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Mauricio Barcellos Almeida, PhD


Associate Professor, PhD
Federal University of Minas Gerais, School of Information Science

Av. Antonio Carlos, 6627, Pampulha
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais – Brazil, ZIP 31.270-901
 phone: +55 (31) 3409-6107
fax: +55 (31) 3409-5200
 mba at eci ufmg br, (in Portuguese)



I am currently Associate Professor in the Department of Information Theory and Management at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). I also worked for five years in the Institute of Computer Science at Catholic University of Minas Gerais (in Portuguese).

I acquired my PhD in Information Science at UFMG, also obtained a Master’s degree in Information Science, a graduate certificate in Software Engineering and a graduate certificate in Business Administration, after my Engineering major.

I spent my sabbatical at State University of New York at Buffalo, with the team Ontology Research Group led by Barry Smith. The project developed during my sabbatical was related to a vocabulary in the domain of human blood, in partnership with the Hemominas Foundation (in Portuguese).

My main research interest is Knowledge Representation, applied ontologies. Some others interests are classification systems, modeling, and biomedical vocabularies.


Selected Publications

  • Farinelli, F.; Almeida, M.B.; Elkin, P.; Smith, B. (2016). Interoperability Among Prenatal EHRs: A Formal Ontology Approach. (poster). Proceedings  of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Syposium, Chicago, U.S.
  • Farinelli, F.; Almeida, M.B.  (2016). OntONeo: The Obstetric and Neonatal Ontology. Proceedings of the International Conference of Biomedical Ontologies, Corvallis, U.S.
  • Coelho, K. C.; Aveiro, D. S.; Almeida, M. B. (2016). Towards a formal account to dealing with documents within DEMO method. Proceedings  of the 6th Enterprise Engineering Working Conference (EEWC), Funchal, Portugal.
  • Mendonça, F. M.; Almeida, M. B. (2016). OntoforInfoScience: a detailed methodology for construction of ontologies and its application in the blood domain. Brazilian Journal of Information Science: Research Trends, vol.10, no.1, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Almeida, M.B.; Souza, R.; Baracho, R. M. A. (2015). Looking for the identity of Information Science in the age of big data, computing clouds and social networks. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium of Information Science (ISI), Croatia.
  • Mendonça, F. M.; Almeida, M. B.; Soares, A. L.;  Sousa, C. P. (2015). From a consensual conceptual level to a formal ontological level: a case study in healthcare organizations. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Advances in Semantic Processing (SEMAPRO ), France.
  • Baracho, R. M. A.; Branquinho, L.; Almeida, M.B.; Souza, R.R. (2015). Using Ontologies and Inference Engines in Association Rules of Data Mining: Application in Sales Strategies in Medical Laboratory Diagnostic Market. Proceedings of the19th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2015), Orlando, United States.
  • Almeida, M. B..; Baracho, R. M. A. (2014). A Theoretical Investigation About The Notion Of Parts And Wholes: Mereological And Meronymic Relations. Brazilian Journal of Information Science: Research Trends, vol.8 n.1/2.
  • Almeida, M. B. (2013). Revisiting Ontologies: a necessary clarification. Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. v. 64,  n. 8. p. 1682–1693. DOI: 10.1002/asi.22861.
  • Bax, M. P., Almeida, M.B., Wassermann, R. (2013): Ontology Research in Brazil. Proceedings of 6th Seminar on Ontology Research in Brazil (ONTROBRÁS), Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sep. 23-25., online
  • Brochhaussen, M. B.; Almeida, M. B.; Slaughter, L. (2013). Towards a Formal Representation of Document Acts and the Resulting Legal Entities. In: Ingthorsson, R. D., Svennerlind, C., and Almäng J. (Ed.). Johanssonian Investigations. Ontos: Frankfurt, 120-139, 2013. ISBN 978-3-86838-190-0.
  • Almeida, M.B.; Souza, R. R. (2012). Documents in Knowledge Management Support: a Case Study in a Healthcare Organization. Knowledge Management / Book 2. ISBN. 979-953-307-571-5. University of Taiwan, China.
  • Souza, R. R.; Tudhope, S.; Almeida, M. B. (2012). Towards a Taxonomy of KOS: Dimensions for Classifying Knowledge Organization Systems. Knowledge Organization Journal, v. 39 n.3.
  • Mendonça, F. M.; Cardoso, K.C.; Almeida, M.B. (2012). Knowledge Acquisition in the construction of ontologies: a case study in the domain of hematology. Proccedings of the International Conference of Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO), 2012, Austria.
  • Andrade, A.Q.; Almeida, M.B.; Schulz, S. (2012). Revisiting ontological foundations of the OpenEHR Entry Model. Proceedings of the International Conference of Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO), 2012, Austria.
  • Almeida, M. B.; Andrade, A. Q. A realism-based analysis of the Open Eletronic Health Records (Open EHR) Entry model. Proceedings of the Managing Interoperability and compleXity in Health Systems at the 20th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowlege Management (MIXHS) , 2011, United Kingdom.
  • Ai, J.; Almeida, M. B.; Rutenberg, A.; Andrade, A.Q.; Smith, B. (2011). Body Fluids Ontology: An Unified Application Ontology for Basic and Translational Science. Proceedings of the International Conference of Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO), 2011, United States.
  • Almeida, M. B.; Proetti, A. B.; Ai, J.; Smith, B. (2011). The Blood Ontology: an ontology in the domain of hematology. Proceedings of the International Conference of Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO), 2011, United States.
  • Silva, D. L.; Souza, R. R.; Almeida, M. B. (2011). Semantic Technologies for Business and Information Systems Engineering. Ontologies and Controlled vocabulary: a comparison of building methodologies. – Chapter at book edited by Smolnik, S. (European Business School, Germany), Teuteberg, F. & Thomas, O. (University of Osnabruck, Germany).
  • Andrade, A. Q.; Almeida, M. B. Epistemological issues in information organization instruments: ontologies and health information models – Proceedings of the International Conference of Biomedical Ontologies, (ICBO), 2011.
  • Andrade, A. Q.; Almeida, M. B. Realist representation of the medical practice: an ontological and epistemological analysis. Proceedings of the 4th Brazilian Seminar of Research on Ontology (Ontobras), 2011.
  • Almeida, M. B; Souza, R.R.; Fonseca, F. (2010). Semantics in the Semantic Web: a critical evaluation. Knowledge Organization Journal, vol. 38, n.3, p. 187-203.
  • Souza, R. R.; Tudhope, D.; Almeida, M.B. (2010). The KOS spectra: a tentative faceted typology of knowledge organization systems. Proceedings of the Conference of the International Society of Knowledge Oganization (ISKO), 2010.
  • Almeida, M.B., Barbosa, R. R. Ontologies in knowledge management support – a case study. Journal of the American Association of Information Science and Technology, 2009 (DOI 10.1002/asi.21120).
  • Almeida, M. B. (2009). A proposal to evaluate ontology content. Applied Ontology. vol. 4, n.3/4, p. 245-265. DOI 10.3233/AO-2009-0070.
Complete list (in Portuguese).

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