2nd International Workshop on Empirical Methods in Conceptual Modeling

Conceptual modeling has enjoyed substantial growth over the past decades in diverse fields such as Information Systems Analysis, Software Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, Business Analysis and Business Process Engineering. A plethora of conceptual modeling languages, frameworks and systems have been proposed, promising to facilitate activities such as communication, design, documentation or decision-making.

Success in designing a conceptual modeling system is, however, predicated on demonstrably attaining such goals through observing their use in practical scenarios. At the same time, the way individuals and groups produce and consume models gives raise to cognitive, behavioral, organizational or other phenomena, whose systematic observation may help us better understand how models are used in practice and how we can make them more effective.

Aim and Topics

We aim at bringing together researchers with an interest in the empirical investigation of conceptual modeling systems and practices. We invite both reports on finished, on-going or proposed empirical studies and theoretical, review and experience papers about empirical research in conceptual modeling.

Examples of contributions include but are not limited:

  • Complete, on-going or planned empirical studies in Conceptual Modeling.
  • Literature Reviews on empirical research in Conceptual Modeling.
  • Theoretical/philosophical positions on empirical Conceptual Modeling.
  • Discussions/positions on statistical and methodological issues.
  • Lessons learned from past studies.

Submission Guidelines

We solicit three types of papers:

  • Full papers (10 LNCS pages max) describing a completed study, including negative results and early exploratory efforts.
  • Work-in-progress papers (10 LNCS pages max) describing a planned study or study in progress.
  • Position, vision and lessons papers (8 LNCS pages max) about the use of empirical methods for conceptual modelling.

Since the proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series, authors must submit manuscripts using the LNCS style. See http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html for style files and details. The page limit for submitted papers (as well as for final, camera-ready papers) is 10. Manuscripts not submitted in the LNCS style or exceeding the page limit will not be reviewed and automatically rejected.

Submission is done through EasyChair. Please select the Workshop track when submitting. EasyChair Submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=er2019 – please pay attention to select the correct track.

The EmpER’19 accepted papers will be published within the ER Workshop proceedings, in the Springer LNCS Series. At least one of the authors for each accepted paper must be registered and attend the conference for paper presentation.

Workshop Organizers

João Araújo is a professor at the Department of Informatics at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal and a full member of the Portuguese research center NOVA LINCS. He holds a PhD from Lancaster University, UK, in Software Engineering. His main research interests are Quality of Models, Requirements Engineering (RE), Advanced Modularity, Model-Driven Engineering (MDE), and Software Product Lines (SPL), where, he has published several papers on these topics in journals, international conferences and workshops. He has served in the organization and program committees of several conferences such as RE, CAiSE, ER, ICSE, MODELS, SAC. He has organized several workshops including the Early Aspects workshop series and more recently the MoDRE (Model Driven Requirements Engineering) workshops hold at RE conference. He was the Co-General Chair of RE’17 (IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference). He is an Associate Editor of the IET Software journal and a member of the Steering Committee of RE conference.

Jennifer Horkoff is an Assistant professor at the Software Engineering division in the Computer Science and Engineering Department shared by Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research interests lie in enhancing the use of conceptual modeling for Requirements Engineering (RE) and business analysis, focusing on creativity, interactive analysis, uncertainty, scalability, and business intelligence. Dr. Horkoff has recently become involved in projects concerning the role of RE in large-scale Agile, RE for Game Development, and strategic API design. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Prof. Eric Yu. She was recently a holder of a two-year Marie Sklodowska Curie Intra-European Fellowships for career development (IEF) and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, working under the supervision of Prof. Neil Maiden at City University London. She spent 2.5 years at the University of Trento, Italy, as part of the Lucretius: Foundations for Software Evolution project, working with Prof. John Mylopoulos and colleagues. She has been an author or co-author of more than 20 papers in peer- reviewed journals, conferences, or workshops. Jennifer is currently on the Program Committee for the RE, ER, CAiSE and PoEM conferences.

Sotirios Liaskos is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Technology at York University. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (2008). His area of research is Requirements Engineering and Conceptual Modeling. He has published more than thirty (30) scientific papers in international venues which have received more than 1,000 citations. He has acted as a reviewer for a number of conferences and journals including the Requirements Engineering (RE) Conference, the Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE) and the Requirements Engineering Journal, where he serves in the Editorial Board.

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Program Committee

  • Alicia Grubb (University of Toronto – Canada)
  • Ana Moreira (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – Portugal)
  • Carla Silva (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – Brazil)
  • Geert Poels (Ghent University – Belgium)
  • Grischa Liebel (University of Gothenburg – Sweden)
  • Iris Reinhartz-Berger (University of Haifa – Israel)
  • Jan Recker (University of Cologne – Germany)
  • Jeffrey Parsons (Memorial University – Canada)
  • Katsiaryna Labunets (Delft University of Technology – The Netherlands)
  • Lin Liu (Tsinghua University – China)
  • Marian Daun (Universität Duisburg-Essen – Germany)
  • Michel Chaudron (University of Gothenburg – Sweden)
  • Miguel Goulão (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – Portugal)
  • Neil Ernst (University of Victoria – Canada)
  • Nelly Condori-Frenandez (VU University Amsterdam – The Netherlands)
  • Oscar Pastor (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia – Spain)
  • Robson Fidalgo (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – Brazil)
  • Silvia Abrahão (Universitat Politècnica de València​ – Spain)
  • Tong Li (Beijing University of Technology – China)
  • Vincenzo Gervazsi (University of Pisa – Italy)
  • Xavier Le Pallec (University Lille 1 – France)

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