Last Thursday I presented our generic approach for automatically bridging UML profiles into MOF metamodels.

Here you can download the paper: http://www.ivanomalavolta.com/files/papers/SEAA_2015.pdf , and here you can find the slides of the presentation:



The paper has been presented at SEAA 2015. SEAA 2015 is the 41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, and it has been held in 26 – 28 August 2015, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.

Here you can see a picture of Madeira in all its beautifulness! 🙂


Madeira

More on a serious tone, here is the abstract of our paper.
In Model-Driven Engineering, UML profiles and MOF-based Domain Specific Modeling Languages (DSMLs) are the most used approaches for describing domain specific applications. The choice of the right approach depends on several aspects, such as tool support, expressivity, complexity of models, company policies. In general, profiled UML models are very much used since they are intuitive for designers and model editors already exist, however they are intrinsically complex for model manipulation (e.g., transformation, analysis); conversely, domain specific models are more concise and easy to be manipulated, but they require an initial effort in terms of designers training and model editors development.
In this paper we propose an approach that allows getting the best of the two worlds: on one side designers can use UML profiles familiar to them, on the other side DSML models (automatically generated from profiled UML models) enable a better model manipulation. Our approach is based on an automatic bridge between UML profiles and MOF metamodels (which are the main artifacts of MOF-based DSMLs). The bridge is transparent to the user since it autonomously operates both on UML profiles and all the involved models. The bridge is realized through model transformation techniques in the Eclipse platform. In this paper we show its application on a case study based on SysML.