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Computer Science | Prof. Tok Wang Ling receives Peter Chen Award

5 January 2012

Prof. Tok Wang Ling receives Peter Chen Award

Professor Ling, LNCS, book author and journal editor with Springer, is the winner of the 2011 Peter P. Chen Award.

The award honors his outstanding contributions to the field of conceptual modeling.

Peter P. Chen Award 

The ER Institute and the ER Steering Committee has announced that Prof. Tok Wang Ling, National University of Singapore, is the winner of the 2011 Peter P. Chen Award.
The Peter P. Chen Award honors one person each year for his or her outstanding contributions to the field of conceptual modeling. The winner receives a plaque and check for US$1000 from the ER Institute. The winner is announced and presented each year at the ER conference.
(In 2011, the ER conference was held on Oct 31 to Nov 3, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium).
Professor Ling highly deserves the 2011 Peter Chen Award.
The selection process was done according to the following four basic criteria:
Criteria for the Award:
• Research: how well the nominee has helped advance the field of conceptual modeling with his/her intellectual contributions.
• Service: participation in the organization of conceptual-modeling-related meetings and conferences and participation in editorial boards of conceptual-modeling-related journals.
• Education: how effectively the nominee has mentored doctoral students in conceptual modeling, produced researchers from their labs, and also helped mentor young people in the field.
• Contribution to practice: the extent to which the nominee has contributed to technology transfer, commercialization, and industrial projects.
• International reputation: the extent to which the nominee's work is visible to and has diffused into the international community.
The 2011 committee members were Il-Yeol Song (Drexel University, USA), Antoni Olive (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain), John Mylopoulos (University of Trento, Italy), Heinrich Mayr (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), and Veda Storey (Georgia State University, USA). T
Previous winners of the Peter P. Chen Award :
2010 Prof. John Mylopoulos, University of Trento, Italy
2009 Prof. David Embley, Brigham Young University, USA
2008 Prof. Bernhard Thalheim, University of Kiel, Germany

About Prof. Tok Wang Ling 

Professor Ling has made numerous important contributions to conceptual modeling field and the broad database field. His most important and long lasting research contributions have focused on database design and modeling. His work on normalization theory and the Entity Relationship model has pioneered many ideas that have influenced subsequent work by many other researchers. Some examples are:
- LTK Normal form; Ling, Tompa, and Kameda
- Normal Form Entity Relationship Diagram,
- ER-based view update and materialized view update,
- ER-based data and schema integration,
- OOER normal form, and
- XML data model called ORA-SS (Object-Relationship-Attribute Model for Semi-structured Data)
Prof. Ling is also the most prolific author in the ER community for the period from 1979 to 2005 (18 papers for the period from 1979 to 2005) and his ER'85 paper entitled "A Normal Form For Entity-Relationship Diagrams" was the 5th most cited ER paper by DBLP conference papers (including both ER and non-ER papers up to 1999) as mentioned in the ER citation analysis paper entitled "Trends in Conceptual Modeling: Citation Analysis of the ER Conference Papers (1979-2005)" (Chaomei Chen, Il-Yeol Song, and Weizhong Zhu, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the International Society for Scientometrics and Informatrics. CSIC, Madrid, Spain. June 25-27, 2007. pp. 189-200). Prof. Ling is also an author of the book entitled “Semistructured Database Design” (Springer, 2005). He has published over 190 papers, co-edited 12 conference and workshop proceedings.
Prof. Ling has also supervised and graduated more than 35 Master and PhD students.
In addition to his outstanding research contributions, he has actively served the database research community in various capacities. He served as PC co-Chair of 6 database conferences, including ER 1998, ER 2003, ER 2011. He was a Conference co-Chair for 9 database conferences, including ER 2004, SIGMOD 2007, and VLDB 2010. He served DASFAA as a steering committee member for 17 years (since 1991), Vice Chair (2000-2003), Chair (2004-2005), and then Advisor (2006-2007). Prof. Ling is one of the founding members of ER SC (since 1986) and then served as Vice Chair (1999-2000) and Chair (2001-2002). He currently serves on the editorial board of DKE, JDM, and J. of Data Semantics. He also served on the editorial board of Int’l J. of Cooperative Information Systems until 2011.
Prof. Ling has received numerous recognitions and awards, including ACM Distinguished Scientist, a Senior Member of IEEE, and an ER Fellow. He was honored with the DASFAA 2010 Outstanding Contributions Award. Recently, his research was also recognized with the DASFAA 2011 Ten-Year Best Paper award with his paper entitled "A logical foundation for deductive object-oriented databases."

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