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5th Interdisciplinary Ontology conference in Tokyo

February 23 and 24, 2012


Tokyo night view 1

Tokyo is a magical place, no doubt about it.  The bustle and size of the city renders surprising the beauty, cleanliness and overall pleasant atmosphere.  The Japanese are wonderfully friendly and polite.  The seafood is unrivalled.  Almost every corner holds a little treasure such as hidden temples and wonderful shop windows.  And by night, the city lights seem to go on forever.

It is surely even more magical when it is full of a group of ontologists getting together to discuss matters of interdisciplinary ontology at the Mita campus of Keio University. More details about the conference can be found here. Among the great lineup was a talk on process profiles in BFO 2.0 by Barry Smith; Antony Galton taking a new look at processes, states and events; Simon Milton giving some very interesting empirical results that good ontology makes better information systems design; and Berit Brogaard providing a new look at the Emotion Ontology.

I presented an overview of some of the ChEBI and Mental Functioning Ontology work -- slides as usual on SlideShare.

The conference was followed by a workshop on the 25th on interdisciplinary research into the mind and logic, where researchers presented ongoing work in the context of a large-scale cross-level research study aiming to elicit the mechanisms (psychological, genetic, biochemical) of the human capability for logical reasoning.  This very interesting research approach spans philosophy, psychology and cognitive science, genetics and many other disciplines.  It may be particularly interesting (from my perspective) to consider those aspects of logical reasoning which we still cannot reliably reproduce in computers, one example of which may be diagrammatic reasoning.

I'm already looking forward to the next InterOntology in Tokyo!

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