Toulouse, France           28 September - 3 October
ACM/IEEE 11th International Conference on Model Driven
Engineering Languages and Systems

Program Committee   General Call for Paper   Call for Workshops   Call for Practitioners' Track
Call for Educator Symposium Papers   Call for Tutorials   Call for Doctoral Symposium   Call for Research Projects Symposium

Program Committee

Joao Araujo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Uwe Assmann, University of Dresden, Germany
Benoit Baudry, INRIA, France
Xavier Blanc, LIP6, France
Jean Bézivin, Université de Nantes, France
Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Lionel Briand, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
Shigeru Chiba, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo, Canada
Juergen Dingel, Queen's University, Canada
Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn, Germany
Alexander Egyed, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Jean-Marie Favre, University of Grenoble, France
Bernhard Fischer, University of Southampton, UK
Robert France, Colorado State University, USA
Harald Gall, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada
Geri Georg, Colorado State University, USA
Holger Giese, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Tudor Girba, University of Bern, Switzerland
Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany
Aniruddha Gokhale, Vanderbilt University, USA
Orla Greevy, University of Bern, Switzerland
Paul Grünbacher, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
John Grundy, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Øystein Haugen, SINTEF, Norway
Simon Helsen, SAP, Germany
Robert Hirschfeld, Hasso-Plattner Institute, Germany
Heinrich Hussmann, LMU, Germany
Jean-Marc Jezequel, IRISA, France
Gabor Karsai, Vanderbilt University/ISIS, USA
Jana Koehler, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland
Rainer Koschke, Universitaet Bremen, Germany
Thomas Kühne, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Consultancy Services, India
Jochen Küster, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland
Ralf Lämmel, University of Koblenz, Germany
Michele Lanza, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Michaël Lawley, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Timothy C. Lethbridge, University of Ottawa, Canada
Ed Merks, IBM, Canada
Birger Møller-Pedersen, University of Oslo, Norway
Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Pierre-Alain Muller, Université de Haute-Alsace, France
Richard Paige, University of York, United Kingdom
Alexander Pretschner, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Gianna Reggio, Università Di Genova, Italy
Bernhard Rumpe, University of Braunschweig, Germany
Andy Schürr, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp., Canada
Perdita Stevens, University of Edinburgh, UK
Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta, Canada
Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Laurence Tratt, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase, Finland
Axel Uhl, SAP, Germany
Hans Vangheluwe, McGill University, Canada
Daniel Varro, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Eelco Visser, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Markus Voelter, Independent consultant, Germany
Andrzej Wasowski, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Thomas Weigert, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
Jon Whittle, Lancaster University, UK

Expert Reviewer Panel

Aditya Agrawal, The Mathworks, Inc., USA
Jean-Michel Bruel, LIUPPA, France
Nancy Day, University of Waterloo, Canada
Sebastian Fischmeister, University of Waterloo, Canada
Sebastien Gerard, CEA LIST, France
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Ileana Ober, IRIT, France
Kasper Osterbye, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Awais Rashid, Lancaster University, UK
Andreas Rummler, SAP Research, Germany
Peter Sesoft, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark


General Call for Paper

ACM/IEEE 11th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

September 28 - October 3, 2008 - Toulouse, France

After 10 years of conferences, the MODELS / UML series of conferences will celebrate this succesful series with a number of special events.

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of interest in advanced techniques for expressing design intent at a higher level of abstraction than third-generation programming languages and for keeping abstract models of complex software systems in sync with the underlying code. Domain-specific modeling languages, model-driven engineering, model transformations, and standardization of modeling languages are among the more significant emerging trends. MODELS (formerly the UML series of conferences) is the premier conference in model-driven approaches to software development, bringing together practitioners and researchers to present and discuss both practical experience and innovative techniques.

MODELS'08 will be held in Toulouse, France. Toulouse is the 4th town in France by size of population, and the 2nd town in France by number of students (115000 students, 10000 researchers). Toulouse also hosts major companies that develop embedded software and large software systems. Located at 110km from Pyrenean mountains, 150km from the Mediterranean sea, and 250km from the Atlantic Ocean, it is a very convenient and beautiful location.

