AOW 2009 @ AI'09

The Fifth Australasian Ontology Workshop

Held in Conjunction with the 22nd Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI'09)

Thank you to all the participants for a very successful workshop

Slides of the presentations are available for downloading below

The preproceedings can be downloaded here (warning: 2.5MB file). The official proceedings will soon be available online as volume 112 in the CRPIT series

Workshop Date and Venue:

Tuesday, 1 December 2009
ICT Building Room 206, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
More details about the venue can be found here

Advances in Ontologies:

The use of formal ontologies in knowledge systems has many advantages. It allows for an unambiguous specification of the structure of knowledge in a domain, enables knowledge sharing and, as a result, makes it possible to perform automated reasoning about ontologies. In recent years there has been a worldwide increase in the use of ontologies, both in industry and in research laboratories. There is a growing community of researchers in Australia and New Zealand, working on various aspects of ontologies. The primary aim of this workshop is to bring together ontology researchers in the region.

Key Dates:

Submission of papers: 25 September 2009
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 23 October 2009
Final camera ready copies: 13 November 2009

Keynote speaker: Peter Fox

Keynote title: Balancing Expressivity and Implementability in OWL Ontologies for Semantic Data Frameworks: The Journey from 2004 to 2009 and Beyond

List of accepted papers

  1. Ian Oliver, John Howse, Gem Stapleton, Esko Nuutila and Seppo Torma. Visualizing and Specifying Ontologies using Diagrammatic Logics
  2. Riku Nortje, Arina Britz and Thomas Meyer. Finding EL+ justifications using the Earley parsing algorithm
  3. Ghassan Beydoun, Brian Henderson-Sellers, Jun Shen and Graham Low. Reflecting on Ontologies in Software Engineering: Towards Ontology-based Agent-oriented Methodologies
  4. Chong Wang. An Approach to Customizing Requirements Goal Model based on Metamodel for Ontology Registration
  5. Kerry Taylor and Patrick Penkala. Using Explicit Semantic Representations for User Programming of Sensor Devices
  6. Laurent Lefort. Review of semantic augmentation techniques used in geospatial and semantic standards for legacy and opportunistic mashups

Best Paper Award

The AOW 2009 best paper award was shared by


Congratulations to these authors.


The workshop seeks submission of papers on original and unpublished research on all aspects of ontology research, including, but not limited to:

  • ontology models and theories;
  • ontologies and the semantic web;
  • interoperability in ontologies;
  • multi-agent systems and ontologies;
  • description logics for ontologies;
  • reasoning with ontologies;
  • ontology harvesting on the web;
  • ontology of agents and actions;
  • ontology visualisation;
  • ontology engineering and management;
  • ontology-based information extraction and retrieval;
  • ontology merging, alignment and integration;
  • web ontology languages;
  • formal concept analysis and ontologies;
  • ontologies for e-research;
  • linking open data;
  • significant ontology applications

Manuscript Formatting and Submission:

The camera ready version of the manuscripts must satisfy the formating requirements by CRPIT (10 pages, double-column format).

Authors, please visit in order to submit your manuscript. You will need an EasyChair account for this purpose.


The proceedings of all previous Australasian Ontology Workshops were published by the ACS in the CRPIT Series, and this will also be the case for AOW 2009. The formatting requirements and resources for authors can be found on the CRPIT Authors Page together with a list of all upcoming volumes.

The authors of selected papers from the previous Australasian Ontology Workshops were invited to submit longer, extended versions of their papers to a special issue of an appropriate journal. We expect the same to be the case for AOW 2009.

Program Chairs:

Thomas Meyer (Meraka Institute, South Africa) (co-chair)
Kerry Taylor (CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia) (co-chair)

Program Committee:

Franz Baader (TU Dresden, Germany)
Richard Booth (Mahasarakham University, Thailand)
Arina Britz (Meraka Institute, South Africa)
Werner Ceusters (SUNY Buffalo, USA)
Michael Compton (CSIRO, Australia)
Oscar Corcho (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
R. Cenk Erdur (Ege University, Turkey)
Aurona Gerber (Meraka Institute, South Africa)
Dennis Hooijmaijers (University of South Australia, Australia)
Bo Hu (SAP Research, UK)
Renato Iannella (NICTA, Australia)
Ken Kaneiwa (NICT, Japan)
Marijke Keet (Free University of Bolzano, Italy)
Kevin Lee (NICTA and UNSW, Australia)
Laurent Lefort (CSIRO, Australia)
Costas Mantratzis (University of Westminster, UK)
Lars Moench (University of Hagen, Germany)
Deshendran Moodley (University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa)
Mehmet Orgun (Macquarie University, Australia)
Maurice Pagnucco (UNSW, Australia)
Debbie Richards (Macquarie University, Australia)
Rolf Schwitter (Macquarie University, Australia)
Murat Sensoy (Bogazici University, Turkey)
Barry Smith (SUNY Buffalo, USA)
Markus Stumptner (University of South Australia, Australia)
Boontawee Suntisrivaraporn (Thammasat University, Thailand)
Sergio Tessaris (Free University of Bolzano, Italy)
Nwe Ni Tun (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Ivan Varzinczak (Meraka Institute, South Africa)
Kewen Wang (Griffith University, Australia)
Antoine Zimmermann (DERI, Ireland)

Contact Details:

For further information about AOW 2009, please contact the workshop co-chairs by email:

Thomas Meyer: tommie [DOT] meyer [AT] meraka [DOT] org [DOT] za
Kerry Taylor: Kerry [DOT] Taylor [AT] csiro [DOT] au

A copy of the call for papers (in plain text) is available here
Previous workshops: AOW 2006 AOW 2007 KROW 2008
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