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


Call for Papers

MODELS is the premier international conference devoted to model-based development for software and systems engineering, covering all types of modeling languages, methods, tools, and their applications. Model-based engineering – the pervasive use of models as the core artifacts of the development process – or model-driven development – with a focus on executable models and automatic transformations supporting the generation of more refined models and implementations – of complex systems has gained rapid popularity across various engineering disciplines, and has become an industrially accepted best practice in many application domains. Domains like automotive systems, interactive systems, business engineering, games or web-based applications commonly apply a tool-supported, model-based or model-driven development with the possibility for early validation and verification or the generation of production code. However, there are still numerous problems to be addressed that require collaborative research across multiple disciplines, ranging from offering suitable domain-specific modeling concepts to supporting legacy issues of models.

With its 16th anniversary, this year’s MODELS research community is challenged to demonstrate the maturity and effectiveness of model-based and model-driven engineering in established application domains like business information or embedded systems, as well as explore its limits, by investigating new applications areas and combinations with other emerging technologies, such as cyber-physical systems, semantic web, and cloud computing.

To provide a broader forum for reporting on scientific progress as well as experiences and issues stemming from practical application of model-based methods, the conference has two distinct tracks, a Foundations Track and an Application Track, each looking for specific papers.

Foundations Track

Technical Papers describing original scientifically rigorous solutions to significant model-based development problems. A technical paper should clearly describe the problem addressed, the relevant state of the art, the scientifically-founded solution, and the benefits of the contribution. Appropriate examples, synthetic or otherwise, should be used to explain all aspects of the proposed contribution.

Exploratory Papers describe new, non-conventional model-based development research positions or approaches. These papers should challenge the status-quo and describe solutions that are based on new ways of looking at model-based development problems and solutions. They must clearly describe the inadequacies in the current state-of-the-art and rigorously present their approach, clearly demonstrating its pertinence and correctness.

Applications Track

Application Papers provide a realistic and verifiable picture of the current state-of-the-practice in model-based engineering and explore the problems encountered by the industrial adoption of model-based techniques. Contributions should describe and analyze the application of model-based techniques to industrial problems, preferably identifying shortcomings, innovative solutions, and concepts arising from practical deployment of tools and techniques.

Empirical Evaluation Papers evaluating existing problem cases or scientifically validating proposed solutions through, for example, empirical studies, experiments, case studies, or simulations. The topic of the evaluation presented in the paper must be clearly stated. The research method must be sound and appropriate.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Model-driven development and its proven effectiveness
  • Development and use of domain-specific languages
  • Evolution of general-purpose modeling languages and related standards
  • Definition of the syntax and semantics of modeling languages
  • Tools and meta-tools for modeling languages and model-driven development
  • Model composition and metamodel composition
  • Definition and usage of model transformations and generative approaches
  • Support for legacy issues and evolution of models
  • Proposals for new model quality assurance techniques: analysis, testing, model checking, validation and verification
  • Model-driven development and cyber-physical systems
  • New methodologies/frameworks/processes for model-driven development
  • Development of systems engineering and modeling-in-the-large concepts
  • Integration of modeling languages and tools: hybrid multi-modeling approaches
  • New modeling paradigms and formalisms
  • Modeling in, and for, the Cloud

In addition to the above topics, the Applications Track is also interested in papers that address the following topics:

  • Introducing model-driven approaches into organizations
  • Application, technology and methodology case studies (successful and unsuccessful)
  • Managing evolution of models
  • Industrial scale model management (model size, user group size, viewpoint size etc.)
  • Limitations, gaps and mismatches in current modeling standards
  • Economic issues of model driven development
  • Achieving industrial quality benchmarks with model driven development
  • Industrial requirements for domain specific modelling
  • Visions for industrial strength model driven engineering
  • Empirical studies about model-based development

Evaluation Process

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee, based on their originality, importance of contribution, soundness, evaluation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work.

Following this evaluation process, each paper is allocated to a Program Board member that is responsible for initiating, monitoring, and guiding the discussions with the PC members. PB members’ aim is to guide the discussions to a consensus with the PC members and to discuss the papers they have been allocated in the final physical meeting with the PC chairs.

The outcome of these two levels of discussions will lead to a final decision on which submissions to accept for presentation at the conference. Papers identified with high potential that otherwise would be rejected, will be allocated a shepherd and be given the opportunity to resubmit between mid-June and mid-July, 2013. The improved versions of these papers will be considered by the PB and PC chairs for a final decision.
At the end of the evaluation process by the PC members, a 3-days rebuttal period will be offered to the authors.

Submission Process

Foundations Papers should be submitted electronically to CyberChair using the following link:

Applications Papers should be submitted electronically to CyberChair using the following link:

Each paper must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines and is limited to 15 pages plus at most two pages for references. Papers that are too long or violate the LNCS formatting instructions will be automatically rejected. All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

Authors must submit their abstract prior to the full paper by March 4th.

Authors will be given an opportunity to provide a 500-word response to the initial reviews which will be taken into account during the PC and PB meetings. This response should focus on clarifying, correcting or answering questions asked by the reviewers.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by Springer in the LNCS series. Authors of best papers from the conference will be invited to revise and submit extended versions of their papers for a special issue of the Journal on Software and Systems Modeling (Springer Press).

Important Policy Announcement

Papers submitted to MODELS 2013 must be original, and will be reviewed under the assumption that they do not contain plagiarized material, have not been published nor submitted for review elsewhere while under consideration for MODELS 2013.

MODELS 2013 follows the IEEE policies for cases of double submission and plagiarism.

Important Dates

4 March 2013

Abstract submission

14 March 2013

Full paper submission

6-8 May

Author response period

30 May 2013

Author notification

5 July 2013

Camera ready papers

Please note that:

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

Organization and Contact Information

The Program Chairs are:

  • Foundation: Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Application: Bernhard Schätz, Fortiss, Germany

They can be contacted at

The names of the Program Committee members can be found on the Committees Web Page.