Call for Papers

International Workshop on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems
and Automated Verification of Critical Systems

Pisa, Italy
26-28 September 2016


Important Dates

  • Abstract submission for full papers (extended): May 2, 2016
  • Submission of full papers (extended): May 9, 2016
  • Notification for full papers (extended): June 26, 2016
  • Camera ready versions of full papers: July 10, 2016
  • Submission of research ideas: August 10, 2016
  • Notification for research ideas: August 17, 2016
  • FMICS-AVoCS workshop: September 26-28, 2016

Invited Speakers

Background and Objectives

In 2016, FMICS and AVoCS are going to join their forces to hold a workshop combining their themes of Formal Methods and Automated Verification. For FMICS, this will be the 21st, for AVoCS the 16th edition.

The aim of the FMICS workshop series is to provide a forum for researchers who are interested in the development and application of formal methods in industry. In particular, FMICS brings together scientists and engineers that are active in the area of formal methods and interested in exchanging their experiences in the industrial usage of these methods. The FMICS workshop series also strives to promote research and development for the improvement of formal methods and tools for industrial applications.

The aim of the AVoCS workshop series is to contribute to the interaction and exchange of ideas among members of the international research community on tools and techniques for the verification of critical systems. The subject is to be interpreted broadly and inclusively. It covers all aspects of automated verification, including model checking, theorem proving, SAT/SMT constraint solving, abstract interpretation, and refinement pertaining to various types of critical systems which need to meet stringent dependability requirements (safety-critical, business-critical, performance-critical, etc.).

Topics of Interest

  • Design, specification, refinement, code generation and testing of critical systems based on formal methods
  • Methods, techniques and tools to support automated analysis, certification, debugging, learning, optimization and transformation of critical systems, in particular distributed, real-time systems and embedded systems
  • Automated verification (model checking, theorem proving, SAT/SMT constraint solving, abstract interpretation, etc.) of critical systems
  • Verification and validation methods that address shortcomings of existing methods with respect to their industrial applicability (e.g., scalability and usability issues)
  • Tools for the development of formal design descriptions
  • Case studies and experience reports on industrial applications of formal methods, focusing on lessons learned or identification of new research directions
  • Impact of the adoption of formal methods on the development process and associated costs
  • Application of formal methods in standardization and industrial forums

Submission and Publication

Full paper submissions must describe authors' original research work and results. Submitted papers must not have previously appeared in a journal or conference with published proceedings and must not be concurrently submitted to any other peer-reviewed workshop, symposium, conference or archival journal. Any partial overlap with any such published or concurrently submitted paper must be clearly indicated.

Full paper submissions should clearly demonstrate relevance to industrial application. Case study papers should identify lessons learned, validate theoretical results (such as scalability of methods), or provide specific motivation for further research and development.

Full paper submissions should not exceed 15 pages formatted according to the LNCS style (Springer). All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee who will make a selection among the submissions based on the novelty, soundness and applicability of the presented ideas and results.

Research ideas: FMICS-AVoCS encourages the submissions of research ideas in order to stimulate discussions at the workshop. Reports on ongoing work or surveys on work published elsewhere are welcome. The Program Committee will select research ideas on the basis of submitted abstracts according to their significance and general interest. Abstracts of research ideas should not exceed 3 pages and they will not be part of the published proceedings.

Full papers and research ideas must be written in English and should be submitted as Portable Document Format (PDF) files using the EasyChair submission site:

EasyChair submission link

The workshop proceedings will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS), while the authors of the best full papers will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of Springer's International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer.



General chair

  • Maurice H. ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

PC chairs

  • Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Alexander Knapp, Augsburg University, Germany

Program Committee

  • Maria Alpuente, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Jiri Barnat, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Michael Dierkes, Rockwell Collins, France
  • Cindy Eisner, IBM Research, Haifa, Israel
  • Alessandro Fantechi, Università di Firenze, Italy
  • Francesco Flammini, Ansaldo STS, Naples, Italy
  • Maria Del Mar Gallardo, University of Málaga, Spain
  • Michael Goldsmith, University of Oxford, UK
  • Gudmund Grov, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Matthias Güdemann, Diffblue ltd., Oxford, UK
  • Marieke Huisman, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Gerwin Klein, NICTA and University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Peter Gorm Larsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Thierry Lecomte, ClearSy, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Tiziana Margaria, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Radu Mateescu, INRIA Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, France
  • David Mentré, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe, Rennes, France
  • Stephan Merz, INRIA Nancy, France
  • Manuel Núñez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Peter Ölveczky, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Charles Pecheur, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Marielle Petit-Doche, Systerel, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Ralf Pinger, Siemens AG, Braunschweig, Germany
  • Jaco van de Pol, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Markus Roggenbach, Swansea University, UK
  • Matteo Rossi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Marco Roveri, FBK-irst, Italy
  • Thomas Santen, Microsoft Research Advanced Technology Labs Europe, Aachen, Germany
  • Bernhard Steffen, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • Jun Sun, University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Helen Treharne, University of Surrey, UK


  • Maurice H. ter Beek, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Leonardo Bruscolini, First Class, Livorno, Italy
  • Alessio Ferrari, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Giorgio O. Spagnolo, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy
  • Maria Rita Trivella, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy


  • Giorgio O. Spagnolo, ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy