Workshop on "Ontologies"

September 18, 2001

Affiliated with KI-2001
Vienna, Austria


Ontologies serve as a means for establishing a conceptually concise basis for communicating knowledge for many purposes. They are a popular research topic in Artificial Intelligence, e.g. knowledge engineering, natural language processing, intelligent information integration and multi-agent systems. Recently, ontologies are also applied outside the AI world, e.g. in the World Wide Web community that try to represent machine-processable data on the web using ontologies and formal metadata.

For the workshop we intend to gather a diverse range of participants interested in development and application of ontologies.

  Topics of interest include, e.g.:
  • Theoretical Issues
      • Kinds of ontology: top-level ontologies, domain ontologies, task ontologies, application ontologies
      • Interaction between ontology and the lexicon (natural language)
      • Cognitive foundations of ontologies, cross-cultural ontologies
  • Development and Engineering of Ontologies:
      • Machine Learning for building domain ontologies: Ontology Learning
      • Foundations for Cooperative & Multi-User Ontology Engineering
      • Interaction between Knowledge Representation & Ontology Engineering
  • Application of Ontologies
      • Knowledge Engineering
      • Semantic Web
      • Ontologies and Semi-structured Data
      • Ontology-based Information Systems: Geographic IS, Legal IS, Business IS
      • Ontologies & Machine Learning / Knowledge Discovery
      • E-Business
  • Relationship between research in ontology with similar research areas, e.g. formal concept analysis and description logics

We invite contributions that advance the state-of-the-art in topics related to the purpose of the workshop. Persons interested in participating should submit either a technical paper (less than 6000 words) or a position paper (less than 1500 words) addressing new research issues. In addition, we solicit proposals for panel discussions. Submit before June 25, 2001 in electronic form (strongly preferred!) in postscript or pdf in the Springer style format to:

Alternatively, printed copies can be sent to :
Gerd Stumme
Institute AIFB

University of Karlsruhe
76128 Karlsruhe, Germany

People who want to attend the workshop have to be registered to the main conference KI-2001.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: June 26, 2001
Notification of acceptance: July 17, 2001
Camera-Ready version: August 17, 2001
Workshop: September 18, 2001

Workshop Organizers:

Gerd Stumme, Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, email:
Alexander Maedche, FZI Research Center for Information Technologies and Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, email:
Steffen Staab , Institute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe, Germany, email:

Program Committee:
Andreas Abecker, DFKI, Kaiserslautern
Jürgen Angele, Ontoprise GmbH, Karlsruhe
Dieter Fensel, Free University of Amsterdam
Christopher Habel, Universität Hamburg
Udo Hahn, Universität Freiburg
Heinrich Herre, Universität Leipzig
Ulrich Reimer, Swiss Life, Zürich
Heiner Stuckenschmidt, TZI Bremen
Rudi Studer, Universität Karlsruhe