Call for Tutorials

The International Conference on Conceptual Modeling is a leading international forum for presenting and discussing current research and applications in which the major emphasis is on conceptual modeling. Topics of interest span the entire spectrum of conceptual modeling, including research and practice on theoretical concepts underlying conceptual modeling, methods and tools for developing, communicating, sharing, and socializing conceptual models, and techniques for transforming conceptual models into effective implementations. We encourage submissions from the communities of databases, information systems, web information systems, business process modeling, enterprise content management systems, and related areas.

The goal of a tutorial at the conference is to provide a road map (for beginners or advanced attendees) about a subject area so that attendees can then pursue work in that area if they are so inclined. Generally, tutorials emphasize breadth and cover material from a variety of different authors. The conference strongly encourages proposals containing new ideas and new approaches, or proposals on new subjects related to conceptual modeling.

Instructions for Submission

Tutorial proposals must be no more than 5 pages and must provide a sense of both the scope of the tutorial and depth within the scope. Tutorial proposals must clearly identify the intended audience and its assumed background. Tutorials are typically extended lectures of 1.5 hours or 3 hours by an expert on a highly-focused topic of relevance to conceptual modelers. The intended length of the tutorial should also be indicated, together with a justification that a high-quality presentation will be achieved within the chosen time period. Tutorial proposals must include:

The presenter(s) – name, affiliation, contact information, and short bio;
Tutorial title;
Five-line abstract;
Length of tutorial, (1.5 or 3 hours);
Detailed outline and timetable;
Scope and novelty of the tutorial;
Expected audience and their background;
Level: beginner, intermediate or advanced;
Material to be provided to attendees.

In addition, proposals that extend any previous tutorials of the presenter/s should state where the related tutorials have been given, and the differences with the proposal for previous ER conferences.

Tutorial proposals should be submitted by e-mail no later than June 3rd. 2014 to the ER2014 tutorial co-chairs.

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent by July 15th 2014.

We will be evaluating tutorials based on the following grounds:

(1) Fit with ER 2014 audience- A tutorial on appreciating English poetry is not likely to be accepted.

(2) Interestingness- will it be likely that people will want to learn what is on offer in the tutorial?

(3) Projected benefit- will people be likely to leave the tutorial more informed about a specific topic than before?

(4) Clarity of activity and outcomes- Do we know what the tutorial presenter will do?  Is it clear how what the presenter will do will lead to (2).

(5) Ability to sustain audience attention- Try not to make this a 1.5 or 3 hour lecture.  Think of your students in the classroom- they can’t take you talking for 3 hours.  Don’t expect this audience to either.