[TYPES/announce] OpenCert 2011 - Final Call for Papers

Antonio Cerone antonio at iist.unu.edu
Mon Sep 26 20:15:49 EDT 2011

                                  Call for Papers

                                   OpenCert 2011

               5th International Workshop on Foundations and Techniques for

                          Montevideo, Uruguay, 14-15 November 2011
                             Satellite Event of SEFM 2011


Abstract submission deadline: 3 October, 2011 (Extended)
Paper submission deadline: 3 October, 2011 (Extended)


Over the past decade, the Open Source Software (OSS) phenomenon has had a 
global impact
on the way software systems and software-based services are developed, 
distributed and
deployed. Widely acknowledged benefits of OSS include reliability, low 
development and
maintenance costs, as well as rapid code turnover. Linux distributions, Apache 
and MySQL
serve, among many other examples, as a testimony to its success and resilience.

However, state-of-the-art OSS, by the very nature of its open, unconventional, 
development model, make software quality assessment, let alone full 
particularly hard to achieve and raises important challenges both from the
technical/methodological and the managerial points of view.

This makes the use of OSS, and, in particular, its integration within complex
industrial-strength applications, with stringent security requirements, a risk 
also an opportunity and a challenge for rigorous, mathematically based, methods 
software analysis and engineering.

In such a context, the aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers 
from academia
and industry who are broadly interested in the quality assessment of open 
source software
projects, ultimately leading to the establishment of coherent certification 
at different levels.

Following the success of the four previous editions (collocated to ETAPS'07, in 
Braga, OSS'08,
at IFIP WCC, in Milan, ETAPS'09 in York and SEFM 2010 in Pisa, respectively), 
the workshop
will focus on formal methods and model-based techniques that appear promising 
to facilitate
OSS certification. Foundational, methodological and pragmatic issues will be 
through both standard technical communications and reports on concrete 
case-studies and
experimental data.


Contributions are expected to foster a broad debate on OSS assessment and 
integrating techniques and elements from areas as different as

   - product and process certification
   - certification standards
   - formal modelling and verification (model checking and theorem proving)
   - software quality and reverse engineering
   - static analysis, testing and inspection
   - safety, security and usability certification
   - languages and architectures
   - software evolution and reconfigurability
   - automated source code analyses
   - cloud computing
   - knowledge management
   - empirical studies


The two-day workshop will feature invited talks, a panel discussion and 
paper presentations.  All contributions, in the form of either full technical 
between 10 and 16 pages, or short papers up to 5 pages, will undergo a 
peer-review process.
All papers should be written in English and in ECEASST format.

Short papers can be positions papers, tool papers or presentation of new ideas 
or results
which are at an early stage of development and which have not yet been 
thoroughly evaluated.

Detailed information on the submission procedure is available at 


Accepted full papers will be published in Electronic Communications of the 
Authors of short papers may resubmit a full paper version of their work after 
the workshop,
which will be reviewed for inclusion in the ECEASST final proceedings.

Selected extended papers will be invited to appear in a special issue of a 
reputed journal
in the field. A final decision on this issue depends on the number and quality 
of the submissions.


  - Abstract Submission deadline: 3 October 2011
  - Paper Submission deadline: 3 October 2011
  - Acceptance notification: 20 October 2011
  - Final version due: 31 October 2011


Luis Barbosa, Dep. de Informática, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Dimitrios Settas, UNU-IIST, United Nations University, Macau SAR China

Antonio Cerone,
Siraj Shaikh,

Luis Barbosa, Dep. de Informática, Universidade do Minho, Portugal (Co-chair)
Andrea Capiluppi, University of East London, UK
Francisco Carvalho-Junior, Univ. Federal do Ceará, Brazil
Antonio Cerone,  UNU-IIST, United Nations University, Macau SAR China
Ernesto Damiani, Università di Milano, Italy
Roberto Di Cosmo, Université Paris Diderot / INRIA, France
Rafael Dueire Lins,  Univ. Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
George Eleftherakis, CS Department, City College, Thessaloniki, Greece
Elsa Estevez, UNU-IIST, United Nations University, Macau SAR China
Fabrizio Fabbrini, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Andrei Formiga, Univ. Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
Dan Ghica, University of Birmingham, UK
Rene Rydhof Hansen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Mauro Jaskelioff, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina
Panagiotis Katsaros, Dept. of Informatics, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, 
Tim Kelly, York University, UK
Paddy Krishnan, Bond University, Australia
Paolo Milazzo, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università  di Pisa, Italy
Jose Miranda, MULTICERT, Portugal
John Noll, LERO, Ireland
Alexander K. Petrenko, ISP, Russian Academy of Science, Russian Federation
Alejandro Sanchez, Univ. Nacional de San Luis, Argentina
Dimitrios Settas, UNU-IIST, United Nations University, Macau SAR China 
Sulayman K. Sowe, UNU-IAS, Japan
Ioannis Stamelos, Dept. of Informatics, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ralf Treinen, PPS, Université Paris Diderot, France

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