21.091 secret ontologizing

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 06:57:33 +0100

                Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 91.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 06:55:56 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: secret ontologizing

[Although I suspect few of us have the necessary clearance to attend
the following, the existence of such things may be of interest to
some here. --WM]

>>From: Obrst, Leo J.
>Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 15:05:21 -0400
>Towards Effective Exploitation and Integration of Intelligence Resources
>Hilton Hotel, Columbia, MD
>November 28-30, 2007
>(November 30th is CLASSIFIED: those with TS/SCI clearances only and will
>be in Hanover, MD, near Columbia, MD).
>The increasing volume, variety and velocity of intelligence analysis
>requires new approaches that will enable greater flexibility, precision,
>timeliness and automation of analysis to maximize valuable human
>resources in responding to fast-evolving threats.
>Ontology-based technology as applied in areas such as bioinformatics has
>demonstrated the possibility of gains along all of these dimensions. The
>time is ripe to extend these gains also to other spheres.
>This conference will bring together experts on ontology-based technology
>with particular experience in the problems facing the intelligence
>community. It will feature invited talks from prominent ontologists and
>intelligence community leaders, as well as submitted papers focusing
>especially on the creation of public-domain ontology resources to
>support the work of intelligence analysts.
>Conference Director: Barry Smith (National Center for Ontological
>Research, Buffalo)
>Scientific Committee
>Kathleen Stewart Hornsby (Maine) (Chair); Bill Andersen (Ontology
>Works); Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer); Werner Ceusters (Buffalo); Randall
>Dipert (Buffalo); Terry Janssen (Lockheed); Kathryn Laskey (George Mason
>University); Kevin Lynch (CIA); Leo Obrst (MITRE); Chris Welty (IBM
>Submissions are invited of short papers in pdf format (up to 1500 words)
>designed to serve as the basis for 20-minute oral presentations at the
>conference. Accepted papers will be published (at speaker discretion) in
>the proceedings, in both an online version and prospectively a printed
>version. The authors of selected papers will be invited to submit longer
>versions for publication in volume 1 of a new series on Ontology for the
>Intelligence Community.
>Papers may address a wide variety of issues addressing the ontology
>needs of the intelligence community. We are especially interested in
>papers devoted to the task of creating an interoperable suite of
>public-domain ontologies relevant to intelligence analysis, covering
>areas such as:
>emergency response
>urban settings
>geospatial / cartographic
>social networks
>images and imaging
>moving object tracking
>religion and politics
>biology and health
>The ontologies should be combinable at will in such a way as to support
>the integration of data describing different domains. We encourage
>submissions that describe scenarios where multiple ontologies are linked
>to support higher-order analysis and reasoning over complex data.
>Questions to be addressed might include: which domains should be
>included in such a suite of ontologies? how can we ensure that
>ontologies interoperate in useful ways? how can we address the specific
>problems arising in virtue of the partiality and uncertainty of
>intelligence data? how can we use domain ontologies to organize, display
>and share intelligence analysis hypotheses while also maintaining a
>clean distinction between types and instances in knowledge
>representation artifacts?
>A CLASSIFIED paper and presentation/demo day will be held on the 30th
>only for those holding TS/SCI Clearances. Related Intelligence Community
>project participants are encouraged to submit unclassified and
>classified presentations. Because we are still in the process of
>determining the submission procedure for this, UNCLASSIFIED inquiries
>about CLASSIFIED submissions or procedures can be addressed to Leo Obrst
>(lobrst_at_mitre.org) or Terry Janssen (terry.janssen_at_lmco.com).
>Unclassified paper submissions with CLASSIFIED Demonstrations are also
>encouraged. We will have more general guidelines for CLASSIFIED
>submissions shortly.
>Details on how to pass clearances, and to whom, will be provided to
>those who sign up for the CLASSIFIED day on the 30th.
>Receipt of papers: July 15, 2007
>Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2007
>Further information regarding submission will be provided in due course
>at http://ncor.us/oic2007
>For inquiries please write to ncor_at_buffalo.edu.
>This meeting is sponsored by the NATIONAL CENTER FOR ONTOLOGICAL
>Dr. Leo Obrst The MITRE Corporation, Information Semantics
>lobrst_at_mitre.org Information Discovery & Understanding, Command
>and Control Center
>Voice: 703-983-6770 7515 Colshire Drive, M/S H305
>Fax: 703-983-1379 McLean, VA 22102-7508, USA

Dr Willard McCarty | Reader in Humanities Computing | Centre for
Computing in the Humanities | King's College London |
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