ICMT 2008: Second Call for Papers

ICMT 2008: Second Call for Papers

From: Frédéric JOUAULT <Frederic.Jouault_at_univ-nantes.fr>
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 00:17:55 +0100 (CET)
Message-ID: <4292.>
             Theory and Practice of Model Transformations
               Co-located with TOOLS EUROPE and SEAFOOD

               1-2 July, 2008 – ETH Zurich, Switzerland


As the complexity of IT systems grows, the role of models is becoming
essential for dealing with the numerous aspects involved in their
development and maintenance processes. Models allow capturing the relevant
aspects of a system from a given perspective, and at a precise level of
abstraction. In addition to models, the transformations between them are
other key elements in Model-Driven Engineering (MDE). Model
transformations allow the definition and implementation of the operations
on models, and also provide a chain that enables the automated development
of a system from its corresponding models. Furthermore, model
transformations may also be realized using models, and are, therefore, an
integral part of any model-driven approach.

There are already several proposals for model transformation
specification, implementation, and execution, which are beginning to be
used by MDE practitioners. However, model transformations need specialized
support in several aspects in order to realize their full potential. The
problem goes beyond having specific languages to represent model
transformations; we also need to understand their foundations, such as the
key concepts and operators supporting those languages, their semantics,
and their structuring mechanisms and properties (e.g., modularity,
composability, and parameterization). In addition, model transformations
can be stored in repositories as reusable assets, where they can be
managed, discovered and reused. There is also a need to chain and combine
model transformations in order to produce new and more powerful
transformations, and to be able to implement new operations on models.
Finally, model transformations need methodology support, i.e., they need
to be integrated into software development methodologies supported by
appropriate tools and environments.

 *** SCOPE ***

After the success of two previous Tracks on Model Transformation at the
ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (MT 2006 at Dijon, France, and MT 2007
at Seoul, Korea), the inaugural Conference on Model Transformations, ICMT
2008, will bring together researchers and practitioners to share
experiences in using model transformations. Like its predecessors, ICMT
2008 combines a strong practical focus with the theoretical approach
required in any discipline that supports engineering practices.

ICMT 2008 will be held at the ETH premises in Zurich, Switzerland, on July
1-2, and will host invited talks, technical sessions, and panels. As a
working conference, ICMT 2008 will foster the interactions between the
participants, stimulating lively debates and discussions around the topics
of interest of the conference. In addition, ICMT 2008 is co-located with
two other major conferences, SEAFOOD 2008 and TOOLS Europe 2008, which
allows attendees to benefit from interactions with researchers and
practitioners from closely related communities.

ICMT 2008 participants will explore the practical problems of existing
languages, tools, and environments for transforming models, and discuss
the new challenges ahead. In particular, the conference will address
questions about the nature and features of model transformations, their
composability and combination to build new model transformations and
implement high-level model management operations (merge, refinement,
realization, union, difference and comparison). The conference will also
address issues related to the classification of languages for expressing
transformations, the measurement of the quality and extra-functional
requirements of model transformations (e.g., scalability, robustness,
adaptability, reusability), and the definition of development
methodologies that allow exploiting all their potential benefits.

 *** TOPICS ***

Contributions are solicited on all aspects of model transformation
foundations, practices and technologies. In particular, we encourage
submissions from both academia and industry about the following
(non-exhaustive) list of topics:

    * Languages for model transformations
    * Scalability and reuse of model transformations
    * Domain-specific and concern-oriented modelling with model
    * Semantics and formal aspects of model transformations
    * Implementation of model transformation engines
    * Model transformations with Model-Driven Architecture (MDA)
      and other model-driven approaches
    * Model-driven code generation and other generative
      techniques using a model transformation approach
    * Model query languages as related to model transformation
    * Higher-level transformations and model transformation
    * Model merging, weaving and composition
    * Maintenance, evolution and management of model
    * Model-driven development methodologies, approaches, and
      languages with a focus on transformations
    * Tools and environments for model-driven development with
    * Case studies and industrial experiences reporting on
      success or failure with model transformations


Contributions should represent original and previously unpublished ideas
that are currently not under review in any conference or journal. Both
basic and applied research papers are solicited, although we specifically
welcome papers describing novel ideas with sound conceptual contributions
that showcase applications. Papers presenting industrial experiences or
tools supporting model transformation practices are also encouraged.

