Semantic Anchoring with Model Transformations

  • Kai Chen
  • Janos Sztipanovits
  • Sherif Abdelwalhed
  • Ethan Jackson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3748)


Model-Integrated Computing (MIC) is an approach to Model-Driven Architecture (MDA), which has been developed primarily for embedded systems. MIC places strong emphasis on the use of domain-specific modeling languages (DSML-s) and model transformations. A metamodeling process facilitated by the Generic Modeling Environment (GME) tool suite enables the rapid and inexpensive development of DSML-s. However, the specification of semantics for DSML-s is still a hard problem. In order to simplify the DSML semantics, this paper discusses semantic anchoring, which is based on the transformational specification of semantics. Using a mathematical model, Abstract State Machine (ASM), as a common semantic framework, we have developed formal operational semantics for a set of basic models of computations, called semantic units. Semantic anchoring of DSML-s means the specification of model transformations between DSML-s (or aspects of complex DSML-s) and selected semantic units. The paper describes the semantic anchoring process using the meta-programmable MIC tool suite.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Chen
    • 1
  • Janos Sztipanovits
    • 1
  • Sherif Abdelwalhed
    • 1
  • Ethan Jackson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Software Integrated SystemsVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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