Call for Doctoral Symposium Contributions

The goal of the MODELS 2019 Doctoral Symposium is to provide an international forum for doctoral students to interact with their fellow students and faculty mentors working in the area of model-driven engineering. The symposium supports students by providing independent and constructive feedback about their already completed and, more importantly, planned research work. The Symposium will be attended by prominent experts in the field of model-driven engineering, who will actively participate in critical and constructive discussions.

The doctoral symposium will have the format of a one-day workshop, with presentations of the doctoral students who have their paper accepted in a peer-review process, feedback from the mentors, and plenty of time for discussion. The presentations will be open for mentors, students, and other conference participants; only supervisors of the presenters are excluded from the sessions in which their students deliver their presentation.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions (exclusively authored by the doctoral student) are invited from students who have settled on a doctoral dissertation topic, but are still sufficiently far away from completion to be able to take full advantage of the given feedback.

Submissions should present research in progress that is intended to lead to a doctoral dissertation, using the following structure:

  • Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the target audience of this research, and a motivation of why the problem is important and needs to be solved.
  • Related work: A review of the relevant related work, with an emphasis on how the proposed approach is different and what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
  • Proposed solution: A description of the proposed solution and which other work (e.g., methods or tools) it depends on.
  • Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user studies, experiments).
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Current status: A description of the work to-date, results achieved so far and a proposed planned timeline for completion.

Submissions must not exceed five (5) pages plus two (2) pages for references. Submissions must adhere to the IEEE formatting instructions, which can be found at

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format. The submission page for Doctoral Symposium @MODELS’19 is through Easychair.

All accepted submissions will be available via IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Important Dates

All submission deadlines are AoE (i.e. UTC-12).

  • Abstract Submission: June 10, 2019
  • Paper Submission: June 17, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: July 25, 2019
  • Camera Ready: August 1, 2019
  • Doctoral Symposium: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (tentative)

Selection Committee

  • Silvia Abrahão, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
  • Mark van den Brand, Eindhoven University of Technology (The  Netherlands)
  • Ruth Breu, Universität Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Betty Cheng, Michigan State University (USA)
  • Antonio Cicchetti, Mälardalen University (Sweden)
  • Peter Clarke, Florida International University (USA)
  • Benoit Combemale, University of Toulouse (France)
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama (USA)
  • Joel Greenyer, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
  • Richard Paige, University of York (UK)
  • Alfonso Pierantonio, University of L’Aquila (Italy)
  • Gabriele Taentzer, Universität Marburg (Germany)
  • Matthias Tichy, Ulm University (Germany)
  • Antonio Vallecillo, University of Malaga (Spain)
  • Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp and McGill University (Belgium, Canada)


  • Gregor Engels, Paderborn University (Germany)
  • Gerti Kappel, Technical University of Vienna (Austria)