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From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2004 07:36:33 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 187.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Jos Lehmann" <joslehmann_at_www.ip.rm.cnr.it> (76)
         Subject: FOIS-2004 Workshop on the Potential of Cognitive
                 Semantics for Ontologies

   [2] From: "Joao Leite" <jleite_at_di.fct.unl.pt> (34)
         Subject: JELIA'04 Call For Participation

         Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 07:30:53 +0100
         From: "Jos Lehmann" <joslehmann_at_www.ip.rm.cnr.it>
         Subject: FOIS-2004 Workshop on the Potential of Cognitive
Semantics for Ontologies

FOIS-2004 Workshop on the Potential of Cognitive Semantics for


Extended deadline for paper submissions:
15 September 2004


Workshop on the Potential of Cognitive Semantics for Ontologies
Torino, Italy, November 3rd, 2004

Held in conjunction with FOIS 2004, the International Conference on
Formal Ontologies in Information Systems

Featured Speakers Peter Gärdenfors, Lund University Cognitive Science,
http://www.lucs.lu.se/People/Peter.Gardenfors/ Joseph Goguen, University
of California at San Diego, Computer Science and Engineering,

Workshop Theme

What do ontologies, as used in the semantic web and elsewhere, have to
do with meaning? In particular, where do their predicates get their
meanings? Semantics, no matter what formalisms are applied to it, is
ultimately a cognitive phenomenon: it refers to the meaning that symbols
have for human beings. It is determined by individual and cultural
factors, involving a human mind aware of the conventions of a language
community. Yet, the mental interpretation processes are not accessible
and the conventions of information communities are rarely meaningful to
agents in other communities. Ontology engineers therefore face the
problem of capturing enough of the cognitive as well as the social
contexts of information. However, information system ontologies
typically consist of networks or hierarchies of concepts to which
symbols can refer. Their axiomatizations are either self-referential or
point to more abstract, rather than more meaningful symbols. So, how do
the ontologies become meaningful?

Cognitive semantics, in its various flavors, is asking similar questions
for natural languages and symbol systems in general. It studies, among
other issues, what the embodied nature of language can tell us about how
we construct meanings, or what its socially situated nature says about
the constraints on language use. Cognitive scientists have developed
innovative and powerful notions that are potentially useful for
ontologies. Among them are: image schemas prototypes and radial
categories basic level concepts primes and universals language games
metaphors and metonymies idealized cognitive models mental spaces and
conceptual blendings conceptual spaces frame semantics affordances
conceptual similarity measures.

So far, there is only sparse work on information system ontologies that
takes any of these notions seriously, and even less that formalizes and
applies them fruitfully. This workshop will take stock of such
approaches and establish a research agenda for ontology design inspired
and informed by cognitive semantics. It will bring together researchers
in information system or natural language semantics w ith a formal or
cognitive background or both.

Position Papers

Anybody with an interest in the questions raised above is invited to
submit a position paper. Participation at the workshop is open to all
position paper authors who also register for the FOIS conference.
Extended abstracts of 800 - 1500 words should be sent by Email to
kuhn_at_uni-muenster.de on or before August 31, 2004. They will be made
available on the workshop web site, unless their authors instruct us
otherwise. Authors will be notified by September 15, 2004 whether their
position papers have been selected for presentation during the workshop.
Authors are invited to submit revised versions of their position papers
to a post-workshop review process, leading to a book or journal special
issue on research directions to make ontologies more meaningful.

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         Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 07:32:05 +0100
         From: "Joao Leite" <jleite_at_di.fct.unl.pt>
         Subject: JELIA'04 Call For Participation

Dear colleague,

We would like to cordially invite you to participate in the Ninth European
Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence (JELIA'04) to be held in
Lisbon, Portugal, from September 27 - 30, 2004.

The deadline for early registration is September 7th.

More information at: http://centria.di.fct.unl.pt/~jelia2004

JELIA'04 will be co-located with the Fifth International Workshop on
Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems (CLIMA V).A special rate exists
for those who register for both meetings.

The technical program of JELIA'04 includes:

3 invited talks
          -Representing and Reasoning with Preferences by Francesca Rossi
          -Engineering of logics for the content-based representation of
information by Franz Baader
          -Formal Methods in Robotics by Bernhard Nebel

52 paper presentations with sessions on
          -Actions and Causation
          -Applications (2 sessions)
          -Belief Revision
          -Complexity Issues
          -Description Logics
          -Logic Programming
          -LPNMR (2 sessions)
          -Modal, Spacial and Temporal Logics
          -Multi-Agent Systems (2 sessions)
          -Reasoning under Uncertainty
          -Theorem Proving

15 system demonstrations

The social program includes:

          -a welcome drink
          -a social dinner
          -an excursion to Sintra

We hope you can join this event.

Best regards,

Joao Leite and Jose Alferes
Received on Wed Sep 01 2004 - 02:44:28 EDT

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