[DL] [fm-announcements] NASA Formal Methods Symposium - 2nd CFP

Munoz, Cesar (LARC-D320) via fm-announcements fm-announcements at lists.nasa.gov
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              2nd Call for Papers
   The Thirteenth NASA Formal Methods Symposium
                24-28 May 2021
               Norfolk, VA, USA

The symposium will be held in an in-person/virtual hybrid format in
Norfolk, VA, USA, possibly transitioning to fully virtual depending on
the COVID-19 situation. Virtual presentation of papers is possible even if
the conference is held in-person.

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission: 27 November 2020
Paper Submission: 4 December 2020
Paper Notifications: 19 February 2021
Camera-ready Papers: 19 March 2021
Symposium: 24-28 May 2021

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
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), advanced
separation assurance algorithms for aircraft, and the need for
system-wide fault detection, diagnosis, and prognostics provide new
challenges for system specification, development, and verification
approaches. Similar challenges need to be addressed during development
and deployment of on-board software for both spacecraft and ground
systems.  The focus of the symposium will be 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) Research Group, comprised of researchers
spanning six NASA centers. NFM2021 is being organized by the NASA
Langley Formal Methods Team.

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.  Topics of interest include, but
are not limited to, the following aspects of formal methods:

- Advances in formal methods:
  - Formal verification, model checking, and static analysis techniques
  - Theorem proving: advances in interactive and automated theorem
     proving (SAT, SMT, etc.)
  - Program and specification synthesis, code transformation and generation
  - Run-time verification
  - Techniques and algorithms for scaling formal methods
  - Test case generation
  - Design for verification and correct-by-design techniques
  - Requirements generation, specification, and validation

- Integration of formal methods techniques:
  - Use of machine learning techniques in formal methods
  - Integration of formal methods into software engineering practices 
  - Integration of diverse formal methods techniques
  - Combination of formal methods with simulation and analysis techniques

- Formal methods in practice:
  - Experience report of application of formal methods in industry
  - Use of formal methods in education
  - Verification of machine learning techniques
  - Applications of formal methods in the development of:
    - autonomous systems,
    - safety-critical systems,
    - concurrent and distributed systems,
    - cyber-physical, embedded, and hybrid systems
    - fault-detection, diagnostics, and prognostics systems
    - human-machine interaction analysis

Submission Details:
There are two categories of submissions:
1. Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results
    (maximum 15 pages);
2. Short papers on tools, experience reports, or work in progress with
    preliminary results (maximum 6 pages).

The submitted papers should not exceed 15 pages for regular papers and
6 pages for short papers, including tables and figures, but excluding
bibliography and clearly marked appendices.  The papers should be
self-contained, as appendices will not be included in the published
proceedings.  In addition to appendices, authors are encouraged to
make available any other supplementary material supporting the claims
made in the paper, such as proof scripts or experimental data, as the
availability and reproducibility of these artifacts may be considered
by reviewers in scoring.  All papers must be in English and describe
original work that has not been published or submitted elsewhere.  All
submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program
Committee in a single-blind reviewing format.

Papers will appear in the Formal Methods subline of Springer's Lecture
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and must use LNCS style formatting
Papers must be submitted in PDF format at the EasyChair submission
site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nfm2021.

Authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit an extended
version to a special issue in Springer's Innovations in Systems and
Software Engineering: A NASA Journal

• Cesar Munoz, NASA, USA (General Co-Chair)
• Ivan Perez, National Institute of Aerospace, USA (General Co-Chair)
• Aaron Dutle, NASA, USA (PC Co-Chair)
• Mariano Moscato, National Institute of Aerospace, USA (PC Co-Chair)
• Laura Titolo, National Institute of Aerospace, USA (PC Co-Chair)

Program Committee:
Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Mauricio Ayala-Rincon, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil
Julia Badger, NASA, USA
Nikolaj Bjorner, Microsoft Research, USA
Jasmin Blanchette, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sylvie Boldo, INRIA, France
Alessandro Cimatti, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Misty Davies, NASA, USA
Gilles Dowek, INRIA / ENS Paris-Saclay, France
Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE-Samovar, France
Alexandre Duret-Lutz, LRDE/EPITA, France
Gabriel Ebner, Vienna University of Technology, Austria 
Marco Feliu, National Institute of Aerospace, USA
Jean-Christophe Filliatre, CNRS, France
Pierre-Loic Garoche, ENAC, France
Alwyn Goodloe, NASA, USA
John Harrison, Amazon Web Services, USA
Klaus Havelund, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Brian Jalaian, ARL / Virginia Tech, USA
Susmit Jha, SRI International, USA
Michael Lowry, NASA, USA
Panagiotis Manolios, Northeastern University, USA
Paolo Masci, National Institute of Aerospace, USA
Anastasia Mavridou, SGT Inc. / NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Stefan Mitsch, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Yannick Moy, AdaCore / INRIA, France
Natasha Neogi, NASA, USA
Laura Panizo, University of Malaga, Spain
Corina Pasareanu, CMU / NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Zvonimir Rakamaric, University of Utah, USA
Camilo Rocha, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, Colombia
Nicolas Rosner, Amazon Web Services, USA
Kristin-Yvonne Rozier, Iowa State University, USA
Cristina Seceleanu, Malardalen University, Sweden
Natarajan Shankar, SRI International, USA
Johann  Schumann, SGT Inc./NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Tanner Slagel, NASA, USA
Marielle Stoelinga, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Cesare Tinelli, University of Iowa, USA
Caterina Urban, INRIA, France
Virginie Wiels, ONERA / DTIM, France

Registration is required and free of charge.

Email: nfm2021 [at] easychair [dot] org
Web: https://shemesh.larc.nasa.gov/nfm2021/

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