[ecoop-info] TFM09: Deadline extension to 8 June

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               Please visit: http://www.di.uminho.pt/tfm09


                  2nd Int. FME Conference on Teaching Formal Methods
                         "Widening Access to Formal Methods"

                     Friday, November 6th 2009, co-located with
              FM2009 : 16th International Symposium on Formal Methods
             Eindhoven, the Netherlands, November 2 - November 6, 2009

                                CALL FOR PAPERS

                     (URL: http://www.di.uminho.pt/tfm09)

1. About the conference
Ten years after the First World Formal Methods Congress (FM'99) in  
formal methods communities from all over the world will once again  
have an
opportunity to come together.  As part of the First Formal Methods  
Week event
surrounding the FM2009 conference in Eindhoven, Formal Methods Europe  
be organizing TFM2009, the Second International Conference on  
Teaching Formal

The conference will serve as a forum to explore the successes and  
of Formal Methods (FM) education, and to promote cooperative projects to
further education and training in FMs. We would like to provide a  
forum for
lecturers, teachers, and industrial partners to discuss their  
present their pedagogical methodologies, and explore best practices.

TFM2009 follows in a series of recent events on teaching formal methods,
including: two BCS-FACS TFM workshops (Oxford in 2003, and London in  
the TFM 2004 conference in Ghent (with proceedings published as Springer
LNCS Volume 3294), the FM-Ed 2006 workshop (Hamilton, co-located with  
FORMED (Budapest, at ETAPS 2008), FMET 2008 (Kitakyushu 2008, co-located
with ICFEM), etc.

2. Topics of interest
Formal methods (FM) have an important role to play in the development of
complex computing systems - a role acknowledged in industrial  
standards such
as IEC 61508 and ISO/IEC 15408, and in the increasing use of precise  
notations, semantic markup languages, and model-driven techniques. There
is a growing need for software engineers who can work effectively  
with simple,
mathematical abstractions, and with practical notions of inference  
and proof.
However, there is little clear guidance ? for educators, for  
managers, or
for the engineers themselves ? as to what might comprise a basic  
in FM. Neither the present IEEE/ACM Software Engineering Body of  
(SWEBOK) nor the forthcoming Graduate Software Engineering Reference  
(GSWERC) provide the kind of specific information that teachers and  
need to establish an adequate, balanced programme of learning in FM.

Original contributions are solicited that provide insight, opinions, and
suggestions for courses of action regarding the teaching FMs,  
including but
not limited to the following aspects:

     * experiences of teaching FMs, both successful and unsuccessful;
     * educational resources including the use of books, case studies  
and the internet;
     * the education of weak and mathphobic students;
     * the integration, or otherwise, of FMs into the curriculum,  
       contributions to the definition of a Formal Methods Body of  
Knowledge (FMBOK);
     * the advantages of FM-trained graduates in the workplace;
     * changing attitudes towards FMs in students, academic staff and  
     * the necessary mathematical background.

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in  
the LNCS series.
Submissions may be up to 20 pages long using Springer's LNCS format.

3. Important dates
Please put the following dates in your diary:

Submission deadline (extended)	June 8, 2009
Notification of acceptance			July 6, 2009
Final version						August 3, 2009

4. How to submit
Papers for TFM2009 will be processed through the EasyChair conference  
system. To submit your paper, please visit:


5. Invited speakers
To be announced

6. Programme Committee
Izzat Alsmadi	(North Dakota State University, USA)
Dines Bjorner	(IIMM Institute, Denmark)
Eerke Boiten	(University of Kent, UK)
Raymond Boute	(Universiteit Gent, Belgium)
Andrew Butterfield	(Trinity College, Dublin)
Jim Davies	(University of Oxford, UK)
David Duce	(Oxford Brookes University, UK)
John Fitzgerald	(University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Jeremy Gibbons	(University of Oxford, UK)
Randolph Johnson	(National Security Agency, USA)
Michael Mac an Airchinnigh	(Trinity College, Dublin)
Dino Mandrioli	(Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Jose Oliveira	(Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Kees Pronk	(Technische Universiteit Delft, NL)
Bernhard Schaetz	(Tecnical University of Munique, Germany)
Wolfgang Schreiner	(Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)
Simao Melo de Sousa	(Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)
Kenji Taguchi	(National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Jeannette Wing	(Carnegie-Mellon University, USA)

7. Sponsorship
TFM2009 is supported by FME, the Formal Methods Europe Association.

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