20th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER'01)

Venue: Yokohama

Location: Yokohama, Japan

Event Date/Time: Nov 27, 2001 End Date/Time: Nov 30, 2001
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20th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER2001)
November 27-30, Yokohama, Japan
(Conference/Tutorial/Workshop: Nov. 27-30)

Sponsored by: Yokohama National University
* Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ)
ER Institute (ER Steering Committee)
("*" means potential sponsors & cooperative organizations)
In Cooperation with: ACM <

The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)

In the 1st year of the 21st century the series of International Conferences on Conceptual Modeling (known in short as ER Conferences) reaches its 20th edition and moves for the first time to Japan. We will be happy to welcome you at ER2001 in Yokohama, a bustling city at a short distance from Tokyo.

Remarkable progress in computers and networks has changed our way of doing business as well as our personal living environment. Business practices are forced to dramatically evolve to face challenges of worldwide competition, where information and information services play the key role. Individuals learn to move in a world of over-abundant information, where everything is available to everybody but difficult to find. In both cases conceptual modeling provides the path to semantically rich and meaningful information exchange and thus plays an essential role, particularly in supporting the Internet-based information revolution.

ER2001 intends to cover the entire spectrum of conceptual modeling, from theoretical foundations to implementations: fundamentals, applications, and software engineering. We invite researchers and practitioners from both computer sciences and management information systems to present and share their advances: new ideas and new approaches, as well as fruitful experiences and informative experiments are all welcome. Regular and industrial papers are solicited, according to guidelines below. ER2001, particularly, emphasizes issues on e-business and reengineering. The relevant topics include:

Theoretical Foundations for Conceptual Modeling:
information modeling concepts, including ontologies
design methodologies -- ER, OO, ORM, and other approaches
schema transformation, schema evolution
modeling of semistructured data, as found on the web and in XML
heterogeneous and federated databases
spatial, temporal, and multimedia databases
Conceptual Modeling for Business or Personal Environments:
e-business applications
groupware/workflow management
mobile database services
advanced applications -- GIS, engineering/scientific, etc.
data warehouses and data mining
information retrieval
information customization and user profiles
information services for the citizen
Conceptual Modeling in Information System Engineering / Reengineering:
IS development methodologies, languages, tools
object oriented, design patterns and other methodologies
reuse and reengineering
software engineering and tools, as application design using UML
information visualization and tools
information integration
Other related topics where conceptual modeling is the major theme are welcome.
Authors of regular papers are cordially invited to submit original contributions not exceeding 5,000 words (approximately 20 double-spaced pages) electronically by May 1, 2001. The ER2001 home page will contain further details on electronic submissions. Selected papers will be considered for publication of extended versions in the Data & Knowledge Engineering journal.
We solicit submissions for industrial contributions. Reports on significant measurements of results and problems encountered are especially valuable for the research community. Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (at most 1,000 words) via the ER2001 web site by May 1, 2001.
The proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series in time for distribution at the conference. They will contain regular, invited papers and industrial presentations. In parallel to the printed volumes, the content will be made available as full- text electronic versions of LNCS books. Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions for possible publication in the Data & Knowledge Engineering journal.
We solicit proposals for workshops related to the conference topics. Proposals should be submitted to the workshops co-chairs, Yahiko Kambayashi or Hiroshi Arisawa by December 15, 2000. Prior contact with the workshops chair is encouraged. Proceedings of all workshops will be published as a single volume in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science, after the workshops.
We solicit tutorial proposals of interest to ER2001 attendees. Proposals should identify the intended audience and provide the scope of what will be covered. The target duration is 90 minutes. Proposals should be submitted to the tutorials chair, Katsumi Tanaka by April 20, 2001.
We solicit proposals for panel sessions related to the conference topics. We strongly encourage panels that have a mixture of 2 academic and 2 industry panelists (plus the chair). We expect that a range of viewpoints will be represented in the panel session. The role of the panel chair is to state the initial relevant questions and moderate the panel session. The other panelists are requested to give a short talk and to discuss/debate among the panelists and to interact with the audience. Proposals should be submitted to the panels chair, Sudha Ram by April 20, 2001.