Ontolog Forum

OntologySummit2015 Internet of Things: Toward Smart Networked Systems and Societies

Launch Session - Thu 2015-01-15

Session Co-chairs: MarkUnderwood & MichaelGruninger (IAOA; U of Toronto)

We are witnessing a new revolution in computing and communication. The Internet, which has spanned several networks in a wide variety of domains, is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. The next generation of networks will utilize a wide variety of resources with significant sensing capabilities. Such networks will extend beyond physically linked computers to include multimodal information from biological, cognitive, semantic, and social networks. This paradigm shift will involve symbiotic networks of people, intelligent devices, and mobile personal computing and communication devices (mPCDs), which will form net-centric societies or smart networked systems and societies (SNSS). mPCDs are already equipped with a myriad of sensors, with regular updates of additional sensing capabilities. Additionally, we are witnessing the emergence of intelligent devices, such as smart meters, smart cars, etc., with considerable sensing and networking capabilities. Hence, these devices and the network -- will be constantly sensing, monitoring, and interpreting the environment -- this is sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things.

OntologySummit2015 will explore how ontologies can play a significant role in the realization of smart networked systems and societies in the Internet of Things.

Following earlier OntologySummit practice, the synthesized results of this season's discourse will be published as a Communique.

  • Agenda
    • Co-chairs Opening
    • Organizers Remarks
    • Track Co-champions Brief on track scope and goals
    • Open Discussion
    • Publicity (MarkUnderwood)
    • Calls for volunteers
    • Wrap-up; follow-up actions

Conference Call Details

  • Date: Thursday, 15-Jan-2015
  • Start Time: 9:30am PDT / 12:30pm EDT / 6:30pm CEST / 5:30pm BST / 1630 UTC
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Chat Transcript

[09:30] Peter P. Yim: Hi Everyone!

[09:30] Joel Bender: Yo Peter!

[09:31] Gary Berg-Cross: I agree that it would be better to have intro type things during the discussion period when we can hear about people's interests visa vie the Summit.

[09:33] Gary Berg-Cross: @steve you pop up in several track lists as a speaker. Have you decided which you'll do??

[09:37] Steve Ray: @Gary: I agreed to speak on Feb 5th in the session that Ram D. Sriram is co-organizing. Other than that, I'm not sure I have the bandwidth to take on additional duties.

[09:39] Gary Berg-Cross: @Steve Understandable and thanks for the clarification...

[09:40] Steve Ray: Is there shared screen support this time?

[09:40] Ram D. Sriram: @Steve: No Shared Screen at this time

[09:47] Leo Obrst: Another technology that could figure prominently in the IoT and that works well with ontologies is Intelligent Agents.

[09:51] Joe Kopena: Same time each Thursday (12:30 Eastern)?

[09:52] Steve Ray: @Joe: Yes

[09:53] Mark Underwood: I am live-tweeting with #ontologysummit

[09:53] Mark Underwood: Use @TweetChat or similar to follow filtered content

[09:53] Peter P. Yim: @MichaelGruninger ... on slide#7, "Ontolog" is missing on your list of co-organizers

[09:54] John Morris: Here's a suggestion: A challenge problem that is amenable to ontological science is the problem of "alarm fatigue". This is an "anti-pattern" of systems/human interfaces which has received some attention particularly in healthcare. However, on the principal that "data is cheap but business analysis is expensive", alarm fatigue is a problem which will be faced in many domains. The solution is modeling of signaling, system state and intentionality. The problem will be addressed; it will be addressed much better if the solution is based in ontology.

[09:54] Mark Underwood: @LeoObrst - Agents, yes, forgot about that

[10:01] Gary Berg-Cross: @John Along with modeling signal systems and intentionality one needs as part of that modeling the concepts of Beliefs and reasons motivating Intentions. These are packaged as Belief-Desire-Intentions (BDI)

[10:03] Gary Berg-Cross: @Leo and Ram Amit Sheth is unlikely. We contacted him and he is on sabbatical during the Spring overseas.

[10:06] Dennis Pierson: what about complex event processing?

[10:07] Leo Obrst: @DennisPierson: yes, definitely, and of course services, including semantic services.

[10:11] Gary Berg-Cross: Cory Henson, one of Track B's speakers will address some part of this interoperability issue. Payam who is pat of track A may also speak about that.

[10:12] Ram D. Sriram: @Torsten: Jeff Voas, NIST, has an interesting set of definitions about the various elements of the sensor network. I am sure he will be willing to give a short talk in your track (if needed). He uses the term "Network of Things"

[10:15] Gary Berg-Cross: @Ram Thanks we will follow up.

[10:18] Michael Grüninger: @DennisPierson: complex event processing is within the scope of Track C

[10:19] Mark Underwood: Agree about CEP

[10:19] Ram D. Sriram: @Gary: Regarding Amit. May be we can get someone from his organization.

[10:20] John Morris: Thanks Gary. FYI, coming from the sales & marketing side, I'm always interested to identify "saleable patterns" for technology. I started off with ontology by attending FOIS '01. I see "alarm fatigue" is one possible pattern; building automation for services management (including sensor data streams, e.g. from modeled "boilers") is another. For me, smart city is "too big" as a problem or opportunity.

[10:21] Mike Bennett: Alarm fatigue might be a useful use case for reasoning based applications?

[10:23] Mark Underwood: Track C - Would be good to recruit a spkr from IBM Watson team

[10:23] Mike Bennett: Thanks - good idea!

[10:24] Mark Underwood: @MikeBennett - I sent a feeler but haven't heard back from my few contacts here

[10:24] Mark Underwood: *there

[10:25] Gary Berg-Cross: @Ram Regarding get someone from Amit's organization. He suggested Cory Henson which we did get and Payam that you had listed - he had a conflict with out session so maybe he can do yours.

