Mathias Brochhausen
Mathias Brochhausen
Executive Director


Mathias Brochhausen has been a researcher at IFOMIS since September 2005. His research focuses on biomedical ontologies, the theory of medicine and the philosophy of biology. He also teaches at the Philosophy Department and the University Hospital of Saarland University.

   phone: +49 (0)681-302-64770
Barry Smith
Barry Smith, Research Director
President of the Strategic Management Board

Barry Smith studied mathematics and philosophy ('79-'76). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Foundation and the Austrian Foundation for Scientific Research, and he was recently awarded the Wolfgang Paul Prize of the German Humboldt Foundation. He is the author or editor of some 350 scientific publications, including the Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology, published in 1991. He is Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science in the University of Saarbrücken and Julian Park Professor of Philosophy in the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research focus is formal ontology and information science, with special reference to the bio-medical domain.

   phone: +49 (0)681-302-64771

Member Representatives

Ulrich Nortmann ECOR Member: Institute of Philosophy

Ulrich Nortmann studied philosophy, mathematics, and medieval Latin, and he was also concerned with ancient Greek and the philosophy of Aristotle in particular. Since 1999, he holds the chair of Theoretical Philosophy at the Saarland University. His research and publications include logic, language and modality, the philosophy of physics and mathematics, and Greek philosophy.
Brandon Bennett
Brandon Bennett ECOR Member: Foundational Ontology Group

Brandon Bennett is a Lecturer at the School of Computing at the University of Leeds and a member of the Qualitative Spatial Reasoning group. His work is focussed on the development of logical languages for representing and reasoning about the physical world. He is particularly interested in spatial and spatio-temporal information, handling of conceptual vagueness and the construction of concept ontologies for information systems. Applications of this work include Geographical Information Systems, specification of the behaviour of intelligent artificial agents and Virtual World simulation.
Maurizio Ferraris
Maurizio Ferraris ECOR Member: LabOnt

Maurizio Ferraris is Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy. He is editor of the Italian journal Rivista di Estetica and program director of the Collège International de Philosophie. He is head of the ontology laboratory of Turin University (LabOnt), and he is also Director of the Center for Theoretical and Applied Ontology (CTAO). He is author of twenty-two volumes, one of which in co-authorship with Jacques Derrida, and of more than five hundred articles. His research has concentrated on three principal areas: hermeneutics, aesthetics and ontology.
John Bateman
John Bateman ECOR Member: Bremen Ontology Group

John Bateman is a Full Professor of Applied English Linguistics at the University of Bremen, Germany. His particular research interests revolve around the relation between language and social context and the computational instantiation of linguistic accounts of register, genre, functional variation, lexicogrammatical description and multilingual and multimodal linguistic description. He has published widely in all these areas and is currently coordinating the Ontology Working Group at Bremen.
Paul Buitelaar
Paul Buitelaar ECOR Member: DFKI Competence Centre Semantic Web

Paul Buitelaar is a senior researcher in the DFKI Language Technology Lab and co-chair of the DFKI Competence Center Semantic Web. His main research interests are on text-based methods in information and knowledge management (information extraction, text mining, knowledge markup, ontology learning). He organized several workshops and gave many invited talks on these and related topics.
Kevin Mulligan
Kevin Mulligan ECOR Member: Centre for Ontology - Geneva

Kevin Mulligan is professor of analytic philosophy at the University of Geneva. After a B.A in Moral Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, he obtained an M. A. from Tübingen and a PhD from Manchester. His publications are mainly in analytic metaphysics and ontology, the philosophy of mind and of value and the history of Austro-German philosophy from Bolzano to Husserl and Wittgenstein. Some recent publications: contributions to the Cambridge Companions to Brentano, Husserl and Searle; 2001 with J.-P. Cometti, eds., La Philosophie autrichienne de Bolzano à Musil. Histoire et Actualité, Paris: Vrin; 2001 with B. Baertschi, eds., Les nationalismes, Paris: PUF.
Christian Kanzian
Christian Kanzian ECOR Member: ACOR
Holger Stenzhorn
Holger Stenzhorn ECOR Member: Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology - Saarland University Hospital
Ludger Jansen
Ludger Jansen Institut für Philosophie, Universität Rostock

Ludger Jansen is assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and managing director of the Centre for Logic, Philosophy and History of Science (ZLWWG) of the University of Rostock. His research interests cover biomedical, social and applied ontology as well as the history of ontology. Together with Barry Smith he edited the first book in German on applied biomedical ontology.

Advisory Board

Werner Ceusters
Werner Ceusters Ontology Research Group, Buffalo, NY

Werner Ceusters studied medicine, neuro-psychiatry, informatics and knowledge engineering in Belgium. Since 1993, he has been involved in numerous national and European research projects in the area of Electronic Health Records, Natural Language Understanding and Ontology. Prior to going to Buffalo, he was Executive Director of ECOR. He is currently Prof. of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo NY, co-Director of the Ontology Research Group of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and coordinator of Bioinformatics for the Health Science Faculties at UB.
Georges De Moor
Georges De Moor University of Ghent, Belgium

Professor Dr. Georges J.E. De Moor studied Medicine and specialised in Clinical Pathology and Nuclear Medicine at the State University of Ghent (Belgium), where he also obtained a PhD in Medical Information Science.
He is head of the Department of Health Informatics and Medical Statistics at the State University of Ghent. As president of RAMIT (Research in Medical Informatics and Telematics), he has been involved in more than 67 European or International Research and Development projects, as well as in Standardisation activities. During seven years, Prof. De Moor acted as Founding Chairman of CEN/TC251, the official Technical Committee on standardisation in Health Informatics in Europe. He is Founding Chairman of MS-HUGE, the Microsoft Healthcare Industry Users Group in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is also vice-president of the Eurorec Institute
Prof. De Moor chairs a number of official Committees (e.g. the Health Informatics Security Committee and the Clinical Pathology Committee of the Belgian Ministries of Health and Social Affairs,), as well as a number of scientific and professional organisations (e.g. of the Belgian physicians specialised in Health Data Management).
He has edited several books, and published over 190 articles in international peer reviewed scientific journals.
Gunnar Klein
Gunnar Klein CEN/TC251

Dr Gunnar O Klein is an M.D., PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden where he started the Centre for Health Telematics in 1996 with research and teaching in a masters programme of Medical Informatics. Klein has also a background as a systems developer and has worked with the introduction of PKI in health and in general. He led the security group of CEN/TC 251 Health informatics until 1997 when he became chairman of the whole committee. He helped establish the ISO/TC 215 health informatics committee where he has been the convenor of the security working group since its start.
Carole Goble
Carole Goble Information Management Group, University of Manchester

Carole Goble is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the University of Manchester. Along with Professor Norman Paton, she is the co-leader of the Information Management Group, founded in 1997.
Her research interests are on the accessibility of information, particularly the use of terminological and ontological services for the representation and classification of metadata in a range of application domains, in particular where the ontologies are represented using Description Logics enabling the ontology-based applications to exploit reasoning in ontology creation, maintenance and deployment.
Her research is situated within the setting of an application and a real user base, and led to a number of interdisciplinary projects chiefly in bioinformatics, digital libraries (encompassing multimedia, hypermedia and issues concerning semantic metadata) and medical informatics.
She is an Editor-in-Chief, and manager of the editorial office, of a new journal: The Journal of Web Semantics: Science, Services and Agents on the World Wide Web.