Call for Papers: ICMT 2009

Call for Papers: ICMT 2009

From: Dennis Wagelaar <>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:58:12 +0200
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	Theory and Practice of Model Transformations
	Co-located with TOOLS EUROPE 2009

June 29-July 3 2009 - ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Modelling is now essential for dealing with the complexity of IT
systems during their development and maintenance processes. Models
allow engineers to precisely capture relevant aspects of a system from
a given perspective and at an appropriate level of abstraction. As
models grow in use for developing IT systems, transformations between
models grow in importance. Model transformations allow the definition
and implementation of 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 Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) practitioners. However,
model transformations require specialized support in order to realize
their full potential: we also must understand their foundations, their
semantics, and their structuring mechanisms and properties (e.g.,
modularity, composability, and parameterization). We should find
effective and efficient ways to treat transformations as first-class
assets in MDE, allowing them to be stored, managed, discovered and
reused. At the same time, we must be able to chain together 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 must have methodology support,
i.e., they need to be integrated into software development
methodologies supported by appropriate tools and environments.


ICMT 2009 will bring together researchers and practitioners to share
experiences in using model transformations. ICMT 2009 combines a
strong practical focus with theoretical approaches required in any
discipline that supports engineering practices. Of particular interest
to the organisers of ICMT 2009 are papers that describe challenges for
model transformation technology, e.g., large-scale experiments in
transformation, or problems that are thought to be difficult in model
transformation in general, or for specific classes of model
transformation tools.

ICMT 2009 will be held at the ETH premises in Zurich, Switzerland, and
will host invited talks, technical sessions, and panels. As a working
conference, ICMT 2009 will foster the interactions between the
participants, stimulating lively debates and discussions around the
topics of interest of the conference. A new feature planned for ICMT
2009 is a dedicated session for tools presentations and
demonstrations, designed to inform the community of the state-of-the-
art in tooling for model transformation.

ICMT 2009 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 (e.g., merge, union, difference). The conference will also
address 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. A
special interest of the conference is on the relationships between
model transformation theory and tools, and transformations in other
domains, e.g., data transformation, program transformation. Papers
that relate model transformation to other domains are particularly


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 modelling with model transformations
- Semantics and formal aspects of model transformations
- Implementation of model transformation engines
- Model transformations in MDA and MDE
- Model-driven code generation and other generative techniques using a
   model transformation approach
- Model query languages
- Higher-level transformations, transformation operators
- Model merging, weaving and composition
- Maintenance and evolution of model transformations
- Model-driven development methodologies, approaches, and languages
   with a focus on transformations
- Tools and environments for MDE with transformations
- Case studies, novel applications, and industrial experiences
   reporting on use of model transformations.
- Relationship between model transformation and other domains and
   technologies, e.g., data transformation, program transformation, and
   aspect orientation.


Contributions should represent original and previously unpublished
ideas that are currently not under review in any conference or
journal. The conference organisers solicit two types of papers:

- Research papers (both basic and applied), describing novel ideas
   with sound conceptual contributions. Papers presenting industrial
   experiences are also encouraged. Research papers should be no more
   than 15 pages in LNCS format.
- Tools papers, describing the current state and features of a model
   transformation toolset. Tools papers will be presented as
   demonstrations at the conference. Tools papers should be no more
   than 8 pages in LNCS format, and should describe the standard model
   transformation features of the tool, as well as those that are
   distinctive and unique of the tool. Tools papers will be selected
   based on the originality and distinctiveness of the tool, the
   clarity of presentation, and the tool's maturity. Selected tools
   papers will be published in the ICMT proceedings.

Each submitted paper will undergo a formal peer review process by at
least 3 members of the Program Committee. All submissions should
follow the LNCS format and should include the authors' names,
affiliations and contact details. Further instructions for submitting
a paper will be available at
We intend to publish proceedings in the Lecture Notes in Computer
Science series by Springer. Previous editions of this conference have
pursued a journal special issue to showcase the best papers of the
conference. We are also considering a special journal issue for ICMT


Paper submission: 		29 January 2009
Notification of acceptance: 	20 March 2009
Camera-ready version due: 	6 April 2009
Conference dates: 		29 June-3 July 2009


Program Chair
Richard Paige	University of York (UK)

Publicity Chair
Dennis Wagelaar	Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)

Further information about the ICMT 2009 conference can be found at:


Benjamin Pierce			U. Pennsylvania (USA)


Andreas Rummler 		SAP (Germany)
Andreas Winter 			Koblenz University (Germany)
Andy Schürr 			TU Darmstadt (Germany)
Bernhard Rumpe 			TU Braunschweig (Germany)
Charles Consel 			INRIA / LaBRI (France)
Daniel Varro 			University of Budapest (Hungary)
Davide Di Ruscio 		University of L'Aquila (Italy)
Dimitrios Kolovos 		University of York (UK)
Ed Willink 			Thales Research (UK)
Esperanza Marcos 		U. Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
Francisco Parisi-Presicce 	University of Rome (Italy)
Frédéric Jouault 		INRIA (France)
Gabriele Taentzer 		Philipps-U. Marburg (Germany)
Gerti Kappel 			TU Vienna (Austria)
Gregor Engels 			U. Paderborn (Germany)
Günter Kniesel 			University of Bonn (Germany)
Hans Vangheluwe 		McGill University (Canada)
Howard Ho 			IBM Almaden Research (USA)
Ivan Porres 			Åbo Akademi (Finland)
Jean-Marie Favre 		University of Grenoble (France)
Jens Weber 			University of Victoria (Canada)
Jesús García-Molina 		Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
Jim Steel 			Queensland U. (Australia)
Jon Whittle 			Lancaster University (UK)
Jordi Cabot 			Open Univ. of Catalonia (Spain)
Laurence Tratt 			Bournemouth University (UK)
Luciano Baresi 			Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Marc Pantel 			University of Toulouse (France)
Martin Gogolla 			University of Bremen (Germany)
Nicolas Rouquette 		NASA/JPL (USA)
Orlando Avila-Garcia 		Open Canarias (Spain)
Piero Fraternali 		Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Reiko Heckel 			University of Leicester (UK)
Thomas Kuehne			V.U. Wellington (New Zealand)
Vicente Pelechano 		U. Politécnica de Valencia (Spain)
Vinay Kulkarni 			Tata R&D (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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