[ecoop-info] STAF 2017 Satellite Events: Final Joint Call

Antonio Garcia-Dominguez a.garcia-dominguez at aston.ac.uk
Mon Apr 10 13:35:47 CEST 2017

Final Joint Call for Contributions
Satellite Events of STAF 2017
BigMDE, GCM, GRAND, MORSE, OCL, VOLT, TTC, Doctoral Symposium, Projects Showcase

July 17-21, 2017 in Marburg

Software Technologies: Applications and Foundations (STAF) is a
federation of leading conferences on software technologies:

In addition to these conferences, STAF features several related 
workshops (BigMDE, GCM, GRAND, MORSE, OCL and VOLT) and events
(Projects Showcase, TTC) and cordially invites interested
participants to actively contribute. 

*** Satellite Events of STAF 2017 ***

BigMDE: Scalability in Model Driven Engineering

GCM: Graph Computation Models

GRAND: Grand Challenges in Modeling

MORSE: Model-driven Robot Software Engineering

OCL: OCL and Textual Modeling

PS: Projects Showcase

TTC: Transformation Tools Contest

VOLT: Verification of Model Transformations

*** Important Dates ***

  * TTC: Later call for solutions to accepted cases
  * GCM, OCL, BigMDE, GRAND, MORSE, VOLT: around April 20th
      - please check on the events' websites
  * Projects Showcase: April 28th

  * GCM, OCL, BigMDE, GRAND, MORSE, VOLT: May 25th
  * TTC: around April 16th (cases), TBA for solutions to cases
  * Projects Showcase: May 25th

Event Dates:
  July 17: GCM
  July 18: Projects Showcase
  July 20: OCL

*** Submissions ***

For submission details, please check the individual event homepages. 

*** Publication ***

STAF 2017 plans to organize joint Springer LNCS post-proceedings for
the workshops (confirmation by Springer pending). 

*** Venue *** 

In 2017, STAF will be hosted at Philipps-Universität Marburg. 

Marburg is located in the heart of Germany, one train-hour to the 
north of Frankfurt. The castle and the beautiful old town Oberstadt 
with its numerous bars and restaurants make Marburg highly attractive 
for a visit.

*** Event Organizers ***

       Dimitris Kolovos, University of York
       Davide Di Ruscio, University of L’Aquila
       Nicholas Matragkas, University of Hull
       Jesús Sánchez Cuadrado, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
       István Ráth, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
       Massimo Tisi, Ecole des Mines de Nantes

       Andrea Corradini, Dipartimento di Informatica, Pisa

       Jordi Cabot, ICREA – Open University of Catalonia
       Richard Paige, University of York
       Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L’Aquila

       Sebastian Götz, University of Technology Dresden
       Christian Piechnick, University of Technology Dresden
       Andreas Wortmann, RWTH Aachen University

       Robert Bill, Vienna University of Technology
       Achim D. Brucker, The University of Sheffield
       Jordi Cabot, ICREA – Open University of Catalonia
       Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen

Projects Showcase
       Massimo Tisi, IMT Atlantique, France
       Thanos Zolotas, University of York, UK

       Antonio Garcia-Dominguez, Aston University, UK
       Georg Hinkel, FZI Research Center of Information Technologies (Karlsruhe), Germany
       Filip Krikava, Northeastern University, USA

       Moussa Amrani, University of Namur 
       Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal 
       Manuel Wimmer, Vienna University of Technology

*** Workshop Co-Chairs ***

Martina Seidl, JKU Linz, 

Steffen Zschaler, King’s College London, 

*** Event Descriptions ***

Grand Challenges in Modeling (GRAND)

This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners interested 
in the future of model-driven engineering. A lot has been achieved, but big 
challenges remain. The purpose of this workshop is to help identify these 
challenges and a research roadmap for model-driven engineering over the next 

Projects Showcase

The Projects Showcase event at STAF 2017 provides an opportunity for researchers
and practitioners (from both academia and industry) involved in upcoming, ongoing
or completed research projects related to foundations and applications of software
technologies to share results, experiences, ideas, on-going work, and knowledge
that can lead to fruitful inter-project collaboration.

