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P.P.Chen Award a Maurizio Lenzerini

The ER Steering Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2022 Peter P. Chen Award: Maurizio Lenzerini, Professor of Computer Science, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

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'2022 conference, which will be held virtually in Hyderabad (India) (https://er2022web.github.io/ER2022)

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.

Maurizio Lenzerini is credited with seminal contributions in two areas of Computer Science, namely, Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation & Reasoning. In both areas, his contributions are characterized by the adoption of principles and techniques combining Conceptual Modeling and Logic. In Data Modeling he is renowned for his contributions to Information Integration. In Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Maurizio is one of the world leaders of research on Description Logics. He strongly contributed to the success of Description Logics as the basis of the OWL Web Ontology Language.
Since 1987 he has been leading a research group that is considered worldwide one of the top research groups in the two areas mentioned above. He has supervised exceptional PhD students, who are internationally renowned researchers.

Maurizio has a broad teaching and academic experience. He has taught a huge number of courses related to Conceptual Modeling in Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Data and Service Modeling, Database Design, and Knowledge Representation.

He is the author of more than 400 publications in international journals and conference proceedings. Many of his papers are widely cited in the scientific literature. According to Google Scholar (May 2022) his citations number 28846, while his h-index stands at 82 and his i10-index at 187. He has received international recognitions from both the Databases and Knowledge Representation communities. He has been invited as a keynote speaker in the most prestigious conferences of the two areas. He is an ACM Fellow, a AAAI Fellow, an ER Fellow, an EurAI Fellow and a member of the Academia Europaea.

Maurizio has been a member of the Editorial Board of many Conceptual Modeling-related journals, including Information Systems - An International Journal, Elsevier, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Journal of Artificial Intelligent Research, Logical Methods in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence Journal, Data and Knowledge Engineering. He has also participated in the organization of many conferences. He has been the Conference Chair of the International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER), International Conference on Database Theory (ICDT), ACM Symposium on the Principles of Database Systems (PODS).

Finally, Maurizio has collaborated with various companies on technology transfer projects in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Data Management. He has also collaborated with Italian Institutes and Public Administration on the same issues. Since 2017 he is the President and co-founder of OBDA Systems S.r.l. (http:/www.obdasystems.com), a University start-up that offers cutting-edge solutions based on the latest innovations in the field of semantic technologies and Artificial Intelligence to provide its customers with effective means to extract knowledge from complex data sources, crucial for analysis activities.

The 2022 selection committee consisted of Isabelle Comyn-Wattiau (France), Matthias Jarke (Germany), Hui Ma (New Zealand), Sudha Ram (USA), Paul Johannesson (Sweden). We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Prof. Maurizio Lenzerini and his family.

Previous winners of the Peter P. Chen Award:
2021 Sudha Ram, University of Arizona, USA
2020 Matthias Jarke, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
2019 Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada
2018 Veda C. Storey, Georgia State University, USA
2017 Yair Wand, University of British Columbia, Canada
2016 Oscar Pastor, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
2015 Il-Yeol Song, Drexel University, USA
2014 Antonio L. Furtado, Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2013 Carlo Batini, Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy
2012 Stefano Spaccapietra, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
2011 Tok Wang Ling, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2010 John Mylopoulos, University of Trento, Italy
2009 David Embley, Brigham Young University, USA
2008 Bernhard Thalheim, University of Kiel, Germany

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