1st LowCode Workshop

A workshop of the MODELS conference, focusing on Modeling in Low-Code Development Platforms.
October 19th, 2020, Montreal, Canada.

COVID-19: Message from the MODELS2020 General Chairs


The keynote of LowCode 2020 will be given by Johan den Haan! Check the draft of the workshop program here.


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, we feel that a workshop on low-code software development at MoDELS is a very natural fit, and an opportunity to attract low-code platform vendors and users to our community, with substantial benefits to be reaped from both 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

The papers will be included in the MODELS joint workshop proceedings in the ACM Digital Library. The joint proceedings will include an opening message from the organizers and the workshop program committee. We aim to arrange for extended versions of the best papers to be published in a journal (e.g. JOT).

Two kinds of papers are solicited: regular papers (10 pages, double column), and short papers (5 pages, double column), adhering to the ACM format (available at https://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template). LaTeX users must use the provided acmart.cls and ACM-Reference-Format.bst without modification, enable the conference format in the preamble of the document (i.e., \documentclass[sigconf,review]{acmart}), and use the ACM reference format for the bibliography (i.e., \bibliographystyle{ACM-Reference-Format}).

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.

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

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2020
  • Deadline for submissions: July 22, 2020
    July 26, 2020 (extended)
  • Notification of authors: Aug 21, 2020
  • Camera-ready deadline: Aug 28, 2020
  • Workshop date: Oct 19, 2020


Programme Committee

  • Antonio Cicchetti
    (Maalardalen University, Sweden)
  • Federico Ciccozzi
    (Maalardalen University, Sweden)
  • Vittorio Cortellessa
    (University of L'Aquila, Italy)
  • Gregor Engels
    (Gregor Engels, Germany)
  • Antonio Garcia-Dominguez
    (Aston University, UK)
  • Esther Guerra
    (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)
  • Akos Horvath
    (IncQuery Labs Ltd, Hungary)
  • Nicholas Matragkas
    (University of York, UK)
  • Pedro Molina
    (MetaDev, Spain)
  • Jean-Marie Mottu
    (University of Nantes, France)
  • Joost Noppen
    (BT Research and Innovation, UK)
  • Richard Paige
    (McMaster University, Canada | University of York, UK)
  • Alfonso Pierantonio
    (University of L'Aquila, Italy)
  • Adrian Rutle
    (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)
  • Matthias Tichy
    (University of Ulm, Germany)
  • Andreas Wortmann
    (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
  • Yannis Zorgios
    (CLMS, UK)