Created in 2006, NEMO (Núcleo de Estudos em Modelagem Conceitual e Ontologias) is a research group 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 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 funded 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 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. This project resulted in a number of formal ontologies for several software engineering sub-domains (e.g., software requirements, software process, software quality, risk analysis, etc.). Once produced, these domain ontologies have been employed for the production of reusable frameworks for each of these domains. Finally, these frameworks were used for the production of a process-centered semantic software engineering integrated environment. Since 2003, the laboratory has also been involved in the development of projects in the use of ontologies (both as a reference framework as a knowledge representation artifact) for providing intelligent support in software engineering knowledge management. Since 2006, the LABES has been integrated to the recently created NEMO (Ontology and Conceptual Modeling Research Group).

NEMO is supported by FAPES/CNPq in the scope of the PRONEX program for recognized centers of excellence in Brazil.

Senior members:

Dr. Giancarlo Guizzardi (Foundational Ontologies, Conceptual Modeling)
Dr. João Paulo Andrade Almeida (Architectural Design, Enterprise Architecture, Enterprise Modeling, Business Process Modeling)
Dr. Renata Silva Souza Guizzardi (Multi-Agent Systems, Constructivist Knowledge Management, Goal-Based Modeling)
Dr. Ricardo de Almeida Falbo (Ontologies in Software Engineering, Ontological Engineering, Software Process and Quality)
Dr. Monalessa Perini Barcellos (Ontologies in Software Engineering, Software Process and Quality)
Dr. Vítor E. Silva Souza (Ontologies in Software Engineering, Goal-Based Modeling, Requirements Engineering)

Collaborators (Computer Science Department, UFES):

Dr. José Gonçalves Pereira Filho (Ontologies in Healthcare)
Dr. Patrícia Dockhorn Costa (Ontologies in Context-Aware Systems, Rule-Based Modeling)


Núcleo de Estudos em Modelagem Conceitual e Ontologias
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES)
Departamento de Informática, CT-VII
Av. Fernando Ferrari, s/n29060-970 Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil


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