[ecoop-info] RV'20 - Call for Papers and Tutorials

Ničković Dejan Dejan.Nickovic at ait.ac.at
Fri May 8 00:08:56 CEST 2020

Call for Papers and Tutorials

RV 2020: 20th International Conference on Runtime Verification

Los Angeles, CA, USA, October 6-9, 2020



  *   The Program Chairs and the Steering Committee of RV are closely following the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will take appropriate measures, following the recommendations of relevant national and international bodies, such as the World Health Organization, and complying with local and international rules on travel restrictions. The conference will be either held physically or virtually, depending on these recommendations. Regardless of the final decision, the virtual presentation will be offered as option.
  *   In order to help the researchers accommodate to the new situation, we also decided to extend the submission deadlines by 3 weeks (see Important Dates).

NEW THIS YEAR: Special track on RV for Autonomy
NEW THIS YEAR: Poster and demo session (separate call will follow)
20th BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR: RV will celebrate its 20th birthday in a special way.


-              Raj Rajkumar – Carnegie Mellon University
-              Tom Henzinger – IST Austria
-              Michael Ernst - Amazon


Runtime verification is concerned with the monitoring and analysis of the runtime behaviour of software and hardware systems. Runtime verification techniques are crucial for system correctness, reliability, and robustness; they provide an additional level of rigor and effectiveness compared to conventional testing and are generally more practical than exhaustive formal verification. Runtime verification can be used prior to deployment, for testing, verification, and debugging purposes, and after deployment for ensuring reliability, safety, and security and for providing fault containment and recovery as well as online system repair.

Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to:

-              specification languages for monitoring
-              monitor construction techniques
-              program instrumentation
-              logging, recording, and replay
-              combination of static and dynamic analysis
-              specification mining and machine learning over runtime traces
-              monitoring techniques for concurrent and distributed systems
-              runtime checking of privacy and security policies
-              metrics and statistical information gathering
-              program/system execution visualization
-              fault localization, containment, recovery and repair
-              dynamic type checking and assurance cases
-              runtime verification for autonomy and runtime assurance

Application areas of runtime verification include cyber-physical systems, safety/mission critical systems, enterprise and systems software, cloud systems, autonomous and reactive control systems, health management and diagnosis systems, and system security and privacy.


There are four categories of papers which can be submitted: regular, short, tool demo, and benchmark papers. Papers in each category will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee.

-              Regular Papers (up to 16 pages, not including references) should present original unpublished results. We welcome theoretical papers, system papers, papers describing domain-specific variants of RV, and case studies on runtime verification.
-              Short Papers (up to 8 pages, not including references) may present novel but not necessarily thoroughly worked out ideas, for example emerging runtime verification techniques and applications, or techniques and applications that establish relationships between runtime verification and other domains.
-              Tool Demonstration Papers (up to 8 pages, not including references) should present a new tool, a new tool component, or novel extensions to existing tools supporting runtime verification. The paper must include information on tool availability, maturity, selected experimental results and it should provide a link to a website containing the theoretical background and user guide. Furthermore, we strongly encourage authors to make their tools and benchmarks available with their submission.
-              Benchmark papers (up to 8 pages, not including references) should describe a benchmark, suite of benchmarks, or benchmark generator useful for evaluating RV tools. Papers should include information as to what the benchmark consists of and its purpose (what is the domain), how to obtain and use the benchmark, an argument for the usefulness of the benchmark to the broader RV community and may include any existing results produced using the benchmark. We are interested in both benchmarks pertaining to real-world scenarios and those containing synthetic data designed to achieve interesting properties. Broader definitions of benchmark e.g. for generating specifications from data or diagnosing faults are within scope. We encourage benchmarks that are tool agnostic, especially if they have been used to evaluate multiple tools. We also welcome benchmarks that contain verdict labels and with rigorous arguments for correctness of these verdicts, and benchmarks that are demonstrably challenging with respect to the state-of-the-art tools. Benchmark papers must be accompanied by an easily accessible and usable benchmark submission. Papers will be evaluated by a separate benchmark evaluation panel who will assess the benchmarks relevance, clarity, and utility as communicated by the submitted paper.

