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Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference (InterOntology09 Tokyo)


The 2nd Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference, Tokyo, Japan
February 27 to March 1, 2009

The purpose of the conference is to exchange ideas and state-of-the-art technologies among researchers from around the world on ontology and related fields. Disciplines represented will include computer science, AI, logic, and philosophy, as well as a variety of application domains in addition to biomedical informatics.

  • The main Interdisciplinary Ontology 09 "tentative" Program (Feb 28-March 1st)
  • The Philosophy of Logic and Ontology Meeting (Feb 27th)
  • The associated Tutorials and Overview Talks (Feb 27th) (オントロジー構築技術チュートリアル及び概説講義)

All events are open to everyone. There is no fees but pre-registration required. IO09 Resigtration Page is now open.

  • Registration closed.

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Friday, February 27th Associated Events.

  • 13:00-16:20 Philosophy of Logic and Ontology Meeting (East Building 8th Floor)
  • 14:00-16:20 Special Tutorial Lectures on Ontology Technology in Japanese (East Building 6thFloor, G-Sec Lab)
  • 16:20-18:30 The Overview Talks Session

14:00-16:10 Tutorial Session on Some techniques of Ontology Building (Tentative title) (East Building 6th Floor G-Sec Hall.) Co-organized by Special Interest Group on Semantic Web and Ontology (SIG-SWO), Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence (JSAI), in Japanese, Guest Lecturer Riichiro Mizoguchi et al. (Osaka University)

(日本人工知能学会「セマンティックウェブとオントロジー」研究会共催」日本語チュートリアルセッション) 特別講師 溝口理一郎(大阪大学)

  • 14:00 オントロジー構築技術チュートリアル Part I
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 15:10 オントロジー構築技術チュートリアル Part II
  • 16:10 Coffee Break

13:00-16:10 Parallel session on Philosophy of logic and Ontology, co-organized by the Open Research Center for Logic and Formal Ontology (East Building 8th Floor Conference Hall)

  • 13:00 "Four kinds of boundaries: From an ontological point of view" Daisuke Kachi (Saitama University)
  • 13:30 Coffee Break
  • 13:40 "Ontological Vagueness and Metaphysics: A Case of Freewill" Masaki Ichinose (University of Tokyo)
  • 14:10 Coffee Break
  • 14:20 "The Early Wittgenstein on Logic and Metaphysics" Jinho Kang (Seoul National University)
  • 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:10 "The Ontology of Quantity, and Why it Matters" Peter Simons (Trinity College, Dubline)
  • 16:10 Coffee Break

16:20-18:30 The Special Overview Lectures (East Building 6th Floor G-Sec Lab)

(日本人工知能学会「セマンティックウェブとオントロジー」研究会共催」 Co-organized with Co-organized by Special Interest Group on Semantic Web and Ontology (SIG-SWO), Japanese Society of Artificial Intelligence (JSAI)

  • 16:20 "How to Build an Ontology" Barry Smith (SUNY at Buffalo)
  • 17:20 Coffee Break
  • 17:30 "Communicating using OWL" Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons)

The Reception Party

  • 18:40 Chuugoku Hanten Restaurant, Near the East Gate (a few minutes from the Conference Site) (Open for all particpants. No charge is required for the participation.)

The Formal Program of Interdisciplinary Ontology 09 (6th Floor, East Building, Mita Campus, Keio University)

Saturday, February 28th

  • 09:30 Opening Remarks
  • 09:40 "Ontology: The Road to Coordination" Barry Smith (SUNY at Buffalo)
  • 10:40 Coffee Break
  • 10:50 "The Bigger Picture: Speech Acts in Interaction with Ontology-Based Information Systems" Fabian Neuhaus and Bill Andersen (National Institute of Standards and Technology, Ontology Works, Inc.)
  • 11:20 "Towards an Ontological Representation of Functional Basis in DOLCE" Stefano Borgo, Massimiliano Carrara, Pawel Garbacz and Pieter Vermaas (ISTC-CNR, University of Padua, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Delft University of Technology)
  • 11:50 Lunch Break
  • 13:20 "Building Virtual Communities of Ontology Developers and Users" Mark A. Musen (Stanford University)
  • 14:20 Coffee Break
  • 14:30 "Ontology-Based Version Management of Websites" Werner Ceusters, Shahid Manzoor (SUNY at Buffalo, New York Center of Excellence for Bio-Informatics)
  • 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 15:40 "Building a Domain Ontology with Wikipedia and Folksonomy Tags" Takahira Yamaguchi (Keio University)
  • 16:10 Coffee Break
  • 16:20 "Formal Foundations of Ontology" Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin)
  • 17:20 Refreshment and drinks at the conference site
  • 17:40-18:50 JCOR Annual Report Session
    • "Ontologies that Support Organizational Knowledge Transfer of Intelligence Skill" Masao Okabe, Masahiko Yanagisawa, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Keido Kobayashi, Akiko Yoshioka and Takahira Yamaguchi (Keio University)
    • "Tag Analysis, Semantic Web Framework and Noun and Verb Associative Ontology" Yudai Iwasaki, Noritada Shimizu, Fumihiro Kato, Tastuya Hagino, Jun Okamoto, Takehiro Teraoka, and Shun Ishizaki (Keio University)
    • "Analysis of on-line news that uses ontology - the transition of media reports about 2008 Sichuan earthquake and cyclone in Myanmar" Makoto Sakai, and Hiromichi Fukui (Keio University)
    • "Husserl's theory of (intentional) objects in his middle period" Genki Uemura (Keio University)
    • "Some remarks on Husserlian formal ontology and Tarskian formal semantics" Shigeyuki Nakayama, and Mitsu Okada

Sunday, March 1st

  • 09:30 "What OWL2 can, can not, and should not do." Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons)
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 10:40 "Yet Another Top-level Ontology: YATO" Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University)
  • 11:10 "Preliminary consideration and experiments on consolidating semantically close concepts" Hideaki Takeda (NII)
  • 11:40-13:10 Lunch Break
  • 13:10 "Navigating Scientific Literature with Ontologies" Christopher J. O. Baker (University of New Brunswick / Innovatia Inc.)
  • 14:10 Coffee Break
  • 14:20 "A Content Model and an Information Model for Disease Description" Jun Nakaya, Keisuke Ido, Kaei Hiroi, and Hiroshi Tanaka (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
  • 14:50 Discussion Session on Biomedical Ontology
  • 15:20 Coffee break
  • 15:30 "Toward Integration of Mouse Phenotype Information" Hiroshi Masuya (RIKEN) and Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University)
  • 16:00 "Formal Conceptualization of Dental Diagnoses: Status Report" Miguel Torres-Urquidy and Titus Schleyer (University of Pittsburgh)
  • 16:20 "Genome, Gene, Interval and Ontology" Yu Lin and Norihiro Sakamoto (Kobe University)
  • 16:50 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 Discussion Session on the Future of Interdisciplinary Ontology Methodologies
  • 18:10 Closing

About the Interdisciplinary Ontology09

The 2nd Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference, Tokyo, Japan
February 27 to March 1, 2009
The main program is scheduled on February 28th and March 1st. Some associated meetings (a philosophy meeting on Ontology, a Japanese meeting on Semantic Web and Ontology, and tutorials are scheduled on February 27th.)

The ontological methodology has been developed in computer science and related fields in recent years and has proven very useful in areas such as biomedical informatics, intelligence analysis, information retrieval, and natural language processing. It also serves as basis for the Semantic Web initiative and for a number of innovative experiments in text- and literature-mining and in journal publishing.

The 2nd Interdisciplinary Ontology Conference will be co-organized and co-sponsored by

the Japanese Center for Ontological Research
the (US) National Center for Ontological Research
the European Center for Ontological Research and other institutions (to be announced).

A special session will be held on Biomedical Ontology, jointly organized with the (US) National Center for Biomedical Ontology.

The conference is also co-sponsored by the Japanese Government's Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) under the framework of the Open Research Center on Logic and Formal Ontology of Keio University.