Topics of interest

Scientific papers: We invite scientific research papers describing innovative research on model-driven engineering and other aspects of modeling in the development process. Scientific research papers also include well-designed empirical studies, innovative automation solutions, and tool architectures.

Experience papers: We invite experience papers that focus on reporting project experience with model-driven engineering. These papers should describe the project context, detail practical lessons learned, and provide insight about how model-driven approaches and technologies can be improved for application in an industrial context.

In addition to scientific and experience reports, the conference will host several exciting satellite events. Following the tradition of previous editions, the satellite events will include workshops, tutorials, poster sessions, a doctoral symposium, and an educator's symposium. In addition to these, MODELS 2008 will host a technological track, and for the first time, a research projects symposium. The technological track aims to build bridges between academia and industry by presenting tools commonly used in industrial projects, illustrative case studies and industry best practices, with a strong focus on the conference hot topics.

The research project symposium aims to bring together researchers from academia and industry, and representatives of funding agencies in order to create a forum for dialog on stakeholders' interests, policies, and trends in the development of research projects, focusing on areas of interest to the MODELS community.

The conference will include papers and presentations on many of the following topics :

Please visit the conference website for more information.

IMPORTANT DATES (preliminary schedule)

Experience and Scientific Papers deadlines:

Workshop Proposals

Tutorial Proposals

Research projects symposium


Submission web site:

Papers must be no longer than 15 pages in length (including references, appendices etc.) and must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines: (see conference website for more information). Papers will undergo a thorough process of review by a program committee comprising leading experts from academia and industry; however, papers that are too long may be rejected without review. Scientific proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series.

All papers must be original, unpublished, and not submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

Authors of best papers from the conference will be invited to revise and submit extended versions of their papers for publication consideration in a special issue of the Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (Springer).


Call for Workshop Proposals

Call for Workshop Proposal Workshop Proposal Guidelines

The MODELS series of conferences is the premier venue for the exchange of innovative technical ideas and experiences relating to model-driven approaches in the development of software-based systems. Domain-specific modeling languages, model-driven engineering, model transformations, aspect-oriented modeling, verification and validation and real-time are among the topics covered by the conference.

Following the tradition of previous conferences, MODELS 2008 will host a number of workshops, during the 3 days before then main conference. The workshops will provide a collaborative forum for a group of (typically 15 to 30) participants to exchange recent and/or preliminary results, to conduct intensive discussions on a particular topic, or to coordinate efforts between representatives of a technical community. They are intended as a forum for lively discussion of innovative ideas, recent progress, or practical experience on model-driven engineering for specific aspects, specific problems, or domain-specific needs.

Each workshop should provide a balanced distribution of its time for both, presentation of papers (favoring the attendance of young researchers) and discussions. We encourage prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for highly-interactive workshops focusing on areas related to modeling in general. Both research-oriented and applied topics are welcome. The duration of these workshops is one day.

Workshop Committee

Important Dates


Submit your workshop proposal electronically in PDF using the Springer LNCS style to Please ensure that you adhere to the workshop proposal guidelines (to be found on the MODELS website) providing all requested information about the proposed workshop using at most 5 pages. Please add in addition a one page draft of your planned ”Call for Papers" to the proposal (not included in the 5 pages).

If you are thinking of submitting a workshop proposal, we strongly encourage you to submit the title and abstract of the workshop as early as possible, indicating the planned topic for your workshop. This will help us to plan a strong workshop program for MODELS, and will allow us to put you in touch with anyone else developing a proposal for the same or similar topic.

In order to ensure a proper coordination with the deadlines of the main conference, the following constraints have to be respected by the deadlines you plan for your workshop:


Call for Practitioners' Track Papers

Call for Practitioners' Track Papers

Call for Contributions

This year's MODELS conference will feature a special focus on industrial experience with and adoption of modeling. We invite you to contribute to this exciting aspect of the conference.


