NCOR-affiliated ontologists are involved in collaborative ventures with many leading national and international institutions. Many of these ontologists are centered at the University at Buffalo. They have received major funding for ontology-related projects from the NSF, NIH, US and Canadian defense agencies and defense industries, and from the European Union.

NCOR Scientists

Barry SmithBarry SmithPresident of NCOR

Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Research in theoretical and applied ontology

Shane BabcockShane BabcockResearch in traditional metaphysics and applied ontology

Bill DuncanBill Duncan

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida College of Dentistry, Department of Community Dentistry & Behavioral Science

Research in Ontology, Dental Informatics, & Machine Learning

Rajiv Kishore

Rajiv Kishore

Professor and Chair, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Research in computational ontology with applications in business information systems and other areas.

David Limbaugh

David G. Limbaugh Senior Ontologist, Department of Defense


Defense/Intelligence Ontology and Knowledge Modeling, Theoretical Ontology, Referent Tracking, Object-Based Production

Ron Rudnicki

Ron RudnickiPrincipal Ontologist, CUBRC, Inc.

Research in applied ontology, semantic web technologies, and related areas for military intelligence.


Allen RuttenbergOntologist, Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology Foundry

Research in pathway knowledge representation, computational biology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, rich user interface, parallel computing.

Mauricio B. Almeida

Mauricio B AlmeidaInformation Science School, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Founding Director, Brazilian Center for Ontological Research

Research in knowledge representation, applied ontologies, information security, biomedical and legal vocabularies.

Lindsay Cowell

Linday CowellAssociate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Department of Clinical Sciences

Research in Computational immunology and infectious disease ontology.

Janna Hastings

Janna HastingsAssistant Professor of Medical Knowledge and Decision Support; Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich, and the School of Medicine, University of St. Gallen

Research in Medical knowledge, Decision support, Artificial intelligence, Applied ontology, Health

Jobst Landgrebe

Jobst Landgrebe Founder and CEO of Cognotekt, GmBH

AI company based in Cologne specialised in the design and implementation of holistic AI solutions.

Eric Little

Eric LittleInnovation Principal Director, Life Sciences & Head of Product Strategy & Analytics - INTIENT at Accenture

Fabian Neuhaus

Fabian NeuhausChair for Theoretical Computer Science, Formal methods and Semantics, Otto-von-Guericke, University of Magdeburg

Research in Ontologies and Ontology Languages

Pierre Grenon

Pierre GrenonSenior Scientific Knowledge Engineer

Research in Ontology, high-level integration and domain-specific modelling, Machine-processable knowledge representation and reasoning , Semantic metadata, data and information management, Knowledge acquisition, business user requirements

Jonathan Simon

Jonathan SimonAssistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montréal

Research in AI explainability and transparency, ontology of socially complex domains.

José M Parente de OliveiraProfessor, Aeronautics Institute of Technology; Computer Science Department

Research in Knowledge Representation, Ontology Engineering, Semantic Computing, Semantic Web, Linked Data/Big Data, Command and Control/Situation Awareness.

Carter-Beau Benson

Carter-Beau Benson

Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Bioethics, Pluralism, and Applied Ontology

Delaney McNulty

Delaney McNulty

Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Psychology, and Applied Ontology

Gloria SansoGloria Sanso

PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Research in Social Metaphysics, Philosophy of AI, and Applied Ontology

John BeverleyJohn Beverley

Vice President of NCORAssistant Professor, Department of Philosophy; University at Buffalo

Research in Formal Ontology, Logic, Philosophy of Medicine, Bioethics

Alexander D. Diehl

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics; School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Research in Gene Ontology, Cell Ontology, immunology ontologies, ontologies of neurology and neurological diseases.

Peter ElkinPeter L. Elkin

Professor and Chair of Department of Biomedical Informatics; University at Buffalo

”MarkMark Jensen

Ontologist at CUBRC Inc

Research in Development and implementation of ontologies for military and biomedical applications; mental health, psychiatry, and neurology.

Rahul Rai

Dean's Distinguished Professor at Clemson University, Founder and CEO AIBrilliance

Neil E. Williams

Professor & Chair of the Department of Philosophy; University at Buffalo

Research in traditional metaphysics, powers and the ontology of disease and dysfunction.

