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Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference (InterOntology08 Tokyo)

We are pleased to announce an international conference to be held in Tokyo on February 26-27, 2008. The conference will take place on the 6th floor (G-SEC Lab.) at the East Building of Mita Campus, Keio University. See below for the the direction from the airport to the conference site and our recommended hotel.

The conference will be co-organized and co-sponsored by

  • JCOR: the Japanese Center for Ontological Research
  • NCOR: the (US) National Center for Ontological Research
  • ECOR: the European Center for Ontological Research

On the afternoon of Tuesday February 26 a special session will be held on Biomedical Ontology, jointly organized by JCOR and the (US) National Center for Biomedical Ontology.

This conference will serve to launch JCOR (the Japanese Centre for Ontological Research), which has recently been funded by the Japanese Government's Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) under the framework of the Open Research Centre on Logic and Formal Ontology.

The conference will be held at Keio University, Tokyo.

International Scientific Committee

  • John Batemen (Bremen University, German / ECOR)
  • Mathias Brochhausen (Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, Saarland University, Germany / ECOR)
  • Werner Ceusters (University at Buffalo / NCOR, USA)
  • Ken Fukuda (Aist, Japan)
  • Pierre Grenon (Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, Germany)
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Mark Musen (Stanford University / NCBO, USA)
  • Jun Nakaya (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
  • Mitsuhiro Okada (Keio University, Japan), Co-chair
  • Barry Smith (Universtiy at Buffalo / NCOR, USA), Co-chair
  • Hideaki Takeda (NII, Japan)
  • Takahira Yamaguchi (Keio University, Japan)

Keio University Scientific Committee for the Ontology Section of ORC

  • Hiromichi Fukui (Integrated Policy Department, Keio University), ORC Co-Chair
  • Tatsuya Hagino (Environmental-Information Science Department, Keio University)
  • Sumio Nakagawa (Philosophy Department, Keio University), ORC Co-Chair
  • Mitsuhiro Okada (Philosophy Department, Keio University), ORC Chair
  • Takahira Yamaguchi (Computer Science Department, Keio University)

The invited speakers include;

  • Alan Ruttenberg (USA)
  • Werner Ceusters (USA)
  • Ken Fukuda (Japan)
  • Nicola Guarino (Italy)
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi (Japan)
  • Jun Nakaya (Japan)
  • Barry Smith (USA)
  • Takahira Yamaguchi (Japan)

Other invited speakers will be announced soon.

A special session on the JCOR activities and a special session co-organaized with NCBO are also scheduled.

The purpose of the conference is to exchange ideas and state-of-the-art technologies among researchers from different regions of the world across various areas of ontology, including philosophy, informatics, AI, biomedical sciences.


Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference (InterOntology08 Tokyo) co-organized by the Japan-US-EU Centers for Ontological Research (JCOR-NCOR-ECOR, also co-sponsored by the National Center for Biomedical Ontology)

Goal: To exchange ideas on ontological theories and methodologies and on practical applications among researchers from philosophy, information sciences, biomedical sciences, the Semantic Web, AI, logic, linguistics and related fields.

Program: February 26-27, 2008 Venue: 6th Floor (G-Sec Lab Conference Room), East Building (at the East Gate) of the Mita Campus, Keio University, Central Tokyo

NO PRE-REGISTRATION OR FEE ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEETING. A copy of the proceedings volume will be provided for all participants at the conference site. [#e8e2491f]

Information on the recommended hotel as well as the conference site map is available at the conference web-page (

Tuesday, February 26

  • 9:45 Registration
  • 10:00 Opening speech by Yuichiro Anzai, President of Keio University. Opening Remarks from representatives of the Scientific Committee, Mitsuhiro Okada, Barry Smith, Riichiro Mizoguchi and Jun Nakaya
  • 10:30-12:15 Session I: Invited Papers on Biomedical Ontology (co-sponsored by NCBO),
  • 10:30 Barry Smith (New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo) The Evaluation of Ontologies: Editorial Review vs. Democratic Ranking
  • 11:15 Jun Nakaya and Hiroshi Tanaka (Information Center for Medical Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University) Clinical Omics Ontology and National Projects in Japan (toward Social Information Infrastructure)
  • 11:45 Ken Fukuda (Computational Biology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) INOH pathway database: Curation, Annotation, Integration
  • 12:15 Lunch break
  • 14:00-15:45 Session II: Invited Papers on Ontology for Information Sciences
  • 14:00 Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Laboratory for Applied Ontology) Conceptualizations, Ontologies, and Possible Worlds
  • 14:45 Riichiro Mizoguchi, Functional Ontology of Artifacts
  • 15:15 Takahira Yamaguchi and Takeshi Morita (Keio University), Domain Ontology Learning with Lexical Ontologies and Correlation in Text
  • 15:45 Coffee break
  • 16:15-18:00 Session III: JCOR Research Reports
    • 16:15 Mitsuhiro Okada, Introducing JCOR
    • 16:25 Mitsuhiro Okada (Keio Univ.), Barry Smith (SUNY), and Yutaro Sugimoto (Keio Univ.), Remarks on Logic for Process Descriptions in Ontological Reasoning: A Drug Interaction Ontology (DIO) Case Study
    • 16:45 Hiromichi Fukui and Makoto Sakai (Keio University), Possibility and Practicality of "Rhizome Type Ontology" - as Examples of the Media Browser for the Digital Asia Project
    • 17:05 Noritada Shimizu, Fumihiro Kato, Ryosuke Sekido, Tatsuya Hagino, Jun Okamoto, and Shun Ishizaki (Keio University), Ontology in Web Applications and Natural Languages Processing
    • 17:25 Sumio Nakagawa (Keio University), Introduction of philosophy group in JCOR
    • 17:30 Wakako Tagoyama (Keio University), L'Individu et l'Universel-Leibniz et St.Thomas d'Aquin
    • 17:50 TBA
  • 18:00-18:30 Business meeting
  • 18:30- Conference Reception at Chuugoku-Hanten Restaurant near the Conference Site.

