2nd Workshop Models@run.time (with MoDELS 2007) - Call for Papers

2nd Workshop Models@run.time (with MoDELS 2007) - Call for Papers

From: Nelly Bencomo <nelly_at_acm.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:27:22 +0100
Message-ID: <002001c7b724$31be28c0$0200a8c0@lancs.local>
[Apologies for multiple receptions] 
WORKSHOP  Models@run.time 
At the ACM/IEEE 9th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering
Languages and Systems 
MoDELS'07, Nashville, USA, September 30 - October 5 2007 
Submission deadline: 01th August
Notification of acceptance: 24th August
Workshop at MoDELS: to be announced 
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, self-managing. 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
benefits. 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 monitoring and managing the execution
of systems. This is the first workshop to address this theme and its
treatment requires the bringing together of a variety of communities
including researchers working on model-driven software development, software
architectures, reflection (including for example architectural reflection),
and autonomic and self healing systems. Discussions in the workshop will
address questions such as: What should a runtime model look like? How can
the models be maintained at runtime? What are the best approaches to follow
when developing runtime models? 

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 position paper (using 11 or 12 pt fonts, maximum 5
pages) in PDF or PS. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers. The
authors will be notified about acceptance before the MoDELS 2007 early
registration deadline. 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 or present techniques that address well-defined problems in
the area. The first part of the workshop will focus on identifying the
research issues and challenges and framing an initial set of research
questions. The second part of the workshop will focus on discussing
approaches for tackling the problems; in particular, the integration of
runtime models with model-driven development approaches will be discussed. 

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.
- Initiate a network of researchers in the area. Initially, the researchers
in the network will share related experience and research results via a
mailing list.
- Plan and promote further events on these topics. 

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
- The relevance and suitability of different model-driven approaches to
monitoring and managing systems during runtime.
- Compatibility (or tension) between different model-driven approaches.
- What should a runtime model look like?
- How do models at other phases of the software engineering lifecycle relate
to the corresponding run-time models?
- How can runtime models be maintained and validated?
- What is the role of reflection in maintaining the causal connection
between models and run-time systems?
- Experience related to the use of run-time models to adapt software systems
- Managing and modelling the runtime variability

The two best contributions of each workshop and a workshop report will be
published in a "Workshop and Symposia" proceedings by Springer in the LNCS
series after the conference.

Organizing Committee 
Nelly Bencomo and Gordon Blair, Computing Department, Lancaster University,
Robert France, Computer Science Department, Colorado State University, USA

Program Committee
Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA 
Fabio M. Costa, Federal University of Goias, Brazil
Van Den Berg Aswin, Motorola Labs, USA
John C. Georgas, Univ. of California, Irvine, USA 
Gang Huang, Peking University, China 
P.F.Linington, University of Kent, UK
Andrey Nechypurenko, Siemens, Germany 
Eugenio Scalise, UCV, Venezuela
Rui Silva Moreira, UFP, INESC Porto, Portugal
Arnor Solberg, SINTEF, Norway 
Marten van Sinderen, Univ. of Twente, The Netherlands 
Thaís Vasconcelos Batista, UFRN, Brazil
Jules White, Vanderbilt University, USA

Received on Mon 25 Jun 2007 - 13:27:42 BST