International Workshop on

Models and Evolution

Special theme: Sustainability

3 October 2023, Västerås, Sweden

Co-located with MODELS 2023

The 16th Workshop on Models and Evolution (ME) 2023 is a satellite event at ACM/IEEE 26th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems.

Model artifacts are subject to constant evolution throughout the lifecycle of systems. The evolutionary pressure emerges from various technical and business factors throughout the overall software/system engineering endeavor. Pertinent examples of such factors include changing requirements, changing environment, and changing user base, all of which give rise to unique evolutionary challenges in various system artifacts from architecture to implementation, and even in informal artifacts, such as documentation. These challenges, if left unmanaged, may lead to deteriorating quality attributes, and in severe cases inconsistent artifacts or even incorrect artifacts, preventing the system from operating as intended. Therefore, proper support for efficient and effective evolution is required. The Models and Evolution workshop promotes novel theories, techniques, and tools to support evolution. To this end, the workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest developments on the topic.

Recognizing that artifact evolution is a key enabler of technical sustainability—a highly desired property of complex systems—this year's edition designates sustainability as its special theme. This will extend the traditional scope of the workshop by soliciting submissions and fostering discussions that contextualize the role of model evolution within the higher goal of sustainability.

Ludovico Iovino Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy)
Istvan David McMaster University (Canada)
Djamel Eddine Khelladi CNRS, IRISA, INRIA, U. Rennes 1 (France)

Steering Committee
Ludovico Iovino Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy)
Alfonso Pierantonio University of L'Aquila (Italy)
Dalila Tamzalit LS2N, Université de Nantes (France)
Important Dates
Workshop date: October 3, 2023
Abstract submission July 10, 2023 (Recommended)
Paper submission July 24, 2023
Author notification August 18, 2023
Camera ready August 27, 2023


    8:30-10:00 Session 1: (Co-)evolution

    Track chair: Istvan David
  • Co-Evolving Meta-Models and View Types in View-Based Development. Hossain Muhammad Muctadir, Lars König, Thomas Weber, Moussa Amrani and Loek Cleophas
  • Evaluating Tool Support for Co-Evolution of Modeling Languages, Tools and Models. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen and Steven Kelly
  • Towards evolving secured multi-model systems with model federation. Chahrazed Boudjemila, Fabien Dagnat and Salvador Martínez

  • 10:30-12:00 Session 2: Sustainability and human factors

    Track chair: Ludovico Iovino
  • Towards a Taxonomy of Digital Twin Evolution for Technical Sustainability. Istvan David and Dominik Bork
  • Enabling Informed Sustainability Decisions: Sustainability Assessment in Iterative System Modeling. Gabriele Gramelsberger, Hendrik Kausch, Judith Michael, Frank Piller, Ferdinanda Ponci, Aaron Praktiknjo, Bernhard Rumpe, Rega Sota and Sandra Venghaus
  • Automating Feature Requests for User-Driven Model Evolution at Runtime. Karl Kegel

  • 13:30-15:00 Session 3: Editors and languages

    Track chair: Djamel-Eddine Khelladi
  • Towards Modeling Process Mining for Graphical Editors. Mohammadhadi Dehghani, Luca Berardinelli and Manuel Wimmer
  • Efficient Caching for Operation-based Versioning. Jakob Pietron, Heiko Raab and Matthias Tichy
  • Towards an Interoperable and Customisable Textual Format for Model Differences Reporting. Alfonso de la Vega

Call for Papers

The workshop aims to provide a forum to present and discuss bleeding-edge research contributions related to model evolution, and to provide visibility to novel technical solutions, early new ideas, and outside-the-box approaches. Specifically, in its 2023 edition, the workshop aims to shed light on the strong links between model evolution and sustainability, and in a broader sense, to shed light on the potential of model-centered techniques to drive sustainability initiatives.

