Created in 2006, NEMO (in Portuguese, Núcleo de Estudos em Modelagem Conceitual e Ontologias) is a research group from the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil, devoted to investigating the application of domain and foundational ontologies as well as ontology-based techniques in various aspects of conceptual modeling such as information modeling, enterprise modeling, agent-based systems and the Semantic Web.
We have been establishing a productive partnership with industry regarding the application of ontologies in sectors such as domain engineering, software engineering and energy (Petroleum and Gas). Moreover, since its creation, NEMO members have been actively participating in the consolidation of the Brazilian Ontology Community by carrying out activities such as the organization of some the first scientific events devoted to ontologies in Brazil.
NEMO has integrated the former LabES (Software Engineering Research Laboratory). LabES was founded in 1999 with the prominent purpose of investigating the application of ontology-based techniques in Software Engineering. In this area, one the key projects conducted inside this laboratory was the ODE (Ontology-Based Software Development Environment) Project. This project investigated the use of domain ontologies for domain engineering and for the systematic development of semantically-aware object-oriented frameworks, resulting in a number of formal ontologies for several software engineering sub-domains (e.g., software requirements, software process, software quality, risk analysis, etc.).
Since 2003, the group has also been involved in the development of projects regarding the use of ontologies (both as a reference framework as a knowledge representation artifact) for providing intelligent support in software engineering knowledge management.
NEMO has been supported by different funding agencies (FAPES, CAPES, CNPq) in different projects, from which we highlight the PRONEX program (FAPES/CNPq) for recognized centers of excellence in Brazil.