[ecoop-info] CfP - 4th International Workshop Models at run.time 2009

Cédric Jeanneret jeanneret at ifi.uzh.ch
Fri Jul 17 01:48:00 CEST 2009

------------------------ CALL FOR PAPERS ------------------------
4th International Workshop Models at run.time 2009


In conjunction with MODELS Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA October 2009


Important Dates:

Submission deadline: ---> Wednesday August 06th <---
Notification of acceptance: TBA (before early registration deadline at 
Workshop at MODELS: TBA (in any case it will be during 4-6 October 2009)


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, 
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 
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 ofModels at run.time 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 paper (8-10 pages) 
in PDF or PS The paper must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting 
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 2009 
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. Labelled 
research topics with (*) are crucially important:
- What a runtime model looks like and how does it evolve? (*)
- How can runtime models be maintained? (*)
- How can runtime models be validated?
- What abstractions over runtime phenomena are useful?
- 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 (*)

Dynamics of the workshop

We always like to innovate in the kind of discussions during the 
workshop. Last year we had a successful panel with a mix of invited 
experienced professionals of the area. We have also used the role of 
second readers and discussant of papers. We hope to keep the dynamic of 
the discussions this year. See the web 
site http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~bencomo/MRT/ for more info about 
earlier editions and their results.

Organizing Committee

Nelly Bencomo (main contact)
Gordon Blair
Computing Department
Lancaster University, UK
Robert France
Computer Science Department
Colorado State University, USA
Freddy Munoz
INRIA, France (Submissions)
Cedric Jeanneret
University of Zurich, Switzerland (Publicity)

Program Committee

Betty Cheng
Michigan State University, USA
Danilo Ardagna
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Peter J. Clarke
Florida International University, USA
Fabio M. Costa
Federal University of Goias, Brazil
Anthony Finkelstein
Franck Fleurey
SINTEF, Norway
John Georgas
Jeff Gray
Oystein Haugen
SINTEF, Norway
Jozef Hooman
ESI, The Netherlands
Gang Huang
Peking University, China
Paola Inverardi
University of L'Aquila
Jean-Marc Jezequel
Triskell Team, IRISA, France
Rui Silva Moreira
UFP, INESC Porto, Portugal
Flavio Oquendo
University of Brittany , France
Arnor Solberg
SINTEF, Norway
Thais Vasconcelos Batista
UFRN, Brazil

More information at http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/~bencomo/MRT/

Cedric Jeanneret
Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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