The Projects Showcase welcomes contributions disseminating the objectives and
results of national and international research projects, including outcomes of
specific deliverables, advances beyond the state of the art, overall innovation
potential, exploitation approach and (expected) impact, marketing value, barriers
and obstacles.

4th International Workshop on Model-driven Robot Software Engineering (MORSE)

Robots are an indispensable part of modern production facilities. In the future, 
robots will also become more common in daily life. Currently, however, there is a 
lack of standardization w. r. t. hardware/software platforms for robots, leading to 
a vast landscape of isolated, incompatible, task-specific and, thus, non-reusable 
solutions. Consequently, there is a need for new engineering methodologies for the 
design, implementation and execution of software for robotic platforms. MORSE 
provides a venue for discussing new ideas on the application of model-driven 
engineering to robotics.

5th International Workshop on Scalable Model Driven Engineering (BigMDE)

As Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is increasingly applied to larger and more complex 
systems, the current generation of modelling and model management technologies are 
being pushed to their limits in terms of capacity and efficiency. As such, additional 
research and development is imperative in order to enable MDE to remain relevant with 
industrial practice and to continue delivering its widely-recognised productivity, 
quality, and maintainability benefits. The aim of this workshop is to provide a 
venue where developers and users of modelling and model management languages and 
tools can present problems and solutions around the scalability of MDE.

6th International Workshop on Verification and Validation Of modeL Transformations (VOLT)

This workshop offers researchers a dedicated forum to classify, discuss, 
propose, and advance verification and validation techniques dedicated to 
model transformations. VOLT 2017 promotes discussions between theoreticians 
and practitioners from academy and industry. A significant part of the workshop 
includes a forum for discussing practical applications of model transformations 
and related problems. One of the goals of the forum is to collect enough 
industrial case studies so that those problems can be stated at a theoretical 

8th International Workshop on Graph Computation Models (GCM)

Graphs are common mathematical structures which are visual and intuitive. They
constitute a natural and seamless way for system modeling in science, engineering 
and beyond, including computer science, life sciences, business processes, etc. 
Graph computation models constitute a class of very high-level models where graphs
are first-class citizens. Their mathematical foundation, in addition to their visual
 nature, facilitates specification, validation and analysis of complex systems. The 
aim of GCM 2017 is to bring together researchers interested in all aspects of 
computation models based on graphs and graph transformation techniques. The workshop
 promotes the cross-fertilizing exchange of ideas and experiences among researchers 
and students from the different communities interested in the foundations, 
applications, and implementations of graph computation models and related areas.

17th International Workshop in OCL and Textual Modeling (OCL)

Modeling started out with UML and its precursors as a graphical notation. Such 
visual representations enable direct intuitive capturing of reality, but they have
weaknesses: for example, detailed visual representations bear the risk of becoming
overcrowded faster  than textual models and some of the visual features lack the 
level of precision required to create complete and unambiguous specifications. 
These weaknesses of graphical notations  encouraged the development of text-based 
modeling languages that either integrate with or replace graphical notations for 
modeling. The goal of this workshop is to create a forum  where researchers and 
practitioners interested in building models using OCL or other kinds of textual 
languages can directly interact, report advances, share results, identify tools 
for language development, and discuss appropriate standards.

10th Transformation Tool Contest (TTC)

Transformations of structured data such as relational data, abstract syntax trees
and high-level graph-based models are cross-disciplinary at the heart of a wide
range of applications. The success of transformation approaches heavily depends
on the availability of expressive and efficient tools. Currently, a large variety of
tools exist for different transformation approaches. However, for potential users,
working in application domains where transformation techniques may be useful, it is
difficult to select the right tool for their purpose. Moreover, even for most of the
tool experts it is true that they know about one or two tools but little about others.
Finally, the tool developers themselves can also be inspired by a more detailed
understanding of related approaches.

Antonio Garcia-Dominguez
Lecturer in Computer Science
School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University
Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET
Room: MB211Q

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