Computational ontologies (logical theories characterising the intended meaning of computer applications' vocabulary) represent nowadays the key technology to address data integration and semantic interoperability problems, and ultimately to help people behind machines to better understand each other. The ISTC-CNR Laboratory for Applied Ontology (LOA) performs basic and applied research on the ontological foundations of cognitive and communication processes, knowledge engineering, conceptual modeling and software engineering, and in general the role of semantic technologies in data access and integration, database design, multi-agent systems, and information systems in general. The group is an established leader in the field, especially thanks to its strong interdisciplinary approach that combines Computer Science, Philosophy and Linguistics, and relies on logic as a unifying paradigm . On the application side, special emphasis is given to socio-technical systems, integrated modeling of organizations, processes, and services, integrated manufacturing, open data and open government, natural language understanding, and the Semantic Web.
 The image attached, describing Aristotle with an iBook in his hands instead of the book appearing in the famous Raffaello’s painting (The School of Athens), is intended to fertile alliance of philosophy and computer science that characterizes our approach