CFP: Workshop on Domain Engineering in conjunction with CAiSE'09 (DE@CAiSE'09)

CFP: Workshop on Domain Engineering in conjunction with CAiSE'09 (DE@CAiSE'09)

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Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:34:59 +0200
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Workshop on Domain Engineering

In Conjunction with CAiSE'09


June 9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Domain Engineering is an engineering discipline concerned with building
reusable assets, such as specification sets, patterns, and components, in
specific domains. A domain in this context can be defined as an area of
knowledge that uses common concepts for describing phenomena, requirements,
problems, capabilities, and solutions. The purpose of domain engineering is
to identify, model, construct, catalog, and disseminate artifacts that
represent the commonalities and differences within a domain. Although
applicable to different engineering disciplines, domain engineering methods
has been recently receiving special attention in the information systems
era. Some of the reasons for this interest are the increasing variability of
applications, the need to obtain and share expertise in different, evolving
domains, and the trend towards reusing IS artifacts and knowledge about

Domain engineering addresses two main layers: the domain layer, which deals
with the representation of domain elements, and the application layer, which
deals with information systems artifacts related to the domain. More
specifically, information systems applications, their components, and their
descriptions are included in the application layer, whereas their common and
variable characteristics, as can be described, for example, by ontologies or
emerging standards, are generalized and presented in the domain layer. 

Similarly to information systems engineering, domain engineering includes
three main activities: domain analysis, domain design, and domain
implementation, which are carried out in the domain layer. However, domain
engineering also supports inter-layer activities, namely interactions that
exist between the domain and application layers. Specifically, domain layer
artifacts may be used for creation and validation of the specifications of
application layer artifacts, while applications may be generalized into
domain artifacts in a process of knowledge elicitation. 

Domain engineering as a discipline has practical significance as it deals
with methods and techniques that may help reduce time-to-market, product
cost, and projects risks on one hand, and improve product quality and
performance on the other hand. 

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners in the area of domain engineering in order to define the
topic, identify possible points of synergy, common problems and solutions,
and discuss visions for the future of the area. In particular, the workshop
will focus on the interaction between information systems engineering and
domain engineering.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

.         Conceptual foundations of domain engineering

.         Methods and techniques to support domain engineering

.         Ontology engineering

.         Development and management of domain assets

.         Domain-driven requirements engineering

.         Application derivation (i.e., how to use domain artifacts in the
application layer)

.         Variability management

.         Domain engineering techniques in support of reuse, validation, and
knowledge management 

.         Theoretical and empirical evaluation of domain engineering methods
and techniques

.         Case studies and practice reports related to domain engineering 

Submission Guidelines

Prospective workshop participants are invited to submit a paper related to
the purpose of the workshop. The workshop will accept three types of

1.      Completed Research - this type of papers should include evidence to
support the contribution (e.g. in the form of data analysis, proof of
concept, or case studies) and discussion on research findings and their
theoretical and practical significance. The paper should not exceed 5,000
words (excluding references and appendices). Accepted completed research
papers will be allocated 30 minutes for presentation (including questions &
answers) during the workshop.  

2.      Research-In-Progress - this type of papers can report on research
that is under way with preliminary results available at the time of the
conference. The paper should not exceed 2,500 words (excluding references
and appendices). Accepted research-in-progress papers will be allocated 15
minutes for presentation (including questions & answers) during the

3.      Position papers - this type of papers can include lucid and
well-supported statements and suggestions on domain engineering, e.g.,
directions for the discipline, open questions, criticism on the
state-of-the-art, and novel approaches. Accepted position papers will be
allocated 15 minutes for presentation (including questions & answers) during
the workshop.

All three types of papers may refer to theoretical and/or practical issues.

Papers should be written in Springer LNCS style (see for details). The paper type
(completed research, research-in-progress, or a position paper) should
explicitly be indicated after the paper title. In addition, the paper
abstract should not be longer than 150 words. As the workshop will apply
double-blind reviews process, the papers should not indicate their authors.
Papers should be submitted through the on-line system at


The paper selection will be based upon the relevance of a paper to the main
topics, on its quality and on the potential to stimulate discussion in the
workshop. Accepted papers will be published in the online CAiSE'2009
workshop proceedings. In addition, authors of some selected papers will be
asked to consider submitting revised version of the papers as chapters in a
book on Domain Engineering to be edited by the workshop co-chairs and
published by Springer.

Important dates

Submission deadline:               February 16th 2009

Notification of acceptance:      March 23rd 2009

Camera-ready papers due:       April 13th 2009

Workshop:                               June 9th 2009

Workshop Co-Chairs

Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel. 

Arnon Sturm, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. 

Yair Wand, University of British Columbia, Canada 

Workshop Program Committee

Colin Atkinson, University of Mannheim, Germany

Mira Balaban, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Sholom Cohen, CMU-SEI, USA

Kim Dae-Kyoo, Oakland University, USA

Dov Dori, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Joerg Evermann, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA

Atzmon Hen-Tov, Pontis, Israel

Steven Kelly, MetaCase, Finland

Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia, Canada

John McGregor, Clemson University, USA 

Dirk Muthig, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering,

Klaus Pohl, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Iris Reinhartz-Berger, University of Haifa, Israel 

Michael Rosemann, The University of Queensland, Australia

Julia Rubin, IBM Haifa Research Labs, Israel

Bernhard Rumpe, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

Lior Schachter, Pontis, Israel

Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany

Keng Siau, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Pnina Soffer, University of Haifa, Israel

Il-Yeol Song, Drexel University, USA

Arnon Sturm, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Giancarlo Succi, the University of Alberta, Canada

Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase, Finland

Yair Wand, University of British Columbia, Canada

Gabi Zodik, IBM Haifa Research Labs, Israel 


For more information on the workshop, please contact:

Iris Reinhartz-Berger

Department of Management Information Systems
University of Haifa
Carmel Mountain, Haifa 31905, Israel
Phone: 972-4-8288502
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