GEMOC 2016

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4th International Workshop on
The Globalization of Modeling Languages

October 4, 2016, Saint-Malo, France
co-located with MODELS 2016

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About the Workshop

To cope with complexity, modern software-intensive systems are often split in different concerns to serve the needs of diverse stakeholders. These different concerns are often associated with specialized description languages and technologies, which are based on concern-specific problems and solution concepts. Software developers are thus faced with the challenging task of integrating the different languages and associated technologies used to produce software artifacts in the different concern spaces.
The proposed GEMOC 2016 will be a full-day workshop that brings together researchers and practitioners in the modeling languages community to discuss the challenges associated with integrating multiple, heterogeneous modeling languages. The languages of interest range from requirements, to design and runtime languages, and include both general-purpose and domain-specific languages. Challenges related to engineering composable languages, well-formed semantic composition of languages and reasoning about systems described using heterogeneous languages are of particular interest. Following the three previous editions, a major objective is to continue collaborations and to expand a community that is focused on solving the problems arising from the globalization of modeling languages; i.e., the use of multiple DSLs to support coordinated development of diverse aspects of a system.


Session 1: 9:00 – 10:30
9:00 – 9:15     Opening

09:15-10:15: Keynote (chair: J. Gray)

Towards Live DSLs by Tijs van der Storm
Domain-specific languages (DSLs) promise improved development productivity and software quality, by raising the level of abstraction and using notations closer to the problem domain. However, DSLs also increase the distance between what a developer writes, and what is executing on the machine. Live programming is a style of development aimed at eliminating slow edit-compile-run cycles so that developers may enjoy immediate feedback on their actions. In this talk I’ll explore what live programming can mean for DSLs and modeling languages, using example languages for state machines, questionnaires, and meta programming. In addition, I’ll sketch future direction on how language workbenches could support development of live DSLs.


Coffee Break: 10:30 – 11:00

Session 2: 11:00 – 12:30

11:00 – 11:30 Embedding Component Behavior DSLs into the MontiArcAutomaton ADL
Arvid Butting, Bernhard Rumpe and Andreas Wortmann (paper)
11:30 – 12:00 Alignment of viewpoint heterogeneous design models: “Emergency Department” Case Study
Mahmoud El Hamlaoui, Bernard Coulette, Sophie Ebersold, Saloua Bennani, Mahmoud Nassar,
Adil Anwar, Antoine Beugnard, Yassine Jamoussi and Hanh-Nhi Tran (paper)
12:00 – 12:30 Towards Semantic Integration of Plant Behavior Models with AutomationML’s Intermediate Modeling Layer
Tanja Mayerhofer, Manuel Wimmer, Luca Berardinelli, Emanuel Mätzler and Nicole Schmidt (paper, slides)

Lunch Break: 12:30 – 14:00     

Session 3: 14:00 – 15:30

14:00 – 14:30 fSysML: Foundational Executable SysML for Cyber-Physical System Modeling
Omar Badreddin, Vahdat Abdelzad, Timothy Lethbridge and Maged Elaasar (paper)
14:30 – 15:00 A New Approach of Qualitative Simulation for the Validation of Hybrid Systems
Slim Medimegh, Jean-Yves Pierron, Jean-Pierre Gallois and Frédéric Boulanger (paper)
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion Phase 1: Paper wrap-up and outline of subjects to be discussed in session 2

Coffee Break: 15:30 – 16:00

Session 4: 16:00 – 17:30

16:00 – 17:30 Discussions Phase 2

The format of the workshop reflects the goals of the workshop: constructive feedback on submitted papers and models on the conjoint use of different modeling languages, collaboration, and community building. The format of the workshop is that of a working meeting. Hence, there is less of a focus on presentations and more focus on producing and documenting a research roadmap that identifies challenges, different forms of language integration, and relates existing solutions.

The workshop will consist of a morning session in which a keynote and short presentations of the accepted papers will be given. A significant amount of time will be reserved for discussion of each paper and their relations to each other. The afternoon will be devoted to a working session dedicated to open discussions of the presented contributions and other topics suggested by the participants. We will lead the discussion towards a classification of existing and proposed forms of language integration, as well as a description of the language interfaces required in the context of the globalization of modeling languages. We will close with a working session to develop a plan to publish the results of the discussion in a final workshop report.

