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