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Special Session
Special Session on
Ontologies for Internet of Everything
 - ONTOIOE 2016

23 - 25 April, 2016 - Rome, Italy

Within the International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data - IoTBD 2016




Michael Gruninger
University of Toronto
Brief Bio
Michael Grüninger is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He returned to Canada after spending five years as an Assistant Research Scientist in the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland College Park and also a Guest Researcher at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). Before that, Michael was a Senior Research Scientist in the Enterprise Integration Laboratory of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. Michael received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto and his B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Alberta.cHis current research focuses on the design and formal characterization of theories in mathematical logic and their application to problems in manufacturing and enterprise engineering. His most recent work on the Process Specification Language has been published as an International Standard (ISO 18629).
Ram Sriram
National Institute of Standards and Technology
United States
Brief Bio
Ram D. Sriram is currently the chief of the Software and Systems Division, Information Technology Laboratory, at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Before joining the Software and Systems Division, Sriram was the leader of the Design and Process group in Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, where he conducted research on standards for interoperability of computer-aided design systems. Prior to joining NIST, he was on the engineering faculty (1986-1994) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was instrumental in setting up the Intelligent Engineering Systems Laboratory. Sriram has extensive experience in developing knowledge-based expert systems, natural language interfaces, object-oriented software development, life-cycle product and process models, geometrical modelers, object-oriented databases for industrial applications, health care informatics, bioinformatics, and bioimaging. He has consulted for several leading corporations all over the world during his tenure at MIT. Sriram has co-authored or authored more than 250 publications, including several books. Sriram was a founding co-editor of the International Journal for AI in Engineering. Sriram received several awards including: an NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award (1989); ASME Design Automation Award (2011); ASME CIE Distinguished Service Award (2014), and the Washington Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Career in Engineering Sciences Award (2015). Sriram is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS and Washington Academy of Sciences, a member (life) of ACM, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member (life) of AAAI. Sriram has a B.Tech. from IIT, Madras, India, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
Mark Underwood

United States
Brief Bio
Mark Underwood is a co-founder of Krypton Brothers, He has considerable experience in knowledge management, software quality, CRM, Supply chain management, and cybersecurity. He is an excellent violin player.
Leo Obrst
MITRE Corporation
United States
Brief Bio
Dr. Leo Obrst is a principal artificial intelligence scientist in the Information Discovery and Understanding department at MITRE’s ( Command and Control Center, where he created and led, but now advises the Information Semantics Group (semantics, ontological engineering, knowledge representation and management), and has been involved in projects on Semantic Web rule/ontology interaction, context-based semantic interoperability, ontology-based knowledge management, conceptual search and information retrieval, metadata and taxonomy/thesaurus construction for community knowledge sharing, intelligent agent technology, semantic support for natural language processing, and ontology-based modeling of complex decision-making. In 1999-2001, he was director of ontological engineering at, a department he formed to create ontologies in the product and service space to support Business-to-Business e-commerce. Leo has worked over 30 years in computational linguistics, knowledge representation, and in the past 18 years in ontological engineering and more recently in Semantic Web technologies. Leo is co-author (with Mike Daconta and Kevin Smith) of the book "The Semantic Web: The Future of XML, Web Services," and Knowledge Management, John Wiley, Inc., June, 2003; co-editor (with Terry Janssen and Werner Ceusters) of the book "Ontologies and Semantic Technologies for Intelligence," IOS Press, August, 2010; and has published many book chapters, conference and workshop papers (over 60 refereed papers) and many reviews. He has organized or been a program committee member on more than 70 conferences/workshops, including Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS), Ontologies for the Intelligence Community (OIC), the Association for the Advanced of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).


A key technical challenge for realizing the “Internet of Everything (IoE)” is that the network consists of things (both devices and humans) which are heterogeneous, yet need to be interoperable. In other words devices and people need to interoperate in a seamless manner. This requires the development of standard terminologies which capture the meaning and relations of objects and events. Creating and testing such terminologies will aid in effective recognition and reaction in a network-centric situation awareness environment. The 2015 Ontology Summit (see discussed the role of ontologies in the development of IoE. We hope to provide a summary of the various sessions held at the summit, in addition to several invited presentations.


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Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
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After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee complemented by members of the main conference program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


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