Ontology and Conceptual Modeling Research Group

Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES)

Computer Science Department - Brazil


Foto Giancarlo

Dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi

Associate Professor

(Professor Adjunto)


Phone: (+5527)33352189
Fax: (+5527)33352850

Skype: guizzardi,g.






My current main line of research is concerned with the application of foundational ontologies in the development of philosophically and cognitively well-justified methodological tools for conceptual modeling in computer science. In particular, I have been working the past years with the application of Ontology-Driven Conceptual Modeling for the creation of Reference Models that can be used to address different Semantic Interoperability Problems.


Additionally, I am interested in the application of reference and lightweight ontologies in areas such as Software Engineering (in particular Domain Engineering, Semantic Interoperability of Tools and Applications, Semantic Software Environments, Software Reuse), Domain-specific visual languages Design and Organizational Modeling (including Intentional Analysis and Business Process Modeling). Finally, I am interested in the Formal Characterization of Ontological Theories with Non-Classical Logics.


To know more about my research one should check my Publications



Short Bio


I have received a PhD (with the highest honors) from the same University of Twente in The Netherlands (2005). The results of my PhD research have been published in the book monograph “Ontological Foundations for Structural Conceptual Models”. Since 2003, I have been a Visiting Scientist, Research Collaborator and Associate Researcher at the Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA), Institute for Cognitive Science in Technology (ISTC), in Trento, Italy (between 2003 and 2007). I am currently a member of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Espírito Santo, in Vitória, Brazil, where I am one of the coordinators of the Ontology and Conceptual Modeling Research Group (NEMO). 

I have been since 1997 in the development of Domain and Foundational Ontologies and their application in computer science and, primarily, in the area of Conceptual Modeling. I have also participated in a number of industrial projects in domains such as Off-Shore Software Development, Petroleum and Gas, Telecommunications, and Media Content Management. I am one of the initiators of a number of scientific event series such as VORTE (Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise), WOMSDE (Workshop on Ontologies and Metamodels in Software and Data Engineering), which later become known as MOST (Workshop on Metamodels, Ontologies and Semantic Technologies) and Onto.Com 2011 (Ontologies and Conceptual Modeling). Moreover, I have been a program committee member and reviewer for a number of scientific events, journals and books in the area of ontologies and conceptual modeling. I was the PC co-chair for the 14th edition of the International IEEE Enterprise Computing Conference (EDOC 2010), and I am currently a PC co-chair for the 7th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2012) and a Program Board Member for the 24th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAISE 2012). For the past five years, I have been promoting the discipline of Ontology-Driven Conceptual Modeling in different international scientific events and graduate programs as a tutorialist (e.g, ER 2009, CAISE 2011), visiting scholar (e.g., Dutch SIKS Research School, Prague University of Economics) and keynote speaker (e.g., BalticDB&IS, Webmedia/SBSC/LAWeb, SoEAEE). A calendar of these talks is available here.


I am an associate editor of the Applied Ontology Journal, and an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal on Information Systems Modeling and Design (IJISMD) and of the Journal Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability (SWJ). Finally, a member of the executive council of the International Association of Ontologies and Applications (IAOA) and a co-chair of its International Outreach subcommittee and of its recently Special Interest Group on Ontologies and Conceptual Modeling.