Authors must submit an extended abstract for evaluation. This should
ideally run to two or three pages and should be at most 5 pages. All
demonstration submissions will undergo a common review process
alongside formal papers. Authors are strongly encouraged to include in
their submission a link to where the demo (live or recorded video) can
be found. They should also make clear what exactly will be
demonstrated to the participants.
# Submission Details (Papers and Demonstrations)
All submissions must be made electronically via the EasyChair
conference submission system at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2018 (please, select
Demonstration descriptions and formal papers shall be submitted
non-anonymously in PDF format. Formal papers shall follow IOS Press
formatting guidelines found at
For demonstrations it is possible to present remotely if necessary,
but at least one of the presenters must be a registered participant at
the conference. Authors of formal papers are required both to register
and to attend and present their paper in person at the FOIS
# IMPORTANT DATES
* Industry and Demo Track Submissions due: 25 JUNE 2018
* Notifications to submitters: 25 JULY 2018
* Camera-ready versions due: 15 AUG 2018
# Industry and Demonstrations Track Chairs:
* Mike Bennett (Hypercube Ltd., UK)
* Key-Sun Choi (KAIST, South Korea)