CfP: 19th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications (ECMFA 2023)

by Steffen Zschaler, Oct. 7, 2022

The 19th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications
(ECMFA 2023)

July 2023 – Leicester, UK (co-located with STAF 2023)

https://conf.researchr.org/home/ecmfa-2023

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About ECMFA
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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 European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications
(ECMFA) is the premier European forum dedicated to advancing the state
of knowledge and fostering the application of all aspects of MBE and
related approaches.

This year ECMFA will rely on two independent rounds of reviewing,
starting in November and February respectively. Papers accepted in the
first round are published as soon as they are ready, and presented at
the conference.

The outcome of each review process can be: Accept, Accept with minor
revisions, Resubmit with major revision or Reject. Authors will be
granted enough time to apply the required changes.

All accepted papers will be published in the JOT journal, which is
platinum open-access and indexed by Scopus, DBLP, and Scientific
Commons, among others.

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Submissions
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We are soliciting papers presenting original research on all aspects
of model-based engineering. Two types of submissions are possible:

- Foundation Papers, dealing with modeling foundations, such as
metamodeling, model transformations, model validation, verification
and testing, model engineering methods and tools, and related aspects.

- Application Papers, dealing with the application of modeling
techniques, including experience reports on the use of MBE methods and
tools, industrial case studies, or successful applications of MBE
practices in industry or in public administration, with significant
modeling lessons learned. All applications must have been done in real
contexts and at least one of the authors of the paper must be from the
company or administration where the application took place.

Submissions must conform to the JOT LaTeX template and must not exceed
14 pages (including figures, references, and appendices). Failure to
conform to these guidelines may result in disqualification of the
paper. No simultaneous submission to other publication outlets (either
a conference or a journal) is allowed; any concurrent submission will
be deemed as a serious breach of scientific ethics, resulting in the
immediate rejection of the paper and appropriate action will be taken.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the
Program Committee.

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format through
Easychair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecmfa23).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Foundations of MBE, including model transformations, domain-specific
  languages, verification and validation approaches, etc.

- Novel paradigms, formalisms, applications, approaches, frameworks,
  or processes for model-based engineering such as low-code/no-code
  development, digital twins, etc.

- Interplay between MBE with and for AI-based systems.

- Application of MBE methods, tools, and techniques to specific
  domains, e.g., automotive, aerospace, cyber-physical systems,
  robotics, Artificial Intelligence or IoT.

- Successful use of MBE in connection with other disciplines and
  approaches, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, DevOps, or
  Open Source, Safety Assurance.

- Educational aspects of MBE.

- Tools and initiatives for the successful adoption of MBE in
  industry.

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Review criteria and process
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All papers will be assessed by the program committee in terms of their
novelty, significance, technical quality, rigor, and suitability for
the conference.

Contributions can be submitted to any of the two submission
periods. In both rounds, the each submitted paper can be recommended
by the Program Committee to be accepted-as-is, accepted with minor
revisions, undergo major revisions or rejected.

Papers accepted at any of the two rounds with major or minor revisions
will be given a specified period of time to perform the revisions and
re-submit. The same reviewers will assess how well the revision
requests have been addressed by the authors, and whether the final
paper maintains or improves the level of contribution of the original
submission. Revisions that significantly lessen the contribution of
the work or that fail to adequately address the reviewers' original
concerns will result in the paper's rejection. Papers not accepted but
with a sufficient level of quality may be encouraged to be
re-submitted next year, or alternatively as regular JOT articles,
hence continuing their review process through the normal journal
channels.

Papers will be published in the JOT journal as soon as they are
accepted and one of their authors registers at the conference.

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Artifacts
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Artifacts are recommended, but not required, for the initial
submission.  Depending on the papers, reviewers may take the existence
of artifacts as a positive signal about the work. Also depending on
the papers, artifacts may be required as a condition for publication.

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Publication
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All accepted papers will be published as platinum open-access journal
publication in JOT. At least one author for each accepted paper must
register before the early registration deadline and present the paper
during the conference. Failure to do so will result in the paper being
withdrawn from the proceedings.

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Important Dates
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* Round 1
  - Submission: Dec 2, 2022
  - Notification: Jan 20, 2023

* Round 2
  - Submission: Feb 10, 2023
  - Notification: Mar 27, 2023

* Conference: July, 2023

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ECMFA 2023 Co-Chairs
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Steffen Zschaler, King's College London (UK)
Jesús Sánchez Cuadrado, Universidad de Murcia (Spain)