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Doctoral Symposium

Date of Symposium: Tuesday, October 4, 2005

The Doctoral Symposium at the MoDELS conference provided an international forum for doctoral students to interact with other students and faculty mentors. The Doctoral Symposium brought together PhD Students working in areas related to modeling and model-driven engineering. Selected students were given the opportunity to present and to discuss their research goals, methods and results within a constructive and international atmosphere.

The Symposium organizers provided useful guidance for completion of the dissertation research and initiation of a research career. The symposium was intended for students who have already settled on a specific research proposal and have some preliminary results, but still have enough time remaining before their final defense so that they can benefit from the Symposium discussions.

Among the ten students selected to participate in the Symposium, seven students offered a formal presentation and three students discussed their work during a poster session.

Due to the mentoring aspect of the event, the Symposium was open only to those students and mentors directly participating.

Post-Workshop Output

The opening slides used during the introduction of the Symposium can be found here.

A page of photos taken during the event is available here.

A summary of the Symposium is available here.

The mentors offered advice on many topics related to academic research and the PhD process. Several of the mentors provided PowerPoint presentations:

Dr. Ana Moreira

Dr. Betty Cheng

Dr. Emanuel Grant

Dr. Jeff Gray

Symposium Schedule

The following represents the schedule of the symposium.  Each paper is viewable by clicking on the title.

Note: The "Lead Discussant" represents the symposium mentor who led the discussion of questions. Each student provided a 30 minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of questions from the mentors and students. During the poster session, three students concurrently presented their posters in an informal setting to both mentors and students.

 8:30am - 9:00am

 General Introduction

9:00am - 9:45am

Preening: Reflection of Models in the Mirror
Nelly Bencomo, Lancaster University, UK
Lead Discussant: Dr. Jeff Gray

9:45am - 10:15am

Coffee Break (15 minutes late)

10:15am - 11:00am

Transformation-Based Structure Model Evolution
Fabian Büttner, University of Bremen, Germany
Lead Discussant: Dr. Betty Cheng

11:00am - 11:45am

Software Hazard Analysis for X-By-Wire Applications
Erendira Ibarra-Alvarado, University of Sussex, UK
Lead Discussant: Dr. Jean Bézivin

11:45am - 12:30pm

Enhancement of Development Technology for Agent-Based Software Engineering
Andre Karpištšenko, Talinn Tech. University, Estonia
Lead Discussant: Dr. Emanuel Grant

12:30pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 2:45pm

Modeling Crosscutting Concerns in Reactive Systems with Aspect-Orientation
Mark Mahoney, Illinois Inst. Technology, USA
Lead Discussant: Dr. Ana Moreira

2:45pm - 3:30pm

Modeling Turnpike: a Model-Driven Framework for Domain-Specific Software Development
Hiroshi Wada, U. Massachusetts-Boston, USA
Lead Discussant: Dr. Emanuel Grant

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Coffee Break

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Poster session

SelfSync: A Dynamic Round-Trip Engineering Environment
Ellen Van Paesschen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

A Framework for Composable Security Definition, Assurance, and Enforcement
Jaime Pavlich-Mariscal, University of Connecticut, USA

Ontology-based Model Transformation
Stephan Roser, University of Augsburg, Germany

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Final comments/Group picture for web site

Mentors Comprising the Senior Program Committee

  • Aditya Agrawal, IBM TJ Watson Research, USA
  • Jean Bézivin, University of Nantes, France
  • Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
  • Emanuel Grant, University of North Dakota, USA
  • Jeff Gray, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
  • Jörg Kienzle, McGill University, Canada
  • Ana Moreira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Kerry Raymond, DSTC, Australia


Specific questions should be addressed to the Doctoral Symposium Chair, Jeff Gray:
gray [at]


Last updated: January 8, 2006