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Ontology Summit 2018 Symposium

The Symposium will be at NITRD 490 L'Enfant Plaza SW Suite 8001, Washington, DC 20024 on 30 April and 1 May 2018.


Registration for the Symposium is required if you are attending in person. To register please send email to Ken Baclawski by 25 April 2018. This is a firm deadline. There is no fee for attending the Symposium, but there is a limit on the number of individuals who attend in person. Attendees will be accepted in the order that requests are received.

No registration is necessary for attending virtually.


The final version of the Communiqué is pending and is expected to be released by the end of June, 2018.

Monday, April 30, 2018 (Day 1)

9:00 am: General Ontology Summit Symposium Information

9:10 am: Welcome and Introduction to the National Coordination Office, Bryan A. Biegel, Director, National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology R&D (NITRD) Slides in PPT format Video Recording

9:25 am: Questions/Discussion

9:30 - 10:30 am: Discussion of the Communiqué Draft

10:30 - 10:45 am: Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm: Workshop Breakout sessions

12:15 - 2:00 pm: Lunch on your own

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Ram D. Sriram Ontologies for Smart and Networked Manufacturing: Past, Present, and Future

  • Abstract: The early part of this millennium has witnessed the emergence of an Internet-based engineering marketplace, where engineers, designers, and manufacturers from small and large companies are collaborating through the Internet to participate in various product development and marketing activities. This will be further enhanced by the next generation manufacturing environment, which is being influenced by the recent developments in artificial intelligence. Agent-based interaction will become more prevalent in this new paradigm. Ontologies will play a major role in the success of this smart and networked manufacturing: both for knowledge encoding and for agent interoperability. This talk will provide a historical perspective on my three decades of work in developing ontologies in the manufacturing domain.

Video Recording

3:00 - 5:30 pm: Discussion of the Communiqué Draft

5:30 pm: End of Day 1 Sessions

6:30 pm: Group Dinner

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Day 2)

9:00 - 10:00 am: Richard Conroy (NIH) "Challenges and opportunities for ontologies in a biomedical context" Video Recording

10:00 - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Great Debate John Sowa and Barry Smith

12:30 - 1:45 pm: Lunch on your own

1:45 - 2:30 pm: Continue working on the Communiqué.

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Conclusion and Next Steps

3:00 pm: Symposium Adjourns



Video Recordings are available as follows:

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