Monday, March 2, 2015

35th IFIP International Conference on Formal Techniques for Distributed Objects, Components and Systems


                        FORTE 2015
                A DisCoTec Member Conference

35th IFIP International Conference on Formal Techniques for
Distributed Objects, Components and Systems

taking place on June 2-4, 2015 in Grenoble, France

Abstract Submission: February 15, 2015 (compulsory)
Paper Submission:    February 22, 2015
Author Notification: March 23, 2015
Camera Ready copy:   April 2, 2015

FORTE 2015 is a forum for fundamental research on theory, models, tools, and 
applications for distributed systems. The conference solicits original 
contributions that advance the science and technologies for distributed systems, 
with special interest in the areas of:

  * service-oriented, ubiquitous, pervasive, grid, cloud, and mobile computing
  * object technology, modularity, component- and model-based design;
  * software reliability, availability, and safety;
  * security, privacy, and trust in distributed systems;
  * adaptive distributed systems, self-stabilization;
  * self-healing/organizing;
  * verification, validation, formal analysis, and testing of the above.

Contributions that combine theory and practice and that exploit formal methods 
and theoretical foundations to present novel solutions to problems arising from 
the development of distributed systems are encouraged. FORTE covers distributed 
computing models and formal specification, testing and verification methods. The 
application domains include all kinds of application-level distributed systems, 
telecommunication services, Internet, embedded and real-time systems, as well as 
networking and communication security and reliability.

=== Main topics of interest ===

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  * Languages and semantic foundations: new modeling and language concepts for
    distribution and concurrency, semantics for different types of languages,
    including programming languages, modeling languages, and domain-specific
    languages; real-time and probability aspects;
  * Formal methods and techniques: design, specification, analysis,
    verification, validation, testing and runtime verification of various types
    of distributed systems including communications and network protocols,
    service-oriented systems, adaptive distributed systems, cyber-physical
    systems and sensor networks;
  * Foundations of security: new principles for qualitative and quantitative
    security analysis of distributed systems, including formal models based on
    probabilistic concepts;
  * Applications of formal methods: applying formal methods and techniques for
    studying quality, reliability, availability, and safety of distributed
  * Practical experience with formal methods: industrial applications, case
    studies and software tools for applying formal methods and description
    techniques to the development and analysis of real distributed systems.

=== Invited Speakers (DisCoTec) ===

  * Alois Ferscha (Johannes Kepler Universität, Linz, Austria)

  * Leslie Lamport (Microsoft Research, USