Workshop Motivation

The Second International Comparing Modeling Approaches (CMA) workshop brings together practitioners of different modeling approaches to discuss and evaluate their various approaches in the context of a focused case study and provided comparison criteria. Different modeling approaches are based on paradigms (e.g., aspect-oriented, object-oriented, service-oriented, feature-oriented), range in use from requirements to low-level design, are developed for various purposes such as requirements analysis and testing, and thus are difficult to compare. Such comparisons are critical to help practitioners know under which conditions different approaches are most applicable, and how they might be successfully generalized and combined to achieve end-to-end methods.

Previous editions of this workshop have produced a focused case study suitable for modeling in its entirety, and a set of comparison criteria that have been successfully applied to several different approaches. Workshop participants will submit models of the entire focused case study using their own or other approaches that have been identified as modeling approaches of interest. Approaches will target particular development phases (i.e., requirements specification and analysis, high-level and architectural design, low-level design, evolution, run-time, and validation/verification at any of these phases). Accepted approaches will also require comparison criteria categorizations prior to the workshop meeting date. Participants will discuss the submitted models and criteria categorizations at the workshop, and develop potential end-to-end techniques and evaluation plans.

The workshop is co-located with the ACM/IEEE 15th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 2012) in Innsbruck, Austria, in October 2012. Accepted models will be published in the Repository for Model Driven Development (ReMoDD). After the workshop, participants are strongly encouraged to participate in publication of the workshop report in the MODELS 2012 Satellite Proceedings which will be part of the ACM Digital Library, and a more comprehensive journal publication effort spanning results from previous workshops that will focus on the insights gained during the workshop.