2nd International Workshop on Use Case Modeling (WUsCaM-05)

Use Cases in Model-Driven Software Engineering

Call for papers

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Workshop goals

Use cases have achieved wide use as specification tools for systems observable behavior, but still remains a large gap between specifying behavior and determining the software components to build or procure. WUsCaM 05 – “Workshop on Use Cases in Model-Driven Software Engineering” – will bring together use case and MDSE experts from industry and academia to identify and characterize problem areas and promising approaches.


The integration of use cases within Model-Driven Software Engineering requires a better definition of use case contents, in particular description of behavior through sequences of action steps, pre- and post- conditions, and relationship between use case models and conceptual models. The UML2 specification allows for several textual and graphical representations of use cases, but does not provide any rules for transformations between different representations at the same level of abstraction. It does not provide either any rule for transformations of these representations to other artifacts at levels closer to implementation. This workshop aims to show how the resourceful application of use case models may help to bridge the “requirements gap” in current research and practice of model-driven methodologies.


Topics of interest

Pragmatics of use cases

  • Methods for use case application in a model-driven software lifecycle.
  • Automatic transformations of use case model and its items into other models (analytical, architectural, design).
  • Use case views and model views.
  • Use cases composition.
  • Tools supporting precise use case specification and transformation.
  • Tools for use case verification and execution.


Semantics of use cases

  • Semantic connection between the use case model and other software models (static and dynamic).
  • Appropriateness of the UML 2.0 meta-model for supporting use case semantics and transformation into other models.
  • Adding traceability information to use case models and their specification items.
  • Refinement of collaboration and participation of actors in a use case.
  • Precise notation (functional and structural) for use case specification items enabling model transformation.
  • Clarification of relationships between use cases in the context of their transformation into other models.


Novel applications of use case models in model-driven development.


We invite practitioners, lecturers and researchers interested in use case modeling and MDSE to submit positions papers on the proposed topics. The number of participants will be restricted to 15-20, upon acceptance of a position paper based on reviewers’ comments and overall fit with the workshop theme. We aim to have rich discussions after the presentations, and additional papers may be explicitly invited if deemed useful.


Send position papers (4.000 words at most) in electronic form to Hernán Astudillo (hernan {at) acm.org), with subject WUsCaM’05. Papers must follow the style rules established for the MoDELS’05 main program papers.

Important dates

  • Position paper submission: 2/August/2005
  • Reviews returned to authors: 29/August/2005

Workshop activities

The workshop will have four sessions of about 90 minutes each. The first two sessions will be devoted to presentations (3-6 papers each, selected among position papers based on relevance and to avoid redundancy); the third session will break into smaller groups, according to the topics effectively considered by the papers; and the fourth session will allow discussion to synthesize a final set of issues and recommendations.


Papers will be made available at the workshop Web site at least two weeks before the workshop takes place, and an internet forum will be launched so that attendants may (should they choose) cross-review and discuss contributions, even before physically meeting at the Conference, and perhaps after it also; this forum and its contents will be considered as archival material and kept by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Program committee

Hernán Astudillo (president) (Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile)

Gonzalo Génova (co-organizer) (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Michal Smialek (co-organizer) (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)

Juan Llorens (co-organizer) (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Pierre Metz (co-organizer) (SYNSPACE, Germany)

Rubén Prieto-Díaz (co-organizer) (James Madison University, USA)

Ian Alexander (Scenario Plus Ltd, UK)

Bruce Anderson (IBM Business Consulting Services, UK)

Guy Genilloud (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Sadahiro Isoda (Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan)

Joaquin Miller (X-Change Technologies, USA)

Anthony Simons (University of Sheffield, UK)