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

Call for Tutorials

This is for the historical record; the deadline has passed. For the accepted tutorials see here.

The MODELS conference series is the premier venue for the exchange of innovative ideas and experiences related to model-driven approaches in the development of software-based systems. Topics covered by the conference include domain-specific modeling languages, meta-modeling, semantics, evolution, and verification, among many other topics of interest.

Following the tradition of previous conferences, MODELS 2015 will host a number of tutorials during the three days before the main conference. In addition, MODELS 2015 will also feature mini-tutorials presented in parallel with the technical sessions of the main conference. Tutorials provide intensive courses on topics ranging from thoughts on the past, current, or future development of the modeling discipline to presentations and/or demonstrations of new tools and technologies. A slot in the tutorial track will normally be 3 hours (half-day) for a regular tutorial and 90 minutes (one session) for a mini-tutorial.


Tutorials should target an audience of practitioners, researchers (academic and industrial), students, and developers familiar with and already working with software modeling techniques. The target audience typically has a strong interest in Model-Driven Engineering (MDE), including work on improving and evolving modeling languages (such as UML or DSLs), developing sophisticated MDE tool support, and using MDE to develop/test/reverse/maintain complex systems. Potential attendees may also be interested in how modeling has been applied effectively in specialized domains (e.g., in the automotive industry), and in learning about successful uses of MDE methods in real-world applications. A tutorial should be relevant to a typical MODELS participant, but it is not required to have the same level of technical originality as a scientific paper in the main conference.

At MODELS 2015, all regular tutorials are open to all registrants for satellite events (workshops, symposia, etc.) and all mini-tutorials are open to all registrants for the main conference.


The following themes are examples of what is considered relevant for tutorials:

  • Modeling techniques for specific domains
  • Modeling methodologies and model-oriented processes
  • Presentation of new tools or new versions of old tools (e.g., modeling workbenches, model transformation languages, model verification tools)
  • Dissemination of project results from industry-related projects
  • Teaching of model-driven software development
  • Research methods in MD*
  • Modeling for re-engineering and legacy evolution
  • Empirical experiences in the context of modeling
  • Practical experiences of general interest
  • General topics of interest to young researchers, like presentation skills or research methodologies

Tutorials are intended to provide independent instruction on a topic of relevance to the audience described above. Therefore, no sales-oriented presentations will be accepted. Tutorials relating to or involving the use of commercial tools may be accepted, but will be subject to closer scrutiny, including possible approval of presentation slides. Potential presenters should keep in mind that there may be quite a varied audience, including novice graduate students, seasoned practitioners, and specialized researchers. Tutorial speakers should be prepared to cope with this diversity.

Proposal Contents

The submission must adhere to the IEEE formatting instructions:

The submission must include the following information in a letter-sized pdf document in the indicated order:

  • Title
  • The presenters – name, affiliation, contact information, and short bio (authors of the proposal or tutorial material who are not going to be presenting may be listed, but must be listed last with a footnote such as "Author only; will not be presenting")
  • Abstract (maximum of 200 words) – if accepted, the abstract will be used to advertise the tutorial
  • Keywords
  • Proposed length of the tutorial (3 hours for a regular tutorial or 90 minutes for a mini-tutorial). If you are willing to adapt to either format, please indicate this and give your preference. Regular tutorials will definitely be offered in the days prior to the main conference. Mini-tutorials are intended for the main conference days; however, the possibility exists of offering mini-tutorials in the days prior to the main conference, so please indicate if you are willing to present in either time-period. A proposal for a full-day tutorial (6 hours) must be accompanied by a clear justification of why 6 hours are necessary.
  • Level of the tutorial: beginner/introduction or advanced
  • Target audience and any pre-requisite background required by attendees (beyond average modeling skills)
  • Description of the tutorial and intended outline (maximum of 4 pages)
  • Novelty of the tutorial (list offerings of similar tutorials at previous editions of the MODELS conference or other conferences and discuss the differences with respect to the current proposal)
  • Sample slides (minimum of 6 slides, maximum of 40 slides)


Proposals in PDF format must be submitted via EasyChair ( by March 12, 2015, anywhere in the world (local times). This is a hard deadline. No extensions will be allowed. Authors will be notified by April 12, 2015. Regular tutorials are planned to be held September 27-29, 2015 (Sunday to Tuesday). Mini-tutorials are planned to be held Wednesday September 30, 2015 to Friday October 2, 2015, but there is a possibility that mini-tutorials may also be held September 27-29, 2015.


The Tutorials Selection Committee will review each submitted proposal to ensure high quality, and select tutorials based on their anticipated benefit for prospective participants and their fit within the tutorial program as a whole. Factors to be considered also include: relevance, timeliness, importance, and audience appeal; effectiveness of teaching methods; and past experience and qualifications of the instructors. The goal will be to provide a diverse set of lectures that attracts a high level of interest among broad segments of the MODELS community.


Authors of accepted tutorial proposals are expected to prepare a set of slides to be distributed to participants, including a bibliography pertinent to the tutorial.


As in previous years, participants will pay a single satellite fee which will cover both tutorials and workshops. This permits unifying the treatment of Workshops and Tutorials, and it makes tutorials more attractive to attendees. Under this schema, tutorial presenters will not receive monetary compensation, and will have to pay their own registration to the satellite events. By submitting a tutorial proposal, the presenter accepts that there will be no compensation for giving the tutorial if accepted. The benefit to the presenter is the opportunity to extend their sphere of influence to the MODELS satellite attendees.

Tutorial Organization and Contact Information

Tutorial Co-Chairs

For further information, please contact the tutorial chairs at

Tutorials Selection Committee

  • Shaukat Ali, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
  • Daniel Amyot, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • João Araújo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Jordi Cabot, ICREA - UOC, Barcelona, Spain
  • Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
  • Benoit Combemale, Université de Rennes 1/INRIA, France
  • Juan de Lara, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
  • Øystein Haugen, Østfold University College, Norway
  • Gerti Kappel, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Jörg Kienzle, University of McGill, Canada
  • Stephan Krusche, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Pieter Mosterman, MathWorks, USA
  • Rob Pettit, The Aerospace Corp., USA
  • Bran Selic, Malina Software Corp, Canada
  • Arnor Solberg, SINTEF, Norway
  • Harald Störrle, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
  • Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Dániel Varró, Budapesti Müszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem, Hungary
  • Manuel Wimmer, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
  • Steffen Zschaler, King’s College London, United Kingdom