Keynote 1 : The Who/What/Why of Conceptual Modeling of Information

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  • Lois

    As a faculty member at The Center for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (in Lafayette, Louisiana), The Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Engineering, Oregon Health & Science University, and Portland state university (all in Portland, Oregon), she has graduated more than 20 PhD students and published more than 100 papers in refereed conferences and 40 papers in journals. She has served as a principal investigator in more than 50 projects with funding from the US National Science Foundation, the US Air Force, the US National Library of Medicine (of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Defense Advanced Research Agency, and others where the projects were inspired by a broad range of applications including: managing documents in the USDA Forest Service, the design processes for satellite systems, and information in patient medical records; supporting retrospective research over an archive of patient endoscopy reports; improving information retrieval in domain-specific websites (e.g., health information sites in Denmark); and providing what we call semantic widgets for websites that house educational materials. Her research is in the area of database systems, conceptual modeling, digital libraries, and information retrieval.  In 2013, she received the 2013 Portland State University, George C. Hoffman Award for Faculty Excellence for "distinguished contributions to the University in the areas of instruction, university service, and scholarship (in that order) which are done in the spirit of humanism, civility, and collegiality." In 2016, she was named an ER Fellow.

    Lois Delcambre
    Professor Emerita of Computer Science, Portland State University

Keynote 2 : Conceptual Modeling: Philosphical Reflections

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  • Josef

    Josef Mitterer (born in Westendorf, Austria) studied philosophy and sociology in Innsbruck, Linz and Graz with time spent at the London School of Economics with Imre Lakatos and at the University of California at Berkeley with Paul Feyerabend.
    Since 1990 Mitterer teaches philosophy at the University of Klagenfurt. Guest professor at universities in Austria, Germany and Poland.


    Das Jenseits der Philosophie / The Beyond of Philosophy. 1992, 4th edition 2011.
    Die Flucht aus der Beliebigkeit / The Flight from Contingency. 2001, 4th edition 2011.

    His philosophy is discussed in two special issues of the Journal Constructivist Foundations:
    - The Non-dualizing Philosophy of Josef Mitterer, 2008. Includes (Radical) Constructivism – What Difference Does It Make? by Josef Mitterer.
    - Non-dualism: A Conceptual Revision?, 2013. Includes On Interpretation by Josef Mitterer.

    Josef Mitterer
    Professor of philosophy, Universität Klagenfurt

Keynote 2 : The universal ontology: A vision for conceptual modeling and the semantic web

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  • Antoni

    He has worked in the field of information systems for over 40 years, initially in industrial and later in university and research contexts. His main interests have been conceptual modeling, requirements engineering and information systems design. He has taught extensively on these topics. He has also conducted research on these topics, which has been published in international journals and conferences. His most recent work focusses on ontologies and the semantic web. He was the author of the book "Conceptual Modeling of Information Systems" (Springer, 2007).

    In the UPC, he was dean of the Faculty of Informatics, director of the information systems department and director of the PhD school.

    He is a member of the ER Steering Committee, of which he was chair during 2012-2014. He was the Program Co-chair of the ER 2006 and the General Chair of CAISE 1997 and ER 2008. He was elected ER Fellow in 2010.

    Antoni Olivé
    Emeritus professor of information systems, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya