[Om-announce] Formal Methods 2019: First Call for Papers

Renato Neves nevrenato at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 19:55:35 CEST 2018


FM 2019 - 23rd International Symposium on Formal Methods - 3rd World Congress on Formal Methods

Porto, Portugal, October 7-11, 2019



FM 2019 is the 23rd international symposium in a series organised by Formal Methods Europe (FME), 

an independent association whose aim is to stimulate the use of, and research on, formal methods 

for software development. Every 10 years the symposium is organised as a World Congress. Twenty 

years after FM 1999 in Toulouse, and 10 years after FM 2009 in Eindhoven, FM 2019 is the 3rd World 

Congress on Formal Methods. This is reflected in a PC with members from over 40 countries. Thus, 

FM 2019 will be both an occasion to celebrate and a platform for enthusiastic researchers and 

practitioners from a diversity of backgrounds to exchange their ideas and share their experience. 


It is now more than 30 years since the first VDM symposium in 1987 brought together researchers 

with the common goal of creating methods to produce high quality software based on rigour and 

reason. Since then the diversity and complexity of computer technology has changed enormously and 

the formal methods community has stepped up to the challenges those changes brought by adapting, 

generalising and improving the models and analysis techniques that were the focus of that first 

symposium. The theme for FM 2019 is a reflection on how far the community has come and the 

lessons we can learn for understanding and developing the best software for future technologies. 

Important Dates


Abstract submission: 28 March, 2019 

Full paper submission: 11 April, 2019, 23:59 AoE

Notification: 11 June, 2019       

Camera ready: 9 July, 2019

Conference: 7-11 October, 2019 

Topics of Interest


FM 2019 encourages submissions on formal methods in a wide range of domains including software, 

computer-based systems, systems-of-systems, cyber-physical systems, human-computer interaction, 

manufacturing, sustainability, energy, transport, smart cities, and healthcare. We particularly 

welcome papers on techniques, tools and experiences in interdisciplinary settings. We also 

welcome papers on experiences of formal methods in industry, and on the design and validation of 

formal methods tools. The broad topics of interest for FM 2019 include, but are not limited to: 

- Interdisciplinary formal methods: Techniques, tools and experiences demonstrating the use of

formal methods in interdisciplinary settings.

- Formal methods in practice: Industrial applications of formal methods, experience with formal 

methods in industry, tool usage reports, experiments with challenge problems. The authors are 

encouraged to explain how formal methods overcame problems, led to improved designs, or provided 

new insights.

- Tools for formal methods: Advances in automated verification, model checking, and testing with 

formal methods, tools integration, environments for formal methods, and experimental validation 

of tools. The authors are encouraged to demonstrate empirically that the new tool or environment 

advances the state of the art.

- Formal methods in software and systems engineering: Development processes with formal methods, 

usage guidelines for formal methods, and method integration. The authors are encouraged to 

evaluate process innovations with respect to qualitative or quantitative improvements. Empirical 

studies and evaluations are also solicited.

- Theoretical foundations of formal methods: All aspects of theory related to specification, 

verification, refinement, and static and dynamic analysis. The authors are encouraged to explain 

how their results contribute to the solution of practical problems with formal methods or tools.

Submission Guidelines


Papers should be original work, not published or submitted elsewhere, in Springer LNCS format, 

written in English, submitted through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fm2019

Each paper will be evaluated by at least three members of the Programme Committee. Authors of 

papers reporting experimental work are strongly encouraged to make their experimental results 

available for use by the reviewers. Similarly, case study papers should describe significant 

case studies, and the complete development should be made available at the time of review. The  

usual criteria for novelty, reproducibility, correctness and the ability for others to build upon  

the described work apply. Tool papers should explain enhancements made compared to previously 

published work. A tool paper need not present the theory behind the tool but should focus on 

the tool's features, how it is used, its evaluation, and examples and screen shots illustrating 

the tool's use. Authors of tool papers should make their tool available for use by the reviewers.

We solicit two categories of papers:

- Regular Papers should not exceed 15 pages, not counting references and appendices.

- Short papers, including tool papers, should not exceed 6 pages, not counting references and 

appendices. Besides tool papers, short papers are encouraged for any topic that can be described 

within the page limit, and in particular for novel ideas without an extensive experimental 

evaluation. Short papers will be accompanied by short presentations.

For regular and tool papers, an appendix can provide additional material such as details on 

proofs or experiments. The appendix is not part of the page count and not guaranteed to be read 

or taken into account by the reviewers. It should not contain information necessary to the 

understanding and the evaluation of the presented work. Papers will be accepted or rejected in 

the category in which they were submitted.

At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference as 

a registered participant.

Best Paper Award


At the conference, the PC Chairs will present an award to the authors of the submission selected 

as the FM 2019 Best Paper.



Accepted papers will be published in the Symposium Proceedings to appear in Springer's Lecture 

Notes in Computer Science in the subline on Formal Methods. Traditionally, extended versions of 

selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of one or more journals.

