LowCode 2023

4th International Workshop on Modeling in Low-Code Development Platforms
At the MODELS conference, October 2023, Västerås, Sweden


The growing need for secure, trustworthy, and cost-efficient software as well as recent developments in cloud computing technologies, and the shortage of highly skilled professional software developers, have given rise to a new generation of low-code software development platforms, such as Google AppMaker (soon AppSheet) and Microsoft PowerApps. Low-code platforms enable the development and deployment of fully functional applications using mainly visual abstractions and interfaces and requiring little or no procedural code. This makes them accessible to an increasingly digital-native and tech-savvy workforce who can directly and effectively contribute to the software development process, even if they lack a programming background.

At the heart of low-code applications are typically models of the structure, the behaviour and the presentation of the application. Low-code application models need to be edited (using graphical and textual interfaces), validated, version-controlled and eventually transformed or interpreted to deliver user-facing applications.

As all of these activities have been of core interest to the MODELS community over the last two decades, a workshop on low-code software development at MODELS is a natural fit and an opportunity to bring together model-driven and low-code platform vendors, researchers and users, with substantial benefits to be reaped from all sides.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • bring together developers and users of low-code platforms with model-driven engineering researchers and practitioners;
  • explore the technologies that power contemporary low-code platforms;
  • identify the open challenges that vendors and users of low-code platforms face
  • identify solutions from the model-driven engineering community that could be ported/adapted in the context of low-code development

Topics of interest

Topics of interest to the workshop include:

  • Technologies underpinning low-code platforms
  • Comparisons of classical MDE tools and low-code platforms
  • Low-code development platforms as a service
  • Citizen/end-user software development
  • Recommender systems for low-code platforms
  • Graphical and textual cloud-based editors
  • Repositories of low-code development artefacs
  • Low-code platforms for data-driven applications
  • Low-code development for and from mobile devices
  • Interoperability issues between low-code platforms
  • Automation support in low-code platforms
  • Scalability in low-code development
  • Collaborative low-code development
  • Empirical studies on using low-code platforms

Publication and submission guidelines

Two kinds of papers are solicited: regular papers (10 pp), and position papers (5 pp). Contributions should present novel research ideas (even if at a preliminary development stage), challenging problems, and practical contributions to the domain. Industrial experience reports or case studies related to the development or use of low-code development platforms in industrial settings are also solicited. All papers must be written in English.

Submissions must adhere to the IEEE formatting instructions, which can be found here. LaTeX users need to follow the IEEE LaTeX instructions and use the 8.5 x 11 2-column LaTeX Template. Overleaf users need to use the IEEE Conference Template. Note the information on how to use the LaTeX Bibliography Files. Word users need to use the 8.5 x 11 2-column Word Template, and choose Times New Roman for the text, author information, and section headings, and Helvetica for the paper title.

Accepted papers will be included in the MODELS joint workshop proceedings, published by the IEEE. The joint proceedings will include an opening message from the organizers, the workshop program committee, and all regular and position papers presented in the workshop.

Paper can be submitted via Easy Chair using the following link:

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts: July 10, 2023
  • Deadline for submissions: July 17, 2023
  • Notification of authors: Aug 15, 2023
  • Camera-ready deadline: Aug 22, 2023
  • Workshop date: Oct (1|2|3), 2023


Program Committee

  • Alessandra Bagnato
    (Softeam, France)
  • Antonio Cicchetti
    (Maalardalen University, Sweden)
  • Federico Ciccozzi
    (Maalardalen University, Sweden)
  • Juri Di Rocco
    (University of L'Aquila, Italy)
  • Antonio Garcia-Dominguez
    (University of York, UK)
  • Faezeh Khorram
    (Huawei, France)
  • Hugo Lourenço
    (OutSystems, Portugal)
  • Pedro Molina
    (MetaDev, Spain)
  • Jean-Marie Mottu
    (University of Nantes, France)
  • Joost Noppen
    (BT Research and Innovation, UK)
  • Alfonso Pierantonio
    (University of L'Aquila, Italy)
  • Maria Teresa Rossi
    (GSSI, Italy)
  • Adrian Rutle
    (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)
  • Matthias Tichy
    (University of Ulm, Germany)