[iaoa-general] ISAO 2023, July 10-14 - Call for Participation (Interdisciplinary School on Applied Ontology held in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada)

Frank Loebe frank.loebe at informatik.uni-leipzig.de
Wed Apr 12 04:41:22 CEST 2023

Ready for a fiesta in ontology education?! Registration opens soon, its 
early phase ends on June 11; fees detailed below. If needed, request 
letters of invitation by email [1] (more below).

= ISAO 2023 [2] - Call for Participation =

The Interdisciplinary School on Applied Ontology (ISAO) is the premier 
educational forum for acquiring and deepening knowledge in ontology - 
its foundations, applications, and interconnections with related areas. 
Generously sponsored by the AIJ [3].

July 10-14, 2023
University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
(in person only, _no_ online participation)

[2] https://fois2023.griis.ca/isao-2023/

Target audience
- PhD students
- PostDocs and researchers
- Ontology practitioners from business, industry and society

Leading experts in applied ontology (AO), formal ontology, modeling, 
semantics and neighboring fields teach various basic courses as well as 
engage in interactive formats for deepening the knowledge of all 
participants, providing a full immersion experience in AO for all levels 
of expertise. As yet, facilitators include M. Gruninger, N. Guarino, G. 
Guizzardi, R. Hoehndorf, M. Keet, O. Kutz and B. Smith (more info below).

== Important Dates & Schedule ==
(coarse structure as of early April)

- Registration not before late April
- Detailed program planned for early May
- Event on July 10-14 (Mon-Fri)
  - circa 3 days (July 10-12/13) of courses (rather introductory)
  - circa 2 days (July 13-14) of interactive formats (incl. advanced)

We offer 5-day and 2-day registrations, the latter aiming at additional 
networking and exchange during July 13-14, right before FOIS 2023 [4]. 
Early (by Sun, June 11) student fees amount to
- 320 CAD|225 EUR|240 USD for all 5 days and
- 250 CAD|175 EUR|190 USD for the last 2 days.
Please find all fees below (student - academic - industry). Cheap 
accommodation options ease expenses preferentially for student 
participants. Grants depend on external funding.

Early expressions of interest are very welcome, are considered 
non-binding, and support us in shaping the event further. Invitation 
letters (e.g. for visa purposes) will be issued on request (include your 
full work address).

With any issues regarding ISAO 2023, please contact us at
[1] iaoa.isao2023 at gmail.com

Please feel invited to read more details below, to spread the word 
within your network, and to join us in July!

Best regards,
Frank Loebe and Daniele Porello

= Details as of mid of April 2023 =

== Content of Courses ==
(shall include, as of Apr 2023)

- applied ontology overview
- ontological analysis and principles
- top-level ontologies
  - confirmed: tutorial on BFO (by Barry Smith)
- bio-ontologies
- representation of and logics for ontologies
- ontology engineering, managements and methods
- relations to
  - conceptual modeling
  - cognitive science
  - machine learning & artificial intelligence
  - semantic web & knowledge graphs
  - terminology

== Facilitators ==

*Michael Gruninger*
(Semantic Technologies Lab, University of Toronto, Canada)

*Nicola Guarino*
(Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy)

*Giancarlo Guizzardi*
(Semantics, Cybersecurity and Services, University of Twente, The 

*Robert Hoehndorf*
(Bio-Ontology Research Group, King Abdullah University of Science and 
Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi-Arabia)

*Maria Keet*
(Knowledge Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

*Oliver Kutz*
(Cognitive and Conceptual Modeling Research Group, Free University of 
Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)

*Barry Smith*
(National Center for Ontological Research, Buffalo, New York, USA)

+ another pending inquiry

== Fee Schedule ==

Fees are valid and payable in CAD. To indicate them in EUR/USD, fees 
have been approximated assuming 0.70 EUR/0.75 USD per 1 CAD (and 
rounding up).
See [2,5] for a colored, graphical version.

.              currency      CAD      #      EUR      #      USD
category, period \ time  early|late   #  early|late   #  early|late
.                      -----------------------------------------------
- student, 5 days        320  |390    #  225  |275    #  240  |295
- student, last 2 days     250|  300  #    175|  210  #    190|  225

- academic, 5 days       525  |625    #  370  |440    #  395  |470
- academic, last 2 days    280|  330  #    200|  235  #    210|  250

- industry, 5 days       700  |850    #  490  |595    #  525  |640
- industry, last 2 days    425|  525  #    300|  370  #    320|  395

Early registration ends on Sunday, June 11.

== Expenses & Grants (tentative info) ==

- budget accommodation available
  - in university student housing below 50 CAD/35 EUR/40 USD per night 
per person
  - single or double rooms; bathrooms shared with 2-3 rooms; WiFi
  - information about reserving rooms follows when registering for ISAO
- depending on further 3rd party funding decisions, grants may 
materialize for
  - waiving or reducing ISAO fees
  - covering budget accommodation
  - partial coverage of travel expenses (if at all, in very few cases)

== Location Details ==

University of Sherbrooke
2500, boulevard de l'Université
Sherbrooke, Québec
Canada J1K 2R1

== Associated Events ==

Co-located with and
- preceding FOIS 2023 [4],
  the International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems
  held from July 17-20 in person and September 18-20 online
- sharing selected sessions with EINS 2023 [6]
  the first Interdisciplinary Summer School in Digital Health
  (École d'été interdisciplinaire en numérique de la santé; primarily in 

Complementing ESAO [7], the Educational Series of Applied Ontology, a 
continuous series of virtual educational sessions.

== Sponsors ==

As yet we very much thank as sponsors
- the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) [3] as well as
- ScaDS.AI Dresden/Leipzig [8] for its contributions.

== Organization ==

The ISAO series is run by the International Association for Ontology and 
its Applications (IAOA) [9] and is held jointly with FOIS every two 
years, typically in the week just before. ISAO 2023 is the 5th instance, 
after 2012/14/16/18 [10] and 5 years of an undesired gap, and hosted by 
the University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

Thanks to local organization support in 2023 by
- Jean-François Ethier
- Christina Khnaisser
- Anne-Marie Cloutier
- Angèle Gosselin
- Sarah Bilodeau
- Maryse Couture
- Karine Gagnon
- Jeanne Morin

General Chairs
- Frank Loebe     (University of Leipzig, Germany)
- Daniele Porello (University of Genoa, Italy)

== Contact ==

[2] iaoa.isao2023 at gmail.com

== References ==

[1] ISAO 2023 contact to chairs by email
iaoa.isao2023 at gmail.com

[2] ISAO 2023 website

[several updates pending due to technical reasons; cf. also [5]]

[3] Artificial Intelligence Journal

[4] FOIS 2023 website

[5] ISAO 2023 post at the IAOA website [8]

[6] EINS 2023 website

[7] ESAO series website

[8] ScaDS.AI Dresden/Leipzig - Center for Scalable Data Analytics and
Artificial Intelligence

[9] IAOA website

[10] ISAO history pages

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