ER 2020 Conceptual Modeling

Update: ER 2020 is going virtual

Dear conceptual modeling community,

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

Given the current global situation with COVID-19, the Steering Committee and Organizing Committee of ER 2020 have deliberately decided to run the conference fully virtually in November 2020.

Although we will have to eat the Sachertorte by ourselves, we will provide you with a remarkable first edition of an online ER conference, supporting dissemination of latest research works and networking among the conceptual modeling community. Of course, all papers of the main conference track and satellite events will be published in Springer LNCS proceedings as announced.

We will soon provide further details on the platforms we will use and the necessary logistics.
An important note upfront – there will be free registration for non-authors, and a heavily reduced registration fee for authors presenting a paper. Registration with further details will be open on August 15, 2020.

All the best, stay healthy and see you online at ER 2020,

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.