Ontology & Conceptual Modeling Research Group

João Paulo A. Almeida

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João Paulo A. Almeida is associate professor at the Computer Science Department of the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. He is a member of the Ontology and Conceptual Modelling Research Group (NEMO) and has a research grant from CNPq (“Bolsista de Produtividade em Pesquisa do CNPq – Nível 2”).

His research addresses ontology-based conceptual modeling, multi-level modeling, enterprise architecture modeling and model-driven design of enterprise systems. Key research areas include: conceptual modelling based on foundational ontologies, multi-level modeling, model-driven design, service-oriented design, enterprise architecture, business process modelling and enterprise computing.

He received his Computer Engineering degree in 1998 from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (Vitória, Brazil), and his Master of Science in Telematics degree from the University of Twente in 2001, with the master thesis entitled Dynamic Reconfiguration of Object-Middleware-based Distributed Systems developed at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Twente. He joined the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology at the University of Twente in September 2001, and received his Ph.D. from that university in 2006, with the Ph.D. thesis entitled Model-Driven Design of Distributed Applications (supervised by Prof. dr. ir. Chris Vissers, Dr. ir. Marten van Sinderen and Dr. Luís Ferreira Pires.) During 2006, he worked as a Scientific Researcher for the Telematica Instituut on the application of model-driven approaches to the design of services and service-oriented architectures. He has participated in the European SPICE IST and MODA-TEL IST projects, in the Dutch Freeband WASP project and in the AMIDST project. In 2007, he held a position of adjunct researcher at the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology of the University of Twente.

Since 2007, he has been working on the application of ontologies in enterprise architecture and enterprise modeling at NEMO/UFES, having had a key role in the development of OntoUML model-driven tools and core ontologies based on UFO (including UFO-S and UFO-L). He is currently principal researcher in a CNPq/CAPES Project that aims at developing an ontology-based e-Science infrastructure for monitoring water quality at the site of the largest environmental disaster in Brazil. He serves in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Ontology (2017-current).

In the last decade, he served as principal researcher in several CNPq projects (including a CNPq/FAPES PRONEX project), as well as Dean of the Graduate School in Computer Science at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (2011-2013). He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA) (2016) and as chair of the IEEE EDOC Conference Steering Committee (2014-2016).

He is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM.

His standardization activities include participation in the revision of the ISO Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing (RM-ODP) and in the W3C in the scope of the E-Government Linked Data Working Group (Organization Ontology) and W3C Data on Web Best Practices Working Group.

Throughout the years, he has served in the committees of several scientific events, including: IEEE EDOC, ER, CAiSE, FOIS, TEAR, PoEM, CoopIS, IEEE CBI,  APCCM, BPMDS, CAiSE Forum, IWEI, VORTE and WODPEC.


Business Address:
Departamento de Informática, CT-VII,  UFES
Av. Fernando Ferrari,  514
29075-910 Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil

E-mail: jpalmeida ‘at’ ieee ‘dot’ org
Phone: +55 27 40092132, Skype: jpandradealmeida
Fax: +55 27 40092850
Office: CT-VII, 2nd floor, room 30

Curriculum Vitae (CNPq Lattes Platform): http://lattes.cnpq.br/4332944687727598

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=9MY-f0EAAAAJ


Best student paper award at ER 2018: Multi-Level Conceptual Modeling: From a Formal Theory to a Well-Founded Language, with Claudenir Morais Fonseca.

Best paper award at IEEE EDOC 2017: From an Ontology of Service Contracts to Contract Modeling in Enterprise Architecture

Best paper award at ER 2015:  Extending the Foundations of Ontology-based Conceptual Modeling with a Multi-Level Theory

Best student paper award at IEEE EDOC 2015: Towards Capturing Strategic Planning in EAwith my Ph.D. student Carlos Azevedo.

