Barry Smith

/smith/shortcv_files/SmithB_012520Finished25204.jpgBarry Smith is a prominent contributor to both theoretical and applied research in ontology. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo, with joint appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Neurology, and Computer Science and Engineering. He is also Director of the National Center for Ontological Research.

Smith is the author of some 300 peer-reviewed publications on ontology and related topics, with over 34,000 citations. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, the European Union, and the US Department of Defense. In 2002 he received the $2.7 million Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2011 he was awarded the first Paolo Bozzi Prize in Ontology and in 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI). Since 2000 he has served as consultant to Hernando de Soto, Director of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru, on projects relating to the advancement of property and business rights among the poor in developing countries.

Smith's pioneering work on the science of ontology led to the establishment of Basic Formal Ontology (BFO), now the most commonly adopted upper-level ontology development framework and recently approved to become international standard ISO/IEC:21838-2. His work led also to the formation of the OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies) Foundry, a suite of interoperable ontology modules designed to support information-driven research in biology and biomedicine. The methodology underlying BFO and the OBO Foundry is being applied in a range of different domains, including military intelligence and industrial engineering.

Recent Publications

Robert Arp, Barry Smith and Andrew Spear, Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015.

Erik Thomsen and Barry Smith, "Ontology-Based Fusion of Sensor Data and Natural Language", Applied Ontology, 13 (4), 2018, 295-333.

Prodromos Kolyvakis, Alexandros Kalousis, Barry Smith and Dimitris Kiritsis, "
Biomedical ontology alignment: An approach based on representation learning", Journal of Biomedical Semantics, 2018, 9 (1), 21.

Sanchita Bhattacharya, et al., "ImmPort: Toward repurposing of open access immunological assay data for translational and clinical research", Scientific Data 5 (2018), 180015.

Jobst Landgrebe and Barry Smith, "Making AI Meaningful Again", Synthese (2019).