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[iaoa-member] Position statement for EC election

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From: Oliver Kutz <okutz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:56:10 +0200
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Dear IAOA members,     (01)

please find my position statement for this year's EC election below.     (02)

Kind regards,     (03)

Oliver    (04)


I got involved in the field of formal ontology via studying mathematical and 
philosophical logic, and later Description Logics. In my PhD work in Liverpool, 
I co-designed the E-connections technique used today in modular ontology 
design. As a postdoc in Manchester, I co-developed the logic SROIQ, now 
standardised by the W3C as the logical foundation for the Web Ontology Language 
OWL 2. My engagement with applied ontology strengthened through collaborations 
with the LOA in Trento, a few years back, when we worked on producing a machine 
processable version of the DOLCE ontology and later by giving a formal proof of 
DOLCE's consistency. I now serve as co-chair (together with Till Mossakowski 
and Michael Gruninger) of a standardisation effort to design the Distributed 
Ontology Language (DOL), a meta-language subsuming most ontology languages in 
use today and adding meta-constructs to allow linking and modular combination 
of existing (heterogeneous) ontologies.     (06)

My work within ontology research is focused on problems of modularity and 
structuring, and I have co-chaired several editions of the International 
Workshops on Modular Ontologies (WoMO) as well as co-edited a special issue of 
Applied Ontology on the subject. I am also specifically interested in 
interdisciplinary applications of formal ontology, including in biomedicine and 
chemistry, natural language, design and architecture, and computational 
creativity (for instance by organising the workshop series 'SHAPES - The Shape 
of Things'). I support a pluralistic position in formal ontology, according to 
which different applications and reasoning scenarios require different 
ontological foundations, formal languages and tools. I believe that the 
development of DOL, in this respect, will bring significant advances in terms 
of interoperability, and I hope that the forthcoming FOIS ontology competition 
will be an opportunity to provide proof for this.        (07)

Concerning my involvement within IAOA, I have been one of the founding members 
of IAOA in 2009, and have been co-chairing the infrastructure committee since 
2010 (this includes e.g. website design and maintenance, setting up blogs, 
managing outreach through social networking websites, etc). I have promoted 
IAOA and its aims in various communities engaged in ontology research in a 
broad sense, and initiated the involvement of several academic events as IAOA 
supported events. I currently help organising the FOIS 2014 conference as PC 
chair.    (08)

One of my main concerns as an IAOA EC member (elected in 2012) has been to 
foster and strengthen the outreach to different communities that are involved 
in ontology research and its applications, specifically those transcending 
traditional disciplinary boundaries.    (09)

For more background about my research and activities, please visit my homepage 
at:        (010)

http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/~okutz/    (011)

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