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Call for Doctoral Symposium Contributions

The goal of the MODELS 2018 Doctoral Symposium is to provide an international forum for doctoral students to interact with their fellow students and faculty mentors working in the area of 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 and constructive discussions.

The doctoral symposium will have the format of a one-day workshop, with presentations of the doctoral students who have their paper accepted in a peer-review process, feedback from the mentors, and plenty of time for discussion. The presentations will be open for mentors, students, and other conference participants; only supervisors of the presenters are excluded from the sessions in which their students deliver their presentation.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions (exclusively authored by the doctoral student) are invited from students who have settled on a doctoral dissertation topic, but are still sufficiently far away from completion to be able to take full advantage of the given feedback.

Submissions should present research in progress that is intended to lead to a doctoral 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 on 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., methods or tools) it depends on.
  • 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).
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Current status: A description of the work to-date, results achieved so far and a proposed planned timeline for completion.

Submissions must not exceed five (5) pages plus two (2) pages for references. All submissions must conform to the sigconf template provided by ACM Template.

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format. The submission page for Doctoral Symposium @MODELS’18 is through Easychair.

Important Dates

All submission deadlines are AoE (i.e. UTC-12).

  • Abstract Submission: July 8, 2018, AoE
  • Paper Submission July 15, 2018, AoE
  • Acceptance Notification: August 26, 2018
  • Camera Ready: September 16, 2018
  • Doctoral Symposium: Tuesday, October 16 (most likely, changes still possible at this point), 2018

Selection Committee

  • Nelly Bencomo, Aston University (UK)
  • Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Betty Cheng, Michigan State University (USA)
  • Peter Clarke, Florida International University (USA)
  • Davide Di Ruscio, University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • Gregor Engels, University of Paderborn (Germany)
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama (USA)
  • Ekkart Kindler, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Emilio Insfran, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
  • Shahar Maoz, Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • Matthias Tichy, Ulm University (Germany)
  • Antonio Vallecillo, University of Malaga (Spain)
  • Jean Vanderdonckt, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
  • Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp and McGill University (Belgium, Canada)
  • Andreas Vogelsang, Technical University of Berlin (Germany)


  • Silvia Abrahão, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
  • Joel Greenyer, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
Doctoral Symposium AoE (UTC-12)
8 July 2018
Abstract submission
15 July 2018
Paper submission
26 August 2018
16 September 2018
Camera Ready
16 October 2018 (most likely, changes still possible at this point)
Doctoral Symposium