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27 October 2006
Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

A collocated event at the International Joint Conference
IBERAMIA'2006 (the X Ibero-American Artificial Intelligence Conference)
SBIA'2006 (the XVIII Brazilian Artificial Intelligence Symposium)
SBRN'2006 (the IX Brazilian Neural Networks Symposium).

After pursuing a long tradition of study in Philosophy, the term
“ontology” has become the new buzzword in computer science. It is
receiving special attention not only from an active community of
researchers pertaining to many areas of informatics but also from the
industry, which is providing increasing budgets and investments to
develop this technology and make it available in business as soon as
There is at least one main reason for this recognition: ontologies
constitute the backbone of the Semantic Web, as they are responsible for
providing context to pages, thus promising to make a relevant part of
the Web contents understandable and processable by the software.
However, there are some challenging obstacles that should be tackled to
make ontologies wide-spread reputation shift from a promise to a daily
used technology. For instance, heterogeneity and evaluation are two of
these obstacles.
As for heterogeneity, ontology is composed of knowledge and knowledge is
naturally diverse in its various features: form, expression, syntax,
contents, meaning, points of view, perspectives, uses, terminology,
premises, among other features. Of course, this variety would be
reflected on its encoding on ontologies and would pose subtle questions
for its application. Dealing with heterogeneity in its many types has
become a recurrent research issue for ontology employment, and also a
good source of ontology usage, e.g. for problems like information
integration of heterogeneous databases and systems.
As for evaluation, in many applications, ontologies are applied in
machine reasoning, thus requiring knowledge from them to encompass a
great variety of point of views, and, most important, to sanction
correct inferences that correspond to the reality being dealt with by
the reasoner component.
Following the success of the first edition of the Workshop on Ontologies
and their Applications, we intend, with this second edition, to enrich
the discussion on how to enhance ontologies’ applicability, thus
realizing this promising technology  in general, but also in specific
settings, such as e-business and e-commerce to name but a few.

Topics of Interest:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Ontology Engineering
- methodologies
- capture and learning
- management

Semantic consistency
- foundational ontologies
- upper-level ontologies
- evaluation methods, applications and problems

Semantic Interoperability
- composition and modularity
- merging, mapping and alignment
- ontology language interoperability

Enhancement of ontology applicability
- linguistic ontologies applied to text processing
- patterns of ontologies for specific applications

Ontologies for Information Sharing
- ontology-based information integration
- mediators and brokers
- agents and ontologies

Ontology Applications
- Semantic Web
- knowledge management
- e-commerce, e-government
- e-learning and e-science
- information retrieval

Workshop format and attendance:

We intend to avoid the usual conference format, where papers are
presented and the audience plays a rather passive role. Therefore, the
emphasis for this one-day workshop is on working groups. In order to
foster lively and fruitful discussion, the workshop sessions will be
defined according to groups of topics formed from accepted papers. In
each group of topics, we plan to allocate around one-third of the time
for debates.

Attendance will be limited to 60 registrations, formed by workshop
papers authors and interested members of the community. Workshop
attendees are required to register at the main joint conference
IBERAMIA-SBIA-SBRN’2006. For more information, please have a look at the
conference website at http://www.icmc.usp.br/~iarn2006.

Submission procedure:

We encourage the submission of high-quality papers based on entirely new
work or surveys, both meeting the foci of the workshop. Papers must be
written in English and may have a length of up to 12 pages, including
tables, figures, and references. Like the main conference, papers must
conform to the Springer LNCC/LNAI style. It is recommended that authors
use Springer-Verlag template files (see
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html, section "Proceedings and
Other Multi-author Volumes" for formatting instructions) to minimize
possible conflicts of paper length when preparing the camera ready.

Papers should be formatted in PDF (preferred) or PostScript, and
submitted electronically only, through the EDAS Conference Management
System web site (at

Submission is a three-step process. In a first step authors are required
to register as new authors with JEMS. After registration as author the
login data will be sent to the specified email address. This data can be
used to access the system. In a second step authors have to register
their paper (click the submit paper button in JEMS). The third step
consists on uploading the paper.

Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two program committee
members and/or additional reviewers/referees. Accepted papers will be
published in the workshop proceedings, in the CDROM with the joint
conference technical papers and in the CEURS online.

At least one of the authors of accepted papers has to register for the
main conference (IBERAMIA-SBIA-SBRN’2006), otherwise the paper will not
be included in the proceedings.

