First International Workshop on
Human Factors in Modeling (HuFaMo’15)

A MODELS'15 workshop

28.09.2015, Ottawa, Canada

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Since modeling is an intrinsically human enterprise, many of the questions related to modeling can only be answered by empirical studies employing human factors. This new workshop series aspires to become a venue for early stage empirical research involving human factors in modeling. Our goal is to improve the state of the science and professionalism in empirical research in the Model Based Engineering community. Typical examples of such questions might consider the usability of a certain approach such as a method or language, or the emotional states or personal judgements of modelers.

We invite submissions regarding empirical studies of the following aspects:

  • emotion and preference of users in the face of modeling related tools and activities;
  • stress, load, and performance involving modeling activities and artifacts;
  • communicative and cognitive strategies and styles connected to modeling activities;
  • training and testing of modeling, modeling tools, and related practices;
  • capabilities and competencies;
  • team and group behaviour, including behavior across (social) media.

Other topics that fit into the general frame of this workshop are also welcome.

Submission types

We solicit three types of submissions, each with their specific quality and review criteria:

  1. Empirical Study: Papers that present research results of empirical studies of human factors in modeling. This includes replication studies, negative results, and workshop papers presenting a novel approach that prioritizes interesting ideas over consolidated results. We want to encourage contributors to not just submit a paper presenting their work, but also the raw data and data analysis scripts.
  2. Study Design: Papers that motivate, describe, and evaluate study designs. They will be evaluated based on the quality of the study design alone, i.e., whether the reviewers deem them promising to obtain meaningful, valid, and interesting results. No actual study or study results are expected. This kind of submission may be considered a community-shepherding process similar to what is common in the patterns community.
  3. Empirical Theory: Papers that contribute to or develop a theory of some aspect of a human factor relevant in modeling. No empirical validation is required, but a thorough analysis of the existing work from all relevant fields (including e.g., psychology, sociology, philosophy, and more as appropriate).

All of these may be submitted either as a short paper (up to 4 pages) or a long paper (6-8 pages), depending on their ambition and quality as determined in the review process. Submissions should mark clearly in their title, to which category they pertain.

All accepted submissions will be discussed openly in the workshop. Publication requires at least one of the quthors to be present at the workshop. We particularly encourage researchers that need to design a study but lack experience in this field to come forward and present study designs so these may be discussed and improved, leading to better quality research.

Submissions must conform to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines:

  • LaTeX users must adopt the IEEEtran v1.8 class file with the following configuration (without option compsoc or compsocconf): \documentclass[conference]{IEEEtran}.
  • Word users must adopt this Word template (see also the corresponding PDF file).

All submissions must be uploaded through EasyChair.


  • All workshop papers will be published in a dedicated CEUR-WS volume.
  • We strongly encourage authors to publicly archive additional materials like raw data or analysis scripts before submitting:
  • The authors of the best papers papers will be invited to extend them and submit to a Special Issue of Springer's Software Quality Journal (SQJ).

Important dates

  • Papers submission deadline: July 17, 2015 July 24, 2015
  • Authors notification: August 21, 2015
  • Camera-ready papers: September 13, 2015
  • Workshop date: September 28, 2015


Note: The workshop will take place in the Laurentian room.

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 Keynote
To be confirmed
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 A Vision on a New Generation of Software Design Environments
Michel Chaudron and Rodi Jolak
Comparing Comprehensibility of Modelling Languages for Specifying Behavioural Requirements
Grischa Liebel and Matthias Tichy
Empirical Study: Comparing Hasselt with C# to describe multimodal dialogs
Fredy Cuenca, Jan Van den Bergh and Karin Coninx
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:00 How Do Developers Solve Software-engineering Tasks on Model-based Code Generators? An Empirical Study Design
Victor Guana and Eleni Stroulia
The Effects of Education on Students’ Perception of Modeling in Software Engineering
Omar Badreddin, Arnon Sturn, Wahab Hamou-Lhadj, Timothy C. Lethbridge, Waylon Dixon and Ryan Simmons
UML Modeling for Visually-Impaired Persons
Brad Doherty and Betty Cheng
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Open Discussion


The workshop proceedings are freely available online.


General chairs

  • Harald Störrle, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Vasco Amaral, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Michel Chaudron, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

Publications chair

Publicity chair

Web chair

Program committee

  • Silvia Abrahão, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
  • Muhammad Ali Babar, University of Adelaide (Australia) and IT Univeristy of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Laura Beckwith, Configit UX (Denmark)
  • Fernando Brito e Abreu, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Håkan Burden, Viktoria Swedish ICT (Sweden)
  • Marcela Genero, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
  • Regina Hebig, LIP6 - Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (France)
  • Emílio Insfran, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
  • Geylani Kardas, Ege University (Turkey)
  • Grischa Liebel, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Marjan Mernik, University of Maribor (Slovenia) and University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA)
  • Lutz Prechelt, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Jean-Sébastien Sottet, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg)
  • Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, MetaCase (Finland)