Organising committee

Michael Gruninger (Toronto)
Oliver Kutz (Bozen-Bolzano)
Till Mossakowski (Magdeburg)
Fabian Neuhaus (Magdeburg)


The tutorial and workshop will take place at the 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016). Both events are located in Annecy, France, between the 6th-9th July 2016. The conference and workshops will take place in the Polytech building on the Annecy-le-Vieux campus.

FOIS 2016
FOIS is the flagship conference of the non-profit organisation promoting research and international collaboration in formal ontology: the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA).
The conference is designed to provide a meeting point for researchers from all disciplines with an interest in formal ontology. It covers on both theoretical issues and concrete applications at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general.

Ontology, originally a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry, is concerned with the analysis and categorization of what exists. In recent years, a complementary focus of ontological inquiry has gained significant momentum, fueled by the advent of complex information systems which rely on robust and coherent formal representations of their subject matter. The systematic study of such representations, their axiomatics, their corresponding reasoning techniques, and their relations to cognition and reality are at the center of the modern discipline of formal ontology.

Annecy is nested in the alpine mountans near a pristine lake and it is the largest city of Haute-Savoie. Its Old Town is well preserved and it hosts Europe’s cleanest lake. The city was built in the XIIth century around its castle, named Annecy le Neuf, to differentiate it from the neighbouring Gallo-Roman town, Annecy le Vieux (Annecy the old). It became important in the XVIth century in succeeding Geneva as a regional capital. Annecy is well connected to the neighboring countries of Switzerland and Italy by highway and railways.

Annecy airport has frequent connections to Paris as well as other towns such as Chambéry and Lyon. Flights to international countries are available either from Geneva (half an hour from Annecy) or from Lyon (one hour from Annecy).

July is a hot month, with stable and unstable phases. Due to the Alpine location, thunderstorms may occur and the temperature may range between 15 and 35 degrees centigrade (59 to 95°F).