Conf: First IAOA Summer Institute in Applied Ontology, Tuscany, Italy, July 17-23, 2011

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Apr 5 19:46:36 UTC 2011

Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:44:23 -0400
From: "Obrst, Leo J." <lobrst at>
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First IAOA Summer Institute in Applied Ontology
Firenze, Italy
July 17-23, 2011
Topic: Process Ontology and its Applications
in the human environment, in engineering, and 
in business



The International Association for Applied Ontology (, in
cooperation with the Vespucci Initiative (, organizes
its first Summer Institute in Applied Ontology in Florence, Italy, on
July 17-23, 2011. Applications will close soon.

The IAOA promotes interdisciplinary research and international
collaboration at the intersection of philosophical ontology,
linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, and
applications of ontological analysis more generally.

This first Summer Institute in Applied Ontology will focus on the
topic of Process Ontology and its applications to the analysis of
processes in the human environment, in engineering, and in business.

The Summer Institute facilitators will be:
Antony Galton (University of Exeter, UK)
Michael Gruninger (University of Toronto, Canada)
Werner Kuhn (University of Muenster, Germany)
David Mark (State University of New York at Buffalo, USA).

Date: July 17-23, 2011, 
Process Ontology:

Venue: Firenze, Italy (see

Accommodation: hotel, bed and breakfast, or camp ground in Fiesole (20
minutes by bus from Firenze; shuttle bus or car to venue)
Application: at and, until the end of April,
Notification of acceptance: continuing.
Grants may be available for participants with special financial needs,
if these are stated and justified in the application.

Goals and Contents:
Understanding processes has become one of the key challenges to
society: how much does our climate change, and why? how can
deforestation of the Amazon be put under control? how can
manufacturing processes be optimized? Process ontology provides the
theory, tools, and techniques to analyze processes and to improve the
design and use of information systems that support human decisions in
dynamic situations. The institute will feature tutorials on ontology,
progressing into research discussions and group work on the
ontological analysis of processes.

Participants will learn to:
- apply basic ontological distinctions and formal ontology;
- sort out the different kinds of things that go under the name
- identify spatio-temporal patterns underlying processes;
- understand implications of choosing between three- and
- relate existing process ontologies to each other;
- specify complex states, processes and events in terms of simpler
- design domain-specific process ontologies (e.g. in manufacturing,
  e-commerce, geography, biology) from more generic ontologies. 

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