Formal Methods

Dates September 9-13, 2024
Location Milan, Italy
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FM 2024 is the 26th international symposium on Formal Methods in a series organized by Formal Methods Europe (FME), an independent association whose aim is to stimulate the use of, and research on, formal methods for software development. The FM symposia have been successful in bringing together researchers and industrial users around a program of original papers on research and industrial experience, workshops, tutorials, reports on tools, projects, and ongoing doctoral research. FM 2024 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 experiences.

Topics of Interest
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FM 2024 will highlight the development and application of formal methods in a wide range of domains including trustworthy AI, software, computer-based systems, systems-of-systems, cyber-physical systems, security, human-computer interaction, manufacturing, sustainability, energy, transport, smart cities, healthcare and biology. We particularly welcome papers on techniques, tools, and experiences in interdisciplinary settings. We also welcome papers on experiences of applying formal methods in industrial settings, and on the design and validation of formal method tools.
The topics of interest for FM 2024 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 include: 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.

FM 2024 will feature a special track on Embedded Systems organized in collaboration with ACM SIGBED. This track will focus on theories, methods, and tools that are formal in nature and applied in the embedded, real-time, and cyber-physical systems.
We solicit various categories of papers:

Regular Papers (max 15 pages)
Long tool papers (max 15 pages)
Case study papers (max 15 pages)
Tool demonstration papers (max 6 pages)
Tutorial papers (22 pages)

All page limits are in LNCS format and do not include references and appendices.

For all papers, an appendix can provide additional material such as details on proofs or experiments. The appendix is not part of the page count and is not guaranteed to be read or taken into account by the reviewers. Thus, it should not contain information necessary for the understanding and evaluation of the presented work. Papers will be accepted or rejected in the category in which they were submitted and will not be moved between categories.
At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference as a registered participant.


SOLICITING: TUTORIAL PAPERS
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The purpose of tutorial papers is to share user-facing main ideas in tools or techniques in well-designed educational ways that are significantly easier to comprehend than original research papers. Tutorial papers are meant to serve as authoritative educational contributions for the community. While tutorials about tools are a canonical fit also tutorials of important techniques are welcome. Tutorial papers will be reviewed subject to the standards of excellent education, clear intuition, solid precision, and ease of following the tutorial to achieve a good understanding of the presented tool or techniques. While originality of the presented techniques themselves is not a criterion, originality of the presentation and significant novelty compared to the published literature is. A short explicit discussion of the relation in presentation compared to the available research literature is expected.

Tutorial papers are expected to be between about 8 and 22 pages in LNCS format. An appendix with additional material can be submitted that will be read at the discretion of the reviewers. If the tutorial paper presents a tool, a link to the tool in which one can follow the tutorial needs to be included with the submission. Submissions of tutorial papers are welcome whether by the tool authors or by other people. Tutorial papers should make sense for both experts and novices in the particular tool / technique.

Tutorial papers can be submitted and will be considered independently of tutorials presented at FM. But authors of accepted tutorial papers will be invited to present a tutorial rather than a short talk at FM.

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