Sponsored by IFOMIS, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and the Department of Linguistics of the University of Leipzig
Ontology and WordNet
University of Leipzig, Neuer Senatssaal, Ritterstr. 26,
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The workshop will address issues at the interface of linguistics and ontology. It will focus especially on the case of WordNet, an online lexical reference system in which English nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs are organized into synonym sets, each representing one underlying lexical concept. Information systems scientists use WordNet to help build common reference ontologies designed to facilitate the integration of taxonomy and terminology systems.
09:00 Registration & coffee
09:30 Barry Smith / Martin Trautwein: Networked meanings and complex partitions of reality
10:45 Nicola Guarino: Sweetening WordNet with DOLCE
13:15 Christiane Fellbaum: Events in WordNet
14:45 Uwe Quasthoff: Learning semantic relations from very large corpora
16:00 Werner Ceusters: LinkBase: an ontology for medical natural language understanding
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton) is one of the authors of WordNet and editor of WordNet: An Electronic Lexical Database (MIT Press, 1998). She is also director of a project on Collocations in the German Language under the auspices of the Wolfgang Paul Program of the Humboldt Foundation.
Nicola Guarino (Padua) is the leader of the new Laboratory for Applied Ontology of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR), and one of the leading figures in information systems ontology. He has published widely on WordNet-based ontologies.
Werner Ceusters (Zonnegem) is the director R&D of Language & Computing nv, a Belgian SME that delivers products and services for ontology-based natural language understanding primarily but not exclusively for use in the medical field.
Uwe Quasthoff (Leipzig) is researcher at the Department for Automatic Language Processing at the Institute for Informatics at the University of Leipzig. He is the founder and the director of the Wortschatz Project which has developed an online lexicon based on a corpus of German word forms.
Barry Smith (Leipzig/Buffalo) is the director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) at the University of Leipzig and the author of many works on ontology and its applications.
Martin Trautwein (Leipzig) is researcher at the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) at the University of Leipzig. His main interest lies on the ontology underlying the semantics of natural language.
For more information, contact Martin Trautwein: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration is not required, but we appreciate advance notice of participation.