Topics of Interest

  • Foundations
    • Theories, methods, and tools for (meta-)model evolution
    • Co-evolution across multiple meta-levels (incl. instance and data levels)
  • Correctness and quality aspects
    • Correctness and consistency concerns of model evolution
    • Verification and validation of evolving MDE artifacts
  • Applications
    • Software migration, reconstruction, reuse, and repurposing
    • Evolution of heterogeneous systems, such as cyber-physical systems and digital twins, including the (co-)evolution of virtual and physical artifacts, platforms, and infrastructure
  • Empirical works, industry reports, patterns and catalogs, training and education
  • Special focus in 2023: Sustainability by model evolution
    • Frameworks and theories tying model evolution to various forms of sustainability: technical, economic, environmental, and societal
    • Technical sustainability with model evolution as the foundation
    • Economic sustainability, e.g., reuse and repurposing of models or software, enabled by model evolution
    • Environmental sustainability, e.g., self-adaptation for reduced environmental footprint, enabled by model evolution
    • Social sustainability, e.g., functional, architectural, or UI personalization, enabled by model evolution
    • Extra-functional capabilities for economic sustainability by model evolution, e.g., maintainability, variability
    • Sustainability challenges of advanced software systems and software-intensive systems

Paper format

The workshop solicits three types of papers.
  • Full research papers (up to 10 pages) presenting novel research contributions.
  • Position papers (up to 5 pages), including
    • Work in progress papers reporting early work or preliminary results;
    • Vision papers describing new visions and ideas;
    • Industry experience reports.
  • Tool papers (up to 5 pages): reporting experience with tools for model(-based) evolution and evolution in model-based development.

Important Dates

Workshop date: October 3, 2023
Abstract submission July 10, 2023 (Recommended)
Paper submission July 24, 2023
Author notification August 18, 2023
Camera ready August 27, 2023

Submission guidelines

All submitted papers must adhere to the IEEE Conference format, and submitted electronically through EasyChair. An Overleaf template is also available.
All submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the program committee.
Papers submitted to the workshop should have at least 5 pages and 10 pages for full papers following the same style and format of the main tracks of the Conference. Submissions that do not adhere to the formatting instructions may be desk-rejected without review.



Ludovico IovinoGran Sasso Science Institute (Italy)
Istvan DavidMcMaster University (Canada)
Djamel Eddine KhelladiCNRS, IRISA, INRIA, Univ. Rennes 1 (France)

Steering Committee

Ludovico IovinoGran Sasso Science Institute (Italy)
Alfonso PierantonioUniversity of L'Aquila (Italy)
Dalila TamzalitLS2N, Université de Nantes (France)

Program Committee

Ankica BarisicUniversité Côte d'Azur / I3S / INRIA Kairos (France)
Alessio BucaioniMälardalen University (Sweden)
Ruzanna ChitchyanUniversity of Bristol (UK)
Nelly Condori FernandezUniversidade da Coruna Galicia (Spain)
Jesús Sánchez CuadradoUniversidad de Murcia (Spain)
Juri Di RoccoUniversity of L'Aquila (Italy)
Amleto Di SalleEuropean University of Rome (Italy)
Mahmoud El HamlaouiENSIAS, Rabat IT Center, UM5R (Morocco)
Antonio García-DomínguezUniversity of York (UK)
Wael KessentiniDePaul University, Chicago (US)
Faezeh KhorramUniv. Rennes (France)
Harald KoenigUniversity of applied Sciences FHDW Hannover (Germany)
Francisca PerezSan Jorge University (Spain)
Saheed PopoolaUniversity of Cincinnati (US)
Adrian RutleWestern Norway University of Applied Sciences (Norway)
June SallouTU Delft (The Netherlands)
Juha-Pekka TolvanenMetaCase (Finland)
Man ZhangKristiania University College, Oslo (Norway)


The Workshop on Models and Evolution is a satellite event of MODELS 2023. MODELS, the ACM/IEEE 26th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, is the premier conference series for model-driven software and systems engineering, and is organized with support of ACM SIGSOFT and IEEE TCSE. Since 1998, MODELS has covered all aspects of modeling, from languages and methods, to tools and applications. Attendees of MODELS come from diverse backgrounds, including researchers, academics, engineers and industrial professionals. MODELS 2019 is a forum for participants to exchange cutting-edge research results and innovative practical experiences around modeling and model-driven software and systems. This year’s edition will provide an opportunity for the modeling community to further advance the foundations of modeling, and come up with innovative applications of modeling in emerging areas of cyber-physical systems, embedded systems, socio-technical systems, cloud computing, big data, machine learning, security, open source, and sustainability.


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