7th Workshop on Foundational Ontology

July 21, 2023
Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en informatique de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke

2500, boul. de l'Université

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Important dates

  • Submission deadline: April 30, 2023
  • Review notification: June 10, 2023
  • Camera ready: June 29, 2023
  • Workshop: July 21, 2023


The 7th Workshop on Foundational Ontology (FOUST VII) is co-located with the 13th International Conference on Formal Ontologies in Information Systems (FOIS 2023), hosted by the GRIIS in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

Foundational ontologies are attempts to systematize those categories of thought or reality which are common to all or almost all subject-matters. Commonly considered examples of such categories include ‘object’, ‘quality’, ‘function’, ‘role’, ‘process’, ‘event’, ‘time’, and ‘place’. Amongst existing foundational ontologies, there is both a substantial measure of agreement and some dramatic disagreements. There is currently no uniform consensus concerning how a foundational ontology should be organized, how far its ‘reach’ should be (e.g., is the distinction between physical and non-physical entities sufficiently fundamental to be included here?), and even what role it should play in relation to more specialized domain ontologies. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers to present work on specific foundational ontologies as well as foundational ontologies in general and their relations to each other and to the wider ontological enterprise.

Workshop topics (among others)

  • Changes to existing foundational ontologies/extensions by new modules
  • Novel research on any specific category or topic that is usually covered by foundational ontology (e.g., functions, roles, time, mereology, ontological dependence, constitution)
  • Theoretical results about specific foundational ontologies (e.g., consistency proofs, modularizations, etc.)
  • Application results of foundational ontologies in AI, the Semantic Web, Linguistics, etc.
  • Conceptual and formal comparisons and alignments of foundational ontologies
  • Relationship and alignment of foundational ontologies and domain ontologies


We encourage two types of contributions:

  • Full research paper: Submitted papers must not exceed 14 pages (excluding the bibliography) and must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Please note that the minimum length is 10 pages.
  • Short paper: Submitted papers must not exceed 6 pages (excluding the bibliography) and must include an abstract of no more than 300 words. Please note that the minimum length is 5 pages.

Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format in compliance with the new 1-column CEUR-ART Style, which can be found at: https://ceurws.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/ceurws-publishes-ceurart-paper-style/

The EasyChair submission page can be found at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fois2023

Please, follow the track: FOIS2023 (7th Workshop on Foundational Ontology)

All contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, compare:

  • JOWO 2022: https://ceur-ws.org/Vol-3249/
  • JOWO 2021: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2969/
  • JOWO 2020: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2708/
  • JOWO 2019: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2518/
  • JOWO 2018: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2205/
  • JOWO 2017: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2050/

Talk structure

30 minutes for each talk (20m presentation + 10m Q&A) 

Otherwise communicated, talks are planned to be held in-side and only in-site


E-mail:  [email protected]


Workshop Organizers

  • Riccardo Baratella – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Fumiaki Toyoshima – Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), France
  • Stefano Borgo – Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Trento, Italy
  • Oliver Kutz – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

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