The keynote spakers are:

  • Christopher Baker (University of New Brunswick / Innovatia Inc., Canada)
  • Werner Ceusters (New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, U.S.)
  • Jinho Kang (Seoul National University, Korea)
  • Mark Musen (NCBO, Stanford University, U.S.)
  • Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons, U.S.)
  • Peter Simons (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Barry Smith (University of Buffalo, NCOR, U.S.)

The invited speakers are:

  • Masaki Ichinose (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Daisuke Kachi (Saitama University, Japan)
  • Riichiro Mizoguchi (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Jun Nakaya (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
  • Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
  • Hiroshi Tanaka (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
  • Takahira Yamaguchi (Keio University, Japan)

Accepted papers will be included in the the formal proceeding volume.

Papers may address a wide variety of issues relating to ontology and its applications. Papers should be submitted before the deadline to (the Easy Chair's InterOntology submission site:

Important Dates:

November 23
Title, abstract, authors information to be entered at the EasyChair submission site.
November 28
Deadline for submission of complete paper
By January 7, 2009
Notification of acceptance
January 16, 2009
Final version due (More detailed information will be informed to the accepted authors.)
February 28 - March 1
Presentations at the conference

Two sorts of papers will be accepted:

Full papers expressing original research should be at most 15 pages long (including figures and references).

Shorter papers, for example expressing preliminary results or surveys of existing work, which may be up to 8 pages in length, may also be submitted.

Tutorial session and associated workshop are scheduled and will be announced at

Registration and further information will be posted at the same site.

The cover page of the submission should also include the following information

  • paper title
  • author names
  • abstract of the paper

Authors are required to use the InterOntology09 LaTeX style file. (If you don't know anything about LaTeX, we provide MS Word template for inclusion in publication of the proceedings volume. )

International Scientific Committee

  • Mitsuhiro Okada (Keio University, Japan), Co-chair
  • Barry Smith (University at Buffalo / NCOR, USA), Co-chair
  • Christopher J. O. Baker (University of New Brunswick / Innovatia Inc., Canada)
  • 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, U.S.)
  • 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, U.S.)
  • Jun Nakaya (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
  • Hideaki Takeda (NII, Japan)
  • Takahira Yamaguchi (Keio University, Japan) Other PC members to be announced.

Local Organizing Committee

  • 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
  • Yutaro Sugimoto (Philosophy Department, Keio Univerisity)
  • Takahira Yamaguchi (Computer Science Department, Keio University)

For inquires please write to interontology AT

Additional Information:

Hotel Recommendation

We suggest the Shinagawa Prince Hotel or an annex of Shinagawa Prince Tower (the Prince Hotel chains) located near JR-Shinagawa Station. There is a variety of room charge levels at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and the Shinagawa Prince Tower. There is a direct Airport Limousine Bus from Narita-Tokyo Airport to the hotel. (The exit of the airport customs faces the Airport Limousine bus ticket counters, which are just next door to the bus stop from Narita - Tokyo Airport to the hotel As an alternative you could take JR-Narita Express train from the airport to JR-Shinagawa station; the Shinagawa Prince hotel is located a few minutes walking distance from the exit of JR Shinagawa Station. In either case it takes around 90 minutes to reach the centre of Tokyo. If the hotel is fully booked and you cannot get your reservation successfully, you could also try the Shinagawa Pacific Hotel, Takanawa Prince Hotel or Shinagawa Keikyu Hotel, which are located near the Shinagawa Prince and JR Shinagawa Station. For room reservation and access to the hotel, click and check:

The Shinagawa Prince Hotel is a middle class hotel in Tokyo, and a single charge will be 14,000 yen - 24,000 yen per night. For two person use the rate could be double, since Japanese hotel rates depend on the number of persons per room; please check the price list carefully.

Conference Site from Shinagawa Prince Hotel or JR Shinagawa station

The conference will be held at the EAST BUILDING of the Mita Campus in Keio University. (Note that there are several campuses of Keio University.) You could either take a cab for 10 minutes (around 1,000 yen or 7 Euros) 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.