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Program and Proceedings

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Call for Paper

Workshop on Domain-specific Modeling Languages (DSML'08) co-located with the Modellierung 2008
March 14, 2008, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

In recent years, computer science produced a multitude of modeling languages. They are used to describe, analyze, and understand systems, components, artifacts, problems, and solution algorithms. Models are often used to create a corresponding implementation. The automation of this process helps to reduce costs for system development. In this context, the value of a model significantly depends on two questions: How intuitively do models and modeling languages describe the chosen part of reality? How much effort does it take to create an implementation based on the model?

A reliable basis for an automated implementation of a model are modeling languages with formal semantics. They unambiguously describe the meaning of a diagram or a textual specification. The closer the concepts of a modeling language and the models are to an implementation technology, the easier (and less error-prone) is the implementation process.

However, means of expression that are close to a technology complicate the description of systems in specific domains like disaster management, business processes, or supply chains. The systems of these domains base upon concepts that are substantially different from the implementation technology. On one hand, skilled modelers may be able to express the concepts of a domain by the means of existing modeling languages. But they are not able to judge the value of a model within the application domain. On the other hand, domain experts are able to judge the value of such a model. But they face a lot of technical details in existing modeling languages. They need to comprehend the modeling language, first. Consequently, the main problem is to relate domain-specific concepts and technical details in a sound and conceivable manner.

Domain-specific modeling languages (DSMLs) are considered as one solution for this problem. They provide all domain-relevant concepts, which are based on adequate formalisms and models. Hence, DSLs have an unambiguous semantics. Supported by corresponding tools, domain experts are able to create, analyze, and refine models with artifacts from their domain. By creating such tools and languages, experienced modelers provide a means to domain experts, that enables them to unambiguously express domain-specific concepts on a formal basis.

In the field of model-driven development (MDD), the design of a DSML is seen as a modeling task: The DSML is described by a language model written in a formal language-modeling language; Tools support the development of domain-specific tools as well as the enhancements of language, tools, and models.


The workshop program provides two sessions:

  1. a research and industry session where well worked-out contributions (scientific or industrial research papers) will be presented and discussed, and
  2. a discussion session where new ideas, problem statements and research visions (discussion and position papers) shall give rise to stimulating discussions.

The submissions should focus on contributions to the development and on the use of domain-specific modeling languages. In particular we encourage submissions about the following topics:

  • development techniques and development tools for Domain-specific modeling languages (DSMLs),
  • case studies about the development of DSMLs,
  • case studies about the application of DSMLs,
  • adoption of DSMLs in analysis, simulation, verification or testing of systems.

The contributions should provide answers to the following questions:

  • How does the application domain affect the modeling language?
  • How can a language ease or enable modeling, simulation, verification, or test of a system?
  • How does a structured (model-driven) development process support the design and the development of a system?

Submission Guidelines

All submitted papers should represent original ideas that are currently not under review in any conference or journal.

Each submitted paper will undergo a formal peer review process by at least 3 members of the Program Committee. Submissions should be written in English or German, should be formatted in LNI format, and should have 8-16 pages for scientific research papers and around 4 pages for discussion and position papers. Please submit your paper via EasyChair (http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=DSM08 ) until January 17, 2008.

Accepted papers will be published as digital proceedings at www.CEUR-WS.org and as a technical report of the Humboldt-University Berlin. Excellent submissions will be proposed for publication in relevant journals.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission: January 17, 2008 (new deadline), via EasyChair
  • Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2008
  • Camera-ready version due: February 15, 2008
  • Conference dates: March 14, 2008


Contacts: Dirk Fahland (fahland@gk-metrik.de), Michael Soden (soden@ikv.de)

Organizing Committee

  • Dirk Fahland, HU Berlin
  • Joachim Fischer, HU Berlin
  • Daniel Sadilek, HU Berlin
  • Markus Scheidgen, HU Berlin
  • Bernd-Holger Schlingloff, Fraunhofer FIRST
  • Michael Soden, IKV Technologies AG
  • Stephan Weißleder, HU Berlin

Program Committee

  • Hajo Eichler, IKV Technologies AG
  • Gregor Engels, Universität Paderborn
  • Dirk Fahland, HU Berlin
  • Joachim Fischer, HU Berlin
  • Kathrin Kaschner, Universität Rostock
  • Dagmar Koss, TU München
  • Niels Lohmann, Universität Rostock
  • Roman Nagy, microTOOL GmbH
  • Birgit Penzenstadler, TU München
  • Daniel Sadilek, HU Berlin
  • Markus Scheidgen, HU Berlin
  • Bernd-Holger Schlingloff, Fraunhofer FIRST
  • Sebastian Schuster, Universität Karlsruhe
  • Michael Soden, IKV Technologies AG
  • Dehla Sokenou, GEBIT Solutions GmbH
  • Stephan Weißleder, HU Berlin
  • Karsten Wolf, Universität Rostock
  • Justyna Zander-Nowicka, Fraunhofer FOKUS
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