[10:25] Mike Bennett: Thanks. I seem to recall Chris Welty had moved on, I wonder if he would know peopoe to apprioach - ir is he one of the folks you spoke to?

[10:25] Mark Underwood: @MikeB - I met him but didn't have a contact :(

[10:25] Eric Simmon: Mark - I've got to leave for another meeting, but I'm glad to speak at the track D meeting on 26-Feb-2015. Could speak about the new JTC1 WG10 (IoT) meeting (Jan 27-29), the NIST CPS work, or other standards related activities. - Eric (NIST)

[10:26] Mark Underwood: @Eric -gotit - your email address?

[10:27] Ram D. Sriram: @Mike and Michael: Regarding IBM Watson team, one of my summer students -- William Murdock -- was one of the key developers of IBM Watson. I can ask him, if needed

[10:28] Mike Bennett: @Ram yes please!

[10:28] Eric Simmon: eric.simmon [at]

[10:28] Mark Underwood: @Ram - Ditto - team tends to be oversubscribed

[10:28] Gary Berg-Cross: Because the IoT promises to be so dynamic people have talked about the need of adaptive and approximate reasoning since the knowledge up and down the aggregation hierarchy is likley to be imperfect. There is also a need for Provenance reasoning since data is dynamic.

[10:28] Mark Underwood: @Eric - thx

[10:29] Ram D. Sriram: @Michael and Mark: Do you want a speaker from the Industry Internet Consortium. I can ask Shoumen Austin Datta who is a senior vice president there.

[10:29] Joe Kopena: @MikeBennett: I agree re. reasoning applicable to alarm fatigue. E.g., over here we have recently been on a DARPA project using ontologies to help manage user notifications as well as underlying network forwarding in military tactical networks.

[10:30] Mark Underwood: @RAM - Yes about IIC - I didn't reach out to them

[10:31] Ram D. Sriram: @Mark: What is the appropriate track and potential dates for the IIC folks?

[10:32] Mark Underwood: @RAM Jan 22 and 26 FEB

[10:37] Mike Bennett: It will be interesting to get some perspectives from the IIC folks in terms of what sorts of ontologies they are developing, whether these are geared towards specific use cases and how this impacts their usability for novel reasoning based applications.

[10:41] Steve Ray: I could reach out to some folks on the industrial side, such as a VP at Samsung who is active in the UPNP community. He has pondered the use of ontology for their work for some time. Any track leader who is interested, let me know.

[10:41] Mike Bennett: Will there be a hackathon component to this year's Summit?

[10:43] Gary Berg-Cross: @Mark perhaps a relevant standard for intelligent agents is Burg, Bernard, and Vice President FIPA. "Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents." Official FIPA presentation, Lausanne, February (2002).

[10:45] Mark Underwood: For anyone new to this group who are contemplating the F2F meeting, the Arlington venue is most excellent co-loc with NSF

[10:46] Antoine Gerardin: Could someone provide a link to the summit mailing list registration? Thanks.

[10:47] Michael Grüninger: ontology-summit [at]

[10:47] Mark Underwood: RE Alarm Fatigue - huge problem in network defense

[10:47] Joe Kopena:

[10:48] Bruce Bray: Alarm Fatigue also a major issue in health care

[10:48] Mike Bennett: Agent based applications will be covered in Track C

[10:48] Bruce Bray: Would be great to learn from other industries how to deal with this

[10:50] Mark Underwood: Any participants on this call who would like to be called out in our Twitter stream as participants, ping me at @knowlengr

[10:51] Frank Olken: I can publicize the Ontology Summit via my twitter feed (1250 followers) --- @frankolken

[10:52] Mark Underwood: @Frank - thanks

[10:53] Carl Neilson: Next week is the Winter meeting of ASHRAE and the BACnet Committee (Building Automation Control Network) will be meeting. I will report on this summit and maybe there will be more people in Building Automation that would be wanting to participate. This topic is relevant to current work going on within the committee.

[10:54] John Morris: I'll tweet from @JohnHMorris (1114 #BPM- and #IoT-oriented followers).

[10:55] Frank Olken: Note: The NSF Cyber-Physical Systems solicitation (forthcoming in a few weeks from CISE) will encompass the Internet of Things. David Corman is the lead program manager.

[10:56] John Morris: Regarding building automation, this paper is interesting, because it deals with a big problem -- how do you build a model when you have an inventory of 20 different boiler models for heating?

[10:56] Steve Ray: @Carl: I'd be interested in hearing your perspective on the ASHRAE and BACnet work. Maybe we could talk sometime. steve.ray [at]

[10:56] Conrad: There is no such thing as a frozen ontology. It must continuously adapt.

[10:57] Todd Schneider: What about an ontological architecture?

[10:57] Conrad: Not only must it adapt must it must support mulitple "views" of a domain and cross-domain instances

[10:58] Steve Ray: Thanks for an informative meeting.

[10:58] Conrad: Thank you

[10:58] Gary Berg-Cross: See which is still a bit active.

[10:58] Terry Longstreth: Not sure how relevant; ontology models a context; with large universe of discourse, static ontology would be obsolete; so ontology must be self-enhancing to maintain relevance

[10:58] Peter P. Yim: Great session, thank you ALL ... I shall look forward to this year's Summit program

[10:58] Joel Bender: @SteveRay and @CarlNeilson : conference me in

[10:59] Steve Ray: @Joel: Do you have Carl's contact info?

[10:59] Joel Bender: @Steve - "obviously" the BACowl work we started and should get back to can play a part

[10:59] Steve Ray: @Joel: Sure! I'd like to see where you have taken that.

[11:00] Joel Bender: @Steve - I'll email it to you