The modelling of physical objects such as buildings, machines and chemicals has been done using computer systems in addition to traditional representations based on plans, blue prints and schematics since at least the 1970s.  Initiatives such as Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES) in the automotive, aerospace, defence and shipbuilding industries became standardised by ISO as the STEP standards in the 1980s, and have been widely used in these industries, as well as the building and construction sector. Their languages and tool frameworks, including the EXPRESS Schema language have become widely used by engineers and architects. Computers have been used to annotate genomic information since 1955, and the term Bioinformatics was coined in 1978.  Computational models of proteins and genomes are now used as a primary tool in drug design and medical research.  Principled approaches to creation of computational models that seek to support research into complex natural systems are also becoming common.

Two parallel developments in the Information Technology space since that time have seen similar models based on objects/entities and their relationships and interactions used to represent computational abstractions. These are the rise of object-orientation and software modelling, and the use of ontologies to represent conceptual frameworks for the understanding of real world entities.  Software modelling underwent standardisation and wider acceptance in the 1990s and with it came a set of new techniques and approaches for model representation and manipulation. These include widely available programming languages and tools, and model transformation approaches. 

Recently it has emerged that these approaches for manipulating designs and implementations of software, and the approaches for storing and deducing meaningful relationships from ontologies have begun to be applied to models of physical systems, including those represented by the STEP and EXPRESS standards, as well as other systems and tools used for cataloguing and categorisation of entities in manufacturing, building and construction, and other industries, as well as in scientific communities and their related industries, including medicine, genetics and biology. However, the researchers and practitioners in these disciplines have remained relatively isolated from one another. 

This workshop invites contributions from those who wish to see the cross-fertilisation and adoption of techniques and tools emerging in the software domain in the space of modelling the physical world, and vice versa.


  • NOTE: The venue has been changed! The new venue is Hall Maximilian.
  • Pre-prints of accepted papers can be downloaded from the Program page
  • The workshop program has been posted on the Program page