Nomination for Best Paper Award at ER 2013
Dr Maria Keet, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, received a nomination for the Best Paper Award at the 32nd International Conference on Conceptual Modelling (ER 2013) in Hong Kong.
Keet is the first author of the paper co-authored with Professor Pablo Fillottrani of the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina, and one of three to be nominated for the award following an extremely selective peer-review process as well as being published in the Springer LNCS conference proceedings series.
Keet attended the Conference and presented their nominated paper titled: “An Ontology-Driven Unifying Metamodel for UML Class Diagrams, EER, and ORM2”, which presents the main step toward comprehensively formalising these conceptual modelling languages. Keet and Fillottrani have obtained these results as part of the DST/NRF-funded bi-lateral research project between South Africa and Argentina, of which Keet is the PI on the South African side.
Conceptual modelling deals with the abstract description of concepts and their relationship in the realm of domains to facilitate the development of software applications. Keet’s research has provided valuable results examining logic-based reconstructions of the conceptual data modelling languages, and this recognition of her work into conceptual modelling is a great achievement for the School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.
Speaking of her experience, Keet expressed pleasure in having had the opportunity to ‘meet like-minded colleagues and to meet some of the luminaries in the field, including the person who invented the very notion of a “conceptual data model” in 1976, Peter Chen’.
The nomination of this paper at such a major Conference has also raised the possibility of ER 2015 or ER 2016 being held in South Africa, which would be a major advance for researchers in the field of conceptual modelling in this country.