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Peter Chen Award 2020 goes to Prof. Matthias Jarke

The ER Steering Committee has announced the recipient of the 2020 Peter P. Chen Award: Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Initiated by Elsevier in 2008, the Peter P. Chen Award honors one person each year for his or her outstanding contributions to the field of conceptual modeling.  The recipient will receive a plaque and a prize of $2,500 sponsored by Elsevier Publishing Company, and be invited to give a keynote speech at the ER'2020 conference, which will be held in Vienna, Austria (

The selection committee reviewed the qualifications of the nominees with regard to their contributions to advancing the field of conceptual modeling in (1) research, (2) education, (3) practice, and (4) service for the scientific community, as well as their international reputation.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Jarke has worked in the field of Conceptual Modelling for over 40 years. The impact of his research contributions is demonstrated by his remarkable number of citations (over 20,300) and h-index (65). In 2013, he was recognized as an ACM Fellow (2013) for his "contributions to conceptual modeling, requirements engineering, metadata management, and computer science leadership in Germany".

A notable impact of Prof. Dr. Jarke's work is that with his former New York University (NYU) Ph.D. student, Bala Ramesh. From 1993 onwards, they developed, formalized, and empirically validated the first comprehensive metamodels and reference models for the then novel field of requirements traceability. Their 2001 IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering paper became one of the five top-cited Software Engineering publications in the early 2000's and is still regularly referenced by researchers in the field.

Prof. Dr. Jarke has a long list of services to the research community, in conferences and journals. In particular, his group's CEUR series, started in 1995, has been the cost-free, open access outlet for over 2,500 important workshop proceedings.

Prof. Dr. Jarke has graduated over 80 Ph.D. candidates and promoted the early careers of over 40 professors, not only among his students but also among postdocs and junior faculty.

In terms of contributions to practice, Prof. Dr. Jarke's Ph.D. thesis work has been used in several early information systems in the container industry. His Telos work contributed to the significant growth of USU, one of the leading IT consulting companies in German-speaking countries. More recently, his Industrial Data Space work with Prof. Dr. Stefan Wrobel (University of Bonn) has been elaborated and adopted by national governments and the EU, and is being pursued by the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) with over 100 members in four continents.

The 2020 selection committee consisted of Carson C. Woo (Canada), Isabell Comyn-Wattiau (France), Eric Yu (Canada), Veda C. Storey (USA), and Stephen Liddle (USA). 

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