MASE 2015
International Workshop on
Modelling in Automotive Software Engineering
Ottawa, Canada
September 27, 2015
(co-located with MODELS'15)
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Organizing Committee
Michał Antkiewicz, U. Waterloo, Canada
Joanne Atlee, U. Waterloo, Canada
Juergen Dingel, Queen's U., Canada
Ramesh S, General Motors, USA

Program Committee
Michał Antkiewicz, U. Waterloo, Canada
Jo Atlee, U. Waterloo, Canada
Robert Baillargeon, CloudOne, USA
Christian Berger, Chalmers U, Sweden
Betty Cheng, Michigan State University, USA
Rance Cleaveland, U. of Maryland / Reactive Systems Inc
Daniela Damian, University of Victoria, Canada
Nancy Day, University of Waterloo, Canada
Juergen Dingel, Queen’s University, Canada
Anders Eriksson, Saab, Sweden
Sebastian Fischmeister, University of Waterloo, Canada
Simon Fuerst, BMW, Germany
Holger Giese, Hasso-Plattner Institute, Germany
Reinhard von Hanxleden, University of Kiel, Germany
Mark Lawford, McMaster University, Canada
Jonn Lantz, Volvo Cars, Sweden
Bernhard Rumpe, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Ramesh S, GM, USA
Bernhard Schaetz, fortiss, Germany
Ina Schaefer, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany
Alexander Serebrenik, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bran Selic, Malina Software, Canada
Sebastian Siegl, Audi, Germany
Mario Trapp, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany
Tawhid bin Waez, Ford, USA
Shige Wang, GM, USA
Haibo Zeng, Virginia Tech, USA
Brenda Zhuang, MathWorks, USA

Call for Papers (PDF)


MASE'15 CEUR Workshop Proceedings are now available for download.


Session 1: Keynote

The complexity of designing automotive electronic systems has increased significantly the last two decades. To address these challenges, technical practices and business models have developed to support the evolving landscape. Some of these elements are created to speed the development time such as AUTOSAR and GENIVI. Other standards are evolving to ensure products are produced effectively and to high quality and consistency such as ASPICE and ISO 26262. At the same time practices in Product Line Engineering, Automatic Code Generation, and integrated tool chains have changed the engineering practice and impact on a daily basis. Much of this work and evolution has a common thread in the creation and utilization of models. The ability to recognize and leverage this fact has begun to distinguish the leaders in this domain. Using some simple examples, we will illustrate the currently observed industry practices, challenges in adoption of technology, and the future opportunities to leverage models, and modeling practices, in the daily business of automotive electronic systems.

Robert Baillargeon has spent the last two decades in the development of complex systems. Primarily focused in Automotive, he has worked at both OEM and Tier 1 Suppliers where he has led process, methods, and tooling organizations. His focus to improve organizational capabilities has delivered model driven engineering solutions, code generators from models for the deeply embedded products, and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions to industry. He served as Vice President at Sodius where he ran both North American Services and Product Management. Most recently he has served as Directory of Solution Delivery at CloudOne where he leveraged the flexibility of Cloud technologies for engineering tool deployments. He is currently the Principal Consultant for Method Park America where he works with industrial teams in organizational transformation targeting industry processes as well technology standards such as AUTOSAR, ISO 26262, CMMI, and ASPICE.

Session 2: Modelling in Automotive Design

Session 3: Automotive Safety

Session 4: Timing Analysis / Panel

Background and Motivation

Automotive software was born less than 40 years ago. The first production automotive microcomputer ECU was a single-function controller used for electronic spark timing in the 1977 General Motors Oldsmobile Toronado. By 1981, GM was using microprocessor-based engine controls executing about 50,000 lines of code across its entire domestic passenger car production. Within just 40 years, the significance, size, and development costs of automotive software has grown to staggering levels: Modern cars can be shipped with as much as 1GB of software encompassing more than 100 million lines of code and experts estimate that more than 80% of automotive innovations now come from computer systems and that the cost of software and electronics can reach 40% of the cost of a car. A consequence of this development is that the automotive industry is increasingly relying on and becoming a driver of advances in software development and engineering methods, techniques and tools to deal with the many unique challenges the automotive industry faces. Significant advances have been made dealing with many of these challenges involving, for instance, variability modeling and software product lines, standardization, model-based development, cyber-physical systems, and systems engineering. However, the remaining challenges are compounded by future trends: According to an IBM report released in January 2015, the traditional industry boundaries are starting to disappear and automotive companies must adapt not only to the increasing role of cognitive and adaptive technologies and social media, but also to an increasingly open and collaborative ecosystem of traditional and non-traditional industrial participants (such as car-sharing companies); 80% of the 175 industry executives questioned currently feel illprepared for these changes.

Objectives and Topics

Modelling and model-based approaches to software development already have a long tradition in the automotive industry due to, e.g., the high need for abstraction, standardization and interoperability. It is reasonable to believe that advances in modelling will be key to further advancing automotive software engineering as well. A central objective of the workshop is to provide a forum for practitioners and researchers from industry and academia in which novel, innovative, model-based solutions to current and future challenges in automotive software development can be presented and discussed. Another important objective is the identification of new research problems arising from current trends.

MASE’15 encourages submissions presenting novel and insightful descriptions of applications of modelling techniques to problems arising in the context of automotive software engineering. More precisely, topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • architectures and component-based development and relevant technologies such as AUTOSAR, EAST-ADL, and UML
  • real-time systems and support for multi-core, mixed criticality and IP, and dynamic scheduling
  • quality assurance and support for different quality attributes such as functional and non-functional correctness, interoperability, fault-tolerance, maintainability, and reusability
  • safety and security and support for safety standards such as ISO 26262
  • requirements and traceability
  • variability and configuration management
  • synthesis, transformation, iterative development, integration, and code generation
  • deployment
  • development processes and support for globally distributed development
  • emerging technologies such as big data, mobile apps, social media, open source software, and vehicle networks

Moreover, we welcome experience reports describing insightful uses of modelling, and position papers on future challenges and open problems in the area.

Important Dates

  • Paper submissions: July 17 (NEW!) extended to July 22, 2015
  • Notifications to authors: August 21, 2015
  • Camera-ready version: TBD
  • Workshop: September 27


Authors are invited to submit technical papers relevant to the workshop topic. Also welcome are insightful experience reports describing the use of modeling in an automotive context or position papers on future research challenges and open problems.

All submissions must be written in English, adhere to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines. Both, short papers (not more than 6 pages, including references) and full papers (not more than 10 pages) are welcome. Accepted papers will appear in workshop proceedings published in CEUR. Submissions will be handled using EasyChair and reviewed by at least three PC members.

Any questions should be directed to the workshop organizers: mase2015@easychair.org

  Session 1: Keynote
  Session 2: Modelling
  Session 3: Safety
  Session 4: Timing/Panel
Background and Motivation
Objectives and Topics
Important Dates
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