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16th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER'97)

Los Angeles, California, USA

3 - 6 November 1997

Conference at a Glance

Preconference Symposium


Technical Program


Preconference Symposium

Conceptual Modeling: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions
General Organizers
Ray Liuzzi (US Air Force Rome Laboratory)
Mike McNeil (BBN Technologies)
Leah Wong (US Navy NRaD)
Peter Chen (Lousianna State University)
Session Organizers
Mark Foresti (US Air Force Rome Laboratory)
Hannu Kangassalo
Benn Konsynski
Sham Navathe (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Open to all ER'97 participants.


Tutorial 1

OML: A Metamodel and Notation for a Pure Object-Oriented Software Development Environment

Brian Henderson-Sellers (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
Modeling an O-O system is facilitated by a sound meta-model and an accompanying notational tool which fully represents the pure object-oriented ideas. Participants will learn how to apply the notation in a business environment, and why meta-modeling is important as an underpinning for notations and methodologies. For system developers, analysts, and designers.

Tutorial 2

A Roles, Relationships & Responsibilities Model for Developing Workflow Applications

Sidney Decker (KPMG Peat Marwick, USA)
A pragmatic approach to business solution design is presented which leads to component-based cooperative processing applications particularly well-suited to web-based commerce. The methodology expands the concept of implementation flexibility and respect for legacy systems in harmony with component-based architecture and message-based distribution. For practitioners and researchers.

Tutorial 3

A Rapid, Metamodel-Based Methodology for Information Systems Modeling

David Kerner (USA)
A unique approach to information systems modeling is presented based on a generic model that is customized to the management strategies of the organization. The model can be used to help a business to better utilize its resources, to predict the impact of strategic direction on information technology, to insure correct measurement of Critical Success Factors, and to identify out-of-control data. For practitioners.

Tutorial 4

Object-Role Modeling

Gordon C. Everest (University of Minnesota, USA)
ORM is a richer, more expressive methodology than E-R modeling. It provides a more effective, more understandable presentation of a data model to non-technical end users while eliminating the need to distinguish entities and attributes or to know anything about normalization. Limitations of E-R modeling are identified and ORM's ability to overcome many of them is shown. Hands-on exercises help to develop superior data modeling skills. For practitioners and researchers.

Technical Program

Panel 1 (Peter Chen, Moderator)

Conceptual Modeling: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions

Session 1 -- Welcome & Keynote 1

Welcome to ER'97
Wesley W. Chu

From Conceptual Modeler to University President
Alan G. Merten (President, George Mason University, USA)

Session 2a -- Automated Design (Alberto Laender, Chair)

An Ontology for Database Design Automation
V.C. Storey (Georgia State University, USA),
H. Ullrich (University of Rochester, USA) &
S. Sundaresan (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Exploiting Domain Knowledge During the Automated Design of Object-Oriented Databases
M. Lloyd-Williams (University of Sheffield, UK)

Intelligent Support for Retrieval and Synthesis of Patterns for Object-Oriented Design
S. Purao & V.C. Storey (Georgia State University, USA)

Session 2b -- Temporal Modeling (Ramez Elmasri, Chair)

A Conceptual Development Framework for Temporal Information Systems
I. Petrounias (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

Temporal Features of Class Populations and Attributes in Conceptual Models
D. Costal, A. Olive & M-R. Sancho (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)

Managing Schema Evolution Using a Temporal Object Model
I.A. Goralwalla, D. Szafron, M.T. Ozsu (University of Alberta, Canada)
& R.J. Peters (University of Manitoba, Canada)

Session 3 -- Invited Talk 1 (Douglas M. Tolbert, Chair)

Distributed Object Repositories -- Concepts and Standards
Sridhar Iyengar (Unisys Corporation, USA)

Session 4a -- Languages (Paul Johannesson, Chair)

Extended SQL Support for Uncertain Data
D. Dey & S. Sarkar (Louisiana State University, USA)

Conceptual Queries Using ConQuer-II
A.C. Bloesch (InfoModelers Inc., USA) &
T.A. Halpin (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Transaction-Based Specification of Database Evolution
L. Baekgaard (the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark)

Session 4b -- Activity Modeling (Sharma Chakravarthy, Chair)

Well-Behaving Rule Systems for Entity-Relationship and Object-Oriented Models
K-D. Schewe (Technical University of Clausthal, Germany)

Behavior Consistent Refinement of Object Life Cycles
M. Schrefl (University of Linz, Austria) &
M. Stumptner (Technische Universität Wien, Austria)

ActivityFlow: Towards Incremental Specification and Flexible Coordination of Workflow Activities
L. Liu (University of Alberta, Canada) &
C. Pu (Oregon Graduate Institute, USA)

Session 5 -- Keynote 2

Silver Bullet Shy On Legacy Mountain: When Neat Technology Just Doesn't Work
Miracles To Save The Realm: Faustian Bargains Or Noble Pursuits

Michael L. Brodie (Senior Staff Scientist, GTE Laboratories Inc.)

