Call for Papers


Tackling the complexity involved in developing truly complex, designed systems is a topic of intense research and development. System complexity has drastically increased once software components were introduced in the form of embedded systems, controlling physical parts of the system, and has only grown in CPS, where the networking aspect of the systems and their environment are also considered. The complexity faced when engineering CPS is mostly due to the plethora of cross-disciplinary design alternatives and inter-domain interactions. To date, no unifying theory nor system design methods, techniques, or tools to design, analyze, and ultimately deploy CPS exist. Individual (physical systems, software, network) engineering disciplines offer only partial solutions and are no match for the complexity observed in CPS. Multi-Paradigm Modeling (MPM) offers a foundational framework for gluing the several disciplines together in a consistent way. The inherent complexity of CPS is broken down into different levels of abstraction and views, each expressed in appropriate modeling formalisms. MPM offers processes and tools that can combine, couple, and integrate each of the views that compose a system.

MPM encompasses many research topics – from language engineering (for DSLs, including their (visual) syntax and semantics), to processes to support multi-view and multi-abstraction modeling, simulation for system analysis, and deployment. The added complexity that CPS bring compared to embedded and software-intensive systems requires to look at these new applications and how MPM techniques can be applied or adapted to them, tying together multiple domains. Many remaining research questions require answers from researchers in different domains, as well as a unified effort from researchers that work on supporting techniques and technologies.

The first edition of this workshop, the continuation of the successful MPM series of MoDELS workshops, is aimed at furthering the state-of-the-art as well as defining the future directions of this emerging research area by bringing together world experts in the field for an intense one-day workshop.

Scope and Topics

In order to discuss these and further similar questions, we would like to invite submissions in the form of regular papers, position/experience papers, and demonstration papers (about novel tool features) related to the following or related topics

  • Heterogeneous models: multi-domain and multi-physics modeling, multi-view
  • modeling, multi-abstraction modeling; 
  • Heterogeneity in modeling languages: with a focus on “blended” textual/visual modeling, the modular design of modeling languages, and the modeling/formal analysis/simulation/synthesis of complex user interfaces;
  • Multi-Paradigm Modeling techniques: model transformation, model composition and integration, modeling cross-domain interactions, model-based detection of unanticipated interactions in heterogeneous systems, (co-)simulation of heterogeneous models, machine learning applied to the design of CPS or their languages in an MPM context;
  • Applications of and experience with current MPM techniques, with a focus on Cyber-Physical Systems in domains such as automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, …
  • Contributions should clearly address the foundations of multi-paradigm modeling by demonstrating the use of models to achieve the stated objectives and discuss the benefits of explicit modeling.


Submitted papers should belong to one of these paper categories, depending on the nature of the contribution:

  • Full research papers present novel innovative approaches. They must not exceed 10 pages for the main text, inclusive of all figures, tables, appendices, etc. Two more pages containing only references are permitted.
  • Short papers present new ideas or early-stage research, extensively discuss the experiences of the researchers with an MPM approach or demonstrate a tool (related to one of the workshop’s topics). They must not exceed 6 pages for the main text, inclusive of all figures, tables, appendices, etc. One more page containing only references is permitted.
  • Extended abstracts (1 page) for a “lightning talk” at the workshop: these talks should be short, focused, and able to spark lively debate. Extended abstracts can be accompanied by a poster to be presented at the workshop as well.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.

All accepted workshop papers will be published by ACM and will be indexed by DBLP.

Submissions must adhere to the ACM formatting instructions, which can be found at:

Submit your papers electronically via Easychair:

A pre-workshop proceedings will be published by ACM.