This week, the ACM/IEEE 13th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 2010) takes place at the Oslo Congress Centre. Together with SINTEF, and with support from the Research Council of Norway, the Department of informatics is hosting a conference with 420 researcher from all over the world. In the program we can read the following:

"Welcome to the cradle of object orientation, one of the foundations of modeling. In the 1960ies Kristen Nygaard and Ole-Johan Dahl created Simula, the direct forerunner of languages like Smalltalk, C++, and Java. Simula was used not only as a general programming language, but also to model complex systems to simulate their behavior. Nygaard and Dahl received the von Neumann Medal and the Turing Award.

This year’s organizers from SINTEF and the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo have strong links to Nygaard and Dahl. Most of us have had them as teachers and colleagues and we are proud to honor their pioneering work through this conference.

We are no longer in the 1960ies. We are in another century with mobile phones more powerful  than the computers that were running Simula. Enjoy the wireless network, read your e-mails,  and listen to inspiring keynotes and paper presentations, let your voice be heard during the  panel discussion, and enjoy the social events with other modelers."

The program started with workshops and tutorial sessions already on Sunday (October 3). The official conference is starting tomorrow morning (October 6).

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