[ecoop-info] FMSPLE'12 Deadline Extension (1st June) - Third Workshop on Formal Methods and Analysis in Software Product Line Engineering

Fabricia Roos fabriciar at gmail.com
Wed May 23 16:23:51 CEST 2012

Deadline for paper submission has been extended to June 1, 2012

Third Workshop on Formal Methods and Analysis in Software Product
Line Engineering (FMSPLE 2012), 2 September 2012

Co-located with the 16th International Software Product Line Conference
(SPLC 2012), 2 - 7 September 2012, Salvador, Brazil

- Deadline for submissions: June 01, 2012
- Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2012
- Final papers due: June 29, 2012


Software product line engineering (SPLE) aims at developing a family of
systems by reuse in order to reduce time to market and to increase product
quality. The correctness of the development artifacts intended for reuse as
well as the correctness of the developed products is of crucial interest
for many safety-critical or business-critical applications. Formal methods
and analysis approaches have been successfully applied in single system
engineering over the last years in order to rigorously establish critical
system requirements. However, in SPLE, formal methods and analysis
approaches are not broadly applied yet, despite their potential to improve
product quality. One of the reasons is that existing formal approaches from
single system engineering do not consider variability, an essential aspect
of product lines.

The objective of the workshop "Formal Methods and Analysis in Software
Product Line Engineering (FMSPLE)" is to bring together researchers and
practitioners from the SPLE community with researchers and practitioners
working in the area of formal methods and analysis. So far, both
communities are only loosely connected, despite very promising initial work
on formal analysis techniques for software product lines. The workshop aims
at reviewing the state of the art and the state of the practice in which
formal methods and analysis approaches are currently applied in SPLE. This
leads to a discussion of a research agenda for the extension of existing
formal approaches and the development of new formal techniques for dealing
with the particular needs of SPLE. To achieve the above objectives, the
workshop is intended as a highly interactive event fostering discussion and
initiating collaborations between the participants from both communities.


The proposed workshop focuses on the application of formal methods and
analysis approaches in all phases of SPLE, including domain and application
engineering, in order to ensure the correctness of individual artifacts as
well as the consistency among them. The topics of interest include, but are
not limited to:
- Analysis approaches and formal methods for:
    - domain analysis and scoping
    - variability modeling
    - specification and verification of functional and non-functional
properties in SPLE
    - safety and security aspects in SPLE
    - product line architectures and component-based product line
    - product line implementation, such as type systems, programming
languages, formal semantics
    - formal verification of product lines and product line artifacts
    - correctness-by-construction techniques in SPLE
    - automated test case generation and model-based testing in SPLE
    - product derivation and application engineering
    - product line life-cycle management (e.g., consistency assurance)
    - reuse and evolution of SPLs
- Proofs of concept, industrial experiences and empirical evaluations
- Tool presentations
- Vision and position papers on formal methods and analyses applied to SPLE


The FMSPLE workshop will be a full-day event, starting with a keynote
presentation by David Benavides, University of Seville, Spain. The keynote
will be followed by presentations of selected peer-reviewed papers. To
foster interaction within the workshop, a discussant will be assigned to
each presented paper. The task of the discussant will be to prepare a
summary of the paper and initiate the discussion of its results. The
workshop will close with a discussion of its participants to summarize the
state of the art and the state of the practice as presented in the
workshop, to collect research challenges for the application of formal
methods in SPLE and to identify research topics for future workshops.


FMSPLE merges two workshops, namely FMSPLE 2010 (
http://www.iese.fraunhofer.de/en/events/fmsple2010.html) and ASPL 2008 (
http://www.isa.us.es/aspl08), both of which were affiliated to the
International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC). A first joint
edition was held in 2011 as FMSPLE at the 15th SPLC (
http://www.iese.fraunhofer.de/en/events/fmsple2011.html). This is the 3rd
edition of the successful FMSPLE workshop series.


The contributed papers are expected to comprise research papers containing
novel and previously unpublished results, experience reports, reports of
industrial case studies, tool descriptions, and short papers describing
work in progress or exploratory ideas. All papers have to follow the ACM
two-column conference proceedings format (Letter) and be 4 - 8 pages of

The papers should be submitted via EasyChair; each paper will be reviewed
by at least three members of the program committee. The program committee
will select the best papers based on quality, relevance to the workshop,
and potential to initiate discussions for presentation. The workshop
proceedings will be published by the ACM in the second volume of the SPLC


Vander Alves, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Hugo Arboleda, Icesi University, Cali, Colombia
Jo Atlee, University of Waterloo, Canada
Ebrahim Bagheri, Athabasca University, Canada
Maurice H. ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Dirk Beyer, University of Passau, Germany
Paulo Borba, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Manfred Broy, Technical University Munich, Germany
Dave Clarke, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Andreas Classen, Intec Software Engineering and University of Namur, Belgium
Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
Klaus Havelund, NASA JPL, USA
Kim Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Arnaud Hubaux, University of Namur, Belgium
Axel Legay, INRIA Rennes, France
Ivan C. Machado, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Tomi Mannisto, Aalto University, Finland
Marcilio Mendonca, University of Waterloo, Canada
Henry Muccini, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Antonio Ruiz-Cortes, University of Seville, Spain
Ina Schaefer, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Erik de Vink, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Andrzej Wasowski, ITU Kopenhagen, Denmark


Maurice H. ter Beek (ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Andreas Classen (University of Namur, Belgium)


Ina Schaefer (Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany)
Martin Becker (Fraunhofer IESE, Germany)
Fabricia Roos-Frantz (UNIJUI University, Brazil)
Peter Y. H. Wong (Fredhopper B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
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