[Om-announce] MARS 2020 - CALL FOR PAPERS - Dublin (Ireland) - April 26, 2020 (Extended deadline 20 January 2020)

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MARS 2020 - CALL FOR PAPERS - Dublin (Ireland) - April 26, 2020

                           Call for Papers

              Models for Formal Analysis of Real Systems
                             (MARS 2020)

                           April 26 2020
                     Affiliated With ETAPS 2020
                          Dublin, Ireland

* Submission deadline extended to Monday, 20 January 2020 (AoE) *

The MARS workshops bring together researchers from different
communities who are developing formal models of real systems in areas
where complex models occur, such as networks, cyber-physical systems,
hardware/software codesign, biology, etc. The MARS workshops stem from
two observations:

 * Large case studies are essential to show that specification formalisms
   and modelling techniques are applicable to real systems, whereas many
   research papers only consider toy examples or tiny case studies.
 * Developing an accurate model of a real system takes a large amount of
   time, often months or years. In most scientific papers, however,
   salient details of the model need to be skipped due to lack of space,
   and to leave room for formal verification methodologies and results.

The MARS workshops aim at remedying these issues, emphasising modelling
over verification, so as to retain lessons learnt from formal
modelling, which are not usually discussed elsewhere. Examples are:

 * Which formalism was chosen, and why?
 * Which abstractions have been made, and why?
 * How were important characteristics of the system modelled?
 * Were there any complications while modelling the system?
 * Which measures were taken to guarantee the accuracy of the model?
 * How can different modelling approaches be compared on this system?

We thus invite papers that present formal models of real systems, which
may lay the basis for future analysis and comparison.

In addition to the workshop proceedings, the formal models presented at
the workshop will be archived in the MARS Repository, a growing,
diverse collection of realistic benchmarks. The existence of this
repository is a unique feature that makes MARS contributions available
to the wider community, so that others can reproduce experiments,
perform further analyses, and try the same case studies using different
formal methods.


All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three referees based
on their novelty, relevance, and technical merit. The MARS proceedings
will be published in the open-access EPTCS series (Electronic
Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science).

Submissions must be unpublished and not be submitted for publication
elsewhere. It is accepted, however, to submit a paper about a case
study already mentioned at another conference, workshop, or journal
provided that: (1) the formal model is submitted to MARS 2020 and has
not been published previously, and (2) the MARS submission adds
significant, novel material concerning the formal modelling work.

Submissions must be in English and submitted in PDF format via
EasyChair. Contributions are limited to 12 pages EPTCS style (not
counting references and the appendices). Appendices (of arbitrary
length, included in the proceedings) can be added to present all
details of a formal model.

We welcome submissions that come together with one or many formal
models that can be processed by some tool (e.g., timed automata for
Uppaal,  definitions and proofs for Isabelle/HOL, etc.). Such models
should be complete (i.e., self-contained) and made available under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
License. The models associated to accepted papers will be made
available in the MARS Repository. Formal models should be put in a TAR
or ZIP file, and sent by email to mars2020 at mars-workshop.org,
mentioning the number assigned by Easychair to the corresponding
submitted paper.


 * Submission: Extended to Monday, January 20, 2020
 * Notification: Sunday February 23, 2020
 * Final version: Sunday March 15, 2020
 * Workshop: Sunday, April 26, 2020


Christel Baier (TU Dresden, Germany)
Ansgar Fehnker (University of Twente, The Netherlands, co-chair)
Hubert Garavel (INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes, France, co-chair)
Dimitra Giannakopoulou (NASA Ames, California, USA)
Jan Friso Groote (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Holger Hermanns (Saarland University, Germany)
Peter Hoefner (Data61, CSIRO, Australia)
Rob van Glabbeek (Data61, CSIRO, Australia)
Kim Larsen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Dave Parker (University of Birmingham, UK)
Natasha Sharygina (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Tayssir Touili (LIPN, CNRS & University Paris 13, France)


MARS 2020 is part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and
Practice of Software (ETAPS 2020). Information about venue and
travelling in/to Dublin can be found at the webpage of ETAPS.


All questions about the workshop should be emailed to Ansgar Fehnker
and Hubert Garavel at mars2020 at mars-workshop.org

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