Metamodeling (5 ECTS)

Teacher(s): Fill Hans-Georg
Level: Master
Type of lesson: Lecture
Language(s): English
Semester(s): SP-2021

The goal of this course is to familarize students with the methods and techniques for developing visual modeling methods. This includes the specification of a visual modeling language including its syntax, semantics, and visual representation. Furthermore, the design and use of mechanisms and algorithms for the interaction with visual models and their analysis will be presented. The course consists of:

1) a theoretical part that explains the foundations of conceptual modeling and metamodeling including the formal specification of a modeling language using the FDMM formalism

2) a practical part for learning the use of a metamodeling platform in practical exercises

3) a project part where student create their own modeling method and implement it as a tool.

For the practical part and the project part we will use the freely available and industry-ready ADOxx metamodeling platform ( ADOxx permits to easily design and implement modeling methods including visual modeling languages and algorithms. Examples for modeling tools that have been developed with ADOxx can be found on the website of the OMiLAB network (

The topic of the project part will be determined based on the interests of the teams. Possible domains include for example: strategic management, business process management, software engineering, artificial intelligence, data management, enterprise architecture management.

Although the course is primarily directed for master students in business informatics and computer science, also students of other disciplines are welcome. At least basic programming skills on the level as taught in the Wirtschaftsinformatik II bachelor course are necessary.

A laptop is needed for the practical exercises and the project part.

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Training aims

Gain knowledge about conceptual modeling methods and their formal specification.

Acquire the ability to implement a visual modeling language using the ADOxx platform.

Become familiar with how to use algorithms for processing the content of models.

Know how to design a modeling method for a particular domain and implement it as a modeling tool.


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Fill, H.-G.: SeMFIS: A Flexible Engineering Platform for Semantic Annotations of Conceptual Models, Semantic Web (SWJ), Vol. 8, Issue 5, pp. 747-763, 2017

Karagiannis, D. et al.: Domain-Specific Conceptual Modeling, Springer, 2016