The Foundation Track ******************** The primary objective of the Foundations Track is to provide a forum for original scientific research on model-based methods for software and systems engineering. Papers submitted to the Foundations Track should describe original, high quality, unpublished research of a standard suitable for a major international conference. Regular papers in the Foundations Track should document theoretical, empirical and/or conceptual research that has been thoroughly and systematically evaluated. Vision papers in the Foundations Track should describe radical new ideas and, although they are not held to the same standard of evaluation, should provide enough evidence to assess their validity. The MODELS organizers solicit papers on any topic of modeling for software and systems engineering, including, but not limited to:
Paper Types We solicit two types of papers in the Foundations Track. Regular papers should describe innovative and significant original research relevant to the MODELS scope, as defined above. Vision papers are intended to challenge the status quo by either: presenting new technical ideas that depart from standard practice, providing new evidence that common wisdom should be challenged, or applying models to radically new application areas. Whilst research papers are expected to have a solid and complete evaluation, 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.
Review and Evaluation Criteria All papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the Foundations Track Program Committee. Both types of papers will be assessed based on originality, rigour, presentation and comparison to related work. Regular papers will additionally be assessed based on evaluation. Vision papers will also be assessed based on potential ‘game changing’ impact. Although vision papers are not expected to have an evaluation as thorough as that for a research paper, preliminary investigations that provide evidence to support the ideas are particularly welcome. The review process will include an Author Response phase Reviews will be provided to authors who will then have 48 hours to prepare a short (500 word) optional response. The response is to be used for the purpose of clarification, correction or to respond to questions asked by the reviewers. Author responses will be used in the decision making process. Authors should, however, be realistic in their expectations of the Author Response phase: reviews cannot be updated to reflect the author response and it is likely that only decisions on borderline papers will be affected (in 2010, decisions on 9 out of 43 borderline papers were changed as a result of the author response).
The Applications Track ********************** As with any emerging technical discipline, model-based engineering approaches to software and system development give rise to a unique set of challenges related to practical application. These include a very diverse list of issues such as problems of scaling to multi-domain and geographically distributed teams, difficulties of integrating new methods and tools into legacy environments, resistance to culture change, and coping with immature technologies. Nevertheless, there are numerous practical examples of industrial application of model-based engineering in which such problems have been overcome, resulting in successful systems that clearly demonstrate the viability and the advantages of model-based methods. Unfortunately, there is still insufficient awareness among many practitioners of such results and the potential of these methods for delivering major increases in productivity and product quality.
The objectives of the MODELS applications track are to provide a realistic and verifiable picture of the current state-of-the-practice of model-based engineering and to provide a forum where the problems encountered by the industrial adoption of model driven techniques can be explored. The Applications Track seeks articles that describe and analyse the application of model driven techniques to industrial case studies that describe innovative solutions and concepts arising from practical deployment of tools and techniques, and that describe industrial problems that can help shape the model driven research agenda. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
Review and Evaluation Criteria All papers will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three members of the Applications Track Program Committee. Papers will be assessed based on originality, rigour, presentation, and on their industrial relevance. The review process will include an Author Response phase (see to the left for dates). Reviews will be provided to authors who will then have 48 hours to prepare a short (500 word) optional response. The response is to be used for the purpose of clarification, correction or to respond to questions asked by the reviewers. Author responses will be used in the decision making process. Authors should, however, be realistic in their expectations of the Author Response phase: reviews cannot be updated to reflect the author response and it is likely that only decisions on borderline papers will be affected.
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How to Submit *************
Papers for consideration should not have been published or be currently under review elsewhere. In the case of dispute, Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity will be followed. Paper submissions must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines (see http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs). Regular papers are limited to 15 pages in length. Vision for the Foundation Track are limited to 10 pages in length. These page limits include all text, references, figures, appendices and annexes. The title of vision papers MUST be preceded by “Vision Paper:”. All submissions must be written in English. Submissions must be in PDF format. Any submission that does not conform to the page limits or formatting instructions will be desk rejected without review. Papers must be submitted electronically through the conference submission page. Accepted papers (both regular and vision) will be published in the conference proceedings by Springer in the LNCS series. Authors of best papers from the conference will be invited to revise and submit extended versions of their papers for a special issue of the Journal ‘Software and Systems Modeling’ (Springer Verlag).
Organization Committee ********************** Conference Chair: Thomas Kuehne, New Zealand
Local Chairs: Stuart Marshall, New Zealand Hui Ma, New Zealand
Program Chairs: Jon Whittle, UK Tony Clark, UK
Workshop Chair: Joerg Kienzle, Canada
Tutorial Chair: Vasco Amaral, Portugal
Panel Chair : Colin Atkinson, Germany
Doctoral Symposium Chair: Joerg Evermann, New Foundland Ivan Porres, Finland
Educators’ Symposium Chair: Marion Brandsteidl, Austria Andreas Winter, Germany
Publicity Chair: Werner Heijstek, the Netherlands
About Wellington and the conference location ******************************************** MODELS 2010 takes place in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Wellington is a compact city with an abundance of cafes, restaurants and outdoor activity opportunities. The expected temperature in October is between 9°C and 15°C. The conference will take place in the National Museum “Te Papa” which is located in the heart of Wellington, directly on Wellington’s main bay - in which orcas have been seen swimming.
New Zealand’s fabled South Island is only a stone’s throw away. The South Island harbours world famous sites such as the Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman National Park, the Franz Josef Glacier and Fjordland National Park. The South Island will certainly appeal to those who enjoy nature. Kayak through the Milford Sound, scuba dive near a seal colony in Kaikoura, hike the Franz Josef glacier, enjoy the marvelous beauty of lake Tekapo or take the fainting train ride through the Southern Alps.
More information can be found on http://www.tourismnewzealand.com
In addition, Air New Zealand offers attractively priced tickets that allow for multi-day stopovers on a multitude of attractive locations including (but not limited to) Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Honolulu, Vancouver, San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, London and multiple locations in Australia. For example: A ticket from Amsterdam to Wellington with one week stopovers in Tahiti and Beijing can be had for around 1,400 euro, depending on the chosen dates. Look for the multi-stop itenary application on the Air New Zealand website.
Website ******* Visit the MODELS 2011 web site at http://modelsconference.org/ for more information.