EROSS seminars take place weekly, every Wednesday, until the 39th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER 2020).

Live seminars are presented on Microsoft Teams and recorded for later access. Each seminar is scheduled to last for 1 hour and will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

In the upcoming seminars section, you will find the next events scheduled in the series. To attend a seminar, click on the link in its title. Links will be published shortly before the start of the event.

In the previous seminars section, you will find the recordings, slides, and suggested references from talks that already took place.

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Upcoming Seminars

July 15th
16:00 CEST
Monique Snoeck
KU Leuven, Belgium
How a Conceptual Data Model is a Process Model too
July 22nd
16:00 CEST
Gilberto Camara
Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland
Ontological Issues in Big Earth Observation Data Analysis
July 29th
16:00 CEST
Barend Mons
Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
The FAIR Guiding Principles in Times of Crisis
August 5th
16:00 CEST
Daniel Jackson
Design by Concept: A New Way to Think About Software
August 12th
16:00 CEST
Melanie Mitchell
Santa Fe Institute, USA
Conceptual Abstraction and Analogy in Artificial Intelligence
August 19th
16:00 CEST
Sudha Ram
University of Arizona, USA
August 26th
16:00 CEST
Christiane Fellbaum
Princeton University, USA
What the Lexicon Can(not) Tell Us About Conceptual Organization
September 2nd
16:00 CEST
Wil van der Aalst
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Adding Objects and Probabilities to Process Mining
September 9th
16:00 CEST
Terry Halpin
International Data Modeling Independent Consultant
Reference Scheme Modelling
September 16th
16:00 CEST
Peter Gärdenfors
Lund University, Sweden
Conceptual Spaces, Cognitive Semantics and Robotics
September 23rd
16:00 CEST
Juan Carlos Trujillo
University of Alicante, Spain
September 30th
16:00 CEST
Yair Wand
University of British Columbia, Canada
Classification and Scientific Theories
October 14th
16:00 CEST
Maurizio Lenzerini
Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Previous Seminars

June 24th
16:00 CEST
Nicola Guarino
Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy
Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modelling: Why and How
July 1st
16:00 CEST
John Mylopoulos
University of Ottawa, Canada
Philosophical Foundations of Conceptual Modelling: What is a Conceptual Model?
July 8th
16:00 CEST
Oscar Pastor
Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Conceptual Modeling and Life Engineering: The Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Nicola Guarino: “Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modelling: Why and How”

By Nicola Guarino, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC, CNR, Italy


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John Mylopoulos: “Philosophical Foundations of Conceptual Modelling: What is a Conceptual Model?”

By John Mylopoulos, University of Ottawa, Canada

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Oscar Pastor: “Conceptual Modeling and Life Engineering: The Two Sides of the Same Coin?”

By Oscar Pastor, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain


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