Session 6a -- Applied Modeling (Terry Halpin, Chair)

A Multi-Level Architecture for Representing Enterprise Data Models
D. Moody (Simsion Bowles & Associates, Australia)

A Data Model for Customizing DB Schemas Based on Business Policies
J. Sekine, A. Kitai, Y. Ooshima & Y. Oohara
(NTT Information and Communication Systems Laboratories, Japan)

Explaining Conceptual Models -- An Architecture and Design Principles
H. Dalianis & P. Johannesson (Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Session 6b -- Object-Oriented Modeling (Ling Liu, Chair)

Extending an Object-Oriented Model: Multiple Class Objects
T. Hruska & P. Kolençík (Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic)

A Formal Approach to Metamodeling: A Generic Object-Oriented Perspective
V.B. Misic (University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia) &
S. Moser (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

Object-Oriented Modeling with Associations and Roles
W.W. Chu & G. Zhang (University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA)

Session 7a -- Theoretical Issues in Modeling (Tok Wang Ling, Chair)

Property Covering: A Powerful Construct for Schema Derivations
A. Analyti (Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, Greece),
N. Spyratos (Universite de Paris-Sud, France) &
P. Constantopoulos (Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas & University of Crete, Greece)

Inheritance Graph Hierarchy Construction Using Rectangular
Decomposition of a Binary Relation and Designer Feedback

M.M. Gammoudi, J.D. Mendes & W.S. Pinto (Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Brazil)

Towards an Object Database Approach for Managing Concept Lattices
K. Waiyamai & L. Lakhal (Universite de Clermont, France)

Session 7b -- Experience and Applications (Industry Paper Session) (Uwe Hohenstein, Chair)

An Experience of Integration of Conceptual Schemas in the Italian Public Administration
C. Batini & G. Longobardi (AIPA -- Information System Authority for the Public Administration, Italy) & S. Fornasiero (Andersen Consulting)

Application-Oriented Design of Behavior: A Transformational Approach using RADD
M. Albrecht, M. Altus & M. Steeg

Session 8a -- Distributed Systems (Debabrata Dey, Chair)

A Java-Based Framework for Processing Distributed Objects
D. Wu, D. Agrawal, A.E. Abbadi & A. Singh (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)

Fragmentation Techniques for Distributing Object-Oriented Databases
E. Malinowski & S. Chakravarthy (University of Florida, USA)

An Agent-Based Mobile System
N. Pissinou, K. Makki, M. Hong, L. Ji & A. Kumar (University of Southwestern Louisiana, USA)

Session 8b -- Panel 2 (Shamkant B. Navathe, Moderator)

Is the Future of Conceptual Modeling Bleak or Bright?
Panelists: Mark Foresti, Terry Halpin, Ramez Elmazri, Hannu Kangassalo

Session 9 -- Invited Talk 2 (Douglas M. Tolbert, Chair)

Successful Practices in Developing a Complex Information Model
J. Patrick Thompson (Microsoft Corporation, USA)
and John Sweitzer (IBM Corporation, USA)

Session 10a -- Integration (Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau, Chair)

Resolving Constraint Conflicts in the Integration of Entity-Relationship Schemas
M.L. Lee & T.W. Ling (National University of Singapore)

A Formal Framework for ER Schema Transformation
P. McBrien & A. Poulovassilis (King's College London, UK)

A Generative Approach to Database Federation
U. Hohenstein & V. Plesser (Siemens AG, Germany)

Session 10b -- Tools (Sudha Ram, Chair)

A Virtual Reality Interface to an Enterprise Metadatabase
L.W. Yee (The University of Hong Kong) & C. Hsu (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)

A Fully Flexible CAME in a CASE Environment
A.N.W. Dahanayake, H.G. Sol & J.L.G. Dietz (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

A Rapid Development Model for MetaCASE Tool Design
G. Maokai, L. Scott, Y. Xiao & R. Offen (Macquarie University, Australia)


Workshop 1

Conceptual Modeling in Multimedia Information

James Allan (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Peter Bruza (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Yves Chiaramella (University of Grenoble, France)
Norbert Fuhr (University of Dortmund, Germany)
Ramesh Jain (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Carlo Meghini (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)

The availability of non-textual ("multimedia") documents has given a new twist to information retrieval research, unfortunately setting even farther in the future the time in which generalized, automatic indexing methods will allow answering of content-based queries. Conceptual modeling and knowledge representation methodologies offer a promising approach to this problem.

Workshop 2

Strategies for Collaborative Modeling and Simulation (Second International Workshop)

Albert M. Selvin & Maarten Sierhuis (NYNEX Science & Technology, Inc.)

While offering rigor, clarity, and manageability, many approaches to modeling require non-specialists to learn arcane symbols or terminology in order to participate in the modeling activity. This workshop will explore methods of enabling non-specialists to directly participate in the building, interpretation, and "owning" of the models they use in system design and implementation.

Workshop 3

Cognition and Conceptual Modeling

Jeffrey Parsons (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Ramesh Venkataraman (Indiana University, USA)

Cognition is the branch of cognitive psychology that seeks to understand thought processes and the structure of knowledge. This workshop will focus on using cognition to understand existing conceptual modeling techniques, to guide the design of new techniques, and to provide criteria for evaluating techniques and methods.

Workshop 4

Behavioral Models and Design Transformations: Issues and Opportunities in Conceptual Modeling

Stephen W. Clyde (Utah State University)
Stephen W. Liddle & Scott N. Woodfield (Brigham Young University)
Researchers are devoting increasingly more energy to the problems of behavioral modeling in conjunction with traditional conceptual data modeling. The goals of this workshop are to better understand theoretical aspects of behavioral models, and to use that understanding to suggest transformations that would be helpful in the design of active systems.

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