Ontology Research Group was established in 2003 originally in
order to support the ontology activities of the Collaborative
Research Center on Spatial Cognition and now other initiatives
requiring formal and linguistic ontologies as well.
Our goals are:
- to construct a set of interrelated general common
sense ontology modules suitable for all areas of representation,
but focusing particularly on spatial representations and information
relevant for robotic movement in space: including size, shape
and colour representations, routes, and obstacles.
- to construct a general linguistically motivated
interfacing between all computational components developed within
our research centres and natural language technology components
for natural dialog.
- to investigate formal modelling and managment
techniques with varied computational properties as applied to
both the ontologies individually and to their mutual relationships,
providing for perspectivalism, functional roles and granularity.
For more information on ontology, see also the International
Association for Ontology and its Applications