ONTOLOGY FOR THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY: Towards Effective Exploitation and Integration of Intelligence Resources, November 30 – December 1, 2006

What is Ontology?
What are the Goals of Ontology?
How Can Ontology Achieve these Goals?

The increasing volume, variety and velocity of intelligence analysis in the post 9/11 era requires new approaches to information system design that enable greater flexibility, precision, timeliness and automation of analysis to maximize valuable human resources in responding to fast-evolving threats. Ontology-based technology as applied in areas such as bioinformatics has demonstrated the possibility of gains along all these dimensions. The time is right to take ontology seriously also in other spheres.

Recent years have seen a steep rise in the use of ontology-based technology for intelligence information processing applications. But the news from the ontology front is not all positive. Even among those promoting ontology-based technology, there is little shared understanding of how to develop high quality ontologies and of their potential applications.

This workshop will bring together experts on ontology-based technology with particular experience in the problems facing the intelligence community. The first day will feature interactive sessions covering foundational issues and key application domains for which ontology-based technology is particularly suited. The second day will feature presentations by technology leaders from within the intelligence community, who will report on the successes and challenges of the application of ontology in deployed applications.

Highly Interactive Sessions will Include:

Ontology and Data Integration
Bill Andersen
(Ontology Works, Inc.)

Drowning in Data but Dying of Thirst:
Challenges in Intelligence Analysis from a Practitioner’s Viewpoint
Maureen Baginski
(President of National Security Systems, Sparta; Former Executive Assistant Director at FBI for Intelligence)

Tracking Referents
Werner Ceusters
(Reference Tracking Unit, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences)

Surveying Social Networks: Ontology and Social Networks and the Analytic Challenge
Kim Glasgow

Title to be Announced
Fran Landolf (Consultant)

Vulnerability: An Ontological Analysis
Eric Little (Center for Ontology and Interdisciplinary Studies)

More Things in Heaven and Earth:
Ontologies and Semantic Technology in the CIA’s Strategy for Enterprise Data
Kevin S. Lynch (Ontologist, Applications Services, Central Intelligence Agency)

The Ontology Spectrum
Leo Obrst (MITRE Corporation)

Ontology-Driven Reasoning: Successes in Bioinformatics
Nigam Shah (NCBO, Stanford Medical Informatics)

Ontology-Based Mission Management
Jay Smart (Technical Director of the National Security Operations Center)

Ontology: A Guide for the Intelligence Analyst
Barry Smith (National Center for Ontological Research, University at Buffalo)

ISIT: An Inter-Theory for Intelligence Scenarios Ontologies
Chris Welty  (IBM Watson Research Center )

Further questions should be directed to: ncor@buffalo.edu

Workshop organized by the National Center for Ontological Research – Buffalo
Co-sponsored by Ontology Works, Inc.