NO FEE IS REQUIRED for participation in the Conference Reception

Wednesday February 27

  • 10:00-12:00 Session IV: Invited Papers Session
  • 10:00 Werner Ceusters (New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo), Harmonization of Patient Assessment Instruments in the USA: a Compelling Case for Realism-Based Ontology
  • 10:45 Shinsuke Fujita (Chiba University Hospital), Ontology based ICPC-3 revision to study morbidity of chronic disease. Disease Code Structure for Morbidity Study
  • 11:15 Alan Ruttenberg, On Pathway Ontology
  • 12:00 Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:30 Session V: Invited Papers Session
    • Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics, RACE at the University of Tokyo) Ontology for People -- Vagueness and multiplicity --
    • one invited speaker to be announced,
  • 14:30 Break
  • 14:45-16:25 Session VI: Contributed Short Papers
    • 14:45 Gian Piero Zarri (LaLIC, University of Paris 4/Sorbonne), Ontologies, Semantic Web Languages, and an Example of 'n-ary' Approach
    • 15:05 Bill Andersen (Ontology Works, Inc.), Ontologies, Data Models, and Ontology
    • 15:25 Thomas Bittner, Louis J. Goldberg, and Maureen Donnelly (New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo) Ontology and Qualitative Medical Images Analysis
    • 15:45 Andrea Borghini (College of the Holy Cross), Why I Am Not a Tropist
    • 16:05 Yu Lin and Norihiro Sakamoto (Kobe University), Ontology of Genetic Susceptibility Factors to Diabetes Mellitus (OGSF-DM)
    • 16:25 Andrew Newman, Jane Hunter, Yuan-Fang Li, Chris Bouton, and Melissa Davis (School of ITEE, The University of Queensland) The BioMANTA Ontology: Integration of Protein-Protein Interaction Data
  • 16:45-17:05 Refreshments (light food and drinks)
  • 17:05-17:50 Session V: Concluding Discussion Session
  • 17:50 End of the Meeting

The conference is co-organized and co-sponsored by:

  • JCOR: the Japanese Center for Ontological Research
  • NCOR: the (US) National Center for Ontological Research
  • ECOR: the European Center for Ontological Research

The biomedical sessions will be also jointly organized with the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (USA).

This conference will serve to launch JCOR (the Japanese Centre for Ontological Research), which has recently been funded by the Japanese Government's Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) under the framework of the Open Research Centre on Logic and Formal Ontology.


Submissions are invited of short papers in pdf format (up to 5 pages, using the templates LaTeX or MSWord) designed to serve as the basis for 20-minute oral presentations at the conference. Accepted papers will be published in a volume of Conference Proceedings. You can choose the manuscript format LaTeX or MSWord.

We apologize for the early deadline, but authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity at a later stage to submit extended versions.

Papers may address a wide variety of issues relating to ontology and its applications. Papers should be submitted before the deadline to:

Deadlines Receipt of papers: Dec. 27th, 2007, at 12:00 Noon at the Japanese Standard Time. Notification of acceptance: Jan. 5th, 2008 (Final versions due: Jan. 12th, 2008)

For inquiries please write to

Hotel Recommendation

We suggest you take Shinagawa Prince Hotel or an annex Shinagawa Prince Tower (the Prince Hotel chains) located near JR-Shinagawa Station. There are variety of room charge levels at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and the Shinagawa Prince Tower. There is a direct "Airport Limousine Bus" from Narita-Kokyo Airport to the hotel. (The exit of the airport custom faces the Airport Kimousin bus ticket counters. Very easy to find it. There is an alternative; you could also take JR-Narita Express train from the airport to JR-Shinagawa station; the Shinagawa Prince hotel is located in a few mminutes walking distance ftom the exsit of JR-Shinagawa Station. Either way, the Airport-Limo Bus direst to the Hotel or the JR-Narita-Express Train, it takes around 90 minutes (or 1 h and a half) to reach the centre of Tokyo. If the hotel have the full-bookings and you cannot get your reservation successfully, you could also try; Shinagawa-Pacific Hotel Talanawa Prince Hotel or Shinagawa Keikyu Hotel. All these are located near Shinagawa Prince and JR-Shinagawa station.

For room reservation and access to the hotel, click and check:

Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a middle-class hotel in tokyo, and a single charge will be 14000yen-24000yen per night and i guess two persons' use could be double-priced since the japanese hotel rate depends on the number of persons to stay, please check the price list carefully.

Conference site from Shinagawa Prince Hotel or JR Shinagawa station

Conference site is on the 6th floor G-Sec Lab Hall in the EAST BUILDING at the East Gate of the Mita Campus in Keio University. Note that there are several campuses of Keio University. The East Gate itself is the East Building. (See the map below for the location of East Gate.)

You could either take a cab for 10 minutes (around 1000yen or 7euros) or, take a local train from JR-Shinagawa to JR-Tamachi (Tamachi is the next stop of Shinagawa) which takes 5 minutes train and 5 minutes walk. Please see the access map for the campus location.