Each submitted paper will undergo a formal peer review process by at least
3 members of the Program Committee. Submissions should follow the LNCS
format, be up to 15 pages, and include the author’s name, affiliation and
contact details. Further instructions for submitting a paper are at
http://www.model-transformation.org/ICMT2008/. The submission deadline is
January 25, 2008.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 18, 2008. At least one
author of each accepted paper must register and participate in the
conference. The proceedings will be published in the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series by Springer.


The conference chairs have confirmed a special issue with the journal
Software and Systems Modeling (SoSym). The best papers from this
conference will be invited for a round of reviews for this special issue.


Paper submission:  January 25, 2008
Notification of acceptance:  March 18, 2008
Camera-ready version due:  April 4, 2008
Conference dates:  1-2 July, 2008

 *** CHAIRS ***

Conference Chair
        Alfonso Pierantonio
              University of L’Aquila (Italy)

Program Chairs
        Antonio Vallecillo
              University of Málaga (Spain)
        Jeff Gray
              Univ. Alabama at Birmingham (USA)

Publicity Chair
        Frédéric Jouault
              INRIA/Univ. of Nantes (France);
              Univ. Alabama at Birmingham (USA)

Further information about the ICMT 2008 conference can be found at:
The organizers may be contacted at:


Ana Moreira, Univ. Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
Andreas Winter, J. Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany)
Andy Schür, Tech. Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Antonio Estevez, Open Canarias (Spain)
Arne Berre, Sintef (Norway)
Bernhard Rumpe, TU Braunschweig (Germany)
Bran Selic, IBM (Canada)
Catherine Griffin, IBM (UK)
Charles Consel, INRIA Phoenix, Bordeaux (France)
Daniel Varro, University of Budapest (Hungary)
Dave Akehurst, University of Kent (UK)
Davide Di Ruscio, University of L'Aquila (Italy)
Ed Willink, Thales (UK)
Elie Najm, ENST (France)
Esperanza Marcos, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
Frédéric Jouault, INRIA/U. Alabama at Birmingham
Gabor Karsai, Vanderbilt University (USA)
Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Gerti Kappel, TU Wien (Austria)
Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn (Germany)
Gianna Reggio, University of Genoa (Italiy)
Günter Kniesel, University of Bonn (Germany)
Hans Vangheluwe, McGill University (Canada)
Howard Ho, IBM Almaden Research (USA)
Ivan Kurtev, University of Twente (The Netherlands)
Ivan Porres, Ĺbo Akademi (Finland)
Jean-Marie Favre, University of Grenoble (France)
Jens Weber, University of Victoria (Canada)
Jesús G. Molina, Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
Jon Whittle, Lancaster University (UK)
Jordi Cabot, Open University of Catalonia (Spain)
Kerry Raymond, Queensland Univ. of Tech. (Australia)
Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo (Canada)
Laurence Tratt, Bournemouth University (UK)
Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Marc Pantel, University of Toulouse (France)
Maarten Steen, Telematica Instituut (The Netherlands)
Martin Gogolla, University of Bremen (Germany)
Michael Lawley, Queensland Univ. of Tech. (Australia)
Nicolas Rouquette, NASA/JPL (USA)
Nora Koch, LMU München and FAST (Germany)
Piero Fraternali, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Reiko Heckel, University of Leicester (UK)
Richard Paige, University of York (UK)
Robert France, Colorado State University (USA)
Simon Helsen, SAP (Germany)
Steve Cook, Microsoft (UK)
Tom Mens, University of Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)
Tony Clark, Xactium (UK)
Vicente Pelechano, Univ. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Research (India)
Yasemin Topaloglu,  Ege University (Turkey)


Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L’Aquila (Italy)
Antonio Vallecillo, University of Málaga (Spain)
Jean Bézivin, Univ. Nantes/INRIA (France)
Jeff Gray, Univ. Alabama at Birmingham (USA)
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