JOWO @ FOIS 2018 Cape Town

* Submission deadline: March 2, 2018 *

The International Association for Ontology and its Applications, IAOA, invites proposals for workshops and tutorials for the 4th Joint Ontology Workshops, JOWO 2018, to be held in conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Formal Ontology and Information Systems (FOIS 2018) in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 17-21, 2018.

Workshops and tutorials at JOWO 2018 are events whose scientific program is independently established by the workshop organizer. The workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop and reviewing and selecting the contributions. Workshops can be events that provide a forum for the discussion of topics that may complement the main conference or focus on specialized sub-topics related to formal ontology and its application in information systems. We specifically invite proposals by IAOA Special Interest Groups and Technical Committees.

Previous JOWO editions were held in 2017 in Bolzano (Italy), in conjunction with FOIS 2016 in Annecy (France), and at IJCAI 2015 in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

As in earlier years, all contributions to JOWO workshops will be published in a joint CEUR proceedings volume, together with the contributions to the Early Career Symposium.

JOWO 2015:
JOWO 2016:
JOWO 2017:

Together, the JOWO workshops address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics. JOWO is especially suitable for interdisciplinary and innovative formats.

Researchers and practitioners interested in the theory, practice, development and/or application of ontologies are invited to submit workshop proposals for review.

We encourage several forms and length of workshops (the list is non-exhaustive):

  • workshops that focus on an established research area, including continuations of workshops that were already held in the past;
  • workshops that focus on emerging topics and applications, or on open research questions and challenges;
  • workshops that aim to create cross-disciplinary research fostering exchange of ideas between groups otherwise mostly disconnected.


Proposals for workshops and tutorials should be no more than 2 pages in length, and must contain the following information:

  • title of the workshop/tutorial;
  • names of the workshop/tutorial organizers;
  • brief description of experience in workshop/tutorial organization;
  • description of the workshop/tutorial topic;
  • brief statement on the relation and relevance of the workshop to FOIS;
  • intended duration of the workshop (half-day, full-day);
  • timeline for the workshop (submission dates, notification dates), taking into account the notification date of FOIS and the proposed Workshop Submission Deadline. Workshop proposals should be sent to by March 2, 2018.


Submissions for workshop proposals will be evaluated by members of the FOIS organizing and program committee, using the following criteria:

  • Scientific relevance and utility to attendees;
  • Quality of the proposal;
  • Likelihood of success of the workshop;
  • Complementarity with FOIS and overlap with other workshops.


  • March 2, 2018 – Proposal submission deadline
  • March 19, 2018 – Acceptance notification
  • March 26, 2018 – JOWO@FOIS workshops and events announced
  • May 30, 2018 – Notification for submissions to FOIS main conference
  • June 18, 2018 – Recommended submission deadline for workshop contributions (after notification for FOIS submissions)
  • Sept 17-21, 2018 – FOIS 2018 in Cape Town
  • Sept 17-18, 2018 – JOWO 2018 at FOIS
  • Sept 19-21, 2018 – FOIS 2018 main conference


In case of further questions please contact the JOWO chairs via:


JOWO 2018 Chairs:

Ludger Jansen, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Daniele P. Radicioni, University of Torino, Italy

Proceedings Chair:

Dagmar Gromann, Technical University Dresden, Germany

FOIS General Chair:

Oliver Kutz, University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

FOIS Program Chairs:

Stefano Borgo Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento, Italy

Pascal Hitzler, Data Semantics Laboratory, Wright State University, USA

FOIS Local Organization:

Maria Keet, University of Cape Town, South Africa

FOIS Publicity:

Karl Hammar, Jnkping University, Sweden

FOIS Early Career Symposium:

Emilio Sanfilippo, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento, Italy

Maria Hedblom, Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany

Zubeida Khan, University of Cape Town, South Africa