Cognition And OntologieS

18-21th April 2017, University of Bath

The proceedings can be found here:

Description of CAOS 2016

The workshop addresses the difficult and topical question how key cognitive phenomena and concepts (and the involved terminology) that can be found across language, psychology and reasoning, can be formally and ontologically understood and analysed. It moreover seeks answers to ways such formalisations and ontological analysis can be exploited in Artificial Intelligence and information systems in general.

The notion of embodied experience has become increasingly influential in terms of how concepts are thought to develop from a cognitive perspective and also on how concept invention could be formally modelled. In this perspective, several key notions from cognitive science are seen to be important. E.g., image schemas are suggested to be the conceptual building blocks deriving from the embodied experience, and in turn, in essence they are often seen to model object affordances in the environment. The theory of image schemas has been an influential theory in linguistics (not the least in metaphor research) and in developmental psychology for over twenty years, and has recently been looked at from research in artificial intelligence as a means to approach the symbol grounding problem and natural language understanding. On the other hand, criticism towards the embodied perspective has been brought forward by many proponents of more classical approaches to AI and cognitive modelling, with the discussion still ongoing and the outcome uncertain.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers from a range of perspectives and disciplines who are interested in discussing these questions further. We welcome submissions on topics related to the ontology of hypothesised building blocks of cognition (such as, for instance, image schemas, affordances, and related notions) and of cognitive capacities (such as, for instance, concept invention), as well as system-demonstrations modelling these capacities in application settings.


CAOS 2016 takes place at the 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016).
Both events are located in Annecy, France, between the 6th-9th July 2016. The conference and workshops will take place in the Polytech building on the Annecy-le-Vieux campus.

FOIS 2016

FOIS is the flagship conference of the non-profit organisation promoting research and international collaboration in formal ontology: the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA).
The conference is designed to provide a meeting point for researchers from all disciplines with an interest in formal ontology. It covers on both theoretical issues and concrete applications at the intersection of philosophical ontology, linguistics, logic, cognitive science, and computer science, as well as in the applications of ontological analysis to conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, information-systems development, library and information science, scientific research, and semantic technologies in general.

Ontology, originally a fundamental part of philosophical enquiry, is concerned with the analysis and categorization of what exists. In recent years, a complementary focus of ontological inquiry has gained significant momentum, fueled by the advent of complex information systems which rely on robust and coherent formal representations of their subject matter. The systematic study of such representations, their axiomatics, their corresponding reasoning techniques, and their relations to cognition and reality are at the center of the modern discipline of formal ontology.


Annecy is nested in the alpine mountains near a pristine lake and it is the largest city of Haute-Savoie.
Its Old Town is well preserved and it hosts Europe’s cleanest lake. The city was built in the XIIth century around its castle, named Annecy le Neuf, to differentiate it from the neighbouring Gallo-Roman town, Annecy le Vieux (Annecy the old). It became important in the XVIth century in succeeding Geneva as a regional capital. Annecy is well connected to the neighboring countries of Switzerland and Italy by highway and railways.

Getting there and local transportation:

Annecy airport has frequent connections to Paris as well as other towns such as Chambéry and Lyon. Flights to international countries are available either from Geneva (half an hour from Annecy) or from Lyon (one hour from Annecy).

Local bus transportation is cheap and convenient, including a route (#4) that passes many Annecy hotels. Tickets can be purchased by paying with cash on board or by credit card at some points of sale.

Additional information:

July is a hot month, with stable and unstable phases. Due to the Alpine location, thunderstorms may occur and the temperature may range between 15 and 35 degrees centigrade (59 to 95°F).

Annecy is home to one of the major chefs of the world (Marc Veyrat) and several restaurants provide very high-quality food. Basic local cuisine focuses on cheeses (reblochon, beaufort, etc.), sausages with white wine (diots au vin blanc), or tartiflette, to cite but a few delicacies.