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Tue May 15 2001

Confs: Ontological Semantics Workshop, Spain

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  1. Antonio Moreno Ortiz, Ontological Semantics Workshop, Spain

Message 1: Ontological Semantics Workshop, Spain

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 14:14:19 +0200
From: Antonio Moreno Ortiz <>
Subject: Ontological Semantics Workshop, Spain

 Granada, Spain
 May 31 - June 1 2001
The term 'ontological semantics' refers to the theoretical 
and methodological apparatus of describing and manipulating
meaning, as realized in natural language texts, that relies
on a language-independent ontology, ontology-related lexica
(and onomastica), a fact DB consisting of instances of
ontological concepts, as well as remembered text meaning
representations. The original development of this approach
is due to Sergei Nirenburg and his co-authors. The major
R&D projects associated with this approach (past and
present) include KBMT-89, Pangloss, Mikrokosmos and CREST. 

There are several working groups, both in the US and in
Europe, that are actively using, or have the intention to
use ontological semantics and related resources in their
work. This workshop aims to bring together for the first
time such community, and tackle, fundamentally, the
following tasks: 

* Offer a refresher course on the basics of ontological
 semantics, as well as catch up on the latest developments. 
* Discuss theoretical, technical, and methodological issues
 related to its many aspects. 
* Plan both further research and dissemination activities
 for this approach. 

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* Fundamentals of ontological semantics. 
* The Mikrokosmos ontology: past, present, and future. 
* Reusability of the Mikrokosmos ontology for NLP and NLP-
 related applications. 
* Linguistic aspects: compatibility and integration with
 diverse descriptive frameworks. 
* Engineering aspects: tools and methodologies for the
 depolyment and sharing OS-related resources. 

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DAY 1 (May 31) 
10:00 - 11:30 : Sergei Nirenburg: Tutorial on Ontological
 Semantics I. 
 --- coffee break --- 
12:00 - 13:45 : Sergei Nirenburg: Tutorial on Ontological
 Semantics II. 
 --- lunch break --- 
16:00 - 17:45 : Jim. Cowie: Pre-Semantic Issues in Text
 Processing Applications: Ecology, Morphology,
 --- tea break --- 
18:00 - 18:45 : Antonio Moreno: The CRL KBAE Environment:
 Acquisition Issues. 
18:45 - 19:30 : Interim discussion. 

DAY 2 (June 1) 
10:00 - 10:45 : Pamela Faber & Clara Lopez: The role of the
 MikroKosmos Ontology in the OncoTerm project
10:45 - 11:30 : Jorge Vivaldi & Judit Feliu: A Comparison 
 between EuroWordNet and and Mikrokosmos for
 Terminology Applications. 
 --- coffee break --- 
12:00 - 12:45 : Antonio Vaquero: Towards Software Methodol-
 ogies to develop Information Systems based
 on Ontologies. 
12:45 - 13:30 : Pedro Gonz�lez Ontology-based Knowledge
 Management in Educational Environments 
 --- lunch break --- 
16:00 - 19:00: Discussion 

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We plan to have a fairly short list of interested
participants, as we have limited seating. If you are 
interested in participating, or just attending, 
please contact the organizers as soon as possible 
(first come, first served). 

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Sergei Nirenburg
Computing Research Laboratory
Box 30001/3CRL
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Antonio Moreno
Facultad Filosofia y Letras
Universidad de Malaga
Campus de Teatinos
29071 Malaga

Clara L�pez (local org.)
Facultad de Traducci�n e Interpretaci�n
Universidad de Granada
Puentezuelas 55 
18071 Granada

Please, visit the web site ( )
for further information.

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