User experience for model-driven engineering: challenges and future directions

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationACM/IEEE 20th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems
EditorsJeff Gray, Vinay Kulkarni
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781538634929
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2017
EventACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems 2017 - Austin, United States of America
Duration: 17 Sept 201722 Sept 2017
Conference number: 20th (Proceedings)


ConferenceACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems 2017
Abbreviated titleMoDELS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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  • Challenges
  • Model Based Design
  • Model Driven Engineering
  • User Experience
  • Vision Paper

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