General Chair


José Nuno Oliveira, INESC TEC & University of Minho, PT

Program Committee Chairs


Maurice ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, IT

Annabelle McIver, Macquarie University, AU


Program Committee


Bernhard Aichernig, TU Graz, AT
Elvira Albert, Complutense University of Madrid, ES
María Alpuente, Polytechnic University of Valencia, ES
Dalal Alrajeh, Imperial College, UK
Mário S. Alvim, Federal University of Minas Gerais, BR
June Andronick, CSIRO/Data61, AU
Christel Baier, TU Dresden, DE
Luís Barbosa, University of Minho and UN University, PT
Gilles Barthe, IMDEA Software Institute, ES

Marcello Bersani, Polytechnic University of Milan, IT
Gustavo Betarte, Tilsor SA and University of the Republic, UY
Nikolaj Bjørner, Microsoft Research, US
Frank de Boer, CWI, NL
Sergiy Bogomolov, Australian National University, AU
Julien Brunel, ONERA, FR
Néstor Cataño, Pontifical Xavierian University of Cali, CO

Ana Cavalcanti, University of York,UK
Antonio Cerone, Nazarbayev University, KZ
Marsha Chechik, University of Toronto, CA
David Chemouil, ONERA, FR
Alessandro Cimatti, FBK-IRST, IT
Alcino Cunha, University of Minho, PT
Michael Dierkes, Rockwell Collins, FR
Alessandro Fantechi, University of Florence, IT
Carla Ferreira, New University of Lisbon, PT
João Ferreira, Teesside University, UK
José Fiadeiro, Royal Holloway University of London, UK
Marcelo Frias, Buenos Aires Institute of Technology, AR
Fatemeh Ghassemi, University of Tehran, IR
Silvia Ghilezan, University of Novi Sad, RS
Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, IT
Reiner Hähnle, TU Darmstadt, DE
Osman Hasan, National University of Sciences and Technology, PK
Klaus Havelund, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US
Anne Haxthausen, TU Denmark, DK
Ian Hayes, University of Queensland, AU
Constance Heitmeyer, Naval Research Laboratory, US
Jane Hillston, University of Edinburgh, UK
Thai Son Hoang, University of Southampton, UK
Zhenjiang Hu, National Institute of Informatics, JP
Dang Van Hung, Vietnam National University, VN
Atsushi Igarashi, Kyoto University, JP
Suman Jana, Columbia University, US
Ali Jaoua, Qatar University, QA
Einar Broch Johnson, University of Oslo, NO
Joost-Pieter Katoen, RWTH Aachen University, DE
Laura Kovács, TU Vienna, AT
Axel Legay, KU Leuven, BE
Alberto Lluch Lafuente, TU Denmark, DK
Malte Lochau, TU Darmstadt, DE
Michele Loreti, University of Camerino, IT
Gabriele Lenzini, University of Luxembourg, LU
Yang Liu, Nanyang Technical University, SG
Anastasia Mavridou, NASA Ames, US
Hernán Melgratti, University of Buenos Aires, AR
Sun Meng, Peking University, CN
Dominique Méry, LORIA and University of Lorraine, FR
Rosemary Monahan, Maynooth University, IE
Olfa Mosbahi, University of Carthage, TN
Mohammad Mousavi, University of Leicester, UK
César Muñoz, NASA Langley, US
Tim Nelson, Brown University, US
Gethin Norman, University of Glasgow, UK
Colin O'Halloran, D-RisQ Software Systems, UK
Federico Olmedo, University of Chile, CL
Gordon Pace, University of Malta, MT
Jan Peleska, University of Bremen, DE
Marielle Petit-Doche, Systerel, FR
Alexandre Petrenko, Computer Research Institute of Montréal, CA
Anna Philippou, University of Cyprus, CY
Jorge Sousa Pinto, University of Minho, PT
André Platzer, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Jaco van de Pol, Aarhus University, DK
Tahiry Rabehaja, Macquarie University, AU
Steve Reeves, University of Waikato, NZ
Matteo Rossi, Polytechnic University of Milan, IT
Augusto Sampaio, Federal University of Pernambuco, BR
Gerardo Schneider, Chalmers University of Gothenburg, SE
Daniel Schwartz-Narbonne, Amazon Web Services, US
Natasha Sharygina, University of Lugano, CH
Nikolay Shilov, Innopolis University, RU
Ana Sokolova, University of Salzburg, AT
Marielle Stoelinga, University of Twente, NL
Jun Sun, Singapore University of Technology and Design, SG
Helen Treharne, University of Surrey, UK
Elena Troubitsyna, Åbo Akademi University, FI
Tarmo Uustalu, Reykjavik University, IS
Andrea Vandin, TU Denmark, DK
R. Venkatesh, TCS Research, IN
Erik de Vink, TU Eindhoven and CWI, NL
Willem Visser, Stellenbosch University, ZA
Farn Wang, National Taiwan University, TW
Bruce Watson, Stellenbosch University, ZA
Tim Willemse, TU Eindhoven, NL
Kirsten Winter, University of Queensland, AU
Jim Woodcock, University of York, UK
Lijun Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN

Publicity Chair


Luís Soares Barbosa, INESC TEC & University of Minho, PT


Organizing Committee


José Creissac Campos, INESC TEC & University of Minho, PT

João Pascoal Faria, INESC TEC and University of Porto, PT

Sara Fernandes, University of Minho & INESC TEC, PT

Luís Neves, Critical Software, PT


Local Arrangements


Catarina Fernandes, INESC TEC & University of Minho, PT

Paula Rodrigues, INESC TEC, PT


Web Team


Francisco Neves, INESC TEC & University of Minho, PT

Rogério Pontes, INESC TEC & University of Minho, PT

Paula Rodrigues, INESC TEC, PT

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