User Experience for Model-Driven Engineering: Challenges and Future Directions

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  • Silvia Abrahao
  • Francis Bourdeleau
  • Betty Cheng
  • Sahar Kokaly
  • Richard Paige
  • Harald Stoerrle
  • Jon Whittle


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Title of host publicationProceedings - ACM/IEEE 20th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, MODELS 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 30 Jun 2017
DatePublished (current) - 7 Nov 2017
Number of pages8
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781538634929


Since its infancy, Model Driven Engineering (MDE) research has primarily focused on technical issues. Although it is becoming increasingly common for MDE research papers to evaluate their theoretical and practical solutions, extensive usability studies are still uncommon. We observe a scarcity of User eXperience (UX)-related research in the MDE community, and posit that many existing tools and languages have room for improvement with respect to UX [26], [44], [37], where UX is a key focus area in the software development industry. We consider this gap a fundamental problem that needs to be addressed by the community if MDE is to gain widespread use. In this vision paper, we explore how and where UX fits into MDE by considering motivating use cases that revolve around different dimensions of integration: model integration, tool integration, and integration between process and tool support. Based on the literature and our collective experience in research and industrial collaborations, we propose future directions for addressing these challenges.

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    Research areas

  • Challenges, Model Based Design, Model Driven Engineering, User Experience, Vision Paper

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