Visible to the public CfP: ACM/IEEE 15th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages & Systems

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Models have long been used in the engineering of software systems, but as computer based systems become larger, complexer and more critical to human society the importance of modeling in the software engineering lifecycle has rapidly grown. MODELS is the premier conference series for model-based software and systems engineering which since 1998 has been covering all aspects of modeling, from languages and methods to tools and applications.

To provide a broad forum for reporting on scientific progress as well as experiences and issues stemming from practical application of model-based methods, the 2012 conference has two distinct tracks:

  • Foundation Track
  • Application Track

Papers in each track will be evaluated by separate program committees based on criteria appropriate to that track.

All accepted submissions of both the Foundations and Application tracks will be published as one conference proceedings in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Call for Papers: Foundation Track

Over they years, model-based development has been successfully adopted across a wide range of domains such a industrial automation, business engineering, hardware/software co-design, real-time system development, Web 2.0 application design, and so forth. However, there are still numerous problems to be addressed that require collaborative research across multiple disciplines. The primary objective of the Foundations Track of MODELS 2012 is to provide a forum for the exchange and discussion of new ideas, results and insights that can advance the state-of-the-art in model-driven engineering.

We invite authors to submit original papers in the following categories.

  1. Technical solution papers describing original scientifically rigorous solutions to significant model-driven development problems. A technical paper should clearly describe the problem addressed, the relevant state of the art, the scientifically-founded solution, and the benefits of the contribution. Appropriate examples, synthetic or otherwise, should be used to explain all aspects of the proposed contribution.
  2. Empirical evaluation papers evaluating existing problem cases or scientifically validating proposed solutions through, for example, empirical studies, expiriments, case studies, simulations, formal analyses, and mathematical proofs. The topic of the evaluation presented in the paper as well as its causal or logical properties must be clearly state. The research method must be sound and appropriate.
  3. Exploratory papers describe new, non-conventional model-driven development research positions or approaches. These papers should challenge the status-quo and describe solutions that are based on new ways of looking at model-driven development problems and solutions. They must clearly describe the inadequacies in the current state-of-the-art and rigorously present their approach, clearly demonstrating its pertinence and correctness.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Development and use of domain-specific modeling languages
  • Evolution of general-purpose modeling language and related standards
  • Definition of the syntax and semantics of modeling languages
  • Tools and meta-tools for modeling language and model-based development
  • Definition and usage of model transformations and generative approaches
  • New methodologies/frameworks/processes for model-driven development
  • Development of systems engineering and modeling-in-the-large concepts
  • Proposals of new model quality assurance techniques (analysis, testing, verification)
  • Integration of modeling languages and tools (hybrid multi-modeling approaches)
  • New modeling paradigms and formalisms
  • Modelling in, and for, the Cloud

Calls for Papers: Applications Track

As with any emerging techincal discipline, model-based engineering approaches to software and system development give rise to a unique set of challenges related to practical application. These include a very diverse list of issues such as problems of scaling to widely distributed teams, difficulties of integrating new methods and tools into legacy environments, resistance to culture change, and coping with immature technologies. Nevertheless, there are numerous practical examples of industrial application of model-based engineering in which such problems have been successfully overcome. Unfortunately, there is still insufficient awareness among many practitioners of such results and the potential of these methods for delivering major improvements in productivity and product quality.

The objective of the MODELS 2012 applications track is to provide a realistic and verifiable picture of the current state-of-the-practice in model-based engineering and to provide a forum where the problems encountered by the industrial adoption of model driven techniques can be explored. The Applications Track seeks articles that describe and analyze the application of model driven techniques to industrial case studies, especially those that describe innovative solutions and concepts arising from practical deployment of tools and techniques. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Introducing model-based approaches into organizations
  • Application, technology and methodology case studies (successful and unsuccessful)
  • Issues of scalability (model size, user group size, viewpoint size etc.)
  • Limitations, gaps and mismatches in current modeling standards
  • Industrial scale model management
  • Economic issues of model driven development
  • Achieving industrial quality benchmarks with model driven development
  • Industrial requirements for domain specific modelling
  • Visions for industrial strength model driven engineering

Submission Process

Papers should be submitted through the CyberChair system. Each paper must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines and is limited to 15 pages plus at most two pages for references. Papers that are too long or violate the LNCS formatting instructions will be automatically rejected. All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

Authors will be given an opportunity to provide a 500 word response to the initial reviews which will be taken into account during the PC meeting. This response should focus on clarifying, correcting or answering questions asked by the reviewers.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by Spring in the LNCS series. Authors of best papers from the conference will be invited to revise and submit extended versions of their papers for a special issue of the Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (Springer Press).

The Location

MODELS will take place in the midst of Innsbruck's breathtaking and stunning mountain scenery. With its long-standing academic tradition and lively historic Old Town Innsbruck guarantees a unique ambience where university meets business: academics and practitioners from all over the worl will participate in this conference.

Further calls, events and deadlines:

  • Call for Workshops - 19 March 2012
  • Call for Tutorials - 19 Marh 2012
  • Call for Papers: Doctoral Symposium - 26 July 2012
  • Call for Papers: Educators' Symposium - 26 July 2012
  • Call for Exhibition & Demons - New Format - 26 July 2012
  • Models Gamification Contest - New - 26 July 2012
  • Modeling Wizards Master Class - 27 Sept - 29 Sept 2012
  • For more information please consult the conference website: