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ECMFA 2012: Call for Papers


Model-Based Engineering (MBE) is an approach to the design, analysis and development of software and systems that relies on exploiting high-level models and computer-based automation to achieve significant boosts in both productivity and quality.

The ECMFA conference series (formerly known as the ECMDA-FA conference series) is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and fostering the industrial application of MBE and related approaches. Its focus is on engaging the key figures of research and industry in a dialog which will result in stronger and more effective practical application of MBE, hence producing more reliable software based on state-of-the-art research results.


ECMFA has two distinct Paper Tracks: one for research papers (Track F) dealing with the foundations for MBE, and one for industrial/applications papers (Track A) dealing with the applications of MBE, including experience reports on MBE tools.

In addition to the technical paper tracks, the conference will include Workshops, Tutorials, Tool demonstrations and Poster exhibitions. The deadline for submitting proposals for workshops and tutorials is December 12, 2011. The details can be found in a separate call for workshops. The deadline for submitting to the tool demonstration and poster sessions is May 21, 2012; the details can be found in the call for tools and posters.

Research papers on foundations of MBE (academic track F)

In this track, we are soliciting papers presenting original research on all aspects of MBE. Typical topics of interest include, among others:

  • Metamodelling: Foundations and Tools
  • Domain Specific Modelling Languages
  • Reasoning about Models
  • Model Transformation and Code Generation
  • Model Evolution, Synchronization and Consistency
  • Modelling of Requirements, Architectures, Platforms
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Modelling for Testing and Validation
  • Model Execution and Simulation
  • Modelling of Service Qualities, Safety, Security, etc.
  • Software Process Modelling, Enactment and Execution
  • Multimodeling Foundations

Research papers should be between 12 and 16 pages long, in A4 size compliant with the LNCS paper style (see Failure to conform to these guidelines may result in disqualification of the paper. In particular, papers longer than 16 pages will be automatically rejected without review. Papers will be evaluated on novelty and theoretical contribution.

Industrial papers on applications of MBE (industrial track A)

In this track, we are soliciting papers representing views, innovations and experiences of industrial players in applying or supporting MBE. In particular, we are looking for papers that set requirements on the foundations, methods, and tools for MBE. We are also seeking experience reports or case studies on the application, successes or current shortcomings of MBE. Quantitative results reflecting industrial experience are particularly appreciated. All application areas of MBE are welcomed including but not limited to any of the following:

  • Comparative Studies of MBE Methods and Tools
  • MBE Technology Adoption, Development and Roll-Out Processes
  • Metrics for MBE Development
  • MBE Training
  • MBE for Legacy Systems
  • MBE for Systems Engineering
  • Model Verification and Quality-Driven System Development
  • MBE and Domain-Specific (Modelling) Languages
  • MBE and Component-Based Software Engineering
  • MBE and Product Lines
  • Model-based Testing
  • MBE and Service Oriented Architectures
  • MBE and Business Process Modelling
  • Model-based Software Adaptation (Using Models at Runtime)
  • Code Generation

Industrial papers should be between 6 and 12 pages long, in A4 size compliant with the LNCS paper style (see Failure to conform to these guidelines may result in disqualification of the paper. In particular, papers longer than 12 pages will be automatically rejected without review. Industrial papers will be evaluated on practical feasibility, maturity, and industrial relevance.

Submission and selection

Manuscripts must be submitted as PDF files through the Easychair online submission system:

All contributions will be subject to a rigorous selection process by the Program Committee. No simultaneous submission to other publication outlets (either a conference or a journal) is allowed; any concurrent submission will result in the immediate rejection of the paper.

As in previous years, LNCS Logo the proceedings of the conference with the accepted papers of both Tracks will be published in a dedicated Springer LNCS volume. If accepted, the paper must be personally presented at the ECMFA 2012 Conference by one of the authors.

A selection of SoSym Logo the best papers of the conference will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of the Software and Systems Modeling journal.

Best paper awards

The EAPLS LogoEuropean Association for Programming Languages and Systems (EAPLS) will give the Best Paper Award to the best contribution of the ECMFA 2012 Foundations Track. The best paper of the Applications Track will receive the ECMFA Best Industrial Paper Award. These papers will be selected among the accepted contributions, and the awards will be given during the event.

Important dates (more dates)

  • Abstract submission deadline: February 15, 2012
  • Papers submission deadline: February 22, 2012
  • Notification to authors: April 10, 2012
  • Camera-ready version: April 23, 2012
  • Main Conference: July 4-5, 2012


Steering committee

Terry Bailey, Vicinay Cadenas
Reda Bendraou, University of Pierre & Marie Curie, France
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
Philippe Desfray, Objecteering Software, France
Sébastien Gérard, CEA LIST, France
Richard Paige, University of York, United Kingdom
Arend Rensink, University of Twente, Netherlands
Julia Rubin, IBM
Andy Schürr, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Regis Vogel, University of Michigan, USA

Organising Committee

General Chairs: Ekkart Kindler, Harald Störrle (DTU Informatics, Denmark)
Workshops and Tutorials Chairs: Hubert Baumeister and Harald Störrle (DTU Informatics, Denmark)
Tools and Posters Chair: Julia Rubin (IBM Research, Israel)
Publication Chair: Dimitris Kolovos (University of York, UK)
Publicity Chairs: Richard Paige (University of York, UK) and Ekkart Kindler (DTU Informatics, Denmark)

Invited Speakers

Henrik Lönn, VOLVO Technology , Sweden
Ed Seidewitz, Model Driven Solutions, USA

Programme committee chairs

Foundations track
Antonio Vallecillo, Universidad de Malaga, Spain
Application track
Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase, Finland

Programme committee members

Foundations track
Vasco Amaral, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Marco Bambrilla, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Stephen C. Barrett, United International College, Hong Kong, China
Reda Bendraou, University of Pierre & Marie Curie, France
Xavier Blanc, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Behzad Bordbar, University of Birmingham, UK
Jordi Cabot, INRIA and Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
Benoit Combemale, University of Rennes, France
Zinovy Diskin, McMaster University and University of Waterloo, Canada
Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn, Germany
Anne Etien, University of Lille and INRIA, France
Robert France, Colorado State University, USA
Jesus Garcia Molina, Universidad de Murcia, Spain
Sebastien Gerard, CEA LIST, France
Marie-Pierre Gervais, University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France
Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen, Germany
Pieter van Gorp, University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, US
Esther Guerra, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Michael R. Hansen, Technical University Denmark, Denmark
Reiko Heckel, University of Leicester, UK
Gabor Karsai, Vanderbilt University, USA
Thomas Kühne, Victoria University of Wellington, Australia
Ivan Kurtev, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Roberto Lopez-Herrejon, Johannes Kepler, University Linz, Austria
Birger Møller-Pedersen, University of Oslo, Norway
Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Ivan Porres, Abo Akademi University, Finland
Juan Antonio de la Puente, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Arend Rensink, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Louis Rose, University of York, UK
Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Houari Sahraoui, University of Montreal, Canada
Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, USA
Andy Schürr, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Marten van Sinderen, University of Twente, The Netherlands
James Steel, University of Queensland, Australia
Ragnhild Van Der Straeten, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Francois Terrier, CEA LIST, France
Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Daniel Varró, Budapest UTE, Hungary
Cristina Vicente-Chicote, Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Spain
Edward D. Willink, Thales Research, UK
Manuel Wimmer, TU Vienn, Austria
Tao Yue, Simula Research Lab, Norway
Gefei Zhang, Arbato Systems, Germany
Steffen Zschaler, Kings College London, UK

Application track
Jan Aagedal, Norse Solutions AS, Norway
Terry Bailey, Vicinay Cadenas SA, Spain
Michael von der Beeck, BMW Group, Germany
Mariano Belaunde, Orange Labs, France
Jorn Bettin, Sofismo, Switzerland
Tony Clark, Thames Valley University, London, UK
Diarmuid Corcoran, Ericsson, Sweden
Zhen Ru Dai, Hamburg University of Applied Science (HAW), Germany
Stephan Flake, Orga Systems, Germany
Mathias Fritzsche, SAP AG, Germany
Markus Heller, SAP, Germany
Andreas Hoffmann, Fraunhofer, Germany
Teemu Kanstren, VTT, Finland
Jochen Kuester, IBM Research, Switzerland
Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Consultancy Services, India
Dragan Milicev, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Parastoo Mohagheghi, Sintef, Norway
Tor Neple, Norse Solutions AS, Norway
Olli-Pekka Puolitaival, F-Secure Corporation, Finland
Laurent Rioux, THALES, France
Tom Ritter, Frauenhofer FOKUS, Germany
Julia Rubin, IBM Research, Israel
Andrey Sadovykh, SOFTEAM, France
Bernhard Schätz, fortiss GmbH, Germany
Bran Selic, Malina Software, Canada
Renuka Sindghatta, IBM Research, India
John Slaby, Raytheon, USA
Alin Stefanescu, University of Pitesti, Romania
Salvador Trujillo, Ikerlan, Spain
Andreas Ulrich, Siemens AG, Germany
Markus Voelter, Independent/ itemis, Germany
Olaf Zimmermann, IBM Zurich, Switzerland