Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19 counter-measures.


The FOSD Meeting is a yearly informal meeting to bring together the community of researchers working on feature-oriented software development, including, but not limited:

The meeting started more than 10 years ago to bring several research groups with common interests closer together. The meeting has successfully been repeated 11 times with 20 to 50 participants each, and has established countless collaborations since. For example, see FOSD 2019 in Weimar and FOSD 2018 in Gothenburg.

The main objective is that researchers at different career stages (including undergraduate and early-career graduate students) come together to present their research, to get feedback from peers, to discuss new directions, and to initiate collaborations.

The format of an FOSD meeting consists of short presentations from each participant with plenty of time for discussion. Young researchers (graduate and undergraduate students), as well as more senior community members, present their research, provide and get feedback from others, engage into discussions and establish new collaborations. FOSD is a place for discussion, not a publication venue. Participants can present previously published work as well as unpublished work, including early ideas and work in progress. The key is to encourage discussions, to receive feedback and to grow the network of collaborating researchers.


The FOSD 2020 meeting will take place at the WU Campus in Vienna, Austria, from March 24 until March 27, 2020.

Preliminary Timetable

Preliminary timetable


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Prof. Manuel Wimmer
Head of the Department of Business Informatics - Software Engineering, Johannes Kepler University Linz

The Past, Present, and Future of Model Versioning


Manuel Wimmer is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Business Informatics – Software Engineering at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. He received his Ph.D. and his Habilitation from TU Wien, Austria. He has been a research associate at the University of Malaga, Spain, a visiting professor at the University of Marburg, Germany as well as at TU Munich, Germany, and an assistant professor at the Business Informatics Group (BIG), TU Wien, Austria. Currently, he is also leading the Christian Doppler Laboratoy on Model-Integrated Smart Production (CDL-MINT). In this context, he is developing modeling approaches for smart production facilities, as well as techniques for the continuous evolution of such systems based on production information gathered and analyzed at runtime. Moreover, he is/was involved in several national and international projects dealing with the foundations and application of model engineering techniques, especially metamodeling and model transformations, for domains such as tool interoperability, legacy tool modernization, model versioning and evolution, software reverse engineering and migration, Web engineering including social Web and semantic Web, Cloud computing, and flexible production systems. He is co-author of the book Model-driven Software Engineering in Practice (Morgan & Claypool, second edition, 2017).


Version control systems are an essential part of the software development infrastructure. While traditional systems mostly focus on code-based artefacts, recent trends such as Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) require to support model-based artefacts as well - even in interdisciplinary settings. As a consequence, several dedicated approaches for model versioning have been proposed recently. In this talk, I will review the active research field of model versioning, establish a common terminology, introduce the various techniques and technologies applied in current model versioning systems, and conclude with open issues and challenges which have to be overcome for performing model versioning at industrial scale.

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The meeting will take place at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna).

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We pre-selected hotels next to the WU Campus (5-10 minutes walking distance).
Booking details will follow upon registration.


Travel Information

Arrival via Plane

Vienna International Airport is about 20 km from the city centre of Vienna, which can easily be reached via train line (S-Bahn) S7: Take S7 direction Floridsdorf. At stop Praterstern change to underground U2, direction Seestadt or Aspernstrasse. Get off at stop Messe Prater.

Alternative routes from the airport are available through Airport Bus Shuttle, CAT (City Airport Train), or taxi.

Arrival via Train

Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Central Train Station)

Take underground U1, direction Leopoldau. At stop Praterstern change to underground U2, direction Seestadt or Aspernstrasse. Get off at stop Messe Prater.

Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West Train Station)

Take underground U3, direction Simmering. At stop Volkstheater change to underground U2, direction Seestadt or Aspernstrasse. Get off at stop Messe Prater.

Wien Bahnhof Meidling (Vienna Station Meidling)

Take underground U6, direction Floridsdorf. At stop Längenfeldgasse change to underground U4, direction Heiligenstadt. At stop Schottenring change to underground U2, direction Seestadt or Aspernstrasse. Get off at stop Messe Prater.

Arrival via Car

Our campus is located at Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna. An underground parking garage is located under the main boulevard running through the campus, the entrance is reachable from Trabrennstrasse. All four exits of the garage lead to the outside, so all campus buildings can be entered from their main entrances on the ground floor.

VISA Information

If you are a non-EU citizen, please find out if you need a VISA for entering Austria.
The visa regulations in Austria can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria.
A list of countries for which the VISA requirement has been abolished for stays shorter than 90 days can be found here.


Please send your questions via e-mail to Stefan Sobernig and Olaf Lessenich: