Masterclass in Ontology Engineering

On Monday January 13th and Tuesday January 14th, Nicola Guarino and Giancarlo Guizzardi will teach a Masterclass in Ontology Engineering.

Monday January 13th

  • What are ontologies and what are they good for: Applied Ontology and ontological analysis
  • The ontological level
  • OntoUML part 1 (OntoClean, types and taxonomy structures)
  • Foundational ontologies: Dolce and UFO

Tuesday January 14th

  • OntoUML part 2: relationships and truth-making
  • The OntoUML modelling tool (patterns, anti patterns, validation via visual simulation)
  • Applications and exercises: services, contracts, economic transactions
  • Hands-on session

Learn From The Leaders:

Wednesday January 15th

You can find the program of Learn From The Leaders industry event on

VMBO 2020

Thursday January 16th

8:30Registration & Welcome
9:00Keynote: Ontology-Driven Data Analytics
Guido Geerts
10:00Coffee Break
Session: Data Ecosystems
10:30Data Ecosystems – Fuelling the Digital Age
Erik Proper
10:45Privacy Value Modeling: A Gateway to Ethical Big Data Handling
Syeda Sohail, Johannes Krabbe, Patrício Silva and Faiza Bukhsh
11:00Architecture and Value Analysis of a Blockchain-Based Electronic Health Record
Permission Management System
Michaël Verdonck and Geert Poels
11:15Ontological Architecture for Knowledge Management –
Applied to Global Parts Logistics (IBM)
Sander Nijbakker
Slides presentation: Nijbakker_presentation.pdf
11:30Panel Discussion
12:00Lunch Break
Session: Enterprise Modeling
13:00Digital Enterprise Modelling — Opportunities and Challenges
Erik Proper
13:15Why a value-oriented process modelling concept is needed
Mark von Rosing and Georg Etzel
13:30Meta-study of enterprise modelling – why and how
Mijalche Santa and Geert Poels
13:45e-GPS – The need for an Enterprise Navigation System
Hans-Jürgen Scheruhn and Mark von Rosing
14:00Panel Discussion
14:30Coffee Break
Session: Enterprise Architecture
14:45Leading the Practice in Layered Enterprise Architecture
Simon Polovina, Mark von Rosing and Georg Etzel
15:00The Need and Requirements to a Strategy Ontology
Jamie Caine and Mark von Rosing
15:15An ontology of IS artefacts – some questions
Hans Weigand, Paul Johannesson and Birger Andersson
15:30 How to go about Enterprise Standardization
Thomas Olsen and Mark von Rosing
Slides presentation: Olsen & von Rosing_presentation.pdf
15:45Panel Discussion
16:15Coffee Break
Session: Digital Transformation
16:30Introduction to the Digital Transformation Lifecycle
Mark von Rosing and Georg Etzel
16:45Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Record Books – An Ontology-Based Case Study
Bjørn Jæger and Beni Ruef
Slides presentation: Jaeger & Ruef_presentation.pdf
17:00Extending e3tools to Assess Adoption Chain and Co-Innovation Risks
Alejandro Arreola González, Jens Wittenzellner and Helmut Krcmar
Slides presentation: Gonzalez et al_presentation
17:15Productization of Business Models by Affordance
Anders W. Tell
17:30Panel Discussion

Keynote: Guido Geerts

Title: Ontology-Driven Data Analytics

Abstract: In recent years, “data analytics” has emerged as a key enterprise application. Data analytics projects require an integrated set of steps (and skills) including identifying data; profiling, cleaning, restructuring, and integrating data; enriching data; and dashboard development for generating insights. In this presentation, we use these different steps to explore how data analytics can benefit from ontologies in general, and the REA model specifically. Examples of topics to be discussed include the definition of REA-structured STAR schemas (data organization) and REA-driven analytics.

