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[ontolog] A new lab on Applied Ontology

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From: Nicola Guarino <Nicola.Guarino@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 17:45:39 +0100
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Dear all,

        I have the pleasure to announce the new Laboratory for Applied Ontology, resulting from the fusion of the two ontology groups at the former LADSEB­CNR (Padua) and the former ITBM­CNR (Rome). Due to a major restructuring process within National Research Council (CNR), these two groups  are now affiliated with the Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione ­ ISTC­CNR. The main location will be in Trento, under the auspices of a project involving both the local government (Provincia di Trento) and ITC-IRST, with a group also working in Roma.

        The lab performs basic and applied research on the ontological foundations of conceptual modeling, exploring the role of ontologies in different fields, such as: knowledge representation, knowledge engineering, database design, information retrieval, natural language processing, and the semantic web. The group is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach that combines Computer Science, Philosophy and Linguistics, and relies on logic as a unifying paradigm. On the application side, main emphasis is given on the use of ontologies for electronic commerce, medical information systems, enterprise modeling, integration of lexical resources, and information access to the Web.

The new web site is http://ontology.ip.rm.cnr.it. The old web sites


are still working, but they will be discontinued soon.

        As a first scientific event, we have organized a seminar on the Ontology of Social Interaction, which includes a cycle of lectures by Barry Smith on the Ontology of Law, Economics and Human Interaction (see http://ontology.ip.rm.cnr.it/Events.html).

        Participation is free, please contact alessandro.oltramari@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx if you are planning to attend.

Best regards,


Nicola Guarino
Laboratory for Applied Ontology
Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies
National Research Council                       

Provisional address:
c/o ISIB-CNR (formerly LADSEB-CNR)
Corso Stati Uniti, 4                 
I-35127 Padova              

phone: +39 O49 8295751
fax:   +39 O49 8295763
email: Nicola.Guarino@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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