6th MOVES meeting on Modelling languages and restructuring

How to get there

University of Antwerp
campus Middelheim - room G004
Middelheimlaan 1
2020 Antwerpen
( http://win.ua.ac.be/content/getting-here )


For those of you coming by bus, we created a detailed guided tour (including pictures) about how to get from Berchem station to our campus. [detailed-bus route]

In textual form it goes like this. Take Bus 32 (Rooseveltplaats-Edegem) and get of at “Koninklijke laan”. (See also http://www.delijn.be/). You should count on 25 minutes from the City Center to campus Middelheim. Depending on the hour you start the bus comes every 10 minutes.


You should take the bus into the direction of “Edegem” and you will have to get of at “Koninklijke laan” (although you are in the floralienlaan then). To get a feeling where this is: (a) once you passed through Antwerpen-Berchem [which is the 2nd railway station in Antwerp) (b) after driving through a street full of shops, (a) the bus takes a left turn to come upon a bigger road with a tramway, (c) crosses a big road intersection with lots of traffic lights, (d) drives over a bridge crossing the highway, (e) then takes two right turns before (f) passing a cemetery on the left hand side. If you see the cemetery, ring the bell to ask the bus driver to stop, because right after the next left turn you will have to get off. You see the university buildings right behind the bus stop.


  • Status report on collaborations identified in the past (by Serge Demyer, UA)
  • Tutorial on Moody’s 9 principles of “The Physics of Notation” (by Nicolas Genon, FUNDP)

The Physics of Notation

Authors: Nicolas Genon, Patrick Heymans and Daniel Moody

Visual representations form an integral part of a modelling languages. Diagrams play a particularly critical role in communicating with stakeholders (end users and customers), as they are believed to convey information more effectively to non-technical people than text.

Currently, graphical notations are designed in an ad-hoc and unscientific manner. Decisions about graphical representations are typically made in a subjective way, without reference to theory or empirical evidence, or justifications of any kind (design rationale). The majority of effort is spent designing the semantics of modelling languages (what constructs to include and what they mean), with the design of visual syntax (how to visually represent these constructs) taking place largely as an afterthought and based on intuition and rule of thumb. We have neither theory nor a systematic body of empirical evidence to guide us.

The aim of this tutorial is to introduce you to the “Physics” of Notations theory defined by Dr. Daniel Moody. This theory establishes the foundation for a science of visual notation design. It defines a set of nine principles for designing cognitively effective visual notations: ones that are optimised for human communication and problem solving. The principles have been successfully used to evaluate and improve several modelling notations as well as to design visual notations from first principles.


    • Serge Demeyer
    • Hans Vangheluwe
    • Peter Ebraert
    • Joris Van Geet
    • Sylvain Degrandsart
    • Xiaobo Li
    • Tim Molderez
    • Quinten Soetens
    • Margarete Sackmann
    • Nicolas Genon
    • Arnaud Hubaux
  • K.U.Leuven
    • Aram Hovsepyan
    • Stefan Van Baelen
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    • Dirk Deridder
    • Dennis Wagelaar
    • Carlos Noguera
    • Ragnhild Van Der Straeten
    • TU/e-School of Industrial Engineering
      • Pieter Van Gorp
      • Erwin van den Broek
      • Robert Janssen
    • University of Mons
      • Tom Mens
      • Mathieu Goeminne



Serge gave a status report on collaborations identified in the past. Additionally he also reintroduced the ideas for the MoVES newsletter. There should appear 7 newsletters in the coming 2 years. One for each work package (and to introduce the university/research group that leads that work package) and a final newsletter for progress in all workpackages together. The first newsletter is on Work Package 2 and introduces the UA. The first page will introduce the workpackage, the second and third pages will be on collaborations/work done within the MoVES network. The last pages introduce the UA and its research groups and some research artifacts that have been produced.

Nicolas Genon gave his presentation on The “Physics” of Notations. (Slides used in the tutorial)

Status Report

  • Evolution of Modeling Languages (FUNDP + VUB)
    • STATUS: Still on Hold
  • Co-evolution of production code and test code (UA + TUDelft)
    • STATUS: Resubmitted journal paper was Accepted
  • Fabian Gilson (FUNDP) contact with INRIA
  • Sylvain de Grandsart (UA) had contact with Thierry Massar
  • Aram Hovsepyan (KUL) and Andres Yie (VUB) would be collaborating.
  • Xiaobo Li (UA) should contact Charles Pecheur (talk to Serge for contact information)
  • Nicolas Genon (FUNDP) Possible collaborations with Erwin van den Broek and Robert Janssen (TU/e) (master students of Pieter van Gorp)
  • Arnaud Hubaux (FUNDP) contacted Arthur ter Hofstede and Ronny Mans of TU/e (in motion)
  • Michael Hoste (UMons) follow up with Hans Vangheluwe (UA) planned, but nothing to report yet.
  • Michael Hoste (UMons) developed a common case of the scripting thing with Sylvain Degrandsart(UA) (potential for joint paper).
  • Dirk Deridder sat together with Anne Etienne (Dirk, please check name spelling) (INRIA) on work with transformation chain evolution within the context of the workpackage.

Action Points

  • Organize next meeting in september; Need to find topic, date and location. (Doodle will follow)
  • Workshops should be organized. Not necessarily collocated with a conference, but maybe locally within MoVES: instead of meetings with presentations we could organize workshops where small groups discuss collaboration opportunities.
    • CSMR2011 is organized in Germany in March. Workshop proposals can be submitted until October 23, 2010
  • First edition of the Newsletter to appear in July.

Calls for Papers

  • Dirk Deridder:
    • Workshop at MODELS: International Workshop on Models and Evolution (ME2010)
  • Hans Vangheluwe:
    • Workshop at MODELS: 4th Workshop on Multi-Paradigm Modelling. Spots available for PC members. (MPM2010)
    • Workshop at MODELS: First workshop on Model Driven Interoperability. (MDI2010)
    • First summerschool on domain specific modelling organized in September by Vasco Amaral in Lisbon. (DSM-TP 2010)
  • Stefan Van Baelen
    • Workshop at MODELS: 3rd International Workshop on Model BAsed Architecting and Construction of Embedded Systems. (ACESMB2010)
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