ACM/IEEE 16th International Conference on
Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems


Call for Doctoral Symposium

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a forum in which PhD students can present their work in progress and to foster the role of MODELS as a premier venue for research in model-driven engineering. The symposium supports students by providing independent and constructive feedback about their already completed and, more importantly, planned research work. The symposium will be accompanied by prominent experts in the field of model-driven engineering who will actively participate in critical discussions.


Submissions exclusively authored by the PhD student are invited from students who have settled on a PhD topic, but are still sufficiently far away from completion to be able to take full advantage of the given feedback. Typically, this means that, at the time of the symposium, students should be at least one year away from completion.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 experts based on originality, significance, correctness and clarity. Submissions should describe research-in-progress that is meant to lead to a PhD dissertation, using the following structure:

  • Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the target audience of this research, and a motivation of why the problem is important and needs to be solved.
  • Related work: A review of the relevant related work with an emphasis of how the proposed approach is different and what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
  • Proposed solution: A description of the proposed solution and which other work (e.g., in the form of methods or tools) it depends on.
  • Preliminary work: A description of the work to-date and results achieved so far.
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user studies, experiments).
  • Current status: The current status of the work and a planned timeline for completion.

All accepted submissions to the Doctoral Symposium @ MODELS 2013 will be published in a post-conference volume of CEUR and indexed in the DBLP.

Contributions must not exceed 8 pages in Springer LNCS format. Details about the required submission format can be found here.

All papers have to be submitted electronically in pdf format via Easychair at:

Important Dates

15 July 2013

Doctoral Symposium paper submission

23 August 2013

Notification to authors

1 Oct 2013


All deadlines are hard. No extensions will be allowed. Deadline is midnight for time zone UTC -12.

Symposium Organization and Contact Information

The Doctoral Symposium Chair is:

  • Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany

He can be contacted at

The names of the Doctoral Symposium Selection Committee members can be found on the Committees Web Page.