[Om-announce] VSTTE 2010: Final Call for Poster Session Submissions

Gudmund Grov ggrov at staffmail.ed.ac.uk
Mon Jun 14 14:56:51 CEST 2010

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*** Final Call for POSTERS *** 

3rd International Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools, and Experiments (VSTTE 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland

August 16th-19th, 2010



The complementary themes of Theories, Tools and Experiments makes VSTTE 
an unique conference. Through the introduction of a POSTER session 
at VSTTE 2010, we are aiming to widen the body of researchers that are 
involved in the Verified Software Initiative (VSI) and its related
Challenges (more details on VSTTE & VSI are provided below). 

Limited financial support will be available if necessary to enable 
attendance of both MSc and PhD students whose posters are accepted. 
Specifically, we aim to attract students who are already engaged in 
theories or tools or experiments relevant to verification; and give 
them an opportunity to meet other students and researchers engaged 
in complementary experiments or theories or tools. Note that the
POSTER session is open to all researchers, not just students. 
With regards to submissions, we require the following:

   1. 1-page abstract of your research
   2. Poster OR a poster plan 
   3. For students, a supporting statement from your supervisor 

Submissions should be sent electronically to vstte10 at macs.hw.ac.uk.

The timetable for POSTER authors is as follows:

JUNE 18:  Submission of abstract & poster (plan) deadline
JUNE 30:  Notification of decision
JULY 31:  Camera-ready abstract deadline 
AUGUST 17:  Poster session

Note that a collection of abstracts for the accepted posters 
will be distributed at the conference. Poster authors will 
be expected to bring their poster with them to the conference.
Details of the size of the final posters will be provided in
due course. 

Financial support will be allocated on a case-by-case basis,
and will support around 30 partial/fully funded places, 
including 10 SICSA PhD funded places.

If you have any queries, please direct them to vstte10 at macs.hw.ac.uk 



National Science Foundation (NSF)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Microsoft Research
Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Altran Praxis
Software Systems Engineering Initiative (SSEI)
Formal Methods Europe (FME)


The Third International Conference on Verified Software: Theories,
Tools, and Experiments follows a successful inaugural working
conference at Zurich (2005) and a successful conference in Toronto
(2008). This conference is part of the Verified Software Initiative
(VSI), a fifteen-year, cooperative, international project directed
at the scientific challenges of large-scale software verification.
VSI also includes UKCRC's Grand Challenge 6, i.e. Dependable Systems
Evolution. VSTTE is open to anyone who is interested in participating
actively in the VSI effort.


The goal of this conference is to advance the state of the art in
the science and technology of software verification through the
interaction of theory development, tool evolution, and experimental
validation.  Authors are encouraged to submit work in progress,
particularly if the work involves collaboration, theory unification,
and tool integration.  Topics of interest include

requirements modeling
specification languages
specification/verification case-studies
formal calculi
programming languages
language semantics
software design methods
software testing
automatic code generation
refinement methodologies
type systems
computer security
verification tools (static analysis, dynamic analysis, model
checking, theorem proving, satisfiability)
tool integration
challenge problems
integrated verification environments

We also encourage researchers to submit challenges in theory,
formalization, systems verification, code verification, and
applications. Contributions relating to existing challenges
will also be welcomed, i.e.

* POPLMark (http://tinyurl.com/poplmark)
* Tokeneer (http://www.adacore.com/home/products/sparkpro/tokeneer)
* POSIX file system (http://tinyurl.com/qyzqk9)
* medical devices (http://tinyurl.com/pnztqb)


VSTTE 2010 is being hosted by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
The conference dates coincide with the 2010 Edinburgh International
Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe -- collectively the
largest annual  arts festival on the planet! The technical programme
will take place in the Edinburgh Conference Centre (Riccarton campus),
where accommodation will be available at very competitive rates for
festival time. Social events will be arranged within the city centre,
making VSTTE an unique cultural and scholarly event for 2010!


* Tom Ball (Microsoft Research, Redmond)
* Gerwin Klein (National ICT Australia)
* Matthew Parkinson (University of Cambridge)


In addition to the main conference, VSTTE will host two workshops on August 19th:

* VS-Theory focuses on theoretical foundations of software verification. 
Topics range from the difficult and essential study of soundness of delicate 
proof methods, to the discovery of new specification techniques and proof 
methods, to dramatic simplification or unification of existing methods, to as 
yet unknown breakthroughs.

