ACM/IEEE 18th International Conference on
Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems

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 5 pages (references included) in the IEEE two-column style:

Springer LNCS style. Details about the required submission format can be found here. 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.

All accepted submissions to the Doctoral Symposium @ MODELS 2015 will be published in a post-conference volume of CEUR ( and indexed in the DBLP.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 17, 2015
  • Notification to authors: August 21, 2015
  • Symposium: September 29, 2015
  • Camera-ready deadline: October 28, 2015

Symposium Organization and Contact Information

  • Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dimitris Kolovos, University of York, UK
Program Committee
  • Istvan Rath, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama
  • Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal
  • Shiva Nejati, University of Luxembourg
  • Juan De Lara, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • Sahar Kokaly, McMaster University
  • David Méndez-Acuña, Universidad de los Andes
  • Reiner Jung, Kiel University
  • Adolfo Sanchez-Barbudo Herrera, University of York
  • Jorge Sedeño, University of Seville
  • Simon Van Mierlo, University of Antwerp
  • Luis Silvestre, University of Chile
  • Davide Arcelli, Università de L'Aquila