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Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - Dr. Nicola Guarino - Thu 2006-02-02     (1)

  • Subject: Ontolog Invited Speaker Presentation by NicolaGuarino - Thu 2006-02-02     (1A1)
  • Agenda: Dr. Nicola Guarino, from the CNR Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) in Trento, Italy will be presenting to the community. His talk is entitled: "Making basic ontological choices: the DOLCE experience"     (1A2)
  • Date: Thursday, February 2, 2006     (1A3)
  • Start Time: 10:30 AM PST / 1:30 PM EST / 18:30 UTC / 7:30 PM CET (see world clock for other time zones)     (1A4)
  • Shared-screen support (VNC session) will be started 5 minutes before the call at:     (1A6)
    • view-only password: "ontolog"     (1A6A)
    • if you plan to be logging into this shared-screen option (which the speaker may be navigating), and you are not familiar with the process, please try to call in 5 minutes before the start of the session so that we can work out the connection logistics. Help on this will generally not be available once the presentation starts.     (1A6B)
    • people behind corporate firewalls may have difficulty accessing this. If that is the case, please download the slides below and runing them locally. The speaker will prompt you to advance the slides during the talk.     (1A6C)
  • RSVP to with name and affiliation. This is necessary to ensure that we have enough conferencing resources for everyone to call in.     (1A7)
  • Please note that this session will be recorded, and the audio archives is expected to be made available as open content to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.     (1A10)
  • Appreciations to Ontolog co-convener, Dr. LeoObrst, who had made the invitation to Dr. Guarino on behalf of our community, and co-organize this event. (=ppy/2006.02.02)     (1A11)
  • in view of the huge number of attendees, we are doing away with our usual self-introduction round. Therefore attendees are strongly encouraged to edit the wiki (later) to add information about themselves. Ontolog members are welcomed to create and elaborate on their own namesake wiki page. Non-member may include relevant information about themselves in parenthesis after their names. They are, of course, welcomed to join our community (for more details, see the Membership section.)     (1A12)

Attendees     (1B)

Agenda & Proceedings     (1D)

  • Dr. Nicola Guarino, from the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) in Trento, Italy will be presenting to the community. His talk is entitled: "Making basic ontological choices: the DOLCE experience"     (1D1)
NicolaGuarino_20060202.png [picture of Dr. Nicola Guarino]     (1D2)
    • I would like to organize this talk in three parts:     (1D3A)
      • i) a short introduction on the role of axiomatic, foundational ontologies;     (1D3A1)
      • ii) a discussion on the basic ontological choices available, and on the need to establish systematic links and comparisons among them;     (1D3A2)
      • iii) a presentation of the basic DOLCE choices in the light of the above discussion.     (1D3A3)
  • Session Format and Agenda:     (1D4)
  • this will be virtual session over a phone conference setting, augmented by shared computer screen support     (1D5)
    • 1. The session will start with a brief chat among the attendees prior to going into the official session, which will be recorded (~5 min.)     (1D5A)
    • 2. Introduction of the Invited Speaker by Dr. LeoObrst     (1D5B)
    • 3. Presentation by the invited speaker (45~60 min.)     (1D5C)
    • 4. Open discussion (30~45 min.)     (1D5D)
Nicola Guarino (1954) is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), where he leads the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) in Trento. He graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Padova in 1978, with a thesis on biomedical engineering. In 1979–1984 he was in charge of the data acquisition and monitoring system of a large nuclear fusion experiment in Padova. He then moved to the area of knowledge representation, joining the CNR Institute of Systems Theory and Biomedical Engineering (LADSEB-CNR) to work initially on medical expert systems. He moved to ISTC-CNR in 2003. He has been working on the foundations of knowledge representation and conceptual modeling for more than twenty years, playing a leading role in developing a strongly interdisciplinary approach that combines together Computer Science, Philosophy, and Linguistics, and relies on Logic as a unifying paradigm.     (1D7)
He is editor-in-chief (with MarkMusen) of the Journal of Applied Ontology, associate editor of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and the Journal of Data Semantics, and general chair of the FOIS (Formal Ontology in Information Systems) conference series.     (1D8)

Session Recording of the NicolaGuarino Talk     (1E)

(Thanks to KurtConrad, BobSmith and PeterYim for their help with getting the session recorded. -ppy)     (1E1)