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SDL Forum 2015 : 17th International System Design Languages Forum


When Aug 12, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015
Where Berlin, Germany
Abstract Registration Due May 25, 2015
Submission Deadline Jun 1, 2015
Notification Due Jun 29, 2015
Final Version Due Jul 20, 2015
Categories    computer science   software engineering   smart city   modeling

Call For Papers

                        CALL FOR PAPERS
17th International System Design Languages Forum
              October 12th–14th Berlin, Germany

          12th-14th October 2014, Berlin, Germany

The SDL Forum is held every 2 years and is one of the most important open events in the calendar for anyone from academia or industry involved in System Design Languages and modelling technologies. It is a primary conference for discussion of the evolution and use of these languages. The most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in the field are discussed and presented. System and software modeling, specification, and analysis of distributed systems, embedded systems, communication systems, and real-time systems are addressed. 

The SDL Forum Society that runs the Forum is a non-profit organization established by language users and tool providers to promote the Specification and Description Language (SDL), Message Sequence Charts (MSC) and related System Design Languages (including but not limited to UML, ASN.1, TTCN, SysML, URN, MOF, XSD, RDF, Modellica, and 3DCIM), to provide and disseminate information on the development and use of the languages, to support education on the languages and to plan and organize the “SDL Forum” series and events to promote the languages.

The 17th SDL Forum will be held mid October 2015 from the 12th to the 14th at Fraunhofer FOKUS, organized by the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Fraunhofer FOKUS. Its program will include presentations form industrial and academic papers, invited talks, tutorials, posters, exhibitions, and a PhD track. More details at This call as PDF here.

You can email us with questions:
Joachim Fischer:
Markus Scheidgen:


* Full papers describing original, unpublished results (max. 16 pages in LNCS style)
* Short papers, describing work in progress (max. 8 pages in LNCS style)
* PhD papers, describing a PhD thesis in progress (max. 4 pages in LNCS style)
* Posters and exhibits (submit poster and/or 400 word abstract)


* paper submissions until June 1st 2015
* notification of acceptance is June 29th 2015
* camera ready July 20th 2015
* event October 12th–14th 2015


As with previous SDL Forum events, SDL Forum 2015 papers will be published as on-event proceedings in the LNCS series by Springer (subject to approval by Springer,


- Smart City: languages, models, simulations, and other model driven engineering techniques, applications, or case studies in the domain of smart cities.

- Industrial application reports: industrial usage reports, standardization activities, tool support and frameworks, domain-specific applicability (such as telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, control, etc.). Such reports should focus on what is effective (and ineffective) in applying a technique preferably backed up by some measurements. A report should not just describe an implementation, though new application areas are of interest.

- System engineering models: semantics of system models, refinement of system designs into hardware/software implementations, integration of system and software design models, non-functional aspects (such as performance, quality of service, real-time aspects, security, etc.) in system models, multi-core models.

- Model-driven development: analysis and transformation of models, reuse approaches, verification and validation of models, systematic testing based on and applied to models.

- Evolution of development languages: domain-specific language profiles especially for dependability, modular language design, language extensions, semantics and evaluation, methodology for application.


This years theme is Model Driven Engineering for Smart Cities. In the future smart city, new information and communication technologies (ICT) will be integrated in more and more buildings, streets and institutions. The challenge will be to allow all citizens a seamless access to relevant information, to sustainably and economically use the available resources, to master the growing claims of networked mobility infrastructures and to organize a modern, citizen-friendly administration.

Modelling the structure and behavior of those kinds of complex systems of different domains (like traffic management, energy supply, urban development, etc.) with the target of analyzing and controlling them in their combination requires adequate description, computation, testing, and general software techniques to place ICT successfully.

Thus, the use of models serves no end in itself but should ideally allow for automatic derivation of complex control software out of models which have been evaluated and improved by applying these techniques. In addition practical problems of performance, scalability, robustness, and security of such systems come into the focus of interest immediately.

Models in the Smart City area which combine IT domain with other ones have to be naturally raised in an interdisciplinary way. In particular, the development of domain-specific modeling languages provides interesting challenges here.


Conference Co-Chairs

Joachim Fischer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin
Holger Schlingloff, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin
Markus Scheidgen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Forum Society

Reinhard Gotzhein (Chairman)
Ferhat Khendek (Secretary)
Martin von Löwis (Treasurer)
Rick Reed (Non-voting board member)


Daniel Amyot, University of Ottawa, Canada 
Pau Fonseca i Casas, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech, Spain,
Gunter Mussbacher, McGill University, Canada 
Shaukat Ali, Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
Rolv Bræk, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Reinhard Brocks, HTW Saarland, Germany
Jean-Michel Bruel, University of Toulouse, France
Laurent Doldi, TransMeth, France
Anders Ek, IBM Rational, Sweden
Stein Erik Ellevseth, ABB Corporate Research, Norway
Joachim Fischer, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Emmanuel Gaudin, PragmaDev, France
Birgit Geppert, Avaya, USA
Abdelouahed Gherbi, École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec, Canada
Reinhard Gotzhein, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
Jens Grabowski, University of Göttingen, Germany
Øystein Haugen, SINTEF, Norway
Loïc Hélouët, INRIA Rennes, France
Peter Herrmann, NTNU Trondheim, Norway
Andreas Hoffmann, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
Dieter Hogrefe, University of Göttingen, Germany
Ferhat Khendek, Concordia University, Canada
Tae-Hyong Kim, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea
Jacques Klein, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Finn Kristoffersen, Cinderella, Denmark
Anna Medve, University of Pannonia, Hungary
Pedro Merino Gómez, University of Malaga, Spain
Birger Møller-Pedersen, University of Oslo, Norway
Patricio Moreno Montero, ACCIONA, Spain
Ileana Ober, University of Toulouse, France
Iulian Ober, University of Toulouse, France
Fei Peng, Siemens CT, China
Dorina Petriu, Carleton University, Canada
Andreas Prinz, Agder University College, Norway
Rick Reed, TSE, UK
Tom Ritter, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
Manuel Rodriguez-Cayetano, Valladolid University, Spain
Richard Sanders, SINTEF, Norway
Amardeo Sarma, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany
Ina Schieferdecker, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Edel Sherratt, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK
Maria Toeroe, Ericsson, Canada
Peter Tröger, Potsdam University, Germany
Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp, Belgium / McGill University, Canada
Martin von Löwis, Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Thomas Weigert, UniqueSoft, USA 
Manuel Wimmer, Technische Universität Wien, Austria
Steffen Zschaler, King’s College London, UK

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