FVPS 2021: Deadline Extension (June 25, 2021)

Adnan Rashid adnan.rashid at seecs.edu.pk
Fri Jun 11 05:43:59 EDT 2021

                             Call for Papers

        Workshop on Formal Verification of Physical Systems (FVPS 2021)

                         July 26 - 31, 2021
                      Timișoara, Romania

                       Co-located with CICM 2021

One of the main issues behind many failing systems is the ad-hoc
verification approach that involves a variety of formalism and techniques
for the modeling and analysis of various components of the present-age
(cyber)-physical systems. For example, control and communication protocols
are usually modeled using automata theory, and thus analyzed using model
checking techniques, while the modeling of physical aspects often requires
multivariate calculus foundations, which are in turn analyzed using
paper-and-pencil based analytical proofs, simulation or theorem proving.
The fundamental differences between these modeling and analysis techniques
limit us to analyze the whole system as one unit and thus miss many corner
cases, which arise due to the operation of all the sub-components of the
system together. One of the major concerns is that, despite the
above-mentioned evident limitations in the analysis methods, many
safety-critical systems, such as aerospace, smart-transportation,
smart-grid and e-healthcare, are increasingly involving physical elements.
Moreover, we are moving towards integrating more complex physical elements
in our engineering systems. For example, we are moving towards Quantum
Computers to meet the high-performance needs. Similarly, phonic components
are increasingly being advocated and used in aerospace applications due to
their lightweight and temperature independency compared to traditional
electronics-based components. Finally, the impact of physical components is
relevant to both safety and security of the overall system. For example,
malfunction in sensor measurement may lead to safety issues whereas
sophisticated physics-based side-channel (e.g., power and acoustic
measurements) attacks lead to the security violation of the underlying

The focus of the workshop will be on formal verification techniques for the
modeling, analysis and verification of safety and security critical
physical systems. We encourage submissions on interdisciplinary approaches
that bring together formal methods and techniques from other knowledge
areas such as quantum computing, control theory, biology, optimization
theory and artificial intelligence.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

General Topics

   - Formalization of mathematics and physics theories
   - Interactive and automated theorem proving for physical systems
   - Model Checking algorithms and tools for physical systems
   - Formalization of security and safety of physical systems
   - Runtime verification of safety and security properties
   - Combination of formal, semi formal and informal approaches
   - Formal verification of numerical algorithms
   - Refinement based verification of physical systems
   - Formalization of probability, reliability and statistical metrics
   - Hybrid systems
   - Benchmarks for physical systems
   - Formal requirement specification and validation

Application Domain

   - Aerospace and avionics systems
   - Automotive cyber physical systems
   - Robotics
   - Smart Grids
   - Smart transportation
   - Human factor modeling and analysis
   - Biological and healthcare systems

Authors should prepare their papers in one column style
<http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-XXX/samplestyles/> of CEUR-WS. There are two
categories of submissions:

   - Regular papers describing developed work with theoretical results (up
   to 15 pages)
   - Short papers on experience reports, tools or work in progress with
   preliminary results (up to 6 pages)

Electronic submission is done through EasyChair
<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cicm2021>. The submissions will be
reviewed by at least three PC members. At least one author of each accepted
paper is expected to attend FVPS and present her/his paper.

Important Dates

   - Full Paper Submission: June 25, 2021 (Extended)
   - Notification: July 12, 2021
   - Workshop: July 26 - 31, 2021
   - Camera Ready: August 13, 2021

Program Chairs

   - Sofiene Tahar , Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
   - Osman Hasan, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST),
   - Adnan Rashid, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST),

Program Committee

   - Peter Csaba Ölveczky,  University of Oslo, Norway
   - Atif Mashkoor,  Institute for Software Systems Engineering, Johannes
   Kepler University, Linz, Austria
   - Waqar Ahmad, BlackBerry Limited, Canada
   - Pedro Ribeiro, University of York, UK
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