AAAI 1997 Spring Symposium Series
March 24 - 26, 1997
Stanford University, California

The last few years have seen a growing interest in the design, use, and sharing of ontologies. Work in this area naturally incorporates formal knowledge representation with practical implemented systems.

Recently, there have been workshops on ontologies at ECAI (August 1996), IJCAI (August 1995), LaJolla (November 1994), on implemented ontologies at ECAI in Amsterdam (August 1994), on knowledge sharing and information interchange at IJCAI in Chambery (August 1993), and the workshop on formal ontology in Padova, Italy (March 1993).

This symposium will contribute to the continuum of current research, by focusing on the practical aspects of ontology development and use including tools, methodologies, and engineering practice. This is a symposium rather than a mini-conference. We solicit papers (see below), but at the symposium itself the emphasis will be on sharing experiences with ample time for all participants to contribute to the discussion.

This symposium will focus on practical experience in the design and construction of ontologies in a variety of different domains. Domains of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

The goals of the symposium will be to achieve greater understanding of the following issues:

Submission Information

Persons interested in participating should, by October 25, submit either (1) a technical paper (max. 12 pages, excluding bibliography), (2) a position paper addressing the issues above, or (3) a title and abstract together with a request for an extension of the deadline. Submit electronically as specified on the WWW site listed below, or send three hard-copies of your submission to the contact address. Authors will be notified of acceptance via email.

Additional information including final instructions on format and submissions will be posted at:

General information on the AAAI Spring Symposium Series is posted at:

Please address correspondence to:

1997 Spring Symposium on Ontological Engineering
Adam Farquhar
Gates Building 2A, MC 9020
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Phone: 001-415-723-9770
Fax: 001-415-725-5850

Organizing Committee

Adam Farquhar (co-chair, Stanford University, USA)
Michael Gruninger (co-chair, University of Toronto, Canada)
Asuncion Gomez-Perez (Technical University of Madrid, Spain)
Mike Uschold (Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute, Edinburgh, UK)
Paul van der Vet (University of Twente, the Netherlands)

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