[ecoop-info] CfP: First Workshop on Model-Driven Interoperability (MDI'2010)

Antonio Vallecillo av at lcc.uma.es
Wed Jul 7 11:29:19 CEST 2010

Dear colleagues,

We are trying to bring together at the MoDELS 2010 conference
different communities working on several topics related to
Model-Driven Interoperability (MDI) and in particular on bridging
notations and tools using models and model-driven techniques.

Ideas, contributions (and also interesting problems and issues for
discussion) are warmly welcome.

* The Workshop will take place on Tuesday 5 October 2010.
* The ACM Digital Library has agreed to publish the workshop papers.
* Deadline for papers submission is July 25, 2010.

First Workshop on Model-Driven Interoperability (MDI'2010)
In conjunction with MoDELS 2010
Oslo, Norway, October 5, 2010

************************  CALL FOR PAPERS *************************

Interoperability is the ability of separate entities, systems or artifacts
(organizations, programs, tools, etc.) to work together. Although there
has always been the need to achieve interoperability between
heterogeneous systems and notations, the difficulties involved in
overcoming their differences, the lack of consensus on the common
standards to use and the shortage of proper mechanisms and tools,
have severely hampered this task.

Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is an emergent discipline that advocates
the use of (software) models as primary artifacts of the software engineering
process. In addition to the initial goals of being useful to capture user
requirements and architectural concerns, and to generate code from them,
models are proving to be effective for many other engineering tasks.
New model-driven engineering approaches, such as model-driven
modernization, models-at-runtime, model-based testing, etc. are
constantly emerging.

Model interoperability is much more complex than simply defining a local
serialization format, e.g., XMI. This would just resolve the syntactic
(or "plumbing") issues between models and modeling tools. However,
interoperability should also involve further aspects, including behavioral
specifications of models (which in turn describe the behavioral aspects
of the systems being modeled), and other "semantic" issues such as
agreements on names, context-sensitive information, agreements on
concepts (ontologies), integration conflict analysis (including for example
automatic data model matching), semantic reasoning, etc. Furthermore,
interoperability not only means being able to exchange information and to
use the information that has been exchanged, but also to exchange
services and functions to operate effectively together.

Models and MDE techniques (especially metamodeling and model
transformations) can play a fundamental role for fully accomplishing
these tasks. Thus, models can become cornerstone elements for
enabling and achieving interoperability between all kinds of systems
and artifacts, including data sets (under the presence of different data
schemata, and possibly at different levels of abstraction), services
(despite their differences in data representation, access protocols and
underlying technological platforms), event systems (with different complex
types and origins),  languages (that use different notations and may have
different semantics), tools (with different data formats and semantic
representations), technological platforms (with different notations, tools
and semantics), etc.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the potential role of models as
key enablers for interoperability, and the challenges ahead. It aims to
provide a venue where researchers and practitioners concerned with all
aspects of models and systems interoperability could meet, disseminate
and exchange ideas and problems, identify some of the key issues related
to model-driven interoperability, and explore possible solutions.


Topics of interest to the workshop include, but are not limited to:

* Precise specification of models, metamodels and their properties.
* Precise notations of compatibility/composition of models and metamodels
   (for, e.g., DSL combination).
* Automated tool support for constructing, analyzing, comparing and
   composing models.
* Definition of underlying formal frameworks that allow automated reasoning
   about model interoperability.
* Requirements for interoperability: challenges and roadmap.
* Tool metamodeling.
* Use of existing MDE technologies for interoperability (model transformation,
   model weaving, model differencing, model evolution, 
* Analysis of current standards and proposals for extensions to standards
   to enable interoperability.
* Industrial and experience reports on interoperability.
* Architectures for MDI.
* Integration between Business and IT models.
* Model transformation for Semantic Interoperability.
* Ontological and semantic support for MDI.
* Reverse engineering of Information Systems and MDI.
* Taxonomy of interoperability problems and solutions.
* Methods and support for achieving interoperability through models.


Submissions should be between 4 and 10 pages long in ACM Proceedings format
They have to include the authors' names, affiliations and contact details.
Submissions are due on July 25, and should be submitted in PDF format
via http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mdi2010.

At least one author of every accepted paper should register for the conference
and participate in the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library.

During the workshop there will be some sessions for presenting position papers
and a plenary working session for summarizing, evaluating and assembling
the research results and for identifying future research opportunities.


* Paper submission:  July 25, 2010
* Notification of acceptance:  August 25, 2010
* Camera-ready version due: September 15, 2010
* Workshop date:  October 5, 2010


* Jean Bézivin, INRIA and Ecole de Mines de Nantes (France)
* Richard Mark Soley, OMG, Needham (USA)
* Antonio Vallecillo, University of Málaga (Spain)


* Patrick Albert, IBM, France
* Uwe Assmann, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany
* Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim, Germany
* Jorn Bettin, Sofismo AG, Germany
* Jean Pierre Bourey, Laboratoire de Génie Industriel de Lille, France
* Tony Clark, Middlesex University, UK
* Robert Clarisó, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
* Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn, Germany
* Jean Marie Favre, University of Grenoble, France
* Robert France, Colorado University, USA
* Dragan Gasevic, Atabasca University, Canada
* Sébastien Gérard, CEA LIST, France
* Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany
* Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
* Esther Guerra, Carlos III University, Spain
* Tihamer Levendovszky, Vanderbilt University, USA
* Richard Paige, University of York, UK
* Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L'Aquila, Italy
* Bernhard Rumpe, Aachen University, Germany
* Jim Steel, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
* Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp, Belgium
* Andrew Watson, OMG, Needham, USA
* Jon Whittle, Lancaster University, UK
* Manuel Wimmer, Viena University of Technology, Austria

  For further information about the workshop visit
  or contact the organizers at <mdi2010 at lcc.uma.es>

  A PDF version of this Call for Papers is available at:

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