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FM 2012: Formal Methods - 18th International Symposium, Paris, France, August 27-31, 2012. Proceedings


FM 2012 is the eighteenth in a series of symposia organized by Formal Methods Europe, an independent association whose aim is to stimulate the use of, and research on, formal methods for software development. The symposia have been notably successful in bringing together innovators and practitioners in precise mathematical methods for software and systems development, industrial users, as well as researchers. In August 2012, the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (Le Cnam Paris), hosted FM 2012 in Paris (France). The special theme of FM 2012 was "Interdisciplinary Formal Methods", with a goal of highlighting the development and application of formal methods in connection with a variety of disciplines including medicine, biology, human cognitive modeling, human automation interactions and aeronautics. We were honored to have three invited speakers whose talks emphasized the special theme. Pr Martin Abadi, with his talk titled "Software Security -- A Formal Perspective", discussed software security with an emphasis on low-level attacks and defenses and on their formal aspects. Dr Asaf Degani gave a talk titled "Formal Methods in the Wild: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles". Through this talk, Dr Degani drew upon his experience with aerospace and automotive applications to provide a perspective on how formal methods could improve the design of such applications. Finally, Dr Alan Wassyng, in his talk titled "Who are we, and what are we doing here?, stressed the importance of viewing formal methods from a rigorous software engineering perspective, and discussed his experiences with the certification of software intensive systems. All three talks raised the awareness of the community to the fact that formal methods live in the intersection of disciplines; research in this domain must also consider how to increase the industrial impact of formal methods. FM 2012 welcomed submissions in the following areas, among others: - Interdisciplinary formal methods: techniques, tools and experiences demonstrating formal methods in interdisciplinary frameworks, such as formal methods related to maintenance, human automation interaction, human in the loop, system engineering, medicine and biology. - Formal methods in practice: industrial applications of formal methods, experience with introducing formal methods in industry, tool usage reports, experiments with challenge problems. - Tools for formal methods: advances in automated verification and model-checking, integration of tools, environments for formal methods, experimental validation of tools. - Role of formal methods in software and systems engineering: development processes with formal methods, usage guidelines for formal methods, method integration. - Theoretical foundations: all aspects of theory related to specification, verification, refinement, and static and dynamic analysis. - Teaching formal methods: insight, evaluations and suggestions for courses of action regarding the teaching of formal methods, including teaching experiences, educational resources, the integration of formal methods into the curriculum, the definition of a formal methods body of knowledge, etc. We solicited two types of contributions: research papers and tool demonstration papers. We received submissions from 39 countries around the world: 162 abstracts followed by 132 full submissions. The selection process was rigorous. Each paper received at least four reviews. We obtained external reviews for papers that lacked expertise within the Program Committee. The program committee, after long and very careful discussions of the submitted papers, decided to accept only 28 full papers, and 7 tool papers which corresponds to an overall acceptance rate of approximately 26 %. Some of the accepted papers were additionally shepherded by expert members of the PC to ensure the quality of their final version. The accepted papers made a scientifically strong and exciting program, which triggered interesting discussions and exchange of ideas among the FM participants. The accepted papers cover several aspects of formal methods, including verification, synthesis, runtime monitoring, testing and controller synthesis, as well as novel applications of formal methods in interesting domains such as satellites, autonomous vehicles and disease dynamics. We would like to thank all authors who submitted their work to FM 2012. Without their excellent contributions we would not have managed to prepare a strong program. We are grateful to the Program Committee members and external reviewers for their high-quality reviews and dedication. Finally, we wish to thank the Steering Committee members for their excellent support. The logistics of our job as Program Chairs were facilitated by the EasyChair system.

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Dimitra Giannakopoulou, Dominique Méry. FM 2012: Formal Methods - 18th International Symposium, Paris, France, August 27-31, 2012. Proceedings. Dimitra Giannakopoulou and Dominique Méry. Springer, 7436, pp.488, 2012, LNCS - Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 978-3-642-32758-2. ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-32759-9⟩. ⟨hal-00743808⟩
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