[ecoop-info] NFM 2022 - THIRD CALL FOR PAPERS

Klaus Havelund havelund at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 01:42:44 CET 2021


The 14th NASA Formal Methods Symposium


May 24-27, 2022

Pasadena, California, USA

The symposium is planned to be held in person at California Institute of
Technology, but potentially transitioning to fully virtual if the COVID
situation persists. Virtual presentations will be possible even if the
conference is held in-person.

The symposium has NO registration fee for presenting and attending.


- Abstract Submission: December 3, 2021

- Paper Submission: December 10, 2021

- Paper Notifications: February 4, 2022

- Camera-ready Papers: March 4, 2022

- Symposium: May 24-27, 2022


The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and
safety-critical systems at NASA and in the aerospace industry requires
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 systems. The focus of the symposium will be on
formal/rigorous techniques for software assurance, including their theory,
current capabilities and limitations, as well as their potential
application to aerospace during all stages of the software life-cycle.

The NASA Formal Methods Symposium is an annual event organized by the NASA
Formal Methods (NFM) Research Group, composed of researchers spanning six
NASA centers. The organization of NFM 2022 is being led by the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), located in Pasadena, California.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects
of formal methods:

Advances in formal methods

- Interactive and automated theorem proving

- SMT and SAT solving

- Model checking

- Static analysis

- Runtime verification

- Automated testing

- Specification languages, textual and graphical

- Refinement

- Code synthesis

- Design for verification and correct-by-design techniques

- Requirements specification and analysis

Integration of formal methods techniques

- Integration of diverse formal methods techniques

- Use of machine learning and probabilistic reasoning techniques in formal

- Integration of formal methods into software engineering practices

- Combination of formal methods with simulation and analysis techniques

- Formal methods and fault tolerance, resilient computing, and self healing

- Formal methods and graphical modeling languages such as SysML, UML,

- Formal methods and autonomy, e.g., verification of systems and languages
for planning and scheduling

  (PDDL, Plexil, etc.), self-sufficient systems, and fault-tolerant systems.

Formal methods in practice

- Experience reports of application of formal methods on real systems, such
as autonomous systems, safety-critical

  systems, concurrent and distributed systems, cyber-physical, embedded,
and hybrid systems, fault-detection,

  diagnostics, and prognostics systems, and human-machine interaction

- Use of formal methods in systems engineering (including hardware

- Use of formal methods in education

- Reports on negative results in the development and the application for
formal methods in practice.

- Usability of formal method tools, and their infusion into industrial

- Challenge problems for future reference by the formal methods community.
The formulation of these papers can range

  from plain English description of a problem over formal specifications,
to specific implementations in a

  programming language.


Courageous authors, who want to delve in open source software being applied
in real NASA missions, and find possible connections to and applications of
Formal Methods, are invited to visit the open source repositories for the
following two frameworks for programming flight software:

  - F’ (https://nasa.github.io/fprime/)

  - cFS (https://cfs.gsfc.nasa.gov/)


There are two categories of submissions:

- Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results

  (maximum 15 pages, excluding references);

- Short papers on tools, experience reports, or work in progress with
preliminary results

  (maximum 6 pages, excluding references).

Additional appendices can be submitted as supplementary material for
reviewing purposes. They will not be included in the proceedings.

All papers must be in English and describe original work that has not been

All submissions will be reviewed by at least three members of the Program
Committee. Reviewing is Single-blind.

We encourage authors to focus on readability of their submissions.

Papers will appear in the Formal Methods subline of Springer's Lecture
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and must use LNCS style formatting (
Papers must be submitted in PDF format at the EasyChair submission site:


Authors of selected best papers will be invited to submit an extended
version to a special issue in Springer's Innovations in Systems and
Software Engineering: A NASA Journal (https://www.springer.com/journal/11334


Authors are encouraged, but not strictly required, to submit artifacts that
support the conclusions of their work (if allowed by their institutions).
Artifacts may contain software, mechanized proofs, benchmarks, examples,
case studies and data sets. Artifacts will be evaluated by the Program
Committee together with the paper.


PC chairs

- Klaus Havelund, JPL, USA

- Jyo Deshmukh, USC, USA

- Ivan Perez, NIA, USA

Application Advisors

- Robert Bocchino, JPL, USA

- John Day, JPL, USA

- Maged Elasaar, JPL, USA

- Amalaye Oyake, Blue Origin, USA

- Nicolas Rouquette, JPL, USA

- Vandi Verma, JPL, USA

Application advisors advise the PC chairs to ensure a strong connection to
the problems facing NASA.

Local Organizer

- Richard Murray, Caltech, USA

Scientific Advisor

- Mani Chandy, Caltech, USA

Program Committee

- Aaron Dutle, NASA, USA

- Alessandro Cimatti, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

- Anastasia Mavridou, SGT Inc. / NASA Ames Research Center, USA

- Anne-Kathrin Schmuck, Max-Planck-Institute for Software Systems, Germany

- Arie Gurfinkel, University of Waterloo, Canada

- Bardh Hoxha, Toyota Research Institute North America, USA

- Bernd Finkbeiner, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Germany

- Betty H.C. Cheng, Michigan State University, USA

- Borzoo Bonakdarpour, Michigan State University, USA

- Carolyn Talcott, SRI International, USA

- Chuchu Fan, MIT, USA

- Constance Heitmeyer, Naval Research Laboratory, USA

- Corina Pasareanu, CMU, NASA, KBR, USA

- Cristina Seceleanu, Mälardalen University, Sweden

- Dejan Nickovic, Austrian Institute of Technology AIT, Austria

- Dirk Beyer, LMU Munich, Germany

- Doron Peled, Bar Ilan University, Israel

- Erika Abraham, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

- Ewen Denney, NASA, USA

- Gerard Holzmann, Nimble Research, USA

- Giles Reger, The University of Manchester, UK

- Huafeng Yu, TOYOTA InfoTechnology Center USA, USA

- Jean-Christophe Filliatre, CNRS, France

- Johann Schumann, NASA, USA

- John Day, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

- Julia Badger, NASA, USA

- Julien Signoles, CEA LIST, France

- Kerianne Hobbs, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

- Kristin Yvonne Rozier, Iowa State University, USA

- Leonardo Mariani, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy

- Lu Feng, University of Virginia, USA

- Marcel Verhoef, European Space Agency, The Netherlands

- Marie Farrell, Maynooth University, Ireland

- Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, The Netherlands

- Marielle Stoelinga, University of Twente, The Netherlands

- Martin Feather, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

- Martin Leucker, University of Luebeck, Germany

- Michael Lowry, NASA, USA

- Misty Davies, NASA, USA

- Natasha Neogi, NASA, USA

- Nicolas Rouquette, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

- Nikos Arechiga, Toyota Research Institute, USA

- Rajeev Joshi, Amazon Web Services, USA

- Stanley Bak, Stony Brook University, USA

- Sylvie Boldo, INRIA, France

- Vandi Verma, NASA, USA

- Willem Visser, Amazon Web Services, USA


Email: nfm2022 [at] easychair [dot] org

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