OntoCom 2017

5th International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modeling
Hosted at ER2017

About the workshop

Main Concept - International Workshop on Ontologies and Conceptual Modelling (Onto.com) is an academic workshop that is hosted at the 36th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling in Valencia, Spain. OntoCom2017 concerns the practical and formal application of ontologies to conceptual modelling.We invite leading ontologists and conceptual modellers to discuss and comparatively analyse different foundational ontologies, their meta-ontological choices and their associated modelling processes. The workshop consists out of two different aspects: first, the workshop focuses facilitating discussion to discover and evaluate how different ontologies would distinguish themselves in representing different kinds of case studies that each represent a particular modelling problem. Second, the workshop will host a poster session where researchers can present their current research efforts and/or will be able to discuss with experienced academics new research ideas.

Topic - Information Systems Engineering (ISE) is strongly based on the development, integration and application of models. While models pervade the ISE lifecycle from requirements to implementation, there appears to be a lack of theoretical foundation in the way that models are developed. As a result it is quite common for practitioners, even working together, to produce different representations of the same real world domain or system. Conversely, a preferred approach would be one in which IS practitioners have the necessary conceptual tools to enable them to accurately represent the things that exist in the real world. Foundational or upper ontologies have the potential to resolve the difficult problems that derive from a lack of a consistent and sound ontological theory. The benefits that can derive from the application of a foundational ontology include improved mapping to the real world domain, increased level of communication and understanding among stakeholders, model reuse, semantic integration and interoperability and increased overall efficiency and effectiveness of information systems development and evolution.

Theme - This year the theme of Onto.Com will be Foundational Ontologies and their Meta-ontological Choices.
Leading ontologists and conceptual modellers will be invited to discuss and comparatively analyse different foundational ontologies, their meta-ontological choices and their associated modelling processes. The workshop will be practically oriented and discussions will be centred on models produced for different kinds of case studies. More specifically, we intend to provide several case studies that each focus on a concrete modelling problem. Next, during our workshop, we would discuss and clarify each of these case studies using several different foundational ontologies. The purpose of this discussion is to discover and evaluate how the different ontologies would distinguish themselves in representing each of these case studies and their respective problems. Consequently, this would lead to highly interesting discussions between experts of different kinds of ontologies.

Purpose - This workshop is aimed at providing a platform to stimulate high expert discussions concerning the application of different kinds of foundational ontologies to a set of distinct modelling problems. Furthermore, we intend to bring together academics, researchers and practitioners (with a background in IS engineering and/or ontology development) in order to develop an agenda of future collaborations that combine research and industrial expertise.

Deadlines & important dates

Submission deadline: 3 July
(Submissions should be sent to frederik.gailly@ugent.be with as subject ONTO.COM 2017 submission)
Notification: 26 July
Camera-ready versions of accepted papers: 09 August


Organizing Committee

Frederik Gailly, Ghent University, Belgium
Giancarlo Guizzardi, Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
Mark Lycett, Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K.
Chris Partridge, BORO Solutions Ltd., U.K.
Michael Verdonck, Ghent University, Belgium

Steering Committee

Oscar Pastor, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Sergio de Cesare, Brunel University, U.K.

Topics for contributions

  • What is the relation between Ontological Semantics, Formal Semantics, Abstract and Concrete Syntax for Visual Conceptual Modeling Languages?

  • What kind of Logical, Ontological and Epistemological Foundations are needed for Conceptual Modeling?

  • How can fundamental theoretical research on Ontological Foundations for Conceptual Modeling and Empirical Research fit together?

  • How can Formal Ontological Theories be used for the Analysis and Design of Conceptual Modeling languages (including Enterprise Modelling and Domain-Specific Modelling languages)?

  • How researchers and practitioners in other domains not related to computer science and information systems (such as Bioinformatics) are using Ontologies?

  • Is there a common notion of “Ontology” shared in all these domains, or are we including different notions under the same term (Ontology)?

  • How does ontology inform the process of gathering requirements?

  • How does ontology support architecture development directly from requirements specifications?

  • How does ontology help in software design and its mapping to the architecture specification?

  • How can ontologies be used as run-time artefacts or to inform the design of run-time artefacts.

  • What is the role of ontology reasoning in the software engineering process?

  • What is the role of ontology in model-driven development?

  • How can ontology drive the development of service software?

  • What are the methodological issues for Ontology-Driven CM and ISE?

  • How can problems of semantic mismatch between traditional IS modelling paradigms, approaches, techniques, etc. and ontological modelling be overcome?

  • How can ontology help in the design of development/modelling/programming languages?