ER 2020 Conceptual Modeling

Message from the General Chairs of ER 2020

Dear conceptual modeling community,

the thoughts of the ER 2020 Organizing Committee are with all the people worldwide affected by COVID-19.

Since the conference is still relatively far away and late in the year, we hope that until November we can all meet for a successful ER2020 in beautiful Vienna, perhaps with protective masks and less welcoming kisses and hugs, but with a lot of empathy and pleasure for modeling. For those of you impacted by travel restrictions or health and family issues until then, there will be the possibility of virtual presentations and online attendance (so, no excuse for not submitting a paper!).

Since the last couple of weeks have been full of stress and new challenges for most of us, we deliberately decided to postpone the deadlines of the ER 2020 conference (full paper June 1) and workshops (July 27). So, continue your work on successful submissions!

We will decide at the beginning of August on the format of ER 2020! Depending on this decision the registration fees might be adapted. Registration will be open from August 15 onward.

All the best, stay healthy and see you in Vienna,

Gerti Kappel and Heinrich C. Mayr
General Chairs

ER is the premier academic venue for the discussion of foundational aspects of conceptual modeling. ER2020 will have an overarching theme:

Digital Transformation—Exciting Times for Conceptual Modeling

The world is being reconstructed through software and data. Conceptual models seem mandatory to cope with this gigantic transformation that is unprecedented in the history of humankind. Not only do they build a solid foundation for designing software systems, they also foster the empowerment of users and help us to develop images of possible future worlds. However, recent developments in AI challenge this pivotal role of conceptual models. Some AI proponents go so far as to predict the end of conceptual modeling, for an ostensibly convincing reason: machine learning will enable automated software construction, both faster and at much lower costs. These contradictory assessments make it especially exciting to reflect upon the foundations of conceptual modeling and the limitations of inductive approaches to software creation.

The ER conference has been the leading conference on conceptual modeling for many years. In continuation of this tradition, ER 2020 is dedicated to providing a forum for discussing the present and future role of conceptual modeling with regard to enabling and managing change.