Best paper award at IEEE EDOC 2013: Towards a Commitment- based Reference Ontology for Services

Best paper award at IFIP I3E 2013: Foundational Ontologies for Semantic Integration in EAI: A Systematic Literature Review

Best paper award at IEEE CogSIMA 2013: A Rule-Based Platform for Situation Management

Best paper award at IEEE EDOC 2011: An Ontology-Based Semantics for the Motivation Extension to ArchiMate


Professional Activities

Scientific Events

Keynote speaker for Ontobras 2018, São Paulo, Brazil. Multi-Level Conceptual Modeling: Theory and Applications.

Co-chair Dagstuhl Seminar on Multi-Level Modeling (2017), Germany.

Session Chair (Foundational Ontologies) 7th Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (2017), Antwerp, Belgium

Publicity Chair for the 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2016).

Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE EDOC Conference (2014-2016).

Member of the Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research (TEAR) Workshop Steering Committee (2014-current).

Co-chair of the 2nd IAOA Interdisciplinary Summer School on Ontological Analysis, 2014, Vitória, ES.

Co-chair of TEAR 2013 – TEAR 2013 – 8th Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research Workshop, Vancouver, Canada.

Co-chair of VORTE 2012 – 7th International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for the Enterprise at IEEE EDOC 2012, Beijing, China.

Co-chair of TEAR 2011 – The 6th Trends in Enterprise Architecture Research Workshop at EDOC 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

General chair of the 14th IEEE International EDOC Conference – The Enterprise Computing Conference (IEEE EDOC 2010), Vitória, Brazil.

Co-chair of the program committee: 13th IEEE International EDOC Conference – The Enterprise Computing Conference (IEEE EDOC 2009), Auckland, New Zealand.

Co-chair 5th Workshop on ODP for Enterprise Computing (WODPEC 2008) in conjunction with The Twelth IEEE International EDOC Conference (EDOC 2008), 15th September, Munich, 2008.

Co-chair International Workshop on Models and Model-driven Methods for Enterprise Computing (3M4EC 2008) in conjunction with The Twelfth IEEE International EDOC Conference (EDOC 2008), 16th September, Munich, 2008

Co-chair WBPM 2008 – 2nd Workshop on Business Process Management (in conjunction with WebMedia 2008), Vitória, ES, Brazil, 2008.

Co-chair 4th Workshop on ODP for Enterprise Computing (WODPEC 2007) in conjunction with The Eleventh IEEE International EDOC Conference (EDOC 2007), Annapolis, Maryland, USA, 2007.

Co-chair of the Workshop on ODP for Enterprise Computing (WODPEC 2006) in conjunction with The Tenth IEEE International EDOC Conference (EDOC 2006), 16 Oct. 2006, Hong Kong.

Co-chair of the European Workshop on Milestones, Models and Mappings for Model-Driven Architecture (3M4MDA 2006) in conjunction with ECMDA 2006, 11 July 2006, Bilbao, Spain.

Member of the organizing committee: 9th International IEEE EDOC Conference (EDOC 2005), Sept. 2005, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Member of the organizing committee: First European Workshop on Model Driven Architecture with Emphasis on Industrial Application, March 2004, Enschede, The Netherlands.


Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Ontology (2017-current)

Special issue editor for International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM) (Inderscience) – Special Issue on Business Process Management.

Special issue editor for International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management (IJBPIM) (Inderscience) Special Issue on Model-Driven Service-Oriented Architectures.

Special issue editor for Enterprise Information Systems (Taylor & Francis) – Special Issue on Next-generation Enterprise Computing.

Reviewer for Information Systems (Elsevier), Software and System Modeling (Springer), Business & Information Systems EngineeringIEEE Transactions on Services Computing, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Internet Computing,  Information and Software Technology (Elsevier)IEEE Software, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems,Pervasive and Mobile Computing (Elsevier), International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management (Inderscience), Enterprise Information Systems (Taylor & Francis), Journal of the Brazilian Computer Society (Springer), Computer Standards & Interfaces (Elsevier), The Journal of Strategic Information Systems (Elsevier).