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Monday, September 13th, 5:00pm, CFA 246
Tom Bittner, Departments of Philosophy and Geography
University at Buffalo

An Introduction to Formal and Applied Ontology

This event is open to all interested students and faculty.

The talk gives a brief overview of formal and applied ontology from the perspective of philosophy and the perspective of the computer and information sciences. As examples, Bittner will use the ontology of geographic space, geographic objects, and the geography of the human body.

About the Speaker

Thomas Bittner is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. At the same time he is Research Scientist at the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the National Center of Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA).

Dr. Bittner received his Ph.D. from the Technical University Vienna and has been a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University and at Queen’s University (Canada). Before joining the SUNY Buffalo he was a senior researcher at the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science (IFOMIS) at Saarland University in Germany.  Dr. Bittner’s area of specialization is formal ontology and its applications in bio-informatics, geography, and geographic information science. His current research focuses on formal theories of vagueness and the application of formal ontology, symbolic logic, and qualitative representation and reasoning techniques to represent canonical biomedical structures in biomedical ontologies.

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