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   ***************New Submission Deadline: Octorber 4, 2005********

                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                             October 31, 2005
                              Manchester, UK

                             In Conjunction with
          International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods                                            (ICFEM'05)


Goal of the Workshop

Software is playing an important role in economy, government, and military.
Since software is often deployed in safety critical applications, correctness
and reliability have become issues of utmost importance. Techniques for
verification and validation traditionally fall into three main categories.
The first category involves informal methods such as software testing and
monitoring. The second involves formal verification, i.e., model checking and
theorem proving. The third is abstract interpretation and static program
analysis techniques.

The goal of this workshop is to promote discussion on novel combinations
of these methodologies, as well as study the individual contribution of each
of these methodologies in verifying software. An example of a combined
verification methodology is the recent research direction that combines
abstraction (of infinite-state programs into finite-state ones) with model
checking (of finite-state systems).  There is a growing conviction in the
research community that such hybrid methodologies are imperative for the
process of  analyzing full-fledged software systems. This workshop will study
combination of analysis methodologies for verification of software.  This
research is very important and timely since

   . Software is being increasingly used to control embedded systems which
     are often safety critical (such as automobile parts).
   . There is renewed promise in program verification in the recent years
     due to (a) progress in generating models from code, and
     (b)  combination of model checking with other analysis techniques such
     as abstract interpretation.

Topics Covered

The workshop will focus on theoretical techniques, practical methods as well
as  case studies for verification of  conventional and embedded software
systems. In particular, we welcome papers which describe combinations of
formal and informal reasoning, as well as formal verification and program
analysis techniques. Tool papers and case studies, which report on  advances
in verifying large scale programs in standard languages are particularly
sought. The list of topics include, but are not restricted to:

   . Tools, environments and case studies for large scale software
   . Static analysis/Abstract interpretation/Program transformations
     for verification
   . Use of model checking and deductive techniques for software verification
   . Role of declarative programming languages (such as Prolog) for infinite
     state software verification.
   . Techniques to validate system software (such as compilers) as well as
     assembly code/Java bytecode
   . Proof techniques for verifying specific classes of software (such as
     object-oriented programs)
   . Integrating testing and run-time monitoring with formal techniques
   . Validation of UML diagrams, and/or  requirement specifications
   . Software certification and proof carrying code
   . Integration of formal verification into software development projects

Submissions Information

   . Regular submissions should be no more than 15 pages. Short papers (upto
     5 pages) describing initial ideas are also welcome. All submitted papers
     should be in PS or PDF. Please avoid using zip, gzip, compress, tar etc.
     Papers should be submitted via e-mail to zijiang.yang at wmich.edu

   . The workshop proceeding will be published as Electronic Notes in
     Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS). Note that ENTCS papers should be
     at least 10 pages in ENTCS format.

   . The deadlines are as follows.
         . Submission deadline:  October 4, 2005
         . Notification of Acceptance:  October 14, 2005
         . Final Version submission:  October 21, 2005

Program Committee

   . Rajeev Alur (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
   . Tevfik Bultan (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
   . Sandro Etalle (University of Twente, Netherlands)
   . Daniel Kroning (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
   . Lunjin Lu (Oakland University, USA)
   . C. R. Ramakrishnan (SUNY Stony Brook, USA)
   . Chao Wang  (NEC Laboratories, USA)
   . Farn Wang (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
   . Yi Wang (Uppsala University, Sweden)
   . Lintao Zhang (Micosoft Research, USA)

Invited Speakers

   . TBA


   . Supratik Mukhopadhyay, West Virginia University, USA.
   . Abhik Roychoudhury, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
   . Zijiang Yang, Western Michigan University, USA (Workshop Co-ordinator).

If you have any queries about the workshop, please send e-mail to
zijiang.yang at wmich.edu

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