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Doctoral Consortium

4th International Conference on
Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development

19-21 February, 2016
Rome, Italy

SUBMISSION DEADLINE : December 3, 2015

The Doctoral Consortium will take place in conjunction with MODELSWARD'2016. It will provide an opportunity for PhD candidates to discuss their research work in a constructive environment, under the guidance of a panel of established researchers. Candidates are eligible in all stages of their PhD work. Therefore we encourage them to submit their proposal statements from their earlier stages with potentially unfinished and not yet validated ideas, to nearly completed PhD proposals seeking a final feedback before delivery. More precisely, the Doctoral Consortium will provide students with an opportunity to:
  • Present their research work in a relaxed and supportive environment;
  • Receive feedback and suggestions from peers and experienced faculty members;
  • Gain an overview of the breadth and depth of model driven engineering;
  • Obtain insight into directions for model driven engineering research taken by other candidates;
  • Discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other issues;
  • Network with peers and future colleagues

Thus, the symposium will help shape ongoing and future research projects, promote networking among new researchers, and will expose the PhD candidates to the larger global community.

Saturday 20

08:30 Welcome address: presentation of the Advisory Board and PhD candidates
08:40 PhD proposal presentation: "Automatic Refactoring of Single and Multi-View UML Models Using Artificial Intelligence Algorithms", by Abdulrahman Baqais
09:00 Discussion of the previous PhD proposal
09:30 PhD proposal presentation: "Towards a Generic Multidisciplinary Model Composition Tool", by Anas Abouzahra
09:50 Discussion of the previous PhD proposal
10:20 Panel teaser / elevator pitch

10:30 Coffee-break (followed by keynote)

11:45 Panel: "Advices on a journey towards a PhD", by Lionel Briand (Université du Luxembourg), Paola Inverardi (Università dell'Aquila) and Fernando Brito e Abreu (ISCTE-IUL)

Same as in the main conference (see

Doctoral Consortium Submission:
Author Notification:
Camera-Ready and Registration:

Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISTAR/ISCTE-IUL, Portugal

The Doctoral Consortium advisory board will comment each presentation and at the end of the consortium there will be a general discussion, including a reflection about current and future research topics in the area. .

  • Candidates must submit a paper describing their PhD work;
  • Submissions will be selected based on relevance, originality, technical quality and clarity;
  • Each candidate with an accepted paper must register and attend MODELSWARD: a special student fee applies;
  • Each paper must be presented by the candidate;
  • Paper format and length: PDF with up to 8 pages, using the same template as the main conference;
  • Paper organization should include the following sections: research problem, state of the art, outline of objectives / expected contributions, methodological approach (including proposed validation scheme), research schedule and current stage.

Registered papers will be included in the Doctoral Consortium proceedings, to be distributed in the same CD-ROM as MODELSWARD conference proceedings. Papers presented at the venue will be included in the SCITEPRESS Digital Library ( Papers' copyright will remain with the candidates.

To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please submit your paper through the online submission platform PRIMORIS, adopting the instructions and templates that can be found under "Authors Kit / Guidelines and Templates". After a successful submission, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.

A "Best PhD project award" will be conferred to the best submission, selected by the Doctoral Consortium Advisory Board. The award will be announced and bestowed at the conference closing session. The author of an awarded paper will be entitled to:
  • A signed and stamped official award certificate;
  • The announcement of its achievement on a special conference web-page;
  • A one year free membership of INSTICC (, warranting full access to the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. If already an INSTICC member, then this offer adds one year to her/his current membership;
  • A voucher for a free or reduced registration* registration in one event sponsored by INSTICC, valid during a 12 months period, including all conference materials (without the printed proceedings). This voucher is only available if the presenter attends the closing session and receives the award.
* Speakers are entitled to a 50% discount over the basic registration fee; non-speakers are entitled to a free registration.