Title: "MDE: The next five years"

Abstract: Once we have reached the point of peak MDE research, it is now time to step back and think about the lessons we have learned during these years, to revisit the role of MDE in software development and engineering, and to discuss the future directions and opportunities for MDE. What are its major strengths and limitations? How can we consolidate our knowledge and experience and use it in new domains, or to focus on new research directions of more interest and applicability?

The panelists will be asked to reflect on four questions:

a) What are, from your point of view, the main new domains where MDE can play a primary role in the next years (e.g., Internet of things, smart cities, big data, mobile computing, self-driving cars, Industry 4.0, cyber-physical systems, robotics, cybersecurity, etc.)? Cite just 2. What is the expected role that you foresee for MDE in these domains?

b) What does MDE currently lack (if anything) to play a prominent role in these domains?

c) Related to this, what are, from your perspective, the new and most promising research directions for MDE in the short term? (And who should fund such research? Why large IT companies do not seem to be willing to invest much in MDE research?)

d) Finally, what do you think we should change, as a modelling community, to improve the quality and applicability of our research? The number of submissions to MODELS has declined in the last years. Why do you think this is so? Furthermore, the gap between research results presented in conferences (and journals) and their direct application in industry seems to be large enough to detract industrial participants. Are our papers disconnected from the real needs and problems in MDE? Does our research on MDE really matters to industry? What are your views on this?

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