[DL] [CfP] Call for submissions, FOIS 2018 Ontologies Competition

Karl Hammar karl.h.hammar at gmail.com
Wed May 2 12:44:51 CEST 2018

We cordially invite you to submit to the FOIS 2018 ontologies
competition, which will be held in conjunction with the FOIS (Formal
Ontology in Information Systems) 2018 conference in Cape Town, South
Africa, September 17-21.

This year's contest is around ontologies that connect to the physical
world in a quantitative way. The goal is to offer approaches to
subjects that are of broad relevance across the physical sciences and
technology that can be applied to realistically complex problems, and
demonstrate how they work for representing and querying data.

Examples of subjects that would be of interest are:

   1. Spatially varying qualities such as temperature, wind speed,
precipitation as it varies over an extended region as used in climate
work, engineering models that measure spatial patterns of stress in
materials, patterns of population and related aspects such as travel
patterns and infrastructure, relevant for urban planning or study of
epidemics, or distributions of substances or cells in the body as they

   2. System of physical quantities - the question of units and
conversions between them, physical laws and formulas that relate them,
"base" versus "derived" quantities, dimensionless quantities,
quantities that vary in time.

   3. Temporal evolution and patterns: Time course of disease,
markets, dynamics of physical processes, longitudinal studies,
treatment and clinical follow-up.

# Requirements

* The ontology should be represented using OWL or Common logic,
specifying a reasoner for the fragment of logic used.
* A representative data set (which can be simulated) that is
sufficient to demonstrate utility
* A set of queries demonstrating expressiveness and utility and which
produce expected results

Submissions will be in the form of a short paper giving an explanation
of the approach and instructions for demonstrating the work. The
submitter should  document any software that needs to be installed, as
well as step by step instructions for executing the queries. Reviewers
will follow these instructions and reproducibility will be part of the
evaluation. Packaging that requires minimal installation, such as by a
self-contained system that uses docker, would be beneficial.

Submitted papers should not exceed 5 pages (not including
instructions) and include an abstract of no more than 300 words.
Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS
Press formatting guidelines. Accepted submissions will be published in
the JOWO proceedings. The winner of the competition will receive a
prize of $500 USD or equivalent

All material should be publicly available, for example via a Github
repository, clearly licensed and accompanied by a descriptive Readme.

Evaluation criteria.
  - How realistic are the use case and data?
  - Expressive power
  - Range of applicability - is the work useful across different domains
  - Efficiency and scaling
  - Conformity to one or more upper level ontologies
  - Ease of reproducing the query results

The Easychair submission page can be found at:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jowo2018. You will be asked to
choose a track. Choose "Ontology Competition".

Important dates:

* Submissions due June 15
* Notification July 15
* Camera ready due: Aug 15, 2018

Presentation at FOIS September 17-21.
FOIS website: http://www.iaoa.org/fois/2018.html
Competition website: http://fois2018.cs.uct.ac.za/?page_id=280

Organizers: Alan Ruttenberg(alanruttenberg at gmail.com), Melanie
Courtot(mcourtot at gmail.com)

Program committee to be announced.

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