Important dates
All deadlines are due 11pm GMT
Workshop proposals: December 12th, 2011
Full paper submission: March 19th, 2012
PhD Symposium submission: April 15th, 2012
Tutorials, panel, and demos proposals: May 8th, 2012
Paper notification: May 14th, 2012
Camera-ready paper submission: June 11th, 2012
Author Registration Deadline: June 25th, 2012
Conference: October 15th-18th, 2012
31st International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2012) - Florence, Italy
Panels Print

Conceptual Models for Data-Aware Processes


Traditionally, data and processes are conceptualized more or less in isolation. Such separation of concerns between the data and process perspectives turned out to be fruitful and it led to significant advances in both data and process management fields. However, it also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to fully understand the dependencies between the process and data at the conceptual level. In this panel we explore current approaches and perspectives on integration of data and process in conceptual modeling. In particular the panel aims at exploring the state of the art of conceptual modeling of data-aware processes, and put forward the idea that the relationship between data and process should be fully part of the conceptualization, so as to attack the ultimate goal of having a conceptual representation of both aspects. Such a conceptualization can serve as for formal analysis and verification of dynamic property of interest, though remaining at an abstract level. Indeed, it is exactly leveraging on such abstraction that we can hope to fully analyze and verify data-aware processes in spite of the strong undecidability results we have in the analysis of concrete programs. The timing for this panel is particularly appropriate considering the emergence of the so-call artifact centric processes that marry data and process aspects in the notion of “artifact”.


Panel Discussions:

  • Sonia Bergamaschi (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)
  • Giuseppe De Giacomo (Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy)
  • Marlon Dumas (University of Tartu, Estonia)
  • Rick Hull (IBM Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA)
  • John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Bernhard Thalheim (University Kiel, Germany)


Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Room: Sala Michelangelo


Charting the uncharted waters of Goal/Intention Modeling


The use of intentional concepts, the notion of "goal" in particular, has been a significant thread in conceptual modeling in recent years, particularly in relation to requirements engineering. Recent work has examined conceptual modeling issues in goal/intention modeling (GIM), on topics such as goal model semantics, ontological foundations, visualization, analysis, domain-specific applications, and combination with other conceptual modeling languages. Several tracks and workshops in the ER conference, including the RIGiM workshop (Requirements, Intentions, and Goals in Conceptual Modeling), have focused on aspects of applying conceptual modeling foundations to goal-oriented approaches. In view of current research advances, including industrial experiences, this is an appropriate time to reflect on the status of the research on GIM topics. In particular, this panel will focus on open research questions and future directions. Panelists will be asked to reflect on research issues, questions and topics that arise from their experiences in goal/intention modeling, especially as seen through the lens of conceptual modeling.  Discussion will focus on building a consensus concerning the major challenges which remain in the area, mapping out a research agenda.  Focus will be placed on the relationships or dependencies between topics, making the significance of each topic visible.  The produced map can be updated each year, in future instances of the panel or the RIGiM workshop, marking progress and uncovering further emerging challenges.


Panel Discussions:

  • Xavier Franch (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)
  • Jennifer Horkoff (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Matthias Jarke (Aachen University, Germany)
  • John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Colette Rolland (Université Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne, France)
  • Eric Yu (University of Toronto, Canada)


Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Room: Sala Dante


CICM Session 1: Cyber Security, Conceptual Modeling, & Designed-In Security


Panel Discussions:

  • Matthias Jarke (RWTH Aachen University & Fraunhofer FIT, Germany)
  • Stefano Spaccapietra (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Sukarno Mertoguno (Office of Naval Research, U.S.A.)
  • Paul Losiewicz (Quanterion, U.S.A.)
  • John Mylopoulos (University of Toronto, Canada)


Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Room: Sala Carrega


CICM Session 2: Services, Searching, Software Process, & Conceptual Modeling


Panel Discussions:

  • Hemant Jain (U. Wisconsin, Milwaukee, U.S.A.)
  • James Over (Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, U.S.A.)
  • Heinrich Mayr (Alpen-Adria University, Austria)
  • Oscar Pastor (Universitat Politécnica de València, Spain)


Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Room: Sala Giotto


NoCoDa panel: The relational model is dead, SQL is dead, and I don’t feel so good myself.


Panel Discussions:

  • Paolo Atzeni (University of Roma 3, Italy)
  • Umesh Dayal (HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA, US)
  • Christian Jensen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Sudha Ram (University of Arizona, U.S.A.)


Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Room: Sala Carrega