EIGHTEENTH INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
August 9/10, 2003
From the early 1990s, there has been a fruitful series of over a dozen workshops, symposia and conferences on the emerging field concerned with the development and application of ontologies. Early workshops were focused in large part on identifying what ontologies were, and how they might be used. As the field developed and matured, we have obtained a reasonable understanding and consensus about the nature of ontologies. The core idea is to explicitly encode a shared understanding of some domain that can be agreed among different parties (be they people or computers). This shared understanding is the ontology - it is an explicit representation comprising a vocabulary of terms, each with a definition specifying its meaning. All parties commit to using these terms in accordance to their definitions.
Meanwhile, the benefits of using ontologies have been recognized in many areas such as knowledge and content management, electronic commerce and recently the emerging filed of the semantic web. These new applications can be seen as a great success of research in ontologies. On the other hand, moving into real application comes with new challenges that need to be addressed on a principled level rather than for specific applications. The main purpose of this workshop is two-fold:
The workshop should be seen as an opportunity for comparing and discussing traditional and new methods for capturing, describing and using semantics descriptions of certain domains and to try to bridge gaps between the two where-ever necessary.
One part of the workshop will be devoted to fundamental issues of ontological research.As such it will not be devoted to a specific application area, but will rather address more fundamental questions like:
In order to answer these kinds of questions, we ask for contributions that address fundamental issues concerning ontology infrastructure, methods and tools. The topics of interests include but are not limited to the ones listed below:
The second part of the workshop is devoted to less well explored topics that have come into focus recently as a response to the new problems we face when trying to use ontologies in a heterogeneous distributed environments. These environments include the use of ontologies in peer-to-peer and multi-agent systems as well as the semantic web. A couple of additional questions arise with respect to these environments, such as:
In general this second part of the workshop asks for new methods needed to handle ontologies under new circumstances and for changes in the way we use ontologies in general. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Beyond contributions to the mentioned topics we strongly encourage work that tries to bridge the gap between traditional methods and techniques of building, and using ontologies and new approaches that have been developed in response of new challenges.
To be announced
Note: Participants are expected to register for the main IJCAI conference in addition to the workshop.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Tentative Program Committee