[ecoop-info] [Vardi-list] NFM 2019: Call for Participation (Hotel Block Closing Shortly)

Moshe Vardi vardi at cs.rice.edu
Tue Mar 12 18:24:16 CET 2019

       The Eleventh NASA Formal Methods Symposium


                     7 - 9 May 2019
          Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

*** Hotel Block Closing March 20! ***

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 

New developments and emerging applications like autonomous software for 
uncrewed deep space human habitats, caretaker robotics, Unmanned Aerial Systems 
(UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), and the need for system-wide fault 
detection, diagnosis, and prognostics provide new challenges for system 
specification, development, and verification approaches. The focus of these 
symposiums are 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 

The NASA Formal Methods Symposium is an annual event organized by the NASA 
Formal Methods (NFM) Steering Committee, comprised of researchers spanning 
several NASA centers. NFM 2019 
(https://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/R2/pages/nfm2019.html) is being co-organized by 
Rice University and NASA- Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.

Location & Cost:
The symposium will take place in the McMurtry Auditorium, Rice University, 
Houston, Texas, USA, May 7--9, 2019. Travel information and discounted hotel 
reservations can be found at: 
https://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/R2/pages/nfm2019.html. Houston hotel space 
is scarce for these dates and the hotel block expires March 20.

There will be no registration fee for participants. All interested 
individuals, including non-US citizens, are welcome to attend, to listen 
to the talks, and to participate in discussions; however, all attendees 
must register.

Keynote Speakers:
* Virginie Wiels, ONERA, France
* Richard Murray, CalTech, USA
* NASA Panel: Challenges for Future Exploration
-- Kimberly Hambuchen, Space Technology Principle Technologist for Robotics
-- Emily Nelson, Deputy Chief, Flight Director Branch
-- Joe Caram, Gateway Systems Engineering and Integration Lead
-- Bill Othon, Gateway Verification and Validation Lead

Moshe Y. Vardi (General Chair)
Julia Badger (PC Chair)
Kristin Yvonne Rozier (PC Chair)

Programme Committee:
Erika Ábrahám, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Dirk Beyer, LMU Munich, Germany
Armin Biere, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Nikolaj Bjorner, Microsoft, USA
Sylvie Boldo, INRIA, France
Jonathan Bowen, London South Bank University, UK
Gianfranco Ciardo, Iowa State University, US
Darren Cofer, Rockwell Collins, USA
Frederic Dadeau, FEMTO-ST, France
Ewen Denney, NASA, US
Gilles Dowek, INRIA and ENS Paris-Saclay, France
Steven Drager, AFRL, US
Catherine Dubois, ENSIIE-Samovar, France
Alexandre Duret-Lutz, LRDE/EPITA, France
Aaron Dutle, NASA, US
Marco Gario, Siemens Corporate Technology, USA
Alwyn Goodloe, NASA, US
Arie Gurfinkel, University of Waterloo, Canada
John Harrison, Amazon Web Services, USA
Klaus Havelund, JPL/NASA, USA
Constance Heitmeyer, Naval Research Laboratory, USA
Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Shafagh Jafer, Embry-Riddle University, USA
Xiaoqing Jin, Toyota Technical Center, USA
Rajeev Joshi, JPL/NASA, USA
Laura Kovacs, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Joe Leslie-Hurd, Intel, US
Panagiotis Manolios, Northeastern University, USA
Cristian Mattarei, Stanford University, US
Stefan Mitsch, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Cesar Munoz, NASA, US
Anthony Narkawicz, NASA, US
Necmiye Ozay, University of Michigan, USA
Corina Pasareanu, CMU/NASA, USA
Lee Pike, USA
Johann Schumann, SGT, USA
Cristina Seceleanu, Malardalen University, Sweden
Bernhard Steffen, University of Dortmund, Germany
Stefano Tonetta, FBK-IRST, Italy
Ufuk Topcu, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Christoph Torens, German Aerospace Center, Germany
Michael Watson, NASA, USA
Huan Xu, University of Maryland, US
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