Virtual Meetup - Towards Smart Modeling (Environments): Looking Into the Future of Engineering and Scientific Environments

Hi Community,

I am happy to announce that this Thursday (the 25th of November), Benoit Combemale will hold the discussion about “Towards Smart Modeling (Environments): Looking Into the Future of Engineering and Scientific Environments”

Also, remember that we changed the link to join the Meetup!

Integrated Development (resp. Modeling) Environments, aka. IDEs, have significantly evolved in the past decades, integrating various languages thanks to language protocols, and offering a broad range of advanced tools to support system design and implementation. The current state of the art and practice eases the definition of new (domain-specific) languages and the corresponding IDEs. However, most of the tools integrated with these IDEs are a great support for implementation only. We argue in this presentation the lack of support for innovative thinking, all along the lifecycle, from exploratory design (incl. tradeoff analysis, design space exploration, and decision making) to runtime (incl. self-adaptive systems, and digital twins). We explore the trend to push forward current IDEs towards complex engineering and scientific environments, offering new tools for innovative thinking, in which not only the language users but also language providers and end-users are involved all together in a complex ecosystem all along the complete system lifecycle. We explore various associated challenges and present some ongoing works demonstrating concrete case studies.

Benoit Combemale is full professor of software engineering at the University of Rennes 1. He is leading the Computer Science Department at the engineering school ESIR, and involving within the research team DiverSE, joint to the IRISA and Inria labs. He is also adjunct researcher in the SM@RT team of the IRIT labs. His research interests include model driven software and systems engineering (MDE), software language engineering (SLE) and software validation & verification (V&V); mostly in the context of (smart) cyber-physical systems and Internet of things. Prof. Combemale is the former chair of the steering committee of the ACM SIGPLAN SLE conference, and the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the JOT journal. He is also member of the editorial board of the international journals SoSyM (Springer), SQJ (Springer), COLA (Elsevier), and the tool section of SCP (Elsevier). He has been general chair of MODELS 2016 and SLE 2017, and program co-chair of SLE 2014, ECMFA 2019 and ICT4S 2020. He also used to serve as program committee member for various conferences and workshops in software and systems engineering. Prof. Combemale coordinated many collaborative projects, either directly with industry or in projects funded by the European Union or the French government. He is also a founding member of the Eclipse Research Consortium GEMOC, an international effort to develop techniques, frameworks, and environments to facilitate the creation, integration, and automated processing of heterogeneous modeling languages. For more information, please visit

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How to connect

To avoid other security issues is now necessary to register for the meeting. The registration should be necessary just once and be valid for all the next meetings you will participate in. I understand it is a little extra effort, but it would avoid problems like the ones we encountered:

Registration for the Virtual Meetup

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. It will also permit you to add it to your calendar.


It is hosted on Zoom at 6 PM GMT+1/CEST (you can use this link to figure out which time is in your timezone:


P.S. We get a recurring question: “Are presentations recorded?”. The answer is not, and the reasons are explained here

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Hi Community,

You can find the slides here.