Jonathan P. Bona

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Research in ontologies, semantic web, knowledge representation and reasoning, biomedical informatics.

Brian DonohueBrian Donohue

Principal Ontologist, Capital One.

Research Interests: Social and deontic ontology, finance, methodology, and semantic technology

Yongqun HeYongqun ("Oliver") HeAssociate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Research in ontology, microbiology, vaccinology, nephrology, literature mining, machine learning

Rasmus LarsenRasmus Rosenberg Larsen

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Forensic Epistemology; University of Toronto Mississauga
Research in formal and Applied Ontology; Philosophy of Science; Forensic Epistemology; Forensic Psychology.

Tatiana MalyutaTatiana Malyuta

Associate Professor in Computer Systems and Technology Department at the New York City College of Technology Mitsu Okada

Mitsu Okada

Professor Emeritus at Keio University's Department of Philosophy

Research in Logic (proof theory), theoretical computer science, and theoretical linguistics

James Overton James Overton

CEO of Knocean

Research in scientific database integration, ontology development, software development, philosophy of science

Lowell VizenorLowell VizenorDirector of Product Innovations at NIRA, INC.

Christian Will

Christian Will

Research Scientist, National Center for Ontological Research

Austin Liebers

Austin Liebers

PhD Candidate in the Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo
Research in Metaphysics, Metaethics, Aesthetics, and Applied Ontology

Cameron More

Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

s200_hedi.levitchMohamed Hedi Karray

INP-ENIT, Federal University of Toulouse, France

Research in ontology - based engineering, modular ontologies, semantic interoperability

Werner Ceusters

Chief, Division of Biomedical Ontology

Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Research Director, Institute for Healthcare InformaticsDirector, Ontology Research Group

Thomas BittnerThomas Bittner

Associate Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Geography, University at Buffalo

Research in formal and applied ontology, ontology of space, time and spatial entities, spatio-temporal reasoning, bio-medical ontology.

 Maureen DonnellyMaureen Donnelly

Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Research in logic, formal foundations of ontology, mereology, biomedical ontology.

David HershenovDavid B. Hershenov

Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

Co-director of Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

Research in ontological and ethical aspects of medicine, covering topics such as abortion, death, cloning, personal identity, and the definitions of health and sickness.

Eric Merrell

Eric Merrell

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics LabResearch interests: applied ontology, information representation, artificial intelligence

Ram Ramesh

Professor in the Department of Management Science and Systems, University at Buffalo

Research in computational ontology with applications in business information systems and other areas.

Ryan Riccucci Division Chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Research in applied Ontology, Human/Machine Teaming, Mission Engineering, and Data-Centric Object-Based Production

JMPO Alexander P. Cox

Senior Ontologist, CUBRC, Inc.
Research in applied ontology and semantic web technologies for military intelligence and biomedical informatics, especially outer space and neurology.
Tim Prudhomme

Tim Prudhomme

Software developer and consultant focusing on applying methods from formal semantics, the semantic web, and logic to the development of software, especially for healthcare and biomedical informatics.

Mathias Brochhausen

Research in knowledge representation, biomedical vocabularies and ontologies, and semantic web technologies in biology and medicine

Francesco FuriniFrancesco Furini

Partner and Project Manager at Ultrasonic Technology

Research in ontology and engineering design

Amanda-HicksAmanda Hicks

Senior Ontologist, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

William Hogan

Bill Hogan

Professor & Director of Biomedical Informatics, University of Florida

Research in Biomedical ontology and Referent Tracking systems

Asyiah Yu LinAsiyah Yu Lin

Senior Data Scientist Consultant Research in ontology development, applied ontology for medical device surveillance, patient safety, and precision medicine

William Mandrick William Mandrick

Associate Director & Ontology Lead at the United Technologies Research Center

Research in Military ontology, conflict processes, counterinsurgency operations, and command and control.

J. Niel Otte J. Neil Otte

Senior Ontologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Research in evidence ontologies for the social sciences, experimental methods, ethics, moral psychology, and experimental philosophy

Selja Seppala

Lecturer in Business Information Systems, University College Cork

Research in Terminology, logic of definitions, Basic Formal Ontology (BFO).

Fernanda Farinelli Fernanda Farinelli

Professor at the University of Brasil

Research in data management, data governance, and ontologies.