The 5th OOPSLA Workshop on Domain-Specific Modeling

Workshop has now finished. You can view the papers and presentations as well as the results of the group work sessions.

Note: The next workshop in this series will be held at OOPSLA 2006. Information about other workshops in the series is available here.

Themes and Goals

An upward shift in abstraction leads to a corresponding increase in productivity. In the past this has occurred when programming languages have evolved towards a higher level of abstraction. Today, domain-specific modeling languages provide a viable solution for continuing to raise the level of abstraction beyond coding, making development faster and easier.

In domain-specific modeling (DSM), the models are constructed using concepts that represent things in the application domain, not concepts of a given programming language. The modeling language follows the domain abstractions and semantics, allowing developers to perceive themselves as working directly with domain concepts. The models represent simultaneously the design, implementation and documentation of the system, which can be generated directly from them. In a number of cases the final products can be automatically generated from these high-level specifications with domain-specific code generators. This automation is possible because of domain-specificity: both the modeling language and code generators need fit the requirements of only a single narrow domain, often in just one company.

Workshop format

The objective of the workshop is to bring together practitioners and researchers in the field of DSM to discuss and share experiences, present new ideas on modeling and tools. The workshop followed the same structure found effective during the past workshops: presentations of papers in the morning and group work and its reporting afternoon. 

Papers and presentations

The papers were organized into three themes: experiences, domain aspects and foundations. Together all these contributions form a basis for fruitful discussions on creation, use and refinement of DSM and supporting tools. The accepted papers are published in printed proceedings and available also as an online version

Group work results

Afternoon all participants split up into 3 focus groups to discuss and explore specifically defined questions targeted toward that topic. At the end of the workshop each group gave a presentation summarizing its findings. Workshop ended with general discussion, wrap-up and taking a group photo

Program committee

Organizing Committee and Backgrounds

Juha-Pekka Tolvanen is the CEO of MetaCase. He has been involved in model-driven approaches and tools, notably method engineering and metamodeling since 1991. Juha-Pekka holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He has acted as a consultant world-wide for method development and has written over 50 articles in software development magazines, journals and conferences (for more info see 

Jonathan Sprinkle is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from Vanderbilt University, based on research in metamodel based environment evolution. His research interests in domain-specific modeling allow him to bring DSM techniques and frameworks into research application domains such as hybrid systems, embedded systems, wireless networking, and supervisory control. Thus his publications touch various journals and conferences/workshops, from OOPSLA and GPCE to IEEE’s Computer, Potentials, EBCS, IPSN, CDC, ACC, and CCA; he is a regular reviewer for Potentials. In addition, he taught the first graduate course on domain-specific modeling at the University of California, Berkeley, and supervises undergraduates studying embedded systems modeling and design each summer at Berkeley.

Matti Rossi is a professor in Helsinki School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. degree in Business Administration from the University of Jyväskylä in 1998. He has worked as research fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam and as a visiting assistant professor at Georgia State University, Atlanta. His research papers have appeared in journals such as Information and Management, and Information Systems, and over dozen of them have appeared in conferences such as ICIS, HICSS and CAiSE. He was an organizing committee member and workshop chair for CAiSE'95, organizing committee member for ECOOP'97, organizing committee member and technology chair for ICIS’98 and minitrack chair for Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences 98 - 06.