Peter P. Chen Award 2020 Goes to Matthias Jarke


Initiated 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, and will be invited to give a keynote speech at the ER'2020 conference, which will be held in Vienna, Austria ( ).

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".

As a sustainable research contribution, the selection committee mentions his German-US cooperation with former doctoral candidate Bala Ramesh on the development and validation of the first and still widely used meta models and reference models for requirements traceability, whose publication in the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering became one of the five most-cited software engineering papers in the early 2000s. Another high-impact concept is the idea of Industrial Data Spaces as a basis for alliance-driven data ecosystems, initiated with Fraunhofer colleague Stefan Wrobel in 2014 and currently widely adopted and promoted by the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) and the European GAIA-X initiative, with which also the Excellence Cluster “Internet of Production” cooperates.