International Workshop onThe Globalization of Modeling Languages

September 29, 2013, Miami, Florida, USAco-located with MODELS 2013

The workshop report is published online on CEUR.

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About the Workshop

Modern software-intensive systems serve diverse stakeholder groups and thus must address a variety of stakeholder concerns. These concern spaces are often associated with specialized description languages and technologies that are based on concern-specific problem 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.

GEMOC 2013 is a full-day workshop that will bring together researchers and practitioners in the modeling languages community to discuss the challenges associated with integrating multiple, heterogeneous modeling languages.

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The languages of interest range from requirements to runtime languages, and include both general-purpose and domain-specific languages. Challenges related to engineering composable languages, semantic composition of languages and to reasoning about systems described using heterogeneous languages are of particular interest.

GEMOC 2013 will provide an open forum for sharing experiences, problems and solutions on the conjoint use of multiple modeling languages. This workshop will be the place where concrete artifacts, ideas and opinion are exchanged and constructive feedback provided. A major objective is to encourage collaborations and to start building a community that is focused on solving the problems arising from such a globalization of modeling languages.


08:45-09:00: Workshop opening

09:00-10:00: Session 1 (chair: B. Combemale): 2*30min

  • Toward Denotational Semantics of Domain-Specific Modeling Languages for Automated Code Generation (paper, slides) Danielle Gaither, University of North Texas Barrett R. Bryant, University of North Texas
  • From Sensors to Visualization Dashboards: Challenges in Languages Composition (paper, slides) Sebastien Mosser, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, I3S (UMR CNRS 7271) Ivan Logre, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, I3S (UMR CNRS 7271) Nicolas Ferry, SINTEF IKT Philippe Collet, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, I3S (UMR CNRS 7271)

*10:00-10:30: coffee break*

10:30-12:00: Session 2 (chair: R. France): 3*30min

  • Heterogeneous Model Composition in ModHel’X: the Power Window Case Study (paper, slides) Frédéric Boulanger, Supélec E3S Christophe Jacquet, Supélec E3S Cécile Hardebolle, Supélec E3S
  • Railroad Crossing Heterogeneous Model (paper, slides) Matias Ezequiel Vara Larsen, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, I3S (UMR CNRS 7271) INRIA AOSTE Arda Goknil, INRIA Sophia Antipolis / AOSTE
  • On the Challenges of Composing Multi-View Models (paper, slides) Matthias Schöttle, McGill University Jörg Kienzle, McGill University

*12:00-01:30: lunch*

01:30-03:00: Session 3 (chair: J. Deantoni): 3*30min

  • Using partial model synthesis to support model integration in large-scale software development (paper, slides) Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto Rick Salay, University of Toronto
  • Enhance the Reusability of Models and Their Behavioral Correctness (paper, slides) Papa Issa Diallo, LabSTICC ENSTA Bretagne Joël Champeau, LabSTICC ENSTA Bretagne
  • Black-box Integration of Heterogeneous Modeling Languages for CPS (paper, slides) Markus Look, Software Engineering, RWTH Aachen University Antonio Navarro Perez, Software Engineering, RWTH Aachen University Jan Oliver Ringert, Software Engineering, RWTH Aachen University Bernhard Rumpe, Software Engineering, RWTH Aachen University Andreas Wortmann, Software Engineering, RWTH Aachen University

*03:00-03:30: coffee break*

03:30-05:00: Discussions on language composition and integration

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 two sequential periods. A first one in which an introduction and short presentations of the accepted papers will be given; and a second one dedicated to open discussions of the presented contributions. We will lead the discussion towards a classification of existing and proposed forms of language integration but also a classification of common problem across the integrations. We will close the sessions by developing a work 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 and more complex 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 eases the development of a 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 the relationships that can 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 workshop GEMOC 2013 aims to attract submissions that include outlines of language integration approaches, case studies, or that identify and discuss well defined problems about the management of relationships between heterogeneous modeling languages. The goal is to facilitate good discussions among the participants that lead to an initial classification of the kinds of language relationships and their management.

GEMOC 2013 is supported by the GEMOC initiative that 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.


The topics of interest for GEMOC 2013 include:

  • Composability and interoperability of heterogeneous modeling languages
  • Language integration challenges, from requirement to design, to analysis and simulation, to runtime.
  • Model and metamodel composition
  • Multi-paradigm modeling and simulation

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
  • Smart City, Smart Building, Home automation
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Internet of Services, Internet of Things

Types of Contributions

We expect as contributions, descriptions of case studies on 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. Authors will also be invited to store full versions of models used to illustrate their novel approach or experience in the Repository for Model Driven Development (ReMoDD). This allows us to share the models with participants and the wider modeling community before and after the workshop.

Each contribution must be described in a short paper not exceeding 3-6 pages in the LNCS format. Each paper should describe problems, case studies, and solutions related to the topics of interest. Each paper is expected to highlight the relationships between modeling languages as well as their expected management.

Papers that describe novel or existing integration approaches should be accompanied by concrete artifacts, such as models (requirement, design, analysis, transformation, composition, etc.), stored in ReMoDD. Artifacts should illustrate any experience on the conjoint use of different modeling languages.

The paper selection process will be based on relevance to the topics for the workshop. All contributions will be reviewed and selected by the organizing and program committee.


Each contribution must not exceed 3-6 pages in the LNCS format and must be submitted electronically in pdf format via Easychair.

In addition, the concrete models referenced in a contribution should be submitted to ReMoDD. To do so, authors will have to do the following: Create a ReMoDD account if they do not have one and and join the GEMOC@MODELS2013 group. Create a Group Post (see right side of ReMoDD website) for the GEMOC@MODELS2013 group, provide a title, and attach your concrete artefacts file to this post.


The accepted papers and the accepted models will be published just prior to the workshop on the workshop website and in ReMoDD, respectively. Similarly, final versions of models will also be published in ReMoDD shortly after the workshop. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate in preparing the workshop report. This report will provide a classification of the possible relationships between modeling languages and a survey of integration approaches. The report will be published in CEUR, which is indexed by DBLP.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: July 15th 22nd, 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: August 23rd, 2013
  • Workshop: September 29th, 2013


Organizers and Chairs (contact)

Program Committee

  • Walter Cazzola, DICo, University of Milano, Italy
  • Benoit Combemale, University of Rennes 1, France
  • Julien De Antoni, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Robert B. France, Colorado State University, USA
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
  • Jean-Marc Jézéquel, University of Rennes 1, France
  • Jörg Kienzle, McGill University, Canada
  • Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Pieter J. Mosterman, MathWorks, USA
  • Gunter Mussbacher, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Eugene Syriani, University of Alabama, USA