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Barry Smith

Director, National Center for Ontological Research Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Professor of Biomedical Informatics Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Professor of Neurology University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY 14260, USA.



Barry Smith is the author of some 500 scientific publications, including 25 authored or edited books. His research has been funded by the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Ministry of Health, and the European Union. In 2002 he received in recognition of his scientific achievements the 2.2 Million Euro Wolfgang Paul Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2010 he was awarded the Paolo Bozzi Prize in Ontology.

Smith's research focus is ontology and its applications, especially in biomedicine and biomedical informatics, industrial engineering, and defense and security. He is a Coordinating Editor of the OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies) Foundry project ( He is also editor of Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), which is used as top-level ontology in some 300 domain ontology initiatives throughout the world.

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Keynote 2 - Barry Smith (University at Buffalo) The Industry Ontology Foundry Video Recording