Call for workshop proposals for MODELS2022


The MODELS series of conferences is the premier venue for the exchange of innovative technical ideas and experiences relating to model-driven approaches in the development of software-based systems. This year’s edition will provide an opportunity for the modeling community to further advance the foundations of modeling, and come up with innovative applications of modeling in emerging areas of cyber-physical systems, embedded systems, socio-technical systems, cloud computing, big data, machine learning, security, open source, and sustainability.

Following the tradition of previous conferences, MODELS 2022 will host a number of workshops, during the three days before the main conference. The workshops will provide a collaborative forum for a group of typically 15 to 30 participants to exchange recent and/or preliminary results, to conduct intensive discussions on a particular topic, or to coordinate efforts between representatives of a technical community. They are intended as a forum for lively discussions of innovative ideas, recent progress, or practical experience on model-driven engineering for specific aspects, specific problems, or domain-specific needs. Each workshop should provide a balanced distribution of its time for both presentations of papers (favoring the attendance of young researchers) and discussions. The duration of these workshops is in general one day, but we encourage the submission of half-day workshop proposals on focused topics as well.

New this year: Best Theme Paper Award

This year’s conference will feature a Best Theme Paper Award spanning across all tracks. The special theme of this year’s conference is “Modeling for social good” #MDE4SG. Workshops provide an excellent opportunity to contribute to this theme, as workshop papers tend to be more exploratory and easier to steer towards new avenues.
We encourage researchers to submit papers related to the special theme, regardless of the workshop they are submitting their paper to. We also encourage prospective workshop organizers to reflect on this theme in their workshop proposals.

Workshop proposals on related topics—such as socio-technical systems, tools with social impact, integrating human values, data science, and intelligent systems—are especially welcome. 

Workshop proposals should accommodate the following selection criteria and process for the Best Theme Paper Award.

  • A paper must be at least 5 pages long to be eligible.
  • Each workshop can nominate one candidate paper. This is optional, as not every workshop will be able to nominate a paper. We suggest you include the way of selection in your workshop proposals, and decide upon the actual nomination, or lack thereof, once the workshop PC has reviewed the submitted papers.
  • The workshop chairs will select one paper out of the candidate papers, and nominate it to the Selection Committee.

Submission Process

Submit your workshop proposal electronically in PDF using the Springer LNCS style through the MODELS EasyChair submission site: Please adhere to the workshop proposal guidelines below, providing every requested information about the proposed workshop, using at most five pages. Please include the one-page draft of your planned Call for Papers to the proposal (not included in the five pages). In order to ensure proper coordination with the deadlines of the main conference, the deadlines specified in Important Dates below have to be respected by your plan for your workshop.
An Overleaf template with the suggested structure is available here. (This is a read-only link. In order to work with it, you need to make a copy of it.)


As in the previous years, a joint Companion Proceedings will be published by IEEE that includes papers from all workshops. This will include:

  • an opening message from the organizers (that should include the workshop program committee, if applicable); and
  • every peer-reviewed paper presented at the workshop.

Submissions must adhere to the IEEE formatting instructions, which can be found at: Papers should have at least 5 pages. We propose page limits of 5 pages for short papers and 10 pages for full papers following the same style and format of the main tracks of the Conference.

Important Dates

  • Workshop Proposal Submissions Deadline: March 25, 2022
  • Workshop Proposal Acceptance Notification: April 18, 2022
  • Submissions deadline: July 20, 2022
  • Notification of authors: August 19, 2022
  • Camera-ready deadline: August 26, 2022
  • Workshop dates: October 16-18, 2022

Organization and contact

For additional information, please visit the official website at, or contact the workshops co-chairs at:


  • Istvan David, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Jesús Sánchez Cuadrado, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Proposal guidelines

Here are the guidelines regarding the information you must include in your proposal and how the proposal document needs to be structured.

  1. Workshop title
  • Organizers and primary contact (name / affiliation / email)
  • Abstract
  1. Motivation
  • Objectives
  • Intended audience
  • Topics of interest
  • Relevance (in particular to the MODELS community)
  • Context (any past events related to your workshop including related conferences, previous workshops, previous sessions, and previous experience of the current organizers)
  • Need (comments in favor of your application; if your workshop was at MODELS’21 or any of the former conferences, why is it useful to run it again?)
  1. Organization
  • Details on the organizers
  • Workshop program committee (indicated as finalized or expected)
  • Would you be willing to merge your workshop with other workshops on a similar topic if this were a condition for hosting your workshop at MODELS?
  1. Workshop format
  • Planned deadlines
    • Workshops are expected to adhere to the timing provided by the main conference by default
  • Intended paper format
    • For short papers, the limit is five (5) pages
    • For full papers, the limit is ten (10) pages
  • Evaluation process
  • Intended publication of accepted papers (printed proceedings or website)
  • Intended workshop format (including duration, number of presentations, and planned keynotes)
  • How many participants do you expect (please make at least an educated guess)?
  • What kind of equipment do you need (e.g., data projector, computer, whiteboard)?
  1. Best Theme Paper Award selection process
  • One paragraph on the selection process in case the workshop organizers want to participate. The conference strongly encourages all workshops to participate. In order to be able to nominate a paper, it is suggested that the special theme is properly emphasized in the workshop proposal.
  • Please choose an approach that fits your community the best. For example: the OC can select the nominated paper; the PC and reviewers can be included in the decision, etc.
  1. COVID-related measures
  • How do you plan to react should the conference go virtual once again?
    • Would you like to organize the workshop despite the virtual format? Does your workshop require an in-person format?
    • What changes would a switch to a virtual format necessitate?
    • What is the latest you can safely convert your workshop to a virtual (or hybrid) setting?
  1. Additional material
  • Workshop web page (URL of the draft web page, if one exists)
  • Draft Call for papers for the Workshop (a one-page Call for papers that you intend to send out if your workshop is accepted)