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Prof. dr. Guido Geerts

Biography: Guido L. Geerts is professor of accounting and EY Scholar at the Lerner College of Business, University of Delaware, where he teaches accounting information systems and big data technologies. He received a PhD in accounting information systems from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium in 1993. Guido has published more than twenty articles in accounting and information systems journals and he has received numerous teaching, research, and service awards including the 2015 University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2018 American Accounting Association Outstanding Service Award.

conference dinner

19:00 AT:
VICTOR Bozar Café
Ravensteinstraat 23
1000 Brussel

Friday January 17th

9:00Keynote: Single Version of the Truth in Systems with Multiple Agents
Mamoru Kaneko
10:00Coffee Break
Session: Value Networks
10:30Governance in peer-to-peer networks is a design problem
Fadime Kaya, Jaap Gordijn, Roel Wieringa and Marc Makkes
10:45Defining sharing economy, marketplace and other service platform related concepts:
A reference ontology approach
Thomas Derave, Geert Poels and Frederik Gailly
11:00The Value Management Platform and ArchiMate – Towards an Integration?
An Illustrative Example for Value Stream Mapping
Geert Poels, Kathleen Nollet, Ben Roelens, Henk de Man and Theodoor van Donge
11:15Modelling services of cooperatives of autonomous workers
to create a space for autonomy and security
Samuel Desguin, Wim Laurier
11:30Panel Discussion
12:00Lunch Break
Session: Formal Semantics
13:00An Ontological Account of the Action Theory of Economic Exchanges
Daniele Porello, Giancarlo Guizzardi and Tiago Prince, Glenda Amaral and Nicola Guarino
13:15Towards a Reference Ontology of Money: Monetary Objects, Currencies and Related Concepts
Glenda Amaral, Tiago Prince Sales, Giancarlo Guizzardi, Daniele Porello and Nicola Guarino
13:30Formalising Commitments using the Event Calculus
Joost de Kruijff and Hans Weigand
13:45State Abstractions for Value Chains in Phenomenological Foundational Ontology
Tomas Jonsson and Matts Rimfors
Slides presentation: Jonsson & Rimfors_presentation.pdf
14:00Panel Discussion
14:30Coffee Break
Session: Decentralised Accounting
15:00Market Information Systems based Reporting
Ivars Blums and Hans Weigand
15:15Traditional Accounting with Decentralised Ledger Technology
Wim Laurier, Walter Schwaiger and Simon Polovina
15:30Expressing Contracts and Equity using REA Semantics
Mike Bennett
15:45Augmenting Value Stream Mapping by Possession, Ownership and Availability
Pavel Hruby and Christian Scheller
Slides presentation: Hruby & Scheller_presentation.pdf
16:00Metaphysics of Internal Controls
Graham Gal
16:15Panel Discussion
16:45Closing Session

Keynote: Mamoru Kaneko

Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Title: Single Version of the Truth in Systems with Multiple Agents

Abstract: The single-version-of-the-truth paradigm (SVTP) has been regarded as basic for a study of business ontologies, though it is quite widespread in academia, taking different forms in different fields. Its essential part is that the truth uniquely exists and is reached by expressing all elements precisely, which implies that a departure from the truth is caused by imprecise descriptions and/or information. In social sciences including multiple agents, it disregards characteristics specific to each agent, since more precise descriptions of elements leave out differences of agents. This may lose essential parts of social phenomena, since different agents have different backgrounds/histories and different values. The study of business ontologies is not free from this problem as far as human agents are involved as final receivers of processed information. In this talk, I start with a Japanese comic story called the “Konnyaku Mondo” and discuss a few variants of SVTP in game theory and logic. Taking these and various kinds of bounded rationalities, I argue that it would be more natural to admit different characteristics in different subjects than to seek for the single truth. We conclude that it would be useful to develop business ontologies taking final human users from different social backgrounds. 

Prof. dr. Mamoru Kaneko

Biography: Mamoru Kaneko studied social engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology and obtained the Dr degree of science in 1979. After it, he taught at University of Tsukuba, Hitotsubashi University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Waseda University. He has been working on game theory, economics, and logic; his primary concerns are how to understand individuals, society, and the world. He was elected as fellows of Econometric Society and the Society of Advancement of Economic Theory. The latest publication is: “Expected utility theory with probability grids and preference formation”, Economic Theory (2019).