The aim of the workshop is to explore the connections between applied ontology and the theory-in-action (Schon, 1983; Gergen, Zielke, 2006; Dick, et al. 2009) space of design (e.g. design theory) and planning (e.g. multi-agent planning, organizational theory).The workshop focuses on the fields of architecture and engineering where applied ontology methodologies can help to develop a cognitive framework for the theory-in-action approach by disambiguating the terminology and allowing the principled management of complex knowledge.
Ontology, understood as the general theory of types of entities and relations making up a domain of inquiry, provides a solid foundation for modeling and using heterogeneous knowledge. Our purpose is to solicit works that elicit and highlight the richness of possibilities that the ontological approach makes accessible in design and in planning processes.
In the last few years a variety of research results have outlined that design ontology (architecture, engineering) and space ontology (environment, places and regions as life settlements) are structurally and organizationally linked. In this vein, efforts to develop sound operational ontologies in these domains (e.g. individual and/or social, artificial and/or natural) should be compared and integrated to produce effective and multi-perspective theory-in-action frames.


Important relations arise between foundational and applied ontologies and the above cited knowledge domains.

Among the other issues relevant to the FOIS conference the workshop pays attention to the following ones:

  • the relation between natural objects/artifacts in dealing with complex environmental systems; space and time interaction in dealing with the making of a city or of a design object;
  • the relation among cognition, natural and/or formal language, and semantics in complex agent-based systems like environmental/urban systems;
  • ontology of mental agency as support to decision processes in design and planning;
  • knowledge management; ontology in design;
  • ontologies in specific science or professional domains;
  • ontologies in architecture, engineering, and for the general organization of actual space.
KODeP Organization board

Rossella Stufano, Politecnico di Bari

Domenico Camarda, Politecnico di Bari

Stefano Borgo, CNR ISTC-LOA Trento