[TYPES/announce] CFP FM-RAIL-BOK Workshop

Markus Roggenbach M.Roggenbach at swansea.ac.uk
Sat Jun 1 10:40:29 EDT 2013



 -- Workshop on a
 -- Formal Methods Body of Knowledge for
 -- Railway Control and Safety Systems

 23-24 September 2013, 2013, Madrid, Spain

 A workshop in SEFM'13
 September 25-27, 2013, Madrid, Spain


 Formal methods in software science and software engineering have
 existed at least as long as the term “software engineering” (NATO
 Science Conference, Garmisch, 1968) itself. In many
 engineering-based application areas, such as in the railway domain,
 formal methods have reached a level of maturity that already enables
 the compilation of a so-called body of knowledge (abbreviated as
 “BOK”). Its various methods and techniques include algebraic
 specification, process-algebraic modelling and verification, Petri
 nets, fuzzy logics, etc. For example, the B-method has been used
 successfully to verify the most relevant parts of a model of the
 Metro underground railway system of the city of Paris
 (France). Software tool support is already available for a number of
 those formal methods; for example in the form of various model
 checker or SAT solver programs.

 In this context, our workshop shall bring together scientists,
 researchers and practitioners, from academia, the industry,
 professional guildes and engineering associations, national or
 international standardisation committees, as well as governmental or
 administrative regulators to re-collect and discuss the “state of
 the art” in the application of formal methods within the railway
 domain (including inner-city tram lines, urban mono-rail systems,
 etc., too). Thereby we shall adopt a methodological viewpoint based
 on Vincenti’s book "What Engineers know and how they know it:
 Analytical Studies from Aeronautical History, John Hopkins
 University Press, 1990". This book contains a science-historical and
 science-philosophical analysis of what it is that constitutes
 engineering knowledge (and the related practice) specifically, in
 other words: an epistemology of engineering. The development of the
 above-mentioned handbooks as an explicit recording of such knowledge
 is part of Vincenti’s epistemology.


 Our workshop calls for short position papers with strong emphasis on
 methodologically sound “BOK” contents and case-based “best practice”
 knowledge in the spirit of classical engineering handbooks.

 Such papers, which will be reviewed and moderated by the workshop’s
 programme committee, must not exceed 6 pages in the IEEE
 double-column conference format


 and must be submitted via our EasyChair Submission Website


 no later than the stipulated submission deadline.  Submissions which
 do not meet these requirements will be rejected without review.


 Paper submission deadline: 14 June 2013
 Author notification: 5 July 2013
 Re-submission of revised accepted papers: 16 August 2013
 Distribution of revised papers amongst registered participants: 2 September 2013
 Workshop in Madrid: 23-24 September 2013
 Thereafter: post-discussions and further work towards the planned book release


 Anne Haxthausen, Technical University of Denmark
 Markus Roggenbach, University of Swansea, Great Britain
 Stefan Gruner, University of Pretoria, South Africa
 Tom Maibaum, McMaster University, Canada

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (confirmation status: 27 May 2013)

 Martin Brennan, British Rail Safety Standards Board
 Simon Chadwick, Invensys Rail, Great Britain
 Lars-Henrik Eriksson, Uppsala University, Sweden
 Alessandro Fantechi, University of Firenze, Italy
 Kirsten Mark Hansen, COWI A/S, Denmark
 Michaela Huhn, Technical University of Clausthal, Germany
 Hoang Nga Nguyen, University of Swansea, Great Britain
 Jan Peleska, University of Bremen, Germany
 Holger Schlingloff, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany
 Eckehard Schnieder, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
 Kenji Taguchi, AIST, Japan
 Helen Treharne, University of Surrey, Great Britain
 Laurent Voisin, Systerel, France
 Kirsten Winter, University of Queensland, Australia


 Our workshop is planned as a workshop in the proper sense of the
 word, i.e.: it will be work-oriented, not
 presentation-oriented. During the workshop, smaller sub-groups will
 work on various sub-topics, whereas plenum sessions will bring the
 sub-groups and their sub-results together again.

 For the sake of effective working during the event, all accepted
 papers will be distributed amongst the registered participants
 already before the event. Participants are expected to study these
 papers before the workshop, such that the discussions and sub-groups
 can commence effectively from the first hour of the meeting onwards.

 Soon after the workshop, its work results (proceedings) shall be
 published first in the form of an institutional technical
 report. Thereafter the technical report shall be further “polished”
 and consolidated, with the goal of publishing an authoritative BOK
 book on the chosen topic, with a reputable publisher, in the
 not-too-far future.

 In case of good success, similar BOK preparation workshops are
 planned for the future on other (yet similar) topics, for example:
 formal methods for aviation software, or formal methods for
 automobile applications, etc. In the long term, this could lead to a
 multi-volume series of such BOK books on various topics.


 According to our workshop’s goal and format we follow a 3-phase
 publication plan with informal distribution of accepted papers
 amongst registered workshop participants before the workshop,
 official release of an institutional technical report soon after the
 workshop, publication of a refined and consolidated BOK book in the
 not-too-far future, after the technical report, with a reputable
 scientific publisher.
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