Any other questions regarding papers submission may be directed to one
of the organizers.

Special Issue

Authors of best papers will be recommended to submit expanded versions
for a Special Issue on Ontologies and their Applications at The Journal
of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS). You can check that at
(see at the bottom of the page).

J,UCS - The Journal of Universal Computer Science - is a high-quality
electronic publication that deals with all aspects of computer science.
J.UCS has been appearing monthly since 1995 and is thus one of the
oldest electronic journals with uninterrupted publication since its
foundation. J.UCS is a joint publication of the Know-Center, Graz,
Austria, in cooperation with the IICM, Graz University of Technology,
Austria, Joanneum Research, Austria and Springer Pub. Co.

Important dates:

June 13 2006     - Deadline for workshop papers
July 13 2006     - Notification of workshop paper acceptance
August 13 2006   - Deadline for workshop camera-ready papers

October 23-27 2006 - Joint Conference IBERAMIA-SBIA-SBRN’06 technical
October 27-28 2006 - 2nd Workshop on Ontologies & their Applications

Program Committee:

Troels Andreasen, Roskilde Universitetscenter, Danmark
Stefano Borgo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR, Italy
Joost Breuker, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Virginia Brilhante, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Brazil
Ronald Cornet, Amsterdam Medical Center, Netherlands
Monica Crubezy, SMI, Stanford University, USA
Henrik Eriksson, Linköping University, Sweden
Jérôme Euzenat, INRIA, France
Mariano Fernandez-López, CEU, Spain
Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Giancarlo Guizzardi, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR, Italy
Michel Klein, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Konstantinos Kotis, University of the Aegean, Greece
Andreia Malucelli, PUC/PR, Brazil
Leo Obrst, Mitre Corporation, USA
H.Sofia Pinto, IST/INESC-ID, Portugal
Jorge Santos, Instituto Politécnico de Porto, Portugal
Stefan Schlobach, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christoph Schmitz, Universitaet Kassel, Germany
Stefan Schulz, Universitaet Freiburg, Germany
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universitaet Mannheim, Germany
Sergio Tessaris, Free University of Bozen – Bolzano, Italy
Ingo Timm, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
André Valente, University of Southern California, USA
Ubbo Visser, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Renata Wasserman. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Organizing Committee:

Fred Freitas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
        [hidden email] (contact person)
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Universitaet Mannheim, Germany
        heiner @ informatik.uni-mannheim.de
H.Sofia Pinto, IST/INESC-ID, Portugal
        [hidden email]
Andreia Malucelli, PUCPR, Brazil
        [hidden email]

Context of the workshop and the collocated conferences:

IBERAMIA'2006 is the 10th conference of the IBERAMIA conference series,
which has been one of the most suitable forums to Ibero-American
Artificial Intelligence researchers (from South and Central America
countries, Mexico, Spain and Portugal) present their results.

SBIA'2006 is the 18th conference of the SBIA conference series, which is
the leading conference in Brazil for presentation of research and
applications in Artificial Intelligence. However, since the 1990's it
has also attracted researchers from all over the world, when it started
to have an international program committee and also keynote invited

The proceedings of these two conferences will be published in a single
volume of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series of
Springer-Verlag, as occurred in 2000 (LNAI 1952).

IBERAMIA’2006 and SBIA’2006 will be held together with the IX Brazilian
Neural Networks Symposium (SBRN).

About the city:

The city of Ribeirão Preto was founded June 19, 1856, by farmers coming
from the southeast of São Paulo State in search of good climate and soil
for coffee growing. The city was laid by a stream called “Black Stream”,
and was named after it (ribeirão preto means black stream in
Portuguese). Eventually the farmers’ choice revealed itself as very
adequate and the fertile soil of the Ribeirão Preto region allowed the
highest crop productivity in Brazil.

The creation of the University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto (USP-RP)
stimulated the cultural and academic life in Ribeirão Preto and several
schools, colleges and universities were opened in the city since then.
Today, besides USP-RP there are six other universities and faculties in
the city. More information on the city can be found at
http://www.icmc.usp.br/iarn2006/inf/aboutrp.php .


Fred Freitas
Associate Professor
Centro de Informática - CIn
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - UFPE - Brazil
Phone: +55 81 2126 8430 r. 4345

Research interests: Ontologies, semantic web, ontology-based text processing

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