Call for papers - EJC 2012

OBJECTIVE: Information modelling is becoming more and more importanttopic for researchers, designers, and users of information systems. Theamount and complexity of information itself, the number of abstractionlevels of information, and the size of databases and knowledge bases arecontinuously growing. Conceptual modelling is one of the sub-areas ofinformation modelling. The aim of this conference is to bring togetherexperts from different areas of computer science and other disciplines,who have a common interest in understanding and solving problems oninformation modelling and knowledge bases, as well as applying theresults of research to practice. We also aim to recognize and study newareas on modelling and knowledge bases to which more attention should bepaid. Therefore philosophy and logic, cognitive science, knowledgemanagement, linguistics and management science are relevant areas, too.In the conference, there will be three categories of presentations, i.e.full papers, short papers and position papers.

TOPICS: Modelling of information is necessary in developing informationsystems. Information is acquired from many sources, by using variousmethods and tools. It must be recognized, conceptualized, andconceptually organized efficiently so that users can easily understandand use it. Modelling is needed to understand, explain, organize,predict, and reason on information. It also helps to master the role andfunctions of components of information systems. Modelling can beperformed with many different purposes in mind, at different levels, andby using different notions and different background theories. It can bemade by emphasising users' conceptual understanding of information on adomain level, on an algorithmic level, or on representation levels. Oneach level, the objects and structures used on them are different, anddifferent rules govern the behavior on them. Therefore the notions,rules, theories, languages, and methods for modelling on differentlevels are also different. It will be useful if we can develop theoriesand methodologies for modelling, to be used in different situations,because databases, knowledge bases, and repositories in knowledgemanagement systems, developed on the basis of models and used totechnically store information, are growing day by day. In thisconference the interest is focused on modelling of information, and oneof the central topics might be modelling of time. Scientific ortechnical papers of high quality are sought on topics including, but notlimited to the following. The highest priority will be given to paperswhich are strongly related to different aspects of modelling.

1. Theoretical and Philosophical Basis of Concept Modelling and
Conceptual Modelling

Information recognition, conceptualization, and concept formation
Properties of concepts, systems of concepts, and theories of concept systems
Subjective concepts and collective concepts
Conceptual change and time, ontology of time
Concept integration and integration of modeling paradigms
Description of concepts, views, and viewpoint dynamics

2. Conceptual Modelling and Information Requirements Specification (IRS)

Ontologies, conceptual modelling, and natural language in IRS
Conceptual information requirements specification for information systems
Conceptual modelling for knowledge management
Languages, tools and methods for conceptual modelling
Methods and systems for developing and using conceptual information
Methodologies for ontology development, maintenance, and integration
Conceptual modelling of time

3. Conceptual Models of Intelligent Activities

Cognitive strategies for model construction
Conceptual modelling and problem solving
Conceptual modelling of temporal constructs, identity and change
Meta-modelling in the model building process
Relationships between knowledge management and problem solving
The ontology of social reality and the modelling process of social reality

4. Collections of Data, Knowledge, and Descriptions of Concepts

Knowledge managemet for conceptual modelling and IRS
Conceptual modelling in spatial or temporal databases, or both
Active database systems and active knowledge base systems
Modelling methods, design methodologies and tools
Collaborative knowledge management
Modelling, Using and Managing Context
Context Computing

5. Human-Computer Interaction and Modelling

Conceptual models as interfaces of systems, data bases and knowledge bases,
Ontology for human-computer interaction, including time
Metadata and knowledge management for human-computer interaction
Cognition problems in large conceptual schemata
Modelling in multimedia information systems
Cross-cultural multimedia systems

6. Software Engineering and Modelling

Design and use of concept definition libraries, design patterns, frameworks
Architectures of meta-models for information systems,
Modelling software engineering processes
UML, ORM, Petri-nets, and other formalisms as modelling tools
Modelling of multi-agent systems - modelling in multi-agent systems

7. Applications

SCIENTIFIC / TECHNICAL PAPER: You may submit your paper either as a full
paper, (max. 20 pages), or as a short paper (of max. 8 pages).

POSITION PAPER: Research projects of any scale are invited to illustrateinnovative concepts, theories, prototypes, or experiences. Your positionpaper (work-in-progress) should be no longer than 5 pages.

The pre-print will be distributed in the conference. The finalproceedings including the papers presented in the conference will bedistributed after the conference and published by IOS Press (Amsterdam)for international distribution.


Please use only "English fonts" (ANSI/ASCII or UTF-3) in your paper, andinclude all the fonts you used. No extra hidden codes, nor any otherfeatures that are specific to a special computer (or language)environment should be included in any form. Otherwise reviewers may notbe able to open and read your paper. Once a submitted paper is found tobe unreadable, the reviewing process may be stopped automaticallywithout asking the second submission.


The authors present their papers at the conference. The papers areincluded in the conference (local) preprint. The final text of thepapers can be polished for publication after the conference. Onlyactually presented papers will be published in the final journal print.The final journal papers will be published by an international publisher.Only actually presented papers will be published in the final journal print. The finaltext of the full and short papers can be polished as journal papers forpublication after the conference. Each of the position papers areproposed to improve to take into account the comments in the conference(if any) and the statement of the reviewers. Programme committee hasright to withdraw the paper from the final journal publication, if theproposed improvements are not implemented or if the paper is nottechnically prepared according to the formatting rules. The finaljournal papers will be published by an international publisher (IOSPress, Amsterdam) after the conference. More information: See


General Program Chair: Hannu Kangassalo, University of Tampere, Finland

Program committee:
Yasushi Kiyoki (co-chairman), Keio University, Japan
Takehiro Tokuda (co-chairman), Tokyo Institute of Technology

Programme Committee Members (tentative):
To be nominated

Programme Coordination Team:
Naofumi Yoshida, Komazawa University, Japan (Chairman)

Anneli Heimburger, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Jari Palomaki, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Tomoya Noro, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Turkka Nappila, University of Tampere, Finland

General Organizing Chair: Hannu Jaakkola, Tampere University of

Organizing Committee:
Peter Vojtas, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Xing Chen, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan
Ulla Nevanranta (Publication), Tampere University of Technology (Pori),


Hannu Kangassalo, Programme General Chair
University of Tampere
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33014 University of Tampere
Tel: +358-3-2156778; Fax: +358-3-2156070
E-mail: hk[]

Yasushi Kiyoki, PC co-chairman
Keio University
Faculty of Environmental Information
5322 Endoh Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-8520
Tel: +81-466-47-5111; Fax: +81-466-49-1047
E-mail: kiyoki[]

Takehiro Tokuda, PC co-chair,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Dept. of Computer Science
2-12-1-W8-71 Ookayama, Meguro, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
Email: ulla.nevanranta[]

Information of the previous European-Japanese conferences and booksare available on the page (Conferences by Year).