The MODELS conference is devoted to model-driven engineering, covering software modeling languages, methods, and tools and their applications. MODELS emerged in 2005 as a successor to "UML", a conference series focused on Unified Modeling Language. Model-driven system development has long been used in the development of complex hardware systems. Modeling is becoming more prevalent in complex software or combined hardware and software systems development as methodologies and tools that can manipulate software models from early system inception through implementation and testing are emerging. The MoDELS series of conferences is the premier venue for the exchange of innovative technical ideas and experiences relating to model-driven approaches in the development of software-based systems.

About the Practitioners' Track

Although the MODELS conference has always solicited experience papers as part of its technical program, this year's edition of the conference will have a special focus on industry. It will feature one or two entire "industry days" with papers and presentations that are relevant for practitioners using Model-Driven Development techniques. There are two ways how you can contribute to the practitioners' track:

This second route for submissions has been put in place specifically for practitioners who do not have the time to prepare a formal paper (which can be a lot of work!), but who still have an interesting message.

Possible topics for the practitioners' track submissions include (but are not limited to)

Submission Process

We invite you to submit to this track - using which ever of the two submission alternatives you prefer. For experience or technological report paper submissions please use the Technical Papers submission system at For the presentation submissions please contact the chairs directly.


Extended Abstracts for Experience & Technological Presentations

Experience & Technological Papers

Practitioners' Track Chairs


Call for Educators Symposium Papers

Call for Educators Symposium Papers



Model-driven engineering is becoming increasingly popular in software development projects as it raises level of abstraction thus improving our ability to handle complex systems. In many academic and industrial centers, software modeling has been introduced already into their curricula. Despite this, it seems that education does not yet support the modeling paradigm well enough thus limiting its acceptance as a mature method of developing software systems. The goal of this symposium is to find ways to change this situation. Specifically, the symposium will find ways for showing benefits of modeling in a way that is pedagogically effective and attractive to the students. It will also try to result in recommendations for placing the modeling courses in the overall software development educational path, this not being limited to UML fundamentals but also focused on showing the importance and place of modeling in the overall path from business (environment) to software products.


The list of topics includes (but is not limited to):


We invite teachers, researchers and practitioners both from the academia and industry interested in software modeling and in influencing its role in the software engineering practice. We also invite all the members of the software modeling community wishing to get to know methods for “spreading the word” about software modeling. The participants should exchange ideas on how to teach software developers more effectively in creating and using software models.


The symposium will be organized around formal and informal submissions by its participants. Formal submissions will result in classical paper presentations during the symposium and associated discussion. Informal submissions will result in panels, educational artifact presentations, tool presentations, interactive activities, educational model presentations and others. These activities will be organized into a coherent program of the symposium after selecting the best submissions. The symposium will conclude with a discussion forum with a goal of formulating recommendations for making software modeling education effectively and attractively promote the paradigm.


Three forms of submission are possible.

Full Papers (maximum of 12 pages in LNCS format). These papers should be in the form of experience or research papers presenting contribution to knowledge in the field of software modeling education and training.

Short Position Papers (around 5 pages in LNCS format). These papers should present authors’ position on one or more of the topics of the symposium, based on certain teaching experience or preliminary research results. The presented ideas need not be mature and might be submitted by a member of community interested in discussing them for future development.

Informal Submissions (from 1 to 3 pages, no specific format, LNCS preferred). These submissions can present individual ''educational artifacts'' or propose certain activity during the symposium. This might include artifact descriptions, educational event reports, interactive games and other activities, classroom films, panels, discussion forums, posters, or other.

The main criteria for selection will be novelty of idea or solution presented and relevance to the topics of the symposium. Submission procedure: please send your submission by e-mail with the subject ''EduSymp'' to Micha³ Œmia³ek, For more information please refer to the symposium website. All the accepted papers will be published as chapters in a book with ISBN by the Warsaw University of Technology. Informal submissions will be combined into a summary paper (with cooperation of submitters) and published as above. It is planned that selected papers would be published in the LNCS post-conference volume.



