Emanuel Grant grante at aero.und.edu
Thu Aug 6 03:13:33 CEST 2009

[Apologies for multiple copies of this announcement]
 M O D E L S    2 0 0 9
 ACM/IEEE 12th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering
Languages and Systems
Denver, Colorado, USA   October 4-9, 2009
The MODELS Conference Series
… is devoted to model-based development for software and systems
engineering, covering all categories of modeling languages, methods,
tools, and their applications.  Engineering models have long been used
in the development of complex systems and the approach is also becoming
more prevalent in the design of modern software systems.  Methodologies
and tools are emerging and applied successfully in practice.  They
create and manipulate such models starting with the earliest phases of
development through to implementation and testing. 
The MODELS series of conferences (http://www.modelsconference.org/) is
the premier venue for the exchange of innovative technical ideas and
experiences relating to model-based approaches in the development of
complex systems.  To provide a broader forum for reporting on scientific
progress as well as experiences and issues stemming from practical
application of model-based methods, the 2009 conference has two distinct
                * A scientific track
                * An empirical results track
Papers in each track will be evaluated by separate program committees
based on criteria appropriate to that track. 
The Scientific Track
Over the years, model-based development has gained rapidly increasing
popularity across various engineering disciplines.  Numerous efforts
resulted in the invention of concepts, languages, and tools for the
definition, analysis, transformation, and extension of domain-specific
modeling languages as well as general-purpose modeling language
standards.  Problems in this domain span multiple disciplines and have
to be addressed by collaborative research activities spanning domains
such as industrial automation, business engineering, hardware/software
co-design, real-time system development, Web 2.0 application design, and
so forth. 
A primary objective of the scientific track of MODELS is to build a
forum for exchange and discussion of new research results dedicated to
advancing the state-of-the-art of model-based development in general. 
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
 * Development of domain-specific modeling languages
 * Design of general-purpose modeling languages and related standards
 * Definition of the syntax and semantics of modeling languages
 * Tools and meta-tools for modeling languages and model-based
 * Definition and usage of model transformation and generation
 * Development of systems engineering and modeling-in-the-large
 * Proposals of new model quality assurance techniques 
 * Integration of modeling languages and tools (hybrid multi-modeling)
 * Evolution of modeling languages and models
 * New modeling paradigms and formalisms
The Empirical Results Track
As with any emerging technical 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 multi-domain and
geographically 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 overcome, resulting in
successful systems that clearly demonstrate the viability and the
advantages of model-based methods.  Unfortunately, there is still
insufficient awareness among many practitioners of such results and the
potential of these methods for delivering major increases in
productivity and product quality.  A primary objective of the MODELS
empirical results track is to provide a realistic and verifiable picture
of the current state-of-the-practice of model-based engineering.
Both long and short papers are sought.  In addition to experience
reports, papers that describe innovative solutions and concepts stemming
from practical application of model-based methods and tools in
industrial settings are deemed highly relevant to this track.  Topics of
interest include but are not limited to:
 * Introducing model-based approaches into organizations
 * Experience stories in general (successful and unsuccessful)
 * How to scale modeling to many users and large models
 * Issues related to current model-based engineering standards
 * Engineering and managing sets of modeling languages
 * Integrating models into a development environment
 * Experience with model-based engineering tools
Please visit the conference website http://www.modelsconference.org/for
registration and program information.
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).
About Denver and the Conference Center
Denver is one of America's most beautiful cities.  It is located at the
base of the Rocky Mountains and has 300 days of sunshine.  Denver has a
great love of the outdoors.  It is close to the Rocky Mountain National
Park and several 14-ers, mountain peaks that are 14,000 ft or higher. 
It is also a cultural and sophisticated city.  According to the official
website of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau
(http://www.denver.org/), "The city has more than 40 museums and
historic attractions, from Buffalo Bill's Grave & Museum to Daniel
Libeskind's amazing new Denver Art Museum.  The Denver Zoo is the fourth
most popular in the nation." 
The conference will be held in the Hyatt Regency, Denver Tech Center. 
It is in the heart of the Tech Center business conclave, and minutes
from both downtown and airport.
Organization Committee
Conference Chairs: 
Robert Pettit                 The Aerospace Corporation, USA
Sudipto Ghosh             Colorado State University, USA
Scientific Track Program Chair: 
Andy Schürr                Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany 
Empirical Results Track Chair:
Bran Selic                    Malina Software, Canada 
Workshop Chair: 
 James Bieman             Colorado State University, USA
Tutorial Chair: 
Thomas Weigert           Missouri University of Science and Technology,
Doctoral Symposium Chair: 
 Jürgen Dingel              Queen's University, Canada
Educator Symposium Chairs: 
Robert France              Colorado State UniversityUSA
Martin Gogolla             University of Bremen, Germany
Panel Chair: 
Øystein Haugen                       University of Oslo, Norway
Steering Committee Chair: 
Heinrich Hussmann     Universität München, Germany
Publicity Chairs: 
Arnor Solberg              SINTEF, Norway
Emanuel Grant             University of North Dakota, USA
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