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[PVS] CfP for 9th International Workshop on Formal Engineeringapproachesto Software Components and Architectures at ETAPS2012,Tallinn, Estonia

Call for Papers

- FESCA 2012 -

9th International Workshop on
Formal Engineering approaches to Software Components and Architectures

Satellite event of ETAPS
March 31st 2012, Tallinn, Estonia



Component-based software design has received considerable attention in industry and academia in the past decade. In recent years, the growing need for trustworthy software systems and the increased relevance of systems quality properties (e.g. reliability, performance, and scalability) have stimulated the emergence of formal techniques and architecture modelling approaches for the specification and implementation of component-based software architectures. Both have to deal with an increasing complexity in software systems challenging analytical methods as well as modelling techniques.

FESCA aims to address the open question of how formal methods can be applied effectively to these new contexts and challenges. FESCA is interested in both the development and application of formal methods in component-based development and tries to cross-fertilize their research and application.


One strength of FESCA is the link established between the formal methods community and the software engineering community by exploring how formal approaches can be exploited for the analysis of large software architectures.

We encourage submissions on formal techniques and their application that aid reasoning, analysis and certification of component-based applications. In this context, the following topics are of particular concern:
  •  Architecture as a language: Building Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs)
    • Modelling formalisms for the analysis of concurrent, embeded or model-driven systems assembled of components;
    • Modelling formalisms in prediction, analysis and measurement of software quality attributes such as reliability, performance, or security;
  • Properties of component-based models
    • Temporal properties (including liveness and safety) and their formal verification;
    • Interface compliance (interface-to-interface and interface-to implementation) and contractual use of components;
  • Formal methods in Component-Based Software Development
    • Techniques for prediction and formal verification of system properties, including static and dynamic analysis;
    • Instrumentation and monitoring approaches, runtime management of applications;
    • (Semi-) automatic inference of analytical models for existing software systems;
  • Formal methods in Model-Driven Software Development
    • Abstraction level in modelling formalisms;
    • Safer MDA through integration with formal methods;
    • Correctness of model transformations;
  • Industrial case studies and experience reports.

Submissions concentrating on specification techniques should involve an evaluation of the practical merit of their research and clearly state the analysis and reasoning techniques they enable. We also appreciate work of a formal nature with immediate value to the industrial context. We encourage not only mature research results, submissions presenting innovative ideas and early results are also of interest.


Three kinds of submissions are considered:

    * Regular papers (up to 15 pages in ENTCS format), presenting
      original and unpublished work related to the workshop topics.
    * Position papers (up to 10 pages in ENTCS format) presenting
      ideas and directions of interesting ongoing and yet unpublished
      research related to the workshop topics.

    * Tool demonstration papers (up to 5 pages in ENTCS format),
      presenting and highlighting the distinguishing features of
      a topic-related tool (co-developed by the authors).


    * Regular and position papers will be published in a special issue of the
      Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science (ENTCS) after the workshop.

    * All regular, position and tool demonstration papers will appear in
      electronic pre-proceedings distributed at the workshop.


    * Paper registration: December 2, 2011
    * Submission deadline: December 9, 2011
    * Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2012
    * Final versions due: February 3, 2012
    * Workshop date:  March 31, 2012


    * Ivana Cerna (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
    * Jens Happe (SAP Research, Germany)
    * Ludovic Henrio (CNRS, France)
    * Holger Hermanns (Universität des Saarlandes, Germany)
    * Petr Hnetynka (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)
    * Samuel Kounev (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
    * Heiko Koziolek (ABB Research Ladenburg, Germany)
    * Ralf Kuesters (Universität Trier, Germany)
    * Markus Lumpe (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * Raffaela Mirandola (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
    * Dorina Petriu (Carleton Univesity, USA)
    * Ralf Reussner (University of Karlsruhe, Germany)
    * Cristina Seceleanu (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
    * Steffen Zschaler (King's College London, UK)


    * Barbora Buhnova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
    * Lucia Kapova (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
    * Jan Kofron (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic)