The 4th colloquium (10th June, 2015)

Date 10th Jun. 2015 (13:00-14:30)
Venue Graduate Program for Embodiment Informatics “Kobo Workshop”
Lecturer Yoshinobu Kitamura (Professor, Ritsumeikan University)
Title An Ontology of Function and Benefits in its Deployment in Manufacturing Industry
 Abstract Functionality is one of the crucial concepts of artifacts. Description of functions of artifacts is frequently used in design of artifacts and its use. In academia, however, there are many definitions of function without clear relationship. In practice, it is difficult to describe knowledge about function of artifacts and to share it. In this talk, ontology engineering will be introduced as an engineering technique for such ambiguous concepts. I will discuss an ontology of function, which systematically defines the concepts of function. Furthermore, I will show a software tool for describing functional knowledge based on the functional ontology and demonstrate several benefits in its deployment in manufacturing companies.
Short bio Yoshinobu Kitamura is a professor, College of Information Science & Engineering, Ritsumeikan University. He received his Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees of Engineering in 1991, 1993 and 2000 from Osaka University, respectively. He had worked in the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, as a technical official (1993-1994). a research associate (1994-2003) and an associate professor (2003-2015). He was a visiting associate professor at Stanford University, CA, U.S.A. (2007-2008).His research interest includes ontology-based modeling of artifacts and human actions, engineering knowledge management, and conceptual design support. He has been active in the engineering knowledge research field since 1995, developing a strongly interdisciplinary approach that combines together Ontological Engineering in Artificial Intelligence in Computer Science and Engineering Design (in addition, Philosophy recently).He has/had served in the research community as an associate editor of ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering (JCISE), an editor of JSME Journal of Advanced Mechanical Design, Systems, and Manufacturing (JAMDSM), editorial board members of Journal of Applied Ontology, IOS Press and International Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics (ADVEI), Elsevier, and committee members of many international conferences.
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