Call for Papers / Models

Context and Motivation

Software intensive systems are becoming more complex, driven by the need to integrate across multiple concerns and communicative. Consequently, the development of such systems requires the integration of many different concerns and skills. These concerns are usually covered by different languages, with specific concepts, technologies and abstraction levels.  This multiplication of languages

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eases the development related to one specific concern but raises language and technology integration problems at the different stages of the software life cycle. In order to reason about the global system, it becomes necessary to explicitly describe the different kinds of relationships that exist between the different languages used in the development of a complex system. To support effective language integration, there is a pressing need to reify and classify these relationships, as well as the language interactions that the relationships enable. In this context, the proposed GEMOC 2016 workshop aims to attract submissions that outline language integration approaches and case studies that identify and discuss well-defined problems about the management of relationships between heterogeneous modeling languages. The goal is to facilitate deep discussions among the participants that lead to an initial classification of the kinds of language relationships and their management.


This proposed 2016 edition of the GEMOC workshop will follow the successful previous three editions at MODELS 2013 in Miami, FL, USA (Cf., at MODELS 2014 in Valencia, Spain (Cf. and at MODELS 2015 in Ottawa, Canada (Cf.

The proposed 2016 edition will complete the state-of-the-art and practice initiated during the last years. This edition will also continue to investigate the language interfaces required in the context of the globalization of modeling languages. Additionally, it will study the possible relationships with the viewpoint engineering and the notion of multi-paradigm modeling. It will also strengthen the community that broadens the current DSML research focus beyond the development of independent DSMLs to a research focus that provides support for globalized DSMLs.
GEMOC 2016 is supported by the GEMOC initiative (\url{}), which promotes research seeking to develop the necessary breakthroughs in software languages to support global software engineering, i.e., breakthroughs that lead to effective technologies supporting different forms of language integration, including language collaboration, interoperability and composability, as well as the related social coordination between developers that use different languages.



The topics of interest for GEMOC 2016 include:

  • Composability and interoperability of heterogeneous modeling languages
  • Language integration challenges, from requirement to design, for analysis and simulation, during runtime, etc.
  • Model and metamodel composition
  • Language interface, viewpoint
  • Heterogeneous modeling and simulation
  • Multi-paradigm modeling
  • Language-based socio-technical coordination

Submissions describing practical and industrial experience related to the use of heterogeneous modeling languages are also encouraged, particularly in the following application domains:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems, System of Systems
  • Internet of Services, Internet of Things
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Smart City, Smart Building, Home automation

Types of Contributions

As contributions, we expect descriptions of case studies on the coordinated use of multiple modeling languages, and/or descriptions of practical experience, opinions and related approaches. Authors will be invited to submit short papers describing (i) their language integration experience, or (ii) novel approaches for integrating modeling languages.

Each contribution must be from 6 to 10 pages long in the LNCS format. Each paper should describe problems, case studies, or solutions related to the topics of interest. Each paper is expected to highlight the relationships between modeling languages, as well as their management.

Papers that describe use cases, or novel integration approaches can be accompanied by concrete artifacts, such as models (requirements, design, analysis, transformation, composition, etc.). In this case, the concrete artifacts can be stored in the Repository for Model-Driven Development (ReMoDD).

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. The program chairs will apply the principles of the ACM Plagiarism Policy throughout the submission and review process. All contributions will be reviewed and selected by the program committee members.


Each contribution must be from 6 to 10 pages long, in the LNCS format and must be submitted electronically in pdf format via Easychair.


The accepted papers will be published by CEUR in the workshop proceedings, which is indexed by DBLP. Optionally, the models can be published on ReMoDD. Also, participants will be strongly encouraged to participate in preparing the workshop report.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: July 17, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: August 14, 2016
  • Workshop: October 4, 2016


Organizers (contact)

Program Committee

  • Cédric Brun, OBEO, France
  • Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Tony Clark, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Benoit Combemale, INRIA and University of Rennes 1, France
  • Jonathan Corley, University West Georgia, USA
  • Julien DeAntoni, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France (chair)
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA (chair)
  • Jean-Marc Jézéquel, University of Rennes 1, France
  • Ralf Laemmel, Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Gunter Mussbacher, McGill University, Canada
  • Florian Noyrit, CEA List, France
  • Richard Paige, University of York, United Kingdom
  • Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Matthias Schöttle, McGill, Canada
  • Mark Van Den Brand, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Eric Van Wyk, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Markus Voelter, Independent, Germany