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Call for Workshop Proposals

The MODELS series of conferences is the premier venue for the exchange of innovative technical ideas and experiences relating to model-driven approaches in the development of software-based systems. This year’s edition will provide an opportunity for the modeling community to further advance the foundations of modeling, and come up with innovative applications of modeling in emerging areas of cyber-physical systems, embedded systems, socio-technical systems, cloud computing, big data, machine learning, security, open source, and sustainability.

Following the tradition of previous conferences, MODELS 2021 will host a number of workshops, during the three days before the main conference. The workshops will provide a collaborative forum for a group of typically 15 to 30 participants to exchange recent and/or preliminary results, to conduct intensive discussions on a particular topic, or to coordinate efforts between representatives of a technical community. They are intended as a forum for lively discussions of innovative ideas, recent progress, or practical experience on model-driven engineering for specific aspects, specific problems, or domain-specific needs. Each workshop should provide a balanced distribution of its time for both presentations of papers (favoring the attendance of young researchers) and discussions. The duration of these workshops is in general one day, but we encourage the submission of half-day workshop proposals on focused topics as well.

We encourage prospective workshop organizers to submit proposals for highly-interactive workshops focusing on areas related to modeling in general. Topics related to this year’s theme on Modeling for Human-AI Collaborative Society are especially welcome. Both research-oriented and applied topics are welcome.

Submission Process

Submit your workshop proposal electronically in PDF using the Springer LNCS style through the MODELS EasyChair submission site https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=models21workshops.

Please ensure that you adhere to the workshop proposal guidelines (given below) providing all requested information about the proposed workshop using at most five pages. Please add in addition a one-page draft of your planned Call for Papers to the proposal (not included in the five pages). In order to ensure a proper coordination with the deadlines of the main conference, the deadlines specified in Important Dates below have to be respected by your plan for your workshop.


As in previous years, there will be joint workshop proceedings published by the IEEE that include papers from all workshops. For each workshop, the joint proceedings will include: an opening message from the organizers, including, if applicable, the workshop program committee, and all peer-reviewed papers presented in the workshop.

Submissions must adhere to the IEEE formatting instructions, which can be found at: [https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html] . Papers should have at least 5 pages. We propose page limits of 5 pages for short papers and 10 pages for full papers following the same style and format of the main tracks of the Conference.

Review Criteria

The decision on acceptance or rejection of a workshop proposals will be made on the basis of the overall quality of the proposal and its appeal to a reasonable fraction of the modeling community. Other factors, such as overlap with other workshop proposals, or issues regarding logistics, will also be taken into account when making the final decision.

Important Dates

  • Workshop Proposal Submissions Deadline: April 11, 2021
  • Workshop Proposal Acceptance Notification: May 2, 2021
  • Workshop web site and CFP: not later than May 31, 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: Ideally after paper notification of main conference
  • Notification of authors: before end of early registration
  • Workshop dates: October 10–12, 2021

Workshop Committee (TBD)

  • Huseyin Ergin (Ball State University, USA; co-chair)
  • Xiaoxing Ma (Nanjing University, China; co-chair)
  • TBD


For any information, please contact the workshops co-chairs at: models2021workshops@easychair.org

Proposal guidelines

Here are the guidelines regarding the information you must include in your proposal and how the proposal document needs to be structured.

  1. Workshop title
    • Organizers and primary contact (name / affiliation / email)
    • Abstract
  2. Motivation
    • Objectives
    • Intended audience
    • Relevance (in particular to the MODELS community)
    • Context (any past events related to your workshop including related conferences, previous workshops, previous sessions, and previous experience of the current organizers)
    • Need (comments in favor of your application; if your workshop was at MODELS’20 or any of the former conferences, why is it useful to run it again?)
  3. Organization
    • Details on the organizers
    • Workshop program committee (indicated as finalized or expected)
    • Would you be willing to merge your workshop with other workshops on a similar topic if this were a condition for hosting your workshop at MODELS?
  4. Workshop format
    • Planned deadlines
    • Intended paper format
      • For short papers, the limit is five (5) pages
      • For full papers, the limit is ten (10) pages
    • Evaluation process
    • Intended publication of accepted papers (printed proceedings or website)
    • Intended workshop format (including duration, number of presentations, and planned keynotes)
    • How many participants do you expect (please make at least an educated guess)?
    • What kind of equipment do you need (e.g., data projector, computer, whiteboard)?
  5. Additional material
    • Workshop web page (URL of the draft web page, if one exists)
    • Draft Call for papers for the Workshop (a one-page Call for papers that you intend to send out if your workshop is accepted)