Call for Tutorials

Model-driven engineering (MDE) is used frequently for complex systems development in various domains. Although the UML has played a large role in software modeling in both academia and industry, other languages and systems are also used. Because the advantages offered by MDE are open and generic, the principles of MDE are becoming adopted in numerous domains other than software engineering (e.g,, semantic web, real-time distributed and embedded systems, robotics, and various scientific domains, such as physics). The MODELS 2008 conference is interested in tutorials that address state-of-the-art modeling ideas. Examples of topic areas for tutorial proposals are contained in the following non-exhaustive list:

Proposals must be submitted electronically via e-mail, as plain text or in PDF. The tutorial submission should not exceed five pages. Various parts of the proposal for accepted tutorials may be edited for incorporation in the Advance Program.

The submission content should include the following:

Proposals should be sent to before the April 28, 2008 deadline. A confirmation email will be sent to acknowledge that the proposal was received.

Tutorial presenters will receive an honorarium depending on the number of attendees. The precise amount of the honorarium will be determined immediately after the early registration deadline.

Tutorials that have less than 8 early registrants will face the risk of cancellation.

The proposals received will be reviewed by the Selection Committee to ensure a high quality and appropriate mix for the conference. The goal of the Selection Committee is to provide a diverse set of tutorials that attract a large interest among the broad segments within the diverse MODELS community. Members of the Selection Committee are as follows:

The Tutorial Chair can be contacted at


Call for Doctoral Symposium

Doctoral Symposium at MODELS

Toulouse, end of September/beginning of October 2008

Theme and goals of the symposium

Submissions to the doctoral symposium describe research-in-progress that is meant to lead to a PhD dissertation. The goal of the symposium is to provide doctoral students with independent constructive criticism

Regardless of whether or not the submission is accepted for presentation, students will hence benefit from submitting to the symposium.

Submissions must describe research - and intended research - from any area of model-based development in any activity of the development process. Students are asked to precisely state the problem, the (intended) solution, and the (intended) contributions, including pointers to relevant related work. The described research should be concrete enough as to allow for its assessment. It should, however, also be premature enough as to allow the doctoral students to incorporate the comments received from the reviewers and the audience before submitting the thesis (i.e., approximately in the 2nd to 3rd year).

In contrast to contributions to the main conference track, submissions to the doctoral symposium may concentrate on the overall goals of the doctoral thesis rather than on single technical results.

The program committee will judge the submissions w.r.t. originality and precision of the problem statement, solution description, and the contributions. Ideas and mere statements of intent will not be sufficient for acceptance. The program committee will also assess whether or not the (intended) contributions appear realistic.

The two best submissions will be recognized by a best paper award sponsored by IBM.

Important Dates

Submissions must be no longer than six pages in Springer LNCS format. Submissions are handled online via EasyChair,

Program Committee



Call for Research Projects Symposium

Aims, scope and agenda

This symposium aims to be a showcase for collaborative research projects in the areas of interest to the MODELS community (software and model engineering at large), as well as a forum where researchers (from the academia and the industry) and representatives of funding agencies could debate on state of affairs, stakeholders' interests, policies and trends in the development of research projects. The half-day event will consist of several short project presentations, followed by a panel discussion.

For the project showcase sessions we seek contributions from either ongoing or recently finished projects. We are interested in projects which involve partners from both industry and academia, and which benefit from national or trans-national agency funding. The presented projects will be selected by a committee to reflect the geographical, organizational and funding diversity encountered in our community.

The panel discussion will focus on issues concerning collaborative research in software engineering at large. The topics discussed with the panel will include, along with any other relevant question raised during the meeting, the following:

In order to nourish the discussion, an internet forum will be open in the weeks preceding the event to collect ideas from potential participants to the symposium.

Project presentation submissions

To contribute with a project presentation, please send an e-mail to with a one page abstract and pointers to any additional available resources (e.g., project website). Please note that we only accept presentations consented by the manager of your project.

Important Dates

Program Committee

Local Organization


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