ER/IFIP8.1 Workshop on

Conceptual Modelling Approaches to

Mobile Information Systems Development


Tampere, Finland

11 October 2002

Program available


Mobility is perhaps the most important market and technological trend in information and communication technology. With the advent of new mobile infrastructures providing higher bandwidth and constant connection to the network from virtually everywhere, the way people use information resources is predicted to be radically transformed.

The rapid development of information technology (IT), particularly communication and collaboration technologies, are substantially changing the landscape of organizational computing. Workers in many business areas are becoming increasingly mobile. Workers in more and more areas will be required to act more flexibly within the constraints of the business processes of the company (or companies) they are currently working for. At the same time they will often want to use the same information technology to support their private tasks. During the last few years, a new breed of information system has emerged to address the situation, and these systems are referred to as m-commerce systems or mobile information systems

Description of Workshop Topic:

As mobile information systems evolve from techno-centric to business-centric systems, better systems development approaches, including conceptual modeling approaches, are needed to address the growing complexity of such systems.

Mobile information systems also come with new challenges for their developers and users. They will have to supply and to adopt services that go beyond traditional web-based systems and e-commerce systems. From the enterprise (user) point of view, three levels of such services can be identified:

  1. Services that an enterprise offers to their professional and private customers.
  2. Services that help different enterprises to effectively combine their business processes.
  3. Services an enterprise provides to its employees to support internal business processes.

Conceptual modelling techniques can be used for the development of a large range of information systems. In the case of mobile information systems, we identify the following areas for increased utility of the techniques developed as part of model-driven development:

Objective of Workshop:

The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in modeling methods for mobile information systems to meet, and exchange research ideas and results. It also provides this group of researchers an opportunity to present their research papers and experience reports, and to take part in open discussions.

Topics of Interest:

The relevant topics for this workshop include (but are not limited to) the following aspects of m-commerce and mobile information systems:


Important Dates:

Deadline for papers (received): June 28, 2002

Notification of paper acceptance: August 5 2002

Deadline for camera-ready copies: September 6, 2002

ER Conference and workshops: October 7-11, 2002

Submission Guidelines:

Submission guidelines for ER-workshop papers are provided at Some additional points:

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Email your article as an attachment to Please send electronic submissions in word or PDF format.

Proceedings of all workshops will be published as a single volume in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science, separate from the conference proceedings, after the workshops. Preprints of the papers will be distributed at the workshops. It is recommended that the text for preprint editions be written following the final set of format guidelines provided by the Springer-Verlag "Authors' Instructions"


International Program Committee:


Workshop co-chairs:

Prof. John Krogstie

SINTEF and Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology


Prof. Keng Siau

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Prof. Kalle Lyytinen

Case Western Reserve University


For more information, please contact:

Prof. John Krogstie


Forskningsveien 1

P.O.Box 124 Blindern

N-0314 Oslo, Norway

Phone +47 93417551

Fax: +47 22067350


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