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ICCS 2007, Sheffield Hallam University, 22 to 27 July 2007

"Conceptual Structures: Knowledge Architectures for Smart Applications."

The 15th International Conference on Conceptual Structures (ICCS 2007) is the latest in a series of annual conferences that have been held in Europe, Australia, and North America since 1993. The focus of these conferences has been the useful representation and analysis of conceptual knowledge with research and business applications. It brings together some of the world's best minds in information technology, arts, humanities and social science to explore novel ways that information technologies can leverage tangible business or social benefits.

Conceptual Structures (CS) harmonises the creativity of humans with the productivity of computers. CS recognise that organisations work with concepts; machines like structures. ICCS advances the theory and practice in connecting the user's conceptual approach to problem solving with the formal structures that computer applications need to bring their productivity to bear in solving these problems.

Arising originally out of the work of IBM in Conceptual Graphs, and developed by learned researchers and business organisations such as Boeing and Microsoft, over the years ICCS has broadened its scope to include a wider range of theories and practices. Amongst these are Formal Concept Analysis, Description Logics, the Semantic Web, the Pragmatic Web, Ontologies, Multi-agent Systems, Concept Mapping, and more. Accordingly conceptual structures represent a family of approaches that builds on the successes of artificial intelligence, business intelligence, computational linguistics, conceptual modelling, information and web technologies, user modelling, and knowledge management.

ICCS 2007's theme is "Conceptual Structures: Knowledge Architectures for Smart Applications". From these architectures, smart applications arise that allow enterprises to share meaning with its interconnected computing resources, and realise transactions that would otherwise remain as lost business opportunities. Conceptual structures and smart applications integrate the creativity of individuals and organisations with the productivity of computers for a meaningful digital future. ICCS 2007 offers you a unique opportunity to take your research or your business to the next level.

General Chair:

Simon Polovina, Sheffield Hallam University, UK