[FOM] [Vardi-list] NFM 2019 First Call For Papers- 11th Annual NASA Formal Methods Symposium

Moshe Vardi vardi at cs.rice.edu
Sat Nov 3 19:15:25 EDT 2018

       The Eleventh NASA Formal Methods Symposium


                     7 - 9 May 2019
          Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

Theme of the Symposium:
The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and
safety-critical systems at NASA and in the aerospace industry require
advanced techniques that address these systems' specification, design,
verification, validation, and certification requirements. The NASA
Formal Methods Symposium (NFM) is a forum to foster collaboration
between theoreticians and practitioners from NASA, academia, and
industry. NFM's goals are to identify challenges and to provide
solutions for achieving assurance for such critical systems.

New developments and emerging applications like autonomous software for
uncrewed deep space human habitats, caretaker robotics, Unmanned Aerial
Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), and the need for
system-wide fault detection, diagnosis, and prognostics provide new
challenges for system specification, development, and verification
approaches. The focus of these symposiums are on formal techniques and
other approaches for software assurance, including their theory, current
capabilities and limitations, as well as their potential application to
aerospace, robotics, and other NASA-relevant safety-critical systems
during all stages of the software life-cycle.

The NASA Formal Methods Symposium is an annual event organized by the
NASA Formal Methods (NFM) Steering Committee, comprised of researchers
spanning several NASA centers. NFM 2019
(https://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/R2/pages/nfm2019.html) is being
co-organized by Rice University and NASA- Johnson Space Center in
Houston, TX.

Topics of Interest:
We encourage submissions on cross-cutting approaches that bring together
formal methods and techniques from other domains such as probabilistic
reasoning, machine learning, control theory, robotics, and quantum
computing among others.
      * Formal verification, including theorem proving, model checking,
and static analysis
      * Advances in automated theorem proving including SAT and SMT solving
      * Use of formal methods in software and system testing
      * Run-time verification
      * Techniques and algorithms for scaling formal methods, such as
abstraction and symbolic methods, compositional techniques, as well as
parallel and/or distributed techniques
      * Code generation from formally verified models
      * Safety cases and system safety
      * Formal approaches to fault tolerance
      * Theoretical advances and empirical evaluations of formal methods
techniques for safety-critical systems, including hybrid and embedded
      * Formal methods in systems engineering and model-based development
      * Correct-by-design controller synthesis
      * Formal assurance methods to handle adaptive systems

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission:  7 Dec 2018
Paper Submission:    14 Dec 2018
Paper Notifications: 22 Feb 2019
Camera-ready Papers: 22 Mar 2019
Symposium:          7-9 May 2019

Location & Cost:
The symposium will take place in the McMurtry Auditorium, Rice
University, Houston, Texas, USA, May 7--9, 2019.

There will be no registration fee for participants. All interested
individuals, including non-US citizens, are welcome to attend, to listen
to the talks, and to participate in discussions; however, all attendees
must register.

Submission Details:
There are two categories of submissions:

     1. Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete
results (15 pages + references)
     2. Two categories of short papers: (6 pages + references)
     (a) Tool Papers describing novel, publicly-available tools
     (b) Case Studies detailing complete applications of formal methods
to real systems with publicly-available artifacts

All papers should be in English and describe original work that has not
been published or submitted elsewhere. All submissions will be fully
reviewed by members of the Programme Committee. Papers will appear in a
volume of Springer's Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS), and must
use LNCS style formatting. Papers should be submitted in PDF format
here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nfm2019.

Keynote Speakers:
* Virginie Wiels, ONERA, France
* Richard Murray, CalTech, USA
* NASA Panel: Challenges for Future Exploration

Moshe Y. Vardi (General Chair)
Julia Badger (PC Chair)
Kristin Yvonne Rozier (PC Chair)

Programme Committee:
Erika Ábrahám, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Armin Biere, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Nikolaj Bjorner, Microsoft, USA
Sylvie Boldo, INRIA, France
Jonathan Bowen, London South Bank University, UK
Gianfranco Ciardo, Iowa State University, US
Darren Cofer, Rockwell Collins, USA
Frederic Dadeau, FEMTO-ST, France
Ewen Denney, NASA, US
Gilles Dowek, INRIA and ENS Paris-Saclay, France
Steven Drager, AFRL, US
Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE-Samovar, France
Alexandre Duret-Lutz, LRDE/EPITA, France
Aaron Dutle, NASA, US
Marco Gario, Siemens Corporate Technology, USA
Alwyn Goodloe, NASA, US
Arie Gurfinkel, University of Waterloo, Canada
John Harrison, Amazon Web Services, USA
Klaus Havelund, JPL/NASA, USA
Constance Heitmeyer, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Shafagh Jafer, Embry-Riddle University, USA
Xiaoqing Jin, Toyota Technical Center, USA
Rajeev Joshi, JPL/NASA, USA
Laura Kovacs, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Joe Leslie-Hurd, Intel, US
Panagiotis Manolios, Northeastern University, USA
Cristian Mattarei, Stanford University, US
Stefan Mitsch, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Cesar Munoz, NASA, US
Anthony Narkawicz, NASA, US
Corina Pasareanu, CMU/NASA, USA
Lee Pike, USA
Johann Schumann, SGT, USA
Cristina Seceleanu, Malardalen University, Sweden
Bernhard Steffen, University of Dortmund, Germany
Stefano Tonetta, FBK-IRST, Italy
Ufuk Topcu, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Christoph Torens, German Aerospace Center, Germany
Michael Watson, NASA, USA
Huan Xu, University of Maryland, US
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