Models are purposeful abstractions of systems and of their environment. They can be applied at arbitrary abstraction levels for understanding complex systems, validating requirements, simulation or automatic code generation. Thus, the usage of models is of increasing importance for industrial applications. Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is a development methodology that is based on models, meta-models, and model transformations. The shift from code or technical artifacts to software models is a key feature of MDE which opens promising perspectives for the formalization and the automation of verification and validation (V&V) tasks. On the other hand, the growing complexity of models and of model transformations requires efficient techniques for V&V in the context of MDE.
For the 2016 edition of the MoDeVVa workshop, we put an emphasis on making the V&V of MDE artifacts (e.g., models, metamodels, and model transformations) a well defined, automated, and systematic process. This includes modeling the V&V activities and composing them into workflows to increase the confidence in the generated V&V results. We are also interested in how do different V&V techniques compare with each other and with classical testing. Such comparisons can be based on several criteria, such as ease-of-use, soundness, completeness, and run-time.
Modeling is a powerful technique for handling the complexity of the design of software or hardware artifacts and of their environment. Model Driven Engineering provides efficient tools for working with models from the specification to the validation of a system. Through the systematic use of digital models, which can be processed automatically by programs, MDE offers the opportunity to validate every step in the design of a system. The first motivation for MoDeVVa is therefore the integration of verification and validation techniques into MDE.
Moreover, good models allow the design of more and more complex systems, and the complexity of the models and of the processing is growing to the point where models and MDE tools are becoming complex systems. It is therefore necessary to have efficient verification and validation techniques for models, too. The second motivation for MoDeVVa is the application of V&V techniques to MDE.
Since complexity can be handled by hierarchically breaking complex models into simpler ones, an important issue is the ability to predict the properties of the whole system from the properties of its subsystems and from the laws of combination of the subsystems. Important questions regarding hierarchical modeling are:
Abstraction and refinement are core techniques for managing complexity:
Modeling and reasoning in the presence of incompleteness, underspecification and the unknown poses the following challenges:
In addition to the core issues of MoDeVVa, we would like to put an emphasis in this year on making the V&V activities systematic in order to increase the confidence in verification results. Therefore, we especially invite papers dealing with one of the following or similar questions:
The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners in the domain of V&V and MDE so that key V&V issues in MDE can be identified and solved. For instance, regarding usability, V&V specialists can bring theoretical foundations and approaches that work in specific cases. MDE spe- cialists can identify common patterns in these V&V approaches and factorize them, making the concepts easier to understand and use in various applicative contexts.
The presentations and discussions should cover:
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