Track: Quality Aspects in Modeling and Low Code Environments


Modeling is a pervasive activity that promotes higher levels of abstraction while reducing the complexity of software development and system engineering. Regardless of whether with domain-specific or general-purpose modeling languages modeling increases quality and productivity by separating business and application logic from underlying platform technology, transforming models to other models (e.g., for validation and verification), and automating code generation (ranging from system skeletons to complete, deployable products) as well as documentation employing model-driven techniques. More recently, Low-Code Development Platforms (LCDPs) supporting faster, easier, and cost-effective application development represent the next leap forward in model-driven engineering and set companies up to transition towards more automated techniques in the software lifecycle.

In such a novel and challenging scenario, quality assurance enhances its current and binding capacity beyond "traditional" Software Engineering. Quality of languages, transformations, consistency level across multi-dimensional, multi-view, and multi-paradigm specifications, and - last but not least - usability are crucial concerns in both the Modeling and LCDP processes.

We seek novel contributions ranging from conceptual frameworks over tool-supported methodologies to case studies and experiments on leveraging systems quality with Modeling and LCDP techniques, assessing quality aspects, and inducing quality assurance across the corresponding processes.


The suggested topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Quality models and quality assurance in Modeling, MDE and LCPDs, and corresponding lifecycles

  • Quality evaluation of modeling artefacts, including models, metamodels, transformations, and LowCode applications

  • Models’ traceability throughout the complete lifecycle, including operations

  • Measuring the improvement achieved with MDE and LCPD approaches, especially regarding quality

  • Quality in the context of model-driven service-oriented systems and cloud-based modeling platforms

  • Case studies and lessons learned in applying Modeling, MDE, and LCPD in industry

  • Empirical studies on the quality of processes

  • Studying the quality of MDE and LCPD technologies

  • Dealing with quality certification standards in MDE and LCPD settings

  • Role of MDE in the quality evaluation of software maintenance, evolution, and migration scenarios


Track Chair: Alfonso Pierantonio, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy

Program Committee :

    • Loli Burgueno, Open University of Catalonia, Spain

    • Benoit Combemale, University of Rennes 1 & Inria, France

    • Javier Troya, University of Malaga, Spain

    • Manuel Wimmer, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

    • Esther Guerra, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

    • Konstantinos Barmpis, University of York, UK

    • Massimo Tisi, IMT Atlantique, France

    • Tim Lethbridge, University of Ottawa, Canada

    • Pedro Molina, Metadev, Spain

    • Ákos Horváth, IncQuery, Hungary

    • Richard Paige, McMaster University, Canada

    • Silvia Abrahao, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

    • Yannis Zorgios, Zapdev, Greece

    • Amleto Di Salle, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila

    • Juri Di Rocco, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila

    • Loek Cleophas, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands; and Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    • Johannes Noppen, British Telecom, UK

    • Antonio Cicchetti, MDH, Sweden

Prof. Alfonso Pierantonio is a professor at the Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of L'Aquila, Italy and a guest professor at the Mälardalen University, Sweden. His research interests include model-driven engineering, language engineering, and software engineering. He has published more than 160 papers and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Object Technology.


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