[Elsnet-list] CFP - applied Ontology Journal Special issue: The
ontology of functions
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Fri Feb 5 13:25:25 CET 2010
Special Issue - Second Call for Papers
-- THE ONTOLOGY OF FUNCTIONS: BIOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND BEYOND --
Applied Ontology Journal (IOS Press)
Abstract Submission: 22-02-2010
Function and functionality play a central role not only in modern
science but also in our extra-scientific understanding of the world.
Unfortunately, the term 'function' is hereby used with a variety of
meanings and is associated with a variety of views as to what functions
This special issue is devoted to the foundation, the comparison and the
application of functional theories in all areas, with particular
attention to the biological and engineering domains.
The goal is to publish state-of-the-art theoretical and technical
contributions related to the description, characterization, and
application of functions. We especially welcome contributions in which
the theories are presented and motivated with an eye on the underlying
ontological aspects and an introduction to their formalization.
Contributions may include analyses of the different notions of function
that have proven useful in science, proposals towards development of a
unifying framework, or criticisms of existing frameworks. The goal is to
provide materials for the creation of an ontological treatment of
functions and functioning that will:
1) identify and describe functions in a consistent and comprehensive way;
2) list the arguments that lead to a preference of one notion of
function over others;
3) make clear the basic assumptions and principles of classification
that motivate a given notion of function;
4) discuss formalization issues and relevant application methodologies.
TOPICS include, but are not limited to, the following:
- comparison of functional theories and models
- formalization of functional theories and models
- basic functions, functional classification, functional (de)composition
- assigning functions to natural and/or artificial entities
- functional ontology
- unified theory of biological and artifact functions
- theory of artifacts
- what kinds of biological entities have functions?
- how are biological functions related to disease?
** Abstract Submission: 22-02-2010*
* Invitation to submit a full paper (20/25 pages): 10-03-2010
* Full papers due: 12-05-2010
* Notification of acceptance/rejection: 24-06-2010
* Revised papers due: 21-07-2010
* Final review: 15-09-2010
* Camera-ready papers due: 12-10-2010
* Publication: Spring 2011
Submissions to the first phase (deadline: 22 Feb 2010) should include an
abstract of about 1000 words, a separate list of references and a cover
page with title, name, address (including e-mail address) and
affiliation of author(s) and a list of keywords.
Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has
neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by, other journals.
Manuscripts must be written in English.
Manuscripts must be submitted to: functions (at) loa-cnr.it
Please indicate in the email subject that you are submitting to the
''AOJ Special Issue on Functions''.
Stefano Borgo, ISTC-CNR Trento and FUB Bolzano, Italy
Riichiro Mizoguchi, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research,
Osaka University, Japan
Barry Smith, University at Buffalo, USA
Massimiliano Carrara, University of Padova
Randall R. Dipert, University at Buffalo
Pawel Garbacz, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawla II
John S. Gero, George Mason University
Ashok K. Goel, Georgia Institute of Technology
W.N. Houkes, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Yoshinobu Kitamura, Osaka University
Peter Kroes, Technische Universiteit Delft
Ulrich Krohs, University of Bielefeld
Pieter Vermaas, Technische Universiteit Delft
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