* VS-Tools & Experiments focuses on the development of verification tools and 
their experimental evaluation. Possible topics include interfaces between tools, 
tool integration platforms, and case studies. 

The workshops will provide a forum to present new, possibly unfinished work and will 
also give the opportunity to propose research challenges, which will help form a research 
agenda for the Verified Software Initiative. 

Papers must be written in English using Springer LNCS style. The page limit is 10 pages
for technical papers and 5 pages for proposals of verification challenges. The proceedings will be 
published as a technical report. 


There will be a two-day summer-school preceding the main conference on the 14 and
15 August. The summer school will give a broad overview of software verification 
techniques,  addressing both bottom-up and top-down approaches with a strong focus
on the formal representation and reasoning themes. The school consists of eight 
introductory lectures, each concentrating on an unique aspect of one or both of the 
overall themes. The topics of the lectures include inductive theorem proving; SAT and 
SMT solving; proof planning and rippling; rely/guarantee conditions; separation 
logic; operating system verification; formal analysis of security.

The following will present at the summer school:

* Robert Atkey (University of Strathclyde) & Ewen Maclean (Heriot-Watt University) 
* Alan Bundy & Lucas Dixon (University of Edinburgh)
* Jane Hillston (University of Edinburgh)
* Cliff Jones (University of Newcastle)
* Gerwin Klein (National ICT Australia)
* J Strother Moore (University of Texas at Austin)
* Natarajan Shankar (SRI)
* Graham Steel (INRIA)

The school is intended for PhD students and researchers working within one or both of 
these themes, however familiarity with any of the techniques is not a prerequisite. 
All lectures are meant to be introductory.  For more information see:



A verification competition will be held at VSTTE 2010. The challenge is
to develop a machine-verified piece of software with respect to a given
specification. The competition will be conducted over a 2.5 hour period
on some evening of the conference. The problem will be presented with a
logical specification and test cases over .5 hours including time for
discussion with 2 hours to construct a solution. Each competing team
can feature up to three members. You can use any tool or combination of
tools as well as libraries, but you cannot modify these tools.  You can
reinterpret the specification to suit your tools and methods, but you
will be judged on the fidelity of your interpretation. The goal is to
produce an executable program and a replayable proof that the program
meets the specification.  It will be possible to code the solution using
integers and arrays. The solutions will be judged for soundness

(absence of bugs) and completeness (presence of proofs). The three best
solutions will be selected and the respective teams will be invited to
make presentations at the tools/experiments workshop. You must
register a copy of the  verification system with the judges prior to the
competition with instructions for replaying proofs and running the


Andrew Ireland (Heriot-Watt University; A.Ireland at hw.ac.uk)


Peter O'Hearn (Queen Mary, University of London; ohearn at dcs.qmul.ac.uk)
Gary T. Leavens (University of Central Florida; leavens at eecs.ucf.edu)
Sriram Rajamani (Microsoft Research; sriram at microsoft.com)


Peter Mueller (ETH Zurich; peter.mueller at inf.ethz.ch)


David Naumann (Stevens Institute of Technology; dnaumann at stevens.edu)
Hongseok Yang (Queen Mary, University of London;  hyang at dcs.qmul.ac.uk)


Rajeev Joshi (NASA JPL; rajeev.joshi at jpl.nasa.gov)
Tiziana Margaria (Universitat Potsdam; margaria at cs.uni-potsdam.de)


Gudmund Grov (Edinburgh University; ggrov at inf.ed.ac.uk)


Ewen Maclean (Heriot-Watt University; E.A.H.Maclean at hw.ac.uk)


Ahmed Bouajjani
Leo Freitas
Philippa Gardner
John Hatcliff
Ranjit Jhala
Joseph Kiniry
Rustan Leino
Xavier Leroy
David Naumann
Matthew Parkinson
Wolfgang Paul
Shaz Qadeer
Andrey Rybalchenko
Augusto Sampaio
Zhong Shao
Aaron Stump
Serdar Tasiran
Willem Visser
Chin Wei-Ngan
Stephanie Weirich
Greta Yorsh


Tony Hoare
Jay Misra
Natarajan Shankar
Jim Woodcock

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