4th International Workshop on Modeling in Low-Code Development Platforms
At the MODELS conference, 3 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:
Topics of interest to the workshop include:
Two kinds of papers are solicited: regular papers (10 pp including references), and position papers (5 pp including references). All submissions will follow a single-blind review process. 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:
|08:30 - 10:00||
Session 1: Low-code fundamentals
|10:30 - 12:00||
Session 2: Low-code applications
|13:30 - 15:00||
Session 3: Keynote, discussion and wrap-up
Abstract: We will start with a quick look at the Low-Code market of today. To give us a handle on how we got here and where things might go in the future, we will look at the evolution of computers, programmers and their tools. This will take us from very lowest level of John von Neumann’s day, right up to the very highest level of the tools of today – and tomorrow. As with even the best-planned journeys, this will be less linear than we might think. History progresses along more than one dimension, and any single perspective is deceptive. Together though we might find that we know more than we thought – and have more room to grow than we assumed.
Bio: Steven Kelly is the CTO of MetaCase and co-founder of the DSM Forum. As architect and lead developer of MetaEdit+, he has over thirty years of experience of building tools for Domain-Specific Modeling, consulting on language design, and helping customers move from writing code to generating it. He is author of a book on DSM and over 100 articles, most recently in journals such as IEEE Software, Computer Languages and OBJEKTspektrum. Ever present on the program committee of the OOPSLA/SPLASH workshops on Domain-Specific Modeling, he co-organized the first workshop in 2001. He has an Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from the University of Jyväskylä. His computer education began with BASIC, machine code, and Assembler, and came to rest in Smalltalk. Outside of work he is a soccer player in increasingly high-numbered divisions of the Finnish football league.