David Embley, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, was recently selected as the 2009 recipient of the Peter Chen Award and named as an ER Fellow. Both of these honors are bestowed by the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling. Conceptual modeling is a form of database management, and entity relationship (ER) is a type of model.
The Chen Award honors one person annually for his or her exceptional contributions to the field of conceptual modeling. Embley considers his work on information extraction, a method of consolidating scattered information into a coherent structure, to be one of his major contributions. The award also recognizes Embley’s success in traning numerous students who, in turn, have made significant contributions to conceptual modeling. He has also authored two books on conceptual modeling.
Embley’s selection as an ER Fellow recognizes, in particular, his years of service to the ER conferences. The fact that he was given both awards at the same conference underscores the fact that Embley is a highly respected member of his research community.
-- Natalie Wilson, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
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