ICBO + FOIS Joint keynote: Observing Formal Ontology from the Street

Speaker: Steven R. Ray

While the field of ontology and formal semantics has been active for many years, many segments of professional society remain unaware of the benefits and differences that the technology offers for a variety of information and application-oriented systems. This talk will illustrate this awareness gap from the application perspective, drawing upon several decades of work in the international standards community and from more recent collaborations and discussions in the ontology and semantic technology worlds.

Steven R. Ray is a Distinguished Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, where he researches information interoperability and standards in application domains including disaster management, smart electrical grid, mobile healthcare, supply chains, and manufacturing. A common theme of his work is the use of ontologies and formal representations to ensure unambiguous definitions of terms and relations. He has a twenty-seven year track record of initiating and leading technical R&D projects at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Until 2009, he was responsible for the management of a $10-13M division of 60 staff and visiting researchers dedicated to the solution of national problems related to measurements and standards supporting systems interoperation in the manufacturing sector. Dr. Ray’s current activities include the establishment of new research programs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in disaster management and in smart grid interoperability, chairmanship (Emeritus) of the Ontology Summit and the OASIS Quantities and Units of Measure Ontology Standard (QUOMOS) TC, as well as consulting support for local technology companies. He is a member of ASME and SME. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1981 from Princeton University, and his Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, England.

Local Organizers

Stefan Schulz
Catalina Martínez
Markus Kreuzthaler

Institute for Medical
Informatics, Statistics
and Documentation

Medical University of Graz

Auenbruggerplatz 2
8036 Graz, Austria

stefan.schulz [at] medunigraz.at


Jul 31: ICBO + FOIS photos online

Jul 16: ICBO + FOIS brochure published

Jul 3: FOIS posters published

Jun 25: Preliminary ICBO and FOIS programs online

Mar 21: Online Registration open

Mar 20: Accepted FOIS Papers announced

Mar 5: Accepted ICBO Papers announced

Feb 10: Early Career Symposium announced

Feb 1: ICBO and FOIS workshops and tutorials announced

FOIS deadline extended to Feb 12, 2012 (strict)

Jan 25: ICBO workshops and tutorials online .

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