Call for papers: 2nd International Hands-on Workshop on Collaborative Modeling (HoWCoM)

The ability to collaboratively engineer models of systems has become a particularly important topic in Model-Driven Engineering (MDE). Apart from becoming multidisciplinary, engineering teams are also getting more and more distributed in space and time. The lack of physical presence forces engineers to rely on digital means of collaboration. Given the recent trends in the research and development of collaborative MDE tools, it is high time for their hands-on evaluation.

HoWCoM is just that: a hands-on workshop—i.e., a hybrid between regular workshops and tool contests—focusing on the tool aspects of collaboration.

The workshop intends to leverage the opportunity of working with physically co-located modeling experts on the topic of collaborative MDSE, and offers a variety of submission formats to fit the need of the diverse community around the topic.


1-3 October, 2023
Västerås, Sweden
Co-located with this year’s MODELS Conference.


-Real-time synchronous means of collaboration
-Asynchronous means of collaboration
-(In)consistency management
-Advanced conflict visualization and resolution techniques
-Data-level collaborative techniques
-Domain-specific collaborative solutions
-Informal means of collaboration
-Semantic techniques (versioning, visualization, etc.)
-Human factors in collaboration


-July 13, 2023 – Abstract submission deadline
-July 20, 2023 – Paper submission deadline
-August 18, 2023 – Notification of acceptance
-August 25, 2023 – Final papers submission deadline
-September 2023 [Case papers only] – Final case descriptions. The final cases will be developed in collaboration by the authors, the organizers, and members of the program committee.
-End of September, 2023 – Final program announced. (Including the order of presentations, pool of available tools/sessions, etc.)
-October 1‒3, 2023 – Workshop. Details TBA.


Istvan David, University of Montreal, Canada
Antonio Garcia-Dominguez, University of York, UK
Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal, Canada