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Subject: Ontologies Seminar&Tutorial, November 95, London, England
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ONTOLOGIES EVENTS BY UNICOM SEMINARS
SEMINAR, November 7, London, England
TUTORIAL, November 6, London England
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The subject of ontologies has received little or no attention in Europe outside
the academic world. And yet it is already being used at the centre of some very
major software developments. For example, in building the infrastructure for the
Space Mission Systems of the next century - representing some of the most
complex software systems in Europe - the European Space Agency is exploring the
use of ontologies for the representation and exchange of mission knowledge. But
how many people know what an ontology is?
Simply put, an ontology is a structured definition of the terms, and
relationships between the terms, within a particular domain. This simple
definition belies the power behind the concept. Ontologies have a major
contribution to make to some of the most important issues in the software
industry, such as reuse, interoperability, distributed processing and standards.
There is also the possibility of a potentially huge market in 'packaged
ontologies', although this is still a speculative concept.
This tutorial and seminar by UNICOM are the first events to present the topic
from an industrial viewpoint. The aim of the tutorial is to provide attendees
with a thorough understanding of the concepts and technology behind ontologies,
and how and where they should be used. The objective of the Seminar is to
explore in more detail the relevance of ontologies to the three themes of
"reuse", "interoperability" and "distributed processing".
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Technical Directors of Software Houses
IT Strategy Planners
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
The complexities of the Space Mission Systems of tomorrow foreshadow the
complexities of future business and industrial systems.Anyone planning or
advising on the future IT infrastructure of a large corporation needs to start
tracking ontologies - and these events are an ideal starting point.
Suppliers of large, complex software packages also need to track the technology
of ontologies since they could play a major role in the evolution of such
packages. They could also represent a brand new business opportunity: packaged
ontologies for vertical domains, around which different packages - from
different vendors - could be built, with the assurance that they would all
interoperate. Consider the strength of the market position of - and potential
profits for! - the owner of such an ontology in a key domain, such as banking or
The Impact of Ontologies on
Reuse, Interoperability and Distributed Processing
Session One: Ontologies in Practice
1. What is an ontology and how would you use one?
Professor N.J.I. Mars, University of Twente, Netherlands
What is an ontology?
How would you use an ontology to design software systems (and in particular
How would you use an ontology to facilitate sharing and reuse of knowledge
How can an ontology be designed?
How can the quality of an ontology be assessed?
Practical experiences and illustrations.
2. Overview of ontologies in use.
Professor B.J. Wielinga, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why ontologies are useful.
Examples of projects that use ontologies.
Libraries of ontologies.
Ontologies as vehicles for reuse of knowledge.
Session Two: Ontologies, Standards and Interoperability
1. Interoperability and reuse of an ontology in electrical networks.
Dr. Amaia Bernaras, LABEIN, Spain
Introduction to the electrical network domain.
Why are ontologies useful? From ontologies to standards.
Interoperability: Diagnosis and Service Recovery Planning applications.
On the Usability of Reusable Ontologies.
2. Achieving interoperability in the Enterprise Project.
Mike Uschold, AIAI
A description of the Enterprise Project.
The Enterprise ontology.
How the ontology allows different tools to interoperate.
Session Three: Achieving Reuse via Ontologies
1. Knowledge reuse in technical domains: the KACTUS Project.
Rob Martil, Lloyds Register
Introduction to Lloyds Register and the ship structures problem domain.
The approach taken by the KACTUS project.
Ontology development experiences
2. Knowledge reuse in business domains: experience with IBM BSDM.
Martin King, IBM UK
The need for reuse in business.
The evolution of business (Enterprise) modelling.
Experience with IBM BSDM.
Experience of model reuse.
Enhancing modelling with ontology approaches.
The future outlook.
Session Four: Ontological Glue in Distributed Agent Systems
1. Ontologies within the Knowledge Sharing Effort Project.
Michael Grunninger, University of Toronto, Canada
The scope and major elements of the Knowledge Sharing Effort.
The role of ontologies and Ontolingua.
The Process Interchange Format Project
The big picture for future software development environments.
2. Prospective applications of ontologies for future space missions.
Joe Wheadon, European Space Agency
ESA studies which have used Ontologies.
Perceived problems and limitations in the development and use of ontologies.
A look into the future: Areas of application for further study.
Alex Goodall has over twenty years experience in the computer industry, mostly
working with leading-edge technologies. In 1980 he formed one of the very first
companies to commercialise expert systems. He now runs a specialist publishing
and consulting company -AI Intelligence- that focuses on commercial AI
developments in Europe. His publications include the newsletter AI Watch and
specialist reports on AI technologies. He has also undertaken consultancy
assignments for large corporations and government bodies to help formulate their
strategies concerning advanced software technologies. He has been appointed as
the Co-ordinator of the recently formed Euroknowledge Association which is
concerned with KBS standards.
Principles, Applications and Opportunities
What is an ontology?
What are the origins of the concepts and technologies?
Why are ontologies needed?
How mature is the technology of ontologies?
What major issues are still being researched?
How are ontologies used?
When would you consider using an ontology?
How would you go about building and using an ontology?
How will ontologies impact mainstream software development?
Is there or will there be a marketfor ontology products?
Mike Uschold, AIAI, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Michael Grunninger, Department of Industrial Engineering,
University of Toronto, Canada.
Enquiries contact below:
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