CfP: 4th Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling, OOPSLA 2004



The 4th OOPSLA Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling

October 25, 2004

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Call for Position Papers:

An upward shift in abstraction leads to a corresponding increase in

productivity. In the past this has occurred when programming languages

have evolved towards a higher level of abstraction. Today, domain-specific

modeling languages provide a viable solution for continuing to raise the

level of abstraction beyond coding, making development faster and easier.

In domain-specific modeling (DSM), the models are constructed using

concepts that represent a given application domain, not concepts of a

programming language. The modeling language follows the domain abstractions

and semantics, allowing developers to perceive themselves as working

directly with domain concepts. In many cases, final products can be

automatically generated from these high-level specifications with

domain-specific code generators.

Much investigation is still needed in order to advance the acceptance and

viability of domain-specific modeling. This workshop welcomes position

papers describing new ideas at either a practical or theoretical level.

On the practical side, we are interested in submissions dealing with

application of modeling techniques within a specific domain. In addition

to industrial projects, we seek initial descriptions of research ideas that

initiate and forward the technical underpinnings of the domain-specific

modeling. In particular, the importance of metamodeling is highlighted in

this workshop. Metamodeling significantly eases the implementation of

domain-specific languages and provides support for experimenting with the

modeling language as it is built (thus, metamodel-based language definition

also assists in the task of constructing generators that reduce the burden

of tool creation and maintenance).

Some suggested topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

- Tools for supporting domain-specific modeling (DSM) and visual

modeling languages

- Metamodeling frameworks and languages

- Comparison and analysis of model-driven development approaches

- Principles for identifying constructs for visual languages

supporting DSM

- Industry/academic experience reports describing success/failure in

using domain-specific modeling

- Issues of support/maintenance of models and evolution of DSM

language in accordance with the representative domain

- Version control techniques for DSMs

- Specific domains where this technology can be most productive in

the future (e.g., embedded systems, product family domains or

systems with multiple implementation platforms)

- Techniques for supporting model interchange between tools

- Relationships between ontologies and metamodels


Important Dates:

Initial submission: August 15, 2004

Author Notification: September 9, 2004

(1 week prior to Early Registration deadline)

Final version: October 1, 2004

Workshop: October 25, 2004


Submission Information:

Admission to the workshop will be extended to those who have submitted a

relevant position paper. Each position paper will be reviewed by the

Program Committee and invitations to attend the workshop will then be

issued based upon the evaluation of the position paper.

Position papers should be approximately 5 to 8 pages and should be

submitted by August 15, 2004. Contributions should be sent as a PDF or

Word file via email to Notification of acceptance will

be sent by September 9, based on the evaluation of the contribution by

members of the program committee.

The accepted papers will be posted on the workshop web site.


Additional Information:

Additional information about the workshop is available at the workshop

web site, including the anticipated workshop format, the pre/post

workshop activities, and links to the previous DSM workshops at OOPSLA.

The web page is at:

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Program Committee:

Pierre America, Philips

Philip T. Cox, Dalhousie University

Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo

Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Steven Kelly, MetaCase

Jürgen Kerstna, St. Jude Medical

Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University

Pentti Marttiin, Nokia

Birger Møller-Pedersen, University of Oslo

David Oglesby, Honeywell

Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics

Jonathan Sprinkle, University of California, Berkeley

Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase


Organizing Committee:

Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase

Jonathan Sprinkle, University of California, Berkeley

Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics

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