Ontology Day (with visitors from Toronto), October 24, 2022

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The goal of this set of meetings is:

1. to identify ways in which we and our Toronto ontologist colleagues can learn from each other
2. to explore potential avenues of collaboration. The outline program below is still in draft form.

A news item pertaining to this first meeting in the series can be found here.

10:00 - 11:30: Morning session in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), 77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 (= Downtown Buffalo). Driving and parking directions

10:00 Peter Elkin, Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics: Welcome
Barry Smith: Buffalo approach to ontology
Werner Ceusters: Buffalo approach to referent tracking
Alex Diehl: Buffalo approach to biomedical ontology
10:20 Mark Fox: Toronto approaches
10:40 Discussion
11:00 Short talks on UB biomedical ontology projects:
11:00 Anuwat Pengput
11:05 Lauren Wishnie
11:10 Alexander Bartnik
11:15 Discussion
11:30 Close of morning session

12:15-1:00 Lunch session (bring your own food) in 141 Park Hall on the North Campus. This is for informal exchanges of ideas, including discussions of future possibilities of collaboration.

1:00 - 3:30: Formal session in 141 Park Hall, UB North Campus

1:00 Li Yin: UB work on Smart Cities
Building Walkable Communities
Making space: using AI to examine the interactions between the physical, relational and cyber spaces of human activities
1:25 Mark Fox: City Data Standards (ISO-5087, ISO-21972)
1:50 Barry Smith: A BFO-based approach to services, defined in terms of (1) the creation of patterns, and (2) repair, restoration and disposal of patterned entities
2:00 Bart Gajderowicz: The Toronto approach to services, defined in
Common Impact Data Standard Part 1: Services
Common Impact Data Standard Part 2: Client and community characteristics, interoperable service coding scheme, service-related taxonomies
2:20 Daniela Rosu
Common Impact Data Standard Part 3:Client and community needs, need satisfiers, matching services and clients
2:30 Barry Smith: Industrial Ontologies Foundry Slides
2:40 Megan Katsumi: Asset management: modelling of physical systems, data records, and manifestations
3:00 Closing discussion

Ontology group biosketches

See here and [1]

Toronto group biosketches

Professor Mark S. Fox

Mark S. Fox is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Systems Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science, Director of the Urban Data Centre in the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, founding director of the Centre for Social Services Engineering, and head of the Enterprise Integration Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is the editor of the ISO/IEC 5087 series of city data model standards and an author of the Common Impact Data Standard.

Dr Bart Gajderowicz

Bart Gajderowicz completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, where he was the Social Service Simulation project director at the Centre for Social Services Engineering research group. His work focused on developing the Ontology for Social Service Needs (OSSN), and the simulation of service usage and client needs in the "Housing First" intervention program. His current work focuses on the development and adoption of the Common Impact Data Standard (CIDS) for measuring the impact of smart city services. This work incorporates the development of service-focused ontologies, data standards, AI language models, and knowledge extraction methods.

Dr Megan Katsumi

Megan Katsumi received her PhD from the University of Toronto, where her research at the Semantic Technologies Laboratory focused on foundations for ontology development. Megan completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) where she contributed to the development of a suite of ontologies for transportation planning to support the iCity-ORF project. Her current research activities are focused on the use of ontologies in asset management and the development of ontology-based standards.

Dr Daniela Rosu

Daniela Rosu received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, where her research at the IBM Life Sciences Discovery Center focused on biomedical ontologies. As a postdoctoral fellow, she continued working on ontologies for healthcare and developed a formal scheme for representing clinical practice guidelines and supporting matching patients to medical procedures. She continues her work on decision support systems at the Centre for Social Services Engineering, where her research focuses on modelling and predicting needs, formalizing and analyzing services and matching them to needs, as well as data-driven inference of insights to inform the optimization of processes, policies and services at agency and community level.