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Model-Based Engineering (MBE) is an approach to the design, analysis and development of software and systems that relies on exploiting high-level models and computer-based automation to achieve significant boosts in both productivity and quality.

The ECMFA conference series (formerly known as the ECMDA-FA conference series) is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and fostering the industrial application of MBE and related approaches. Its focus is on engaging the key figures of research and industry in a dialog which will result in stronger and more effective practical application of MBE, hence producing more reliable software based on state-of-the-art research results.

ECMFA 2013 will be co-located with ECOOP and ECSA. The joint organisation of these key conferences provides a unique opportunity to gather practitioners and researchers interested in these fields, and allow them to interact with each other.


ECMFA has two distinct Paper Tracks: one for research papers (Track F) dealing with the foundations for MBE, and one for industrial/applications papers (Track A) dealing with the applications of MBE, including experience reports on MBE tools.

In addition to the technical paper tracks, the conference will include Workshops, Tutorials, Tool demonstrations and Poster exhibitions. The details can be found in a separate Call.

Research papers on foundations of MBE (academic track F)

In this track, we are soliciting papers presenting original research on all aspects of MBE. Typical topics of interest include, among others:

  • Foundations of Metamodelling
  • Domain Specific Modelling Languages
  • Reasoning about Models
  • Model Transformation, Code Generation and Reverse Engineering
  • Model Execution and Simulation
  • Model (Co-)Evolution, Consistency and Synchronization
  • Modelling for Testing and Validation
  • Model-Based Engineering Environments and Tool Chains
  • Foundations of Requirements Modelling, Architecture Modelling, Platform Modelling
  • Foundations of Quality Aspects and Modelling non-functional System Properties

Research papers should be between 12 and 16 pages long, in A4 size compliant with the LNCS paper style (see Failure to conform to these guidelines may result in disqualification of the paper. In particular, papers longer than 16 pages will be automatically rejected without review. Papers submitted to the foundations track will be evaluated on novelty and theoretical contribution.

Industrial papers on applications of MBE (industrial track A)

In this track, we are soliciting papers representing views, innovations and experiences of industrial players in applying or supporting MBE. In particular, we are looking for papers that set requirements on the foundations, methods, and tools for MBE. We are also seeking experience reports or case studies on the application, successes or current shortcomings of MBE. Quantitative results reflecting industrial experience are particularly appreciated. All application areas of MBE are welcomed including but not limited to any of the following:

  • Applications of MBE related to health care, smart mobility or other challenging domains
  • Comparative Studies of MBE Methods and Tools
  • Metrics for MBE Development
  • Reference Architectures and Interoperability
  • MBE Environments and Tool Chains
  • MBE Technology Adoption, Development and Roll-Out Processes
  • MBE Training
  • MBE for Systems Engineering
  • MBE for Safety-Critical Systems
  • MBE and Component-Based Software Engineering
  • MBE and Business Process Modelling
  • Software Process Modelling

Industrial papers should be between 6 and 12 pages long, in A4 size compliant with the LNCS paper style (see Failure to conform to these guidelines may result in disqualification of the paper. In particular, papers longer than 12 pages will be automatically rejected without review. Industrial papers will be evaluated on practical feasibility, maturity, and industrial relevance.

Submission and selection

Manuscripts for both tracks must be submitted as PDF files through the EasyChair online submission system: Please ensure that you submit to the right track!

All contributions will be subject to a rigorous selection process by the Program Committee. No simultaneous submission to other publication outlets (either a conference or a journal) is allowed; any concurrent submission will result in the immediate rejection of the paper.

As in previous years, the proceedings of the conference with the accepted papers of both Tracks will be published in a dedicated Springer LNCS volume. If accepted, the paper must be personally presented at the ECMFA 2012 Conference by one of the authors.

The authors of accepted papers should fill the LNCS "Consent to Publish" form, which can be downloaded here.

A selection of the best papers of the conference will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of an ISI indexed journal.

Best paper awards

The European Association for Programming Languages and Systems (EAPLS) will give the Best Paper Award to the best contribution of the ECMFA 2013 Foundations Track. The best paper of the Applications Track will receive the ECMFA Best Industrial Paper Award. These papers will be selected among the accepted contributions, and the awards will be given during the event.

Important Dates for ECMFA13 Research Papers

Abstract submission:

01 Feb 2013

Paper submission:
(Extended deadline)

14 Feb 2013

Author notification: 06 Apr 2013
Camera-ready copy submission: 19 Apr 2013
Main conference dates: 03-05 Jul 2013