GraBaTs 2012

7th International Workshop on Graph Based Tools

September 24th, 2012, University of Bremen, Germany

A satellite event of ICGT'12

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Aims and Scope

The 7th International Workshop on Graph Based Tools is the continuation of the GraBaTs series of workshops which provides a forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the development and application of graph-based tools. Based on rigorous mathematical concepts, graphs are at the core of tools and techniques in various application areas and are used for many practical concerns. The topics of interests are (but are not limited to):

  • Model-driven development tools,
  • Meta modeling tools, generators and frameworks,
  • Visual language tools (UML, Domain-specific languages, etc.)
  • Model transformation and model management tools,
  • Formal graph-based modeling tools,
  • Visualization, animation and simulation tools,
  • Analysis of models, transformations and programs (validation, verification, static analysis, quantitative analysis, testing, etc.),
  • Tool integration techniques,
  • Software engineering and software evolution tools,
  • Efficient algorithms for graph models (pattern matching, handling of large graph models, graph traversal algorithms, etc.).

In all these areas, tools are developed that retrieve, store, transform and display graphs. It is the purpose of this workshop to survey the state of the art of graph-based tools, bring together developers of graph-based tools in different application fields and to encourage new tool development cooperations. We solicit papers on the aforementioned topics, as well as case studies, empirical and experimental results on tool scalability and uses of graph-based tools on novel application areas.

This year's workshop will have a special emphasis on tool integration techniques and efficient methods for handling high-level graph-based models. While there already exists a large variety of graph-based modeling and analysis tools, they often lack interoperability. Tool integration is vital for achieving standardized formats and moreover allows users to exploit the particular advantages of different tools. The second focus is on efficient handling of enhanced graph-based model, e.g. matching and transformation of high-level models with distribution information, containment structures, hierarchies etc.

Invited speaker

We are pleased to announce that Arend Rensink (University of Twente, The Netherlands) will give a presentation entitled "Graph Transformation, Check; And Now What?"

Call for Papers

The call for papers can be downloaded from here: grabats2012.txt.


This workshop is the 7th edition in the series of GraBaTs workshops:

Since 2010, the tool contest is organized separately as the Transformation Tool Contest (TTC 2010 / TTC 2011) together with the TOOLS conference. GraBaTs 2012 will be held in the traditional workshop format.

Important Dates (updated)

June 18, 2012   Abstract submission (closed)
June 25, 2012   Paper submission (closed)
July 30, 2012   Notification of acceptance
September 5, 2012   Revised version for preproceedings
September 24, 2012   Workshop
October 15, 2012   Camera-ready version

Workshop Program

The workshop program is available here.


The proceedings of the workshop are available here.


GraBaTs 2012 will be held in the University of Bremen, Germany on September 24th, 2012. It is a satellite workshop of ICGT 2012, the International Conference on Graph Transformation. For venue, registration and suggested accommodation see the ICGT web page.

Programme Committee

  • Artur Boronat, University of Leicester (UK)
  • Claudia Ermel, Technical University of Berlin (Germany)
  • Esther Guerra, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
  • Ethan Jackson, Microsoft Research (USA)
  • Dimitris Kolovos, University of York (UK)
  • Christian Krause, Hasso Plattner Institute, University of Potsdam (Germany)
  • Tihamer Levendovszky, Vanderbilt University (USA)
  • Mark Minas, Universität der Bundeswehr München (Germany)
  • Arend Rensink, University of Twente (The Netherlands)
  • Gabriele Taentzer, Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany)
  • Pieter Van Gorp, Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands)
  • Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp (Belgium) / McGill University (Canada)
  • Gergely VarrĂ³, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) / TU Darmstadt (Germany)
  • Bernhard Westfechtel, University of Bayreuth (Germany)
  • Andreas Winter, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg (Germany)
  • Albert Zündorf, University of Kassel (Germany)


The proceedings of this workshop is expected to be published in the Electronic Communications of the EASST. Two kinds of papers are solicited to be presented at the workshop:

  1. technical presentations (with a regular paper of at most 12 pages)
  2. tool demos presenting new tools or novel features of existing tools (with a short paper of at most 6 pages).
Of course, regular technical presentations are also encouraged to include a short tool demo.

Both regular and tool papers will be included in the post-workshop proceedings (published by ECEASST).

For preparing your manuscript, please use the EASST templates available here:

Please submit your abstract and paper using EasyChair:

Contact Info

Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers if you have any questions: