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[ontology-summit] Ontology Summit 2015 Pre-Launch Session

To: Ontology Summit 2015 Forum <ontology-summit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Michael Gruninger <gruninger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:21:07 -0500
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You are cordially invited to join us this week, on Thursday December 11, at
the virtual discussion session 


  = Ontology Summit 2015 Pre-Launch =

* Session Co-chairs:
MichaelGruninger (IAOA; U of Toronto) & MatthewWest (Ontolog)

* Topic:
Ontology Summit 2015 Pre-Launch

* Date: Thursday, 11-Dec-2014

* Start-time: 9:30am PST / 12:30pm EST / 6:30pm CEST / 5:30pm BST / 1730 UTC
** world clock:  http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20141211T1230&p1=179

** Duration: ~1.5 hours

See dial-in and other details on the session page at: http://ontolog-02.cim3.net/wiki/ConferenceCall_2014_12_11 

== Abstract ==

The Ontology Summit is an annual series of events (first started by Ontolog and NIST in 2006) that involves the ontology community and communities related to each year's theme chosen for the summit. The Ontology Summit program is now co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA, NCO_NITRD along with the co-sponsorship of other organizations that are supportive of the Summit goals and objectives. 

The theme for OntologySummit2015 is
Internet of Things: Toward Smart Networked Systems and Societies
and this session will identify the specific Tracks that will explore the topics to be covered during the Summit, starting in January 2015.

Mark Underwood has prepared some introductory notes to help frame the discussion:

We are witnessing a new revolution in computing and communication. The Internet, which has spanned several networks in a wide variety of domains, is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. The next generation of networks will utilize a wide variety of resources with significant sensing capabilities. Such networks will extend beyond physically linked computers to include multimodal information from biological, cognitive, semantic, and social networks. This paradigm shift will involve symbiotic networks of people, intelligent devices, and mobile personal computing and communication devices (mPCDs), which will form net-centric societies or smart networked systems and societies (SNSS). mPCDs are already equipped with a myriad of sensors, with regular updates of additional sensing capabilities. Additionally, we are witnessing the emergence of “intelligent devices,” such as smart meters, smart cars, etc., with considerable sensing and networking capabilities. Hence, these devices – and the network -- will be constantly sensing, monitoring, and interpreting the environment – this is sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things. And as local and wide area networks became almost secondary to the WWW (World-Wide Web), users and their usage patterns will become increasingly visible. This will have significant implications for both the market for advanced computing and communication infrastructure and the future markets – for nearly 4.5 billion people -- that net-centric societies will create.

Well-designed and constructed net-centric societies will result in better quality of life, reduced threat from external sources, and improved commerce. For example, assume a scenario where people at various locations suffer from flu-like symptoms. In a net-centric society, mPCDs will send vital signs and other associated information to appropriate laboratories and medical centers. These centers will analyze the information, including searching the Internet for potential solutions, and will aid in determining possible causes for this phenomenon. Based on the diagnosis, people will be directed to the nearest clinic for treatment. Here we have several types of information flowing through the net: data from mPCDs; location information; images; video; audio; etc.

Ontologies will play a significant role in the realization of SNSS. For example, a considerable amount of data passes through the network and should be converted into higher abstractions that can be used in appropriate reasoning. This requires the development of standard terminologies which capture objects and events. Creating and testing such terminologies will aid in effective recognition and reaction in a network-centric situation awareness environment. This would involve identifying a methodology for development of terminologies for multimodal data (or ontologies), developing appropriate ontologies, developing testing methods for these ontologies, demonstrating interoperability for selected domains (e.g., healthcare, situational awareness), and using these ontologies in decision making.

Potential Tracks

Track 1: Vision of IoE Ontology Integration

Track 2: Beyond Semantic Sensor Network Ontologies to Multimodal ontologies
Track 3: Big Data and Ontologies (see Ontology Summit 2014)

Track 4a: Supporting Development of Domain-specific IoE Ontologies

Track 4b: From IoE Data Models to IoE Ontologies: SDLC Challenges

Track 5: Decision Making in Different Domains

Track 6: Related Standards and Synergies for Developing IoE Ontologies

Track 7: Case Studies in Healthcare, manufacturing, disaster resilience

Track 8: Industry-Government Panel on Research Funding

*RSVP* now, by emailing Michael Gruninger at <gruninger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> offline (or add yourself directly to the session page if you are already an Ontolog or OntologySummit community member) so that we can prepare enough resources to support everyone. [Please state clearly the date of the session you are registering for, in your email; include your affiliation too, if you are not a
community member.]

For the Session Co-chairs
Michael Gruninger & Ram Sriram

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