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Call for Papers

MODELS in its 19th edition cordially invites contributions related to all aspects of model-based engineering!

MODELS is the premier conference series for model-based software and systems engineering. Since 1998 MODELS has covered all aspects of modeling, from languages and methods to tools and applications. As such, it provides a platform for researchers, academics, engineers and industrial professionals to exchange cutting-edge research results and innovative development activities around modelling and model-based software development. MODELS 2016 challenges the modeling community to solidify the foundations of modelling, and extend the applications of modeling in areas such as cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, embedded systems, social media, big data, security, open source, and sustainability. We invite you to join us in Saint-Malo, France and to help shape the modelling methods and technologies of the future!

Summary of Changes since MODELS 2015

  • Improved description of evaluation criteria for the “New Ideas / Vision” papers and “Practice and Innovation” papers
  • Improved 2-phase Review Process

Foundations Track Papers

We invite authors to submit high quality contributions describing significant, original, and unpublished results in the following categories:

  1. Technical papers: Technical papers should describe innovative research in model-based engineering activities. They should describe a novel contribution to the field and should carefully support claims of novelty with citations to the relevant literature.
    Evaluation criteria: Technical papers are evaluated on the basis of originality, soundness, relevance, importance of contribution, strength of validation, quality of presentation and appropriate comparison to related work. Where a submission builds upon previous work of the author(s), the novelty of the new contribution must be clearly described with respect to the previous work. Technical papers need to clearly discuss how the results were validated (formal proofs, controlled experiments, case studies, simulations, etc). Authors are requested to make the artifacts used for the evaluation publicly accessible.
  2. New ideas / vision papers: New ideas papers describe new, non-conventional model-based development research positions or approaches that depart from standard practice. They are intended to describe well-defined research ideas that are at an early stage of investigation. Vision papers are intended to either provide new evidence that common wisdom should be challenged, present new unifying theories about existing modeling research that provides novel insight that can lead to the development of new technologies or approaches, or apply modeling technology to radically new application areas.
    Evaluation criteria: New ideas and vision papers will primarily be assessed based on their level of originality and potential for impact on the field in terms of promoting fresh thinking. Hence, inadequacies in the state-of-the-art and the pertinence, correctness, and impact of the idea/vision must be described clearly. New ideas papers: While the idea that is described does not need to be fully validated, a presentation of preliminary results that provide initial insights into the feasibility and/or impact of the idea is expected. Vision papers: Vision papers are expected to provide a detailed, convincing research road map towards the realization of the vision.

Practice and Innovation Track

The goal of this track is to fill the gap between foundational research in model-driven engineering (MDE) and industrial needs. We invite authors from academia and industry to submit original contributions reporting on the innovative application of MDE in industrial, government, or open-source settings, as well as the development of novel engineering solutions to enable the use of MDE in such contexts.
Examples include:

  • Scalable and cost-effective methodologies and tools
  • Industrial case studies with valuable lessons learned
  • Experience reports providing novel insights

Each paper should provide clear take-away value by describing the context of a problem of practical, industrial importance and the application of an innovative solution. The paper should discuss why the solution of the problem is innovative, effective, or efficient and what likely practical impact it has or will have; it should provide a concise explanation of the approach, techniques, and methodologies employed; and explain the best practices that emerged, tools developed, and/or software processes involved. Studies reporting on negative findings must provide a thorough discussion of the potential causes of failure, and ideally a perspective on how to solve them.

Topics of interest

Submissions are sought on any topic of modeling for software and systems engineering, including, but not limited to:

  • Development, use, and evolution of domain-specific modeling languages
  • Evaluation and comparison of modeling languages, techniques and tools
  • Evolution of general-purpose modeling languages and related standards
  • Definition of the syntax and semantics of modeling and model transformation languages
  • Tools, meta-tools and language workbenches for model-based engineering, including model management aspects
  • Definition, usage, and analysis of generative and reengineering approaches
  • Integration of modeling languages and tools (hybrid multi-modeling approaches)
  • Quality assurance (analysis, testing, verification) for functional and non-functional properties of models and model transformations
  • Development of systems engineering and modeling-in-the-large concepts
  • New paradigms, formalisms, applications, approaches, frameworks, or processes for model-based development
  • Modeling in software engineering; applications of models
  • Modeling with, and for, new and emerging systems and paradigms such as cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, data analytics, big data, systems engineering, social media, devices and services, mobile applications, open source software, sustainability, …
  • Modeling for development challenges such as collaboration, scalability, security, interoperability, adaptability, maintainability, dependability, reuse, energy efficiency, …

Submission and evaluation process

Papers must be submitted electronically through the Models 2016 submission site:

Foundations track:

Practice & Innovation track:

All submissions must come in PDF format. All submissions must conform to the ACM formatting guidelines (templates at Note that all fonts MUST be embedded within the PDF file (see here for a howto: For word users, please download the ACM Digital Library optimal distiller settings file, ACM.joboptions.

“Technical Research-Foundations” papers and “Practice and Innovation” papers must not exceed 10 pages (including figures and appendices, excluding references). New Ideas / Vision Papers must not exceed 7 pages (including figures and appendices, excluding references). All papers are allowed to use up to 1 additional page for references. Submissions that do not adhere to these limits or that violate the formatting guidelines will be desk-rejected without review. All submissions must be in English.

The MODELS 2016 review process will use two phases in order to balance the need for high quality reviews and the growing number of paper submissions. The reviewing and discussion process is monitored by one or two Program Board members assigned to each paper.

In the first phase, all papers that conform to the submission guidelines will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. The Program Committee and Program Board will then identify those papers most viable for publication in MODELS 2016 and advance them to the second phase. Authors of papers that do not progress will be notified promptly, giving authors as much opportunity as possible to further develop their work. Some of the papers that proceed to the second phase will be given the opportunity for author response to clarify some of the questions arisen by PC members in their reviews. For those papers, the response is taken into account in the final decision phase. Other papers may be promoted directly to the second phase without requested author response. In any case, authors are not required nor able to revise their submission.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings published by ACM. Authors of best papers from the conference will be invited to revise and submit extended versions of the papers for publication in the Journal of Software and Systems Modeling.

Important Dates

Foundations and Practice and Innovation

1 April Abstract submission
8 April Paper submission
13 June First notification
13-17 June Author response
10 July Final notification

Please note that:

  • Abstract submission is mandatory
  • All deadlines are hard. No extensions will be granted.
  • All dates are according to time zone “Anywhere on Earth”, i.e., UTC-12

For more information about the evaluation process, specific instructions for submission as well as the other tracks for MODELS 2016, please visit


General Chairs
Benoit Baudry, INRIA Rennes, France
Benoit Combemale, INRIA Rennes / University of Rennes, France

Program Chairs
Jörg Kienzle (Foundations Track), McGill University, Canada
Alexander Pretschner (Practice and Innovation Track), Technische Universität München, Germany

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