Call for Papers


FM 2015: 20th International Symposium on Formal Methods
Oslo, Norway, June 22–26, 2015

NEWS: There will be special issues of the journals Acta Informatica and
Formal Aspects of Computing featuring selected papers from FM 2015.


  • Abstract submission deadline: 2 January 2015
  • Full paper submission deadline: 12 January 2015
  • Notification: 23 March 2015
  • Conference: 24-26 June 2015

FM 2015 is the twentieth in a series of symposia organized by Formal Methods Europe, an independent association whose aim is to stimulate the use of, and research on, formal methods for software development. The symposia have been notably successful in bringing together innovators and practitioners in precise mathematical methods for software and systems development, industrial users, as well as researchers. The FM symposia welcome original papers on research and industrial experience, proposals for workshops and tutorials, entries for the exhibition of software tools and projects, and reports on ongoing doctoral work.

FM 2015 will have the goal of highlighting the development and application of formal methods. This includes uses of formal methods in a variety of disciplines such as medicine, biology, human cognitive modeling, human automation interactions and aeronautics, among others. FM 2015 particularly welcomes papers on techniques, tools and experiences in interdisciplinary frameworks, as well as on experience with practical applications of formal methods in industrial and research settings, empirical and experimental validation of tools and methods as well as construction and evolution of formal methods tools. The broad topics of interest for FM 2015 include but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary formal methods: techniques, tools and experiences demonstrating formal methods in interdisciplinary frameworks.
  • Formal methods in practice: industrial applications of formal methods, experience with introducing formal methods in industry, tool usage reports, experiments with challenge problems. Authors are encouraged to explain how the use of formal methods has overcome problems, lead to improvements in design or provided new insights.
  • Tools for formal methods: advances in automated verification and model-checking, integration of tools, environments for formal methods, experimental validation of tools. Authors are encouraged to demonstrate empirically that the new tool or environment advances the state of the art.
  • Role of formal methods in software and systems engineering: development processes with formal methods, usage guidelines for formal methods, method integration. Authors are encouraged to evaluate process innovations with respect to qualitative or quantitative improvements. Empirical studies and evaluations are also solicited.
  • Theoretical foundations: all aspects of theory related to specification, verification, refinement, and static and dynamic analysis. Authors are encouraged to explain how their results contribute to the solution of practical problems with methods or tools.


  • Elvira Albert, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
  • Werner Damm, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, DE
  • Valérie Issarny, INRIA, France
  • Leslie Lamport, Microsoft Research, US

Papers will be evaluated by at least three members of the Programme Committee. They should be in Springer LNCS format and describe, in English, original work that has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

Authors of papers reporting experimental work are strongly encouraged to make their experimental results available for use by reviewers. Similarly, case study papers should describe significant case studies and the complete development should be made available at the time of review. In other words, the usual criteria for novelty, reproducibility, correctness and the ability for others to build upon the described work apply.

Tool papers should explain enhancements made compared to previously published work. A tool paper need not present the theory behind the tool but can focus more on its features, and how it is used, evaluation, with screen shots and examples. Authors of tool papers should make their tool available for use by reviewers.

Papers should be submitted through the FM 2015 EasyChair web site:

We solicit two categories of papers:

  • Regular Papers should not exceed 15 pages in LNCS format, not counting references and not counting appendices.
  • Short papers, including tool papers, should not exceed 6 pages, not counting references and not counting appendices. Besides tool papers, short papers are encouraged for any subject that can be described within the page limit, and in particular for novel ideas without an extensive experimental evaluation. Short papers will be accompanied by short presentations.

For regular and tool papers, an appendix can provide additional material such as details on proofs or experiments. The appendix is not part of the page count and it is not guaranteed to be read or taken into account by the reviewers. It should not contain information necessary to the understanding and the evaluation of the presented work. Papers will be accepted or rejected in the category in which they were submitted, there will be no “demotions” from a regular to a short paper.

FM 2015 will as a new feature have a best paper award. A best paper will be selected among accepted papers, and the award will be presented at the conference.

Accepted papers will be published in the Symposium Proceedings, to appear in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

Einar Broch Johnsen, University of Oslo, Norway

Nikolaj Bjørner, Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA
Frank S. de Boer, CWI, Netherlands

Erika Ábrahám, RWTH Aachen University
Bernhard K. Aichernig, TU Graz
Gilles Barthe, IMDEA Software Institute
Nikolaj Bjørner, Microsoft Research
Marcello Bonsangue, Leiden University
Michael Butler, University of Southampton
Andrew Butterfield, Trinity College Dublin
Ana Cavalcanti, University of York
David Clark, University College London
Frank S. de Boer, CWI
Jin Song Dong, National University of Singapore
Michael Emmi, IMDEA Software Institute
John Fitzgerald, Newcastle University
Nate Foster, Cornell University
Vijay Ganesh, University of Waterloo
Diego Garbervetsky, Dep. de Computación, U. de Buenos Aires
Dimitra Giannakopoulou, NASA Ames Research Center
Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, University of Utah
Orna Grumberg, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Arie Gurfinkel, Carnegie Mellon University
Reiner Hähnle, Technical University of Darmstadt
Klaus Havelund, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Anne E. Haxthausen, Technical University of Denmark
Ian J. Hayes, University of Queensland
Gerard Holzmann, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Daniel Jackson, MIT
Cliff Jones, Newcastle University
Gerwin Klein, NICTA and UNSW
Laura Kovacs, Chalmers University of Technology
Marta Kwiatkowska, University of Oxford
Peter Gorm Larsen, Aarhus University
Yves Ledru, Lab. d’Informatique de Grenoble, U. Joseph Fourier
Rustan Leino, Microsoft Research
Martin Leucker, University of Lübeck
Shaoying Liu, Hosei University
Tom Maibaum, McMaster University
Dominique Méry, Université de Lorraine, LORIA
Peter Müller, ETH Zürich
César Muñoz, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
David Naumann, Stevens Institute of Technology
Tobias Nipkow, TU München
José Oliveira, Universidade do Minho
Olaf Owe, University of Oslo
Sam Owre, SRI International
Andrei Paskevich, Université Paris-Sud 11, IUT d’Orsay
Grigore Rosu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kristin Yvonne Rozier, NASA Ames Research Center
Sanjit A. Seshia, UC Berkeley
Natasha Sharygina, Università della Svizzera Italiana
Viorica Sofronie-Stokkermans, Max-Planck Institute for Informatics
Jun Sun, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Kenji Taguchi, AIST
Margus Veanes, Microsoft Research
Ji Wang, National Lab. for Parallel and Distributed Processing
Alan Wassyng, McMaster University
Heike Wehrheim, University of Paderborn
Michael Whalen, University of Minnesota
Jim Woodcock, University of York
Gianluigi Zavattaro, University of Bologna
Pamela Zave, AT&T

Martin Steffen, University of Oslo, Norway

20th International Symposium on Formal Methods