CfP: Workshop on Graphical Modeling Language Development


Models play an important role in software development. They not only support communication and understanding, but are increasingly used in automating software development tasks such as code generation, model-based testing, simulation and analysis. While many languages are created for software developers others may be created for business analysts, interaction specialists, test engineers, or persons responsible for product configuration and deployment. Often these languages are domain-specific, created for a narrow application area or for use only inside one company.

This workshop looks at principles of modeling language development, particularly graphical modeling languages for domain-specific needs. We seek contributions that are backed up by experiences on developing modeling languages. We do not focus on tools, but recognize the need for metamodel-based tools, which significantly ease the production of modeling environments. These tools also enable experimentation with the language as it is built, and remove the burden of tool creation and maintenance from the language creator.

The workshop welcomes submissions that address the development of graphical modeling languages. We are looking for submissions that cover all the phases of language development, including definition, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of modeling languages. We also welcome papers that discuss challenges and new trends. Some of the issues that we would like to see addressed in this workshop are experience-based findings on:

  • Approaches to identify language concepts
  • Tradeoffs between different language structures
  • Processes for language definition
  • Language structures that minimize the modeling need (and modeling time)
  • Keeping models compact, consistent, reusable
  • Testing modeling languages
  • Creating notations for models, error annotation, different usage situations etc.
  • Ways to integrate modeling languages
  • Demonstration of modeling languages (and their related tooling, generators etc).

Important Dates

Initial submission: 16 April 2012
Notification:  14 May 2012
Final:    3 June 2012
Workshop: 3 July 2012


Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark (at 8th European Conference onModelling Foundations and Applications)

Submission Information

Papers should be submitted by April 16, 2012. Contributions should be submitted electronically via EasyChair. Submitted papers must conform to the LNCS style. The maximum length of a submission is 12 pages.

Additional information about the workshop and submission guidelines is available at the workshop website:

Program Committee

Matthias Biehl, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Michel Bourdellès, THALES
Ulrich Frank, University of Duisburg-Essen
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama
Kenji Hisazumi, Kyushu University
Emilio Insfran,  Universitat Politécnica de València
Teemu Kanstren, VTT
Steven Kelly, MetaCase
Christian Kreiner, Technical University of Graz
Ivan Lukovic, University of Novi Sad
Vojislav B. Misic, Ryerson University
Pedro Sanchez Palma, Technical University of Cartagena
Andreas Prinz, University of Agder
Mark-Oliver Reiser, Technical University of Berlin
Keng Siau, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jonathan Sprinkle, University of Arizona
Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen
Alain Wegmann, EPFL  Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology
Markus Voelter, Independent

Organizing Committee

Heiko Kern, University of Leipzig
Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase
Paolo Bottoni, University of Roma

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