Engineering process transformation to manage (In)consistency

István Dávid, Joachim Denil, Klaas Gadeyne, Hans Vangheluwe

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Inconsistencies pose a severe issue to overcome in collaborative modeling scenarios, especially in settings with difierent domains involved. This is due to the significantly different formalisms employed that have overlapping semantic domains. A pertinent example are today's mechatronic and Cyber-Physical Systems. In this paper, we propose an approach for managing inconsistencies based on explicitly modeled linguistic and ontological properties. We argue that to fully understand the reasons of their occurrence and impact on the overall design, inconsistencies should be investigated in the context of the process they emerge in. For this purpose, we propose a language for modeling processes in conjunction with the properties of the engineered system. Characteristics of inconsistencies are identifued in terms of process models and properties. A method for optimal selection of management techniques is provided. We demonstrate our ideas on a case study of a real mechatronic system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st International Workshop on Collaborative Modelling in MDE, COMMitMDE 2016
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Collaborative Modelling in MDE, COMMitMDE 2016 - St. Malo, France
Duration: 4 Oct 2016 → …

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


Conference1st International Workshop on Collaborative Modelling in MDE, COMMitMDE 2016
CitySt. Malo
Period4/10/16 → …


  • Cyberphysical systems
  • Design space exploration
  • Inconsistency management
  • Model-based design


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