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The 17th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications (ECMFA 2021)

June 21-25 Bergen, Norway | colocated with STAF 2021


Model-Based Engineering (MBE) is an approach to the design, analysis, and development of software and systems that relies on exploiting high-level models and computer-based automation to achieve significant boosts in both productivity and quality.

The European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications (ECMFA) is the premier European forum dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and fostering the application of all aspects of MBE and related approaches.

In its 16th edition, ECMFA introduced two major successful innovations that will be maintained in the current 17th ECMFA edition to strengthen the scope of the community and to foster the quality of its contributions.

First, the International Conference on Model Transformations (ICMT) joined forces with ECMFA, merging both into one single event that unites all aspects related to Model-Based Engineering (MBE).

Second, a two-phase submission and review process was introduced, with two possible submission periods (October and February). Papers accepted in the first round are published as soon as they are ready, and presented at the conference. Authors of papers not accepted in the first phase are invited to re-submit improved versions of their work in the second submission phase that also welcomes fresh submissions.

Furthermore, since the 15th edition of ECMFA, all accepted papers will be published in the JOT journal, which is platinum open-access and indexed by Scopus, DBLP, and Scientific Commons, among others.


We are soliciting papers presenting original research on all aspects of model-based engineering. Two types of submissions are possible:

  • Foundation Papers, dealing with modeling foundations, such as metamodeling, model transformations, model validation, verification and testing, model engineering methods and tools, and related aspects.
  • Application Papers, dealing with the application of modeling techniques, including experience reports on the use of MBE methods and tools, industrial case studies, or successful applications of MBE practices in industry or in public administration, with significant modeling lessons learned. All applications must have been done in real contexts and at least one of the authors of the paper must be from the company or administration where the application took place.

Submissions must conform to the JOT LaTeX template (more effective and compact than the ECMFA 2020 template) and must not exceed 14 pages (including figures, references, and appendices). Failure to conform to these guidelines may result in disqualification of the paper. No simultaneous submission to other publication outlets (either a conference or a journal) is allowed; any concurrent submission will be deemed as a serious breach of scientific ethics, resulting in the immediate rejection of the paper and appropriate action will be taken.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee.

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format through Easychair.

Topics of interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundations of MBE.
  • Application of MBE methods, tools, and techniques to specific domains, e.g., automotive, cyber-physical systems, robotics, Artificial Intelligence or IoT.
  • Successful use of MBE in connection with other disciplines and approaches, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, or Open Source.
  • Educational aspects of MBE.
  • Tools and initiatives for the successful adoption of MBE in industry.

Review criteria and process

All papers will be assessed by the program committee in terms of their novelty, significance, technical quality, rigor, and suitability for the conference.

Contributions can be submitted to any of the two submission periods. Papers submitted to the first round of review can be recommended by the Program Committee to be accepted-as-is, accepted with minor revisions, undergo major revisions (and resubmit in the second round) or rejected. Recommendations for papers submitted in the second round are for accept, minor revisions, or reject.

Papers accepted at any of the two rounds with minor revisions will be given a specified period of time to perform the revisions and re-submit. The same reviewers will assess how well the revision requests have been addressed by the authors, and whether the final paper maintains or improves the level of contribution of the original submission. Revisions that significantly lessen the contribution of the work or that fail to adequately address the reviewers' original concerns will result in the paper's rejection. Papers not accepted in the first round can be resubmitted to the second one, indicating how the authors have improved the paper to address the reviewers' criticisms. Papers not accepted in the second round but with a sufficient level of quality may be encouraged to be re-submitted next year, or alternatively as regular JOT articles, hence continuing their review process through the normal journal channels.

Papers will be published in the JOT journal as soon as they are accepted and one of their authors registers at the conference.


Artifacts are recommended, but not required, for the initial submission. Depending on the papers, reviewers may take the existence of artifacts as a positive signal about the work. Also depending on the papers, artifacts may be required as a condition for publication.


All accepted papers will be published as platinum open-access journal publication in JOT. At least one author for each accepted paper must register before the early registration deadline and present the paper during the conference. Failure to do so will result in the paper being withdrawn from the proceedings.

Important Dates

Round 1:

  • Submission: Oct 11, 2020
  • Notification: Dec 11, 2020

Round 2:

  • Submission: Feb 21, 2021
  • Notification: April 23, 2021
  • Conference: 21-25 June, 2021


Silvia Abrahao, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Shaukat Ali, Simula Research Lab
Vasco Amaral, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Alessandra Bagnato, Softeam
Nelly Bencomo, Aston University
Marco Brambilla, Politecnico di Milano
Jean-Michel Bruel, IRIT
Eric Cariou, LIUPPA and Universite de Pau
Carlos Cetina, Universidad San Jorge
Antonio Cicchetti, Malardalen University
Federico Ciccozzi, Malardalen University
Robert Clariso, UOC
Benoit Combemale, University of Toulouse
Davide Di Ruscio, University of L'Aquila
Zinovy Diskin, McMaster Univ. and Univ. of Waterloo
Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn
Sebastien Gerard, CEA, LIST
Sudipto Ghosh, Colorado State University
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama
Joel Greenyer, Leibniz Universitat Hannover
Esther Guerra, Universidad Autonoma of Madrid
Oystein Haugen, Ostfold University College and SINTEF
Zhenjiang Hu, Peking University
Gerti Kappel, TU Wien
Jorg Kienzle, McGill University
Sahar Kokaly, University of Toronto
Dimitris Kolovos, University of York
Thomas Kuehne, Victoria University of Wellington
Thomas Kuehn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Richard Paige, McMaster University
Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L'Aquila
Fiona Polack, Keele University
Arend Rensink, University of Twente
Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen University
Adrian Rutle, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Jesus Sanchez Cuadrado, Universidad de Murcia
Andy Schurr, Darmstadt University of Technology
Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp.
Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Universitat Marburg
Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp.
Matthias Tichy, University of Ulm
Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase
Javier Troya, University of Seville
Antonio Vallecillo, University of Malaga
Mark van den Brand, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology
Daniel Varro, McGill University / Budapest Univ. of Technology and Economics
Manuel Wimmer, JKU Linz
Vadim Zaytsev, Raincode Labs
Athanasios Zolotas, University of York
Steffen Zschaler, King's College London