- May 5, 2010

    A revised FOIS-2010

    Conference Program has

    been posted.

  - February 24, 2010

    Online registration is

    now open.

  - January 25, 2010

    Call for Posters has been


  - January 19, 2010

    Workshop on Ontology

    Education - Call for

    Contributions has been


  - January 15, 2010

    The list of accepted papers

    is now available.

  - January 6, 2010

    The deadline for final

    submissions has been

    extended to February 14th.

  - October 19, 2009

    The paper deadline has been

    extended to October 31st.


  - September 8, 2009

    Formatting Guidelines is 



  - July 15, 2009

   John Bateman, Alan Rector,

   and Francis Jeffry Pelletier

   have been confirmed as

   Invited Speakers.

  - May 26, 2009

   Call for Papers has been


Welcome to FOIS 2010

Sutton Place Hotel

Toronto, Canada, May 11-14, 2010

The FOIS conference series began with the first meeting in Trento, Italy, in June 1998, which was followed by meetings in 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008. The sixth FOIS conference will be held in Toronto, Canada, during 11-14 May 2010, and we are now calling for papers to be considered for inclusion in the conference.

Ontology began life in ancient times as a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry concerned with the analysis and categorisation of what exists. In recent years, the subject has taken a practical turn with the advent of complex computerised information systems which are reliant on robust and coherent representations of their subject matter. The systematisation and elaboration of such representations and their associated reasoning techniques constitute the modern discipline of formal ontology, which is now being applied to such diverse domains as artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, bioinformatics, GIS, knowledge engineering, information retrieval, and the Semantic Web. Researchers in all these areas are becoming increasingly aware of the need for serious engagement with ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations making up their respective domains of enquiry, to provide a solid foundation for their work.

FOIS is intended to provide a meeting point for researchers from these and other disciplines with an interest in formal ontology, where both theoretical issues and concrete applications can be explored in a spirit of genuine interdisciplinarity.

International Association for Ontology and its Applications

FOIS is now managed by IAOA (International Association for Ontology and its Applications).

Membership fees are included in FOIS registration for people who are currently non-members of IAOA. Current members of IAOA will receive a discount on FOIS registration.

The inaugural General Meeting of IAOA will take place on May 13, 2010 as part of the FOIS Conference.

Invited Speakers 


 John Bateman

University of Bremen, Germany

Alan Rector

University of Manchester, UK 

Francis Jeffry Pelletier

Simon Fraser University, Canada 


The following workshops will be held at the Sixth International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS2010):