-              SPECIAL TRACK ON RV FOR AUTONOMY: Runtime Verification is of special importance in systems that have a high degree of autonomy. This includes applications such as self-driving cars, vehicles equipped with automated driver assistance systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic vehicles used in hostile and uncertain environments (e.g. underwater, space, etc.), general-purpose service robots, human-in-the-loop medical devices, etc. This year, we specifically solicit papers that focus on RV for autonomy with the goal of having a special session on autonomy. Papers in this category will be subject to the same review process as other submissions, and can be regular papers, short papers, tool demonstrations papers, or benchmark papers.

The Program Committee of RV 2020 will give a Springer-sponsored best paper award to the eligible regular papers.

SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUE: The Program Committee of RV 2020 will invite a selection of accepted papers to submit extended versions to a special issue of the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT).


Tutorials are two-to-three-hour presentations on a selected topic. Additionally, tutorial presenters will be offered to publish a paper of up to 20 pages in the LNCS conference proceedings. A proposal for a tutorial must contain the subject of the tutorial, a proposed timeline, a note on previous similar tutorials (if applicable) and the differences to this incarnation, and a biography of the presenter. The proposal must not exceed 2 pages. Tutorial proposals shall be sent by email to the PC Chairs and will be reviewed by the Program Committee.

All papers and tutorials will appear in the conference proceedings in an LNCS volume. Submitted papers and tutorials must use the LNCS/Springer style detailed here:


Papers must be original work and not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers must be written in English and submitted electronically (in PDF format) using the EasyChair submission page here:


The page limitations mentioned below include all text and figures, but exclude references. Additional details omitted due to space limitations may be included in a clearly marked appendix, that will be reviewed at the discretion of reviewers, but not included in the proceedings.
At least one author of each accepted paper and tutorial must attend RV 2020 to present.


Abstract submission:      June 8, 2020
Paper submission:           June 15, 2020
Author notification:         July 24, 2020
Camera-ready version:  August 7, 2020
Conference:                       October 6-9, 2020


Jyotirmoy Deshmukh, University of Southern California
Dejan Ničković, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology


Houssam Abbas, Oregon State University


Houssam Abbas, Oregon State University
Wolfgang Ahrendt, Chalmers University of Technology
Ezio Bartocci, Vienna University of Technology
Nicolas Basset, VERIMAG
Domenico Bianculli, University of Luxembourg
Borzoo Bonakdarpour, Iowa State University
Chih-Hong Cheng, Denso
Katherine Driggs Campbell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Georgios Fainekos, Arizona State University
Ylies Falcone, University of Grenoble Alpes/INRIA Grenoble
Chuchu Fan, MIT
Lu Feng, University of Virginia
Thomas Ferrère, Imagination House
Bernd Finkbeiner, Saarland University
Sebastian Fischmeister, University of Waterloo
Dana Fisman, Ben Gurion University
Adrian Francalanza, University of Malta
Radu Grosu, Vienna University of Technology
Sylvain Hallé, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Klaus Havelund, NASA JPL
Stefan Jakšić, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Violet Ka I Pun, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Jim Kapinski, Amazon
Safraz Khurshid, University of Texas at Austin
Bettina Könighofer, TU Graz
Martin Leucker, University of Lübeck
Chung-Wei Lin, National Taiwan University
David Lo, Singapore Management University
Leonardo Mariani, University of Milan Bicocca
Nicolas Markey, INRIA/Irisa
Laura Nenzi, University of Trieste
Gordon Pace, University of Malta
Nicola Paoletti, University of London
Doron Peled, Bar Ilan University
Giles Reger, University of Manchester
Kristin Yvonne Rozier, Iowa State University
César Sánchez, IMDEA
Gerardo Schneider, Chalmers University of Technology
Julien Signoles, CEA LIST
Oleg Sokolsky, University of Pennsylvania
Bernhard Steffen, Technical University Dortmund
Stefano Tonetta, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Hazem Torfah, University of California at Berkeley
Dmitriy Traytel, ETHZ
Dogan Ulus, Samsung


Howard Barringer, University of Manchester
Ezio Bartocci, Technical University of Vienna
Saddek Bensalem, Verimag and University Grenoble-Alpes
Ylies Falcone, University of Grenoble Alpes/INRIA Grenoble
Klaus Havelund, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Insup Lee, University of Pennsylvania
Martin Leucker, University of Lübeck
Giles Reger, University of Manchester
Grigore Rosu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Oleg Sokolsky, University of Pennsylvania

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