Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers

Call for Contributions: Doctoral Symposium

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a forum in which PhD students can present their work in progress and to foster the role of MODELS as a premier venue for research in model-driven engineering. The Symposium supports students by providing independent and constructive feedback about their already completed and, more importantly, planned research work. The Symposium will be attended by prominent experts in the field of model-driven engineering who will actively participate in critical discussions.


Submissions (exclusively authored by the PhD student) are invited from those students who have settled on a PhD topic, but are still sufficiently far away from completion to be able to take full advantage of the given feedback. Typically, this means that, at the time of the Symposium, students are at least one year away from completion. Submissions should present research in progress that is intended to lead to a PhD dissertation, using the following structure:

  • Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the target audience of this research, and a motivation of why the problem is important and needs to be solved.
  • Related work: A review of the relevant related work with an emphasis of how the proposed approach is different and what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
  • Proposed solution: A description of the proposed solution and which other work (e.g., in the form of methods or tools) it depends on.
  • Preliminary work: A description of the work to-date and results achieved so far.
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user studies, experiments).
  • Current status: The current status of the work and a planned timeline for completion.

Submissions must not exceed seven (7) pages (references included) in length. All submissions must conform to the Springer LNCS style (

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format via Easychair:

Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee which is drawn from senior members of the Modeling community and past participants of the MODELS Doctoral Symposium. Selections are made based on the originality of the work, its significance, correctness, clarity and the potential benefit from attending the Doctoral Symposium.

Important Dates

Submission deadline July 17, 2016 “Anywhere on Earth”, i.e., UTC-12
Notification to authors August 14, 2016
Symposium October 2, 2016


Accepted submissions will be published on CEUR. Details will be communicated to the authors of accepted papers at the time of notification.

Symposium Organization and Contact Information


  • Shiva Nejati, SnT/University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Rick Salay, University of Toronto, Canada

Program Committee

  • Dimitris Kolovos, University of York, UK
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
  • Nelly Bencomo, Aston University, UK
  • Jean-Michel Bruel, IRIT, France
  • Matthias Kowal, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Juergen Dingel, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Jocelyn Simmonds, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Domenico Bianculli, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Jordi Cabot, ICREA, Spain
  • Amal Khalil, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Dániel Varró, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

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