[ecoop-info] ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems - SI on Formal Methods for Pervasive, Self-Adaptive, and Context-Aware Systems

Antonio Coronato antonio.coronato at na.icar.cnr.it
Tue Feb 2 11:31:12 CET 2010

ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems

Special Issue on

Formal Methods for Pervasive, Self-Adaptive, and

Context-Aware Systems

Aims and Scope

Pervasive, self-adaptive and context-aware systems are increasingly 
realized for safety-critical domains that include healthcare, emergency 
scenarios, and disaster recovery. These domains present new challenges 
that include expressing, verifying and validating requirements and 
ensuring functional correctness. Formal methods are one approach to 
address these challenges. Pervasive, self-adaptive and context-aware 
systems add additional concerns to classical safety-critical 
applications and require rethinking how to apply well-established formal 
methods. Examples of these approaches include state-action models (e.g., 
labeled transition system, timed automata, and Petri nets) or process 
models (e.g., pi-calculus). Alternatively, semi-formal methods like 
ontologies or UML, a common specification language for the describing 
software models, model knowledge for context-aware applications. Both 
formal and semi-formal methods have their advantages and disadvantages. 
This special issue will address the state of the art: the research 
challenges, and the available methods, methodologies and tools to 
specify, validate, and verify pervasive, self-adaptive and context-aware 


The special issue intends to focus on the above issues and solicits 
papers that address theoretical and experimental work related to formal 
and semi-formal methods for pervasive computing. Papers are solicited 
from, but are not limited to, the following topics:

    * Formal specification of pervasive, self-adaptive, self-organizing,
      and context-aware systems
    * Ontology based approaches
    * Specific UML profiles
    * Formal verification of specifications and implementations
    * Model-Checking techniques and tools
    * Run-time and automated verification
    * Methodologies, languages, and tools
    * Applications and experiences in critical scenarios (e.g.
      healthcare, disaster recovery, etc.)

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be up to 20 pages (appendixes are not included into the 
overall count of pages), formatted according to the guidelines provided 
at the ACM TAAS Web site (http <http://taas.acm.org/>:// 
<http://taas.acm.org/>taas.acm.org/ <http://taas.acm.org/>) and 
submitted via the TAAS manuscript central systems at http:// 

_Please __make explicit in the cover page that your paper is intended as 
a submission to the special __issue on __Formal Methods for Pervasive, 
Self-Adaptive, and Context-Aware Systems_.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 1st May 2010

First notification: 1st Oct. 2010

Revised papers: 15th Nov. 2010

Final notification: 31st Dec. 2010

Expected publication: 2011

Guest Editors

Mohamed Bakhouya

University of Technologies of Belfort/Montbeliard, France

mohamed.bakhouya at utbm.fr <mailto:mohamed.bakhouya at utbm.fr>

Roy Campbell

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

rhc at illinois.edu <mailto:rhc at illinois.edu>

Antonio Coronato

Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking, Italy

antonio.coronato at na.icar.cnr.it <mailto:antonio.coronato at na.icar.cnr.it>

Giuseppe De Pietro

Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking, Italy

giuseppe.depietro at na.icar.cnr.it <mailto:giuseppe.depietro at na.icar.cnr.it>

Anand Ranganathan

IBM TJ Watson Research Center, USA

arangana at us.ibm.com <mailto:arangana at us.ibm.com>

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