ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation

Special Issue on Computer Automated Multi-Paradigm Modeling

Pieter J. Mosterman and Hans Vangheluwe, Guest Editors

Computer Automated Multi-Paradigm Modeling is an emerging field that addresses and integrates three orthogonal directions of research: (i) multi-formalism modeling, concerned with the coupling of and transformation between models described in different formalisms,  (ii) model abstraction, concerned with the relationship between models at different levels of abstraction, and (iii) meta-modeling, concerned with the description (models of models) of classes of models and as such allows formalism specification. Multi-paradigm modeling explores the possible combinations of these notions. It combines and relates formalisms, generates maximally constrained domain- and problem-specific formalisms, methods, and tools, and verifies consistency between multiple views.

Because of the heterogeneous nature of embedded systems and the many implementation technologies, multi-paradigm modeling is a critical enabler for holistic design approaches (e.g., mechatronics) to avoid overdesign and to support system integration. Multi-paradigm techniques have been successfully applied in the field of software architectures, control system design, model integrated computing, and tool interoperability.

To promote and proliferate the use of computer automated multi-paradigm modeling, to bring to the attention of the wider modeling and simulation community some of the successful applications to systems such as software architectures, chemical plants, manufacturing plants, and military operations, and to initiate future avenues to explore towards applicability of this methodology, ACM invites submissions for a special issue on the theory and methodology of Computer Automated Multi-Paradigm Modeling. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

In addition, the submission of overview articles that pertain to the above (e.g., hybrid dynamic system simulation and analysis) and that unify research activities are encouraged.

Submission details:
Submitted papers must not have been previously published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers will be rigorously refereed. Important dates are as follows:

For the editorial policy, instructions to authors, and further details, please consult the ACM/TOMACS Web site:

The submission process is electronic. Authors should submit the following two files via the specified web submission page:

For additional information, contact either one of the Guest Editors:

Pieter J. Mosterman
Control Design Engineering Department
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
DLR Oberpfaffenhofen
Wessling, Germany

Phone: +49 815 328 2434
Fax: +49 815 328 1441


Hans Vangheluwe
McGill University
School of Computer Science
McConnell Engineering Building, room 328
3480 University Street
H3A 2A7 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Phone: +1 514 398 44 46
Fax: +1 514 398 3883

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