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AIC Seminar Series

Theoretical Foundations and Engineering Tools for Building Ontologies as Reference Conceptual Models

Giancarlo Guizzardi Federal do Espirito Santo (Brazil) and Italian National Reseach Council, Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) in Trento[Home Page]

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Date:  2013-04-29 at 11:00

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building)  (Directions)


In his ACM Turing Award Lecture entitled `The Humble Programmer`, E. W. Dijkstra discusses the sheer complexity one has to deal with when programming large computer systems. His article represented an open call for an acknowledgement of the complexity at hand and for the need of more sophisticated techniques to master this complexity. This talk advocates the view that we are now in an analogous situation with respect to conceptual modeling, in general, and ontology construction, in particular. We will experience an increasing demand for building reference ontologies in subject domains in reality, as well as employing them to address classes of problems, for which sophisticated ontological distinctions are demanded. One of these key problems is Semantic Interoperability. In this context, ontologies have been more and more recognized as one of the enabling technologies. This talk elaborates on the view that an approach which neglects the role of ontologies as reference conceptual models cannot meet the requirements for full semantic interoperability. The talk offers an engineering view on ontology engineering, discussing the relation between ontologies as conceptual models and ontologies as codification artifacts. Furthermore, it discusses the importance of foundational theories and principles to the design of ontology (conceptual) modeling languages and models, emphasizing the fundamental role played by true ontological notions in this process. Finally, it elaborates on the need for proper tools to handle the complexity of ontology engineering in industrial scenarios and complex domains. These tools include ontological design patterns (and anti-patterns) as well as well-founded computational environments to support ontology creation, verification and validation (via model simulation).

   Bio for Giancarlo Guizzardi

Giancarlo Guizzardi holds a PhD in computer science (with the highest distinction) from the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He has been conducting research in the topics of Ontologies and Conceptual Modeling for the past 17 years. He is currently, the head of the Ontology and Conceptual Modeling Research Group (NEMO-UFES, Brazil) and is an associate researcher at the Laboratory of Applied Ontology (LOA) at the Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology (ISTC), in Trento, Italy. His main contributions to the aforementioned areas include the foundational ontology UFO (Unified Foundational Ontology) and the Ontologically Well-Founded Conceptual Modeling Language OntoUML. He has been twice elected as a member of the executive board of the International Association for Ontologies and its Applications (IAOA), in which he also co-chairs the Special Interest Group on Ontologies and Conceptual Modeling. He was the Program Committee chair for the 7th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2012) and is the organizational chair for FOIS 2014. He is an editorial board member of journals such as the Applied Ontology and the Semantic Web Journal. Besides his academic activities, he has participated in several consultancy and technology transfer projects in the areas of Ontology and Conceptual Modeling, in sectors such as Digital Journalism, Media Information Management, Online Advertisement, Petroleum and Gas, Telecommunications, E-Government, and Off-Shore Software Engineering

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