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

Los Angeles, California, USA

3 - 6 November 1997

ER'97 Preconference Symposium:
Conceptual Modeling: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions

Sunday, November 2, 1997
9:30a.m. to 5:30p.m.

(the Sunday prior to the Monday tutorials and Tuesday main conference)

Organizing Committee
General Organizers
Ray Liuzzi (US Air Force Rome Laboratory)
Mike McNeil (BBN Technologies)
Leah Wong (US Navy NRaD)
Peter Chen (Louisiana State University, USA) (chair)
Session Organizers
Mark Foresti (US Air Force Rome Laboratory)
Hannu Kangassalo
Benn Konsynski
Sham Navathe (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
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Sponsored by the ER'97 Conference

Co-sponsors or Cooperating Organizations

(To be announced)
(Government agencies and non-profit organizations are welcome to
contact the symposium organizers to become a co-sponsor.)

Supporting Donors:

(To be announced)
(Corporations that wish to donate funds in support of this
symposium are welcome to contact the organizers.)

Location:  Double Tree Hotel, Los Angeles
(Westwood -- near UCLA campus)
This is the conference hotel for ER'97, but the conference tutorials and main programs will be held at the UCLA faculty center in the campus, while the preconference symposium will be held in the meeting rooms at the conference hotel for the convenience of the participants. For reservations, contact the hotel directly at (800) 472-8556 and mention about the ER'97 group rate ($89/night). You may also download the hotel registration form from: and mail or fax to the hotel directly. Please reserve the hotel in advance even if you are not sure you will attend the symposium.

Registration and Fees
This symposium is free to all ER'97 participants, however, when you register for ER'97, you must indicate on the registration form whether you plan to attend the symposium (so we can estimate resource requirements).
All organizers, speakers, and participants of the preconference symposium are required to register for the main ER'97 conference. The advance registration fee is $375 for ACM members before 9/30/97. The registration form is available at No food/refreshment will be provided at the preconference symposium but will be provided at the main conference.

This symposium consists of two major parts:

Historical Perspectives: We will invite speakers/panelists in the early ER conferences to discuss historical perspectives and future directions from their own perspectives.
Novel Future Directions: We will explore novel (or at least, uncommon) research directions or applications of conceptual modeling. There are four areas we would like to explore:
Data Mining and Conceptual Modeling: What is the role of conceptual modeling in data mining? What problems will we encounter in data mining if we don't have a correct conceptual model? What techniques in conceptual modeling are particularly useful in data mining?
Intelligent Agents in Conceptual Modeling: What is the role of conceptual modeling in the design and development of intelligent agents? What are the conceptual models being used today in the intelligent agent area, and what extensions or modifications are needed?
A Multi-Perspective Active Model for Global Understanding, Communication, and Information Management: The perspective could be technological, economic, social, etc. There are different aspects of modeling. Some of these aspects (e.g. purposes, implications, etc.) are not fully explored. For example, we may think along the lines of information and software technologies with respect to the Internet. The original goal of a database was to model aspects of the real world and its changes. But today's database technology is usually based on a static conceptual model. It is a discrete technology since current information systems only reflect the real world as distinct snap shots. If a database is viewed as a reflection of the real world, then the Internet is a natural database (though it may not be a totally valid reflection). While data and information can be made available on-line for processing, and testbeds can be created in parallel via the Web, does information management have a new meaning (storage and manipulation being the original motivations)? What are the modeling issues (e.g. active, dynamic reverse modeling, etc.) in the Internet? Can we find out what's going on (i.e., the Internet state with respect to our local information systems) at any time and continue to monitor the situation? What kinds of features do we need for retrieving, merging, filtering, etc. information from multiple sources?
Other Unconventional Applications and Linkages: We will explore unconventional applications of conceptual modeling and linkages to other disciplines (for example, simulation, philosophy, metaphysics). Unconventional applications could be accounting, story-telling, etc.

Speakers and Panelists
Most will be by invitation. If you are interested in being a speaker or panelist, you may contact a member of the organizing committee to discuss this possibility.

Symposium Format
The symposium will comprise a mixture of long-paper presentation (15-30 minutes) and panelist/position paper presentation (5 minutes) followed by open discussions.

Symposium Proceedings
The symposium organizers are seeking funding for the support of a hard-cover proceedings. If this does not materialize, a soft-cover form of the symposium proceedings consisting of position papers from the speakers will be distributed. An on-line version of the proceedings will be available through the World-Wide Web, and will be linked through the NSF's IRIS page.

Invited Speakers
Jacky Akoka
ESSEC Graduate School of Management,
Avenue Bernard Hirsch, BP105, 95021 CERGY Cedex, FRANCE
Paper Title: New directions in conceptual modeling
Barry Boehm & Dan Port
Computer Science Department
University of Southern California
Paper Title: Medel-Integrated Software-System Engineering (MISSE)
Valeria De Antonellis
University of Brescia and Politecnico di Milano
Paper Title: Global conceptual views from multiple sources
Lois Delcambre
Computer Science and Engineering Department
Director, Data-Intensive Systems Center
Oregon Graduate Institute
Paper Title: Models for Superimposed Information
Ramez Elmasri
University of Texas at Arlington
Paper Title: Do we need more conceptual modeling research?
Antonio L. Furtado
Departamento de Informatica
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do R.J.
Paper Title: Narratives and temporal databases: an interdisciplinary perspective
Georges Gardarin
PRiSM Laboratory University of Versailles, France
Paper Title: Intelligent Agents for a Web-enabled Object-Oriented Federated Database System
Terrance Goan
Stottler Henke Assoc. Inc.
Paper Title: Supporting the User: Conceptual Modeling & Knowledge Discovery
David Hislop (tentative)
Army Research Office
Hannu Kangassalo
University of Tampere, Finland
Paper Title: Are global understanding, communication, and information management in information systems possible? A conceptual modeling view - problems and proposals for solutions
Benn Konsynski
George Craft Prof., Emory University
John Miller
University of Georgia
Pericles Loucopoulos
Information Systems Engineering Group
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
Department of Computation
Paper Title: Enterprise Knowledge Management - Challenges for Conceptual Modelling
William E. McCarthy
Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor
Department of Accounting
Michigan State University
Paper Title: Conceptual Modeling of Accounting Phenomena: Its Effect on Research, Teaching, and Practice Since 1979.
Ephraim R. McLean
Professor and Smith Chair in Information Systems
Georgia State University
Paper Title: "The Challenge of Systems Analysis and Design Revisited"
Sham Navathe
Georgia Institute of Technology
Paper Title: Conceptual Modeling for a comprehensive Human Mitochondrial Genome Database
Peter A. Ng
Department of Computer an Information Science
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Paper Title: An Intelligent Document Browser
Arnon S. Rosenthal
MITRE Corporation
Paper Title: Challenges in Large-Scale Data Administration
Enrique H. Ruspini
Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International
Paper Title: Conceptual Modeling and Representation of DB Objects
Edgar Sibley (tentative)
George Mason Univ
Munindar Singh
North Carolina State University
Paper Title: Conceptual Modeling for Multiagent Systems
Arne Solvberg
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Trondheim, Norway
Paper Title: Data and what they refer to
Bernhard Thalheim
Prof. at Brandenburgian Technical University at Cottbus, Computer Science Institute
Paper Title: The ER model is sailing on safe grounds where others are sailing somewhere else
Peter Wegner
Brown University
Paper Title: Interactive Foundations Of Conceptual Modeling

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