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Sun 10 - Fri 15 October 2021


The goal of the MODELS 2021 Doctoral Symposium is to provide an international forum for doctoral students to interact with their fellow students and faculty mentors working in the area of model-based engineering. The symposium supports students by providing independent and constructive feedback about their already completed and, more importantly, planned research work. The Symposium will be attended by prominent experts in the field of model-based engineering, who will actively participate in critical and constructive discussions.

The doctoral symposium will have the format of a one-day workshop, with presentations of the doctoral students who have their papers accepted in a peer-review process, feedback from the mentors, and plenty of time for discussion. The presentations will be open for mentors, students, and other conference participants; only supervisors of the presenters are excluded from the sessions in which their students deliver their presentations.

Submissions (exclusively authored by a doctoral student) are invited from students who have settled on a general doctoral dissertation area, but are still far away from the completion of their PhD studies to be able to benefit from the feedback process of the symposium. Submissions should present research in progress that is intended to lead to a doctoral dissertation, using the following structure:

  • Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the target audience of this research, and a motivation of why the problem is important and needs to be solved.
  • Related work: A review of the relevant related work, with an emphasis on how the proposed approach is different and what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
  • Proposed solution: A description of the proposed solution and which other work (e.g., methods or tools) it depends on.
  • Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user studies, experiments).
  • Expected contributions: A list of the expected contributions to both theory and practice.
  • Current status: A description of the work to-date, results achieved so far and a proposed planned timeline for completion.

Submissions must not exceed five (5) pages plus two (2) pages for references. Submissions must adhere to the IEEE formatting instructions, which can be found at: IEEE - Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings.

All papers have to be submitted electronically in PDF format. Submissions will be accepted through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=docsympmodels2021

All accepted submissions will be part of the MODELS 2021 Companion procedings published by IEEE.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: Fri 9 Jul 2021
  • Paper submission deadline: Fri 16 Jul 2021
  • Notification: Sat 21 Aug 2021
  • Camera-ready deadline: Sat 28 Aug 2021