What's in a (Conceptual) Model?: A Philosophical Account

Speaker:  Giancarlo Guizzardi – Bolzano, Italy
Topic(s):  Information Systems, Search, Information Retrieval, Database Systems, Data Mining, Data Science


This talk discusses the philosophical foundations of conceptual modeling by addressing a number of foundational questions such as: What is a conceptual model? Among models used in computer science, which are conceptual, and which are not? How are conceptual models different from other models used in the Sciences and Engineering? The talk takes a stance in answering these questions and, in order to do that, it draws from a broad literature in philosophy, cognitive science, Logics, as well as several areas of Computer Science (including Databases, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Information Systems Engineering, among others). After a brief history of conceptual modeling, the talk addresses the aforementioned questions by proposing a characterization of conceptual models with respect to conceptual semantics and ontological commitments.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  60
Duration:  60 minutes
Languages Available:  English, Italian, Portuguese
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