[ecoop-info] CfP - 6th International Workshop Models at run.time 2011

Cédric Jeanneret jeanneret at ifi.uzh.ch
Fri Jun 10 10:42:08 CEST 2011

6th International Workshop Models at run.time
In conjunction with MODELS 2011, Wellington, New Zealand, October 16-21, 



We are witnessing the emergence of new classes of application that are 
highly complex, inevitably distributed, and operate in heterogeneous and 
rapidly changing environments. Examples of such applications include 
those from pervasive and Grid computing domains. These systems are 
required to be adaptable, flexible, reconfigurable and, increasingly, 
self-managing. Such characteristics make systems more prone to failure 
when executing and thus the development and study of appropriate 
mechanisms for runtime validation and monitoring is needed.

In the model-driven software development area, research effort has 
focused primarily on using models at design, implementation, and 
deployment stages of development. This work has been highly productive 
with several techniques now entering the commercialisation phase. The 
use of model-driven techniques for validating and monitoring run-time 
behaviour can also yield significant benefits. A key benefit is that 
models can be used to provide a richer semantic base for run-time 
decision-making related to system adaptation and other run-time 
concerns. For example, one can use models to help determine when a 
system should move from a consistent architecture to another consistent 
architecture. Model-based monitoring and management of executing systems 
can play a significant role as we move towards implementing the key 
self-* properties associated with autonomic computing.


The goal of this workshop is to look at issues related to developing 
appropriate model-driven approaches to managing and monitoring the 
execution of systems. We build on the previous events where we have 
succeeded in building a community and bringing about an initial 
exploration of the core ideas of Models at Runtime and now seek:
- experiences with actual implementations of the concept
- rationalisation of the various concepts into overall architectural 
- to make explicit the specific roles that models play at runtime.
- impact on software engineering methodologies
- to continue to assemble a network of researchers in this emerging 
area, building on the results of the earlier editions.

Workshop format:

The workshop participants will be selected based on their experience and 
ideas related to this new and emerging field. You are invited to apply 
for attendance by sending a full-paper (8-12 pages) or a position paper 
(5-6 pages) in PDF. The paper must conform to the Springer LNCS 
formatting guidelines: http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs (it is the 
same format of the Conference, see conference website for more 
information). Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 PC members. The 
authors will be notified about acceptance before the MODELS 2011 early 
registration deadline. Candidates for best papers (if finally chosen) 
can be just taken from the category of full-papers.

A primary deliverable of the workshop is a report that clearly outlines 
(1) the research issues and challenges in terms of specific research 
problems in the area, and (2) a synopsis of existing model-based 
solutions that target some well-defined aspect of monitoring and 
managing the execution of systems. Potential attendees are strongly 
encouraged to submit position papers that clearly identify research 
issues and challenges, present techniques that address well-defined 
problems in the area, and are supported by small demos.

The workshop aims to:
- Integrate and combine research ideas from the areas cited above.
- Provide a “state-of-the-research” assessment expressed in terms of 
research issues, challenges, and accomplishments. This assessment can be 
used to guide research in the area.
- Continue to build a network of researchers in this area, building on 
the previous editions.
- Plan and promote further events on these topics.

We strongly encourage authors to address the following topics. Research 
topics with (*) are crucially important:
- What a runtime model looks like and how does it evolve? (*)
- the role of models at run.time in the software development process (*)
- How can runtime models be maintained? (*)
- How can runtime models be validated?
- What abstractions over runtime phenomena are useful?
- Role of requirement at runtime, requirements reflection (*)
- How are the abstractions tied to the types of adaptations supported? (*)
- How do these abstractions evolve over time? (*)
- Are new abstractions created during runtime? (*)
- How are the causal relationships with executing code realized? (*)
- What is the role of reflection in maintaining the causal connection 
between models and runtime system?
- The relevance and suitability of different model-driven approaches to 
monitoring and managing systems during runtime
- Examples of how models can be used to validate and verify the 
behaviour of the system at runtime (*)
- Compatibility (or tension) between different model-driven approaches
- How do models at other phases of the SE lifecycle relate to the 
corresponding runtime models?
- Small demos and tools that support the use of models at run.time (*)


Nelly Bencomo (main contact), INRIA, France
Gordon Blair, Lancaster University, UK
Betty H.C. Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
Robert France, Colorado State University, USA
Cedric Jeanneret, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Important Dates:

Deadline Submission: Friday August 5th
Notification of acceptance: Before early registration at MODELS11
Workshop at MODELS: Monday October 17th

Program Committee:

Uwe Assman, Dresden, Germany
Franck Chauvel, Peking University, China
Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
Peter J. Clarke, Florida International University, USA
Fabio Costa, Federal University of Goias, Brazil
Franck Fleury, SINTEF, Norway
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
Holger Giese, Universität Potsdam, Germany
Gang Huang, Peking University, China
Paola Inverardi, University of l'Aquila, Italy
Jean-Marc Jezequel, Triskell Team,IRISA, France
Rui Silva Moreira, UFP & INESC, Portugal
Brice Morin, SINTEF, Norway
Hausi Muller, University of Victoria, Canada
Arnor Solberg, SINTEF, Norway
Mario Trapp, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
Thaís Vasconcelos Batista, UFRN, Brasil

Further Information:

Web site: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~bencomo/MRT11
Contact: Nelly Bencomo (nelly at acm.org)

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