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[PVS-ANNOUNCE] MODELS 2008 First call for contributions

MODELS 2008 -- First Call for Contributions

ACM/IEEE 11th International Conference on
Model-Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

September 28 - October 3, 2008
Toulouse, France


After 10 years of conferences, the MODELS / UML series of conferences will
celebrate this succesful series with a number of special events.

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of interest in advanced
techniques for expressing design intent at a higher level of abstraction
than third-generation programming languages and for keeping abstract 
models of
complex software systems in sync with the underlying code. Domain-specific
modeling languages, model-driven engineering, model transformations, and
standardization of modeling languages are among the more significant 
trends. MODELS (formerly the UML series of conferences) is the premier 
in model-driven approaches to software development, bringing together
practitioners and researchers to present and discuss both practical
experience and innovative techniques.

MODELS’08 will be held in Toulouse, France. Toulouse is the 4th town in 
by size of population, and the 2nd town in France by number of students 
(115000 students,
10000 researchers). Toulouse also hosts major companies that
develop embedded software and large software systems. Located at 110km from
Pyrenean mountains, 150km from the Mediterranean sea, and 250km from the 
Ocean, it is a very convenient and beautiful location.

Topics of interest

Scientific papers: We invite scientific research papers describing 
research on model-driven engineering and other aspects of modeling in the
development process. Scientific research papers also include well-designed
empirical studies, innovative automation solutions, and tool architectures.

Experience papers: We invite experience papers that focus on reporting
project experience with model-driven engineering. These papers should
describe the project context, detail practical lessons learned, and provide
insight about how model-driven approaches and technologies can be improved
for application in an industrial context.

In addition to scientific and experience reports, the conference
will host several exciting satellite events. Following the tradition
of previous editions, the satellite events will include workshops,
tutorials, poster sessions, a doctoral symposium, and an educator's
symposium. In addition to these, MODELS 2008 will host a technological
track, and for the first time, a research projects symposium.
The technological track aims to build bridges between academia
and industry by presenting tools commonly used in industrial
projects, illustrative case studies and industry best practices, with a
strong focus on the conference hot topics.

The research project symposium aims to bring together researchers
from academia and industry, and representatives of funding agencies in
order to create a forum for dialog on stakeholders' interests, policies,
and trends in the development of research projects, focusing on areas
of interest to the MODELS community.

The conference will include papers and presentations on many of the
following topics:
- Model-driven engineering methodologies, approaches, languages and
- Domain-specific modeling languages
- Empirical studies of modeling and model-driven engineering
- Programming language and metaprogramming support for linking models
to code
- Models in the context of software evolution
- Model evaluation, formal or heuristic
- Model transformations
- Model consistency management
- Metamodeling
- Modeling languages and tools
- Semantics of modeling languages
- Model-driven testing
- Model quality
- Modeling and analysis of real-time, embedded, and distributed systems
- Model-driven adaptive systems development

Please visit the conference website http://www.modelsconference.org/ for
more information.

IMPORTANT DATES (preliminary schedule)
Experience and Scientific Papers deadlines:
Abstracts: May 2, 2008
Submissions: May 16, 2008
Notification: July 4, 2008
Camera ready: July 18, 2008

Workshop Proposals
Deadline: March 2, 2008
Notification: March 30, 2008

Tutorial Proposals
Deadline: April 28, 2008
Notification: May 30, 2008

Research projects symposium
Abstract submission: June 1, 2008
Notification: June 15, 2008

Submission guidelines are available on the website.

Papers must be no longer than 15 pages in length (including references,
appendices etc.) and must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting 
(see conference website for more information). Papers will undergo a 
process of review by a program committee comprising leading experts
from academia and industry; however, papers that are too long may
be rejected without review. Scientific proceedings will be published
by Springer in the LNCS series.

All papers must be original, unpublished, and not submitted simultaneously
for publication elsewhere.

Authors of best papers from the conference will be invited to
revise and submit extended versions of their papers for
publication consideration in a special issue of the Journal
on Software and Systems Modeling (Springer).

Conference Organization:
Conference co-chairs:
Ileana Ober, IRIT, France
Jean-Michel Bruel, LIUPPA, France
Program Chair: Krzysztof Czarnecki, Univ. Waterloo, Canada
Experience track co-chairs :
Axel Uhl, SAP, Germany
Marcus Voelter, Independent Consultant, Germany
Workshop Chair: Michel Chaudron, Eindhoven University of Technology, The 
Tutorial Chair: Xavier Blanc, LIP6, France
Steering Committee Chair: Jon Whittle, Lancaster University, UK
Panel Chair: Sudipto Ghosh, Colorado State University, USA
Doctorial Symposium: Alexander Pretschner, ETH Zürich, Swiss
Educator Symposium: Michal Smialek, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.
Publicity Chair: Benoit Baudry, IRISA/INRIA, France
Technological Track: Pascal Roques, Valtech Training, France
Research Projects Track: Iulian Ober, IRIT, France