Journal of Engineering Design Contribute to our special issue on Ontological engineering for supporting semantic reasoning in design

Journal of Engineering Design

Knowledge formalization and representation (KFR) have received a strong attention in the last decades, especially in the context of knowledge-intensive system engineering, product design and life cycle management, and artificial intelligence-based solutions. The opportunities offered by the related technologies are far for being completely exploited. Actually new technological affordances and new application demands are appearing on a daily basis. This makes KFR a strategic strand of development, which is critical for aligning, interpreting, and overlapping engineering design models, and making them interoperable and facilitating reasoning over their contents. The first efforts addressed the latter issues on a high abstraction level, but the time has come now to address all the above issues in synergy by considering lifecycle aspects and context-based processing.

However, some intellectual challenges and practical limitations have also been realized with regards to industrial implementations. The main barriers are such as: (i) acceptance: the difficulty to reason on semantics and logics for non-logician and non-philosopher, (ii) orthogonality: ontology engineering is seen as cross-design activity demanding time-consuming efforts, and finally (iii) implementation: the interoperability issue between ontology models and computer aided design systems need to be tackled to ensure a successful industrial integration.

The above issues require specific attention from ontological engineering researchers and developers. Therefore, the central theme of this special issue has been formulated as: Ontological engineering for supporting semantic reasoning in design. The submitted articles are supposed to address the above challenges and to present tested results. Our objective is to go beyond traditional modeling and reasoning approaches of knowledge engineering, or conventional approaches of integration of lifecycle information/knowledge into product development processes. We intend to compile a special issue that not only informs about the current state of the art, but also points at new research opportunities for the community.

What can I contribute

We invite authors to submit sufficiently validated research results and fully reported papers on the below listed topics, or on different related topics:

  • New approaches to semantic modeling and reasoning
  • Engineering of formal ontologies
  • Applications of semantic technologies
  • Conceptualization and development of ontology-based applications
  • Structured data management and elicitation of semantic patterns
  • Capturing and modeling design intents and semantics
  • Advanced CAD with space-time knowledge
  • Model consistency algorithms and formalisms
  • Context-dependent reasoning and building awareness
  • Mechanisms and algorithms for situated semantic reasoning

The target application domains are such as CPSs, digital manufacturing, Industry 4.0, complex logistics systems, human-in-the loop systems, and other related application domains.

Publication schedule

  • Notification of Intent to Submit:- November 2017 (e-mail to any one of the guest editors)
  • Full Papers Due for Review:- 1st March 2018
  • Notification of Review Decision:- 1st May 2018
  • Revised Manuscript Submission:- 1st July 2018
  • Final Decision:- 1st September 2018
  • Final Manuscripts due:- 1st October 2018
  • Expected Date of Publication:- 26th October 2018 (Vol. 29-11, online)

Submission instructions

Please prepare your paper following the “Instructions for Authors” available from the Journal of Engineering Design website (  

Please submit your paper directly to the journal at:

Key submission information

  • Step 1: When selecting the submission type please check the “Special Issue Article” for the type of article: 
  • Step 5: check “Yes” for the last question, “Is the manuscript a candidate for a Special Issue?” and enter “Special Issue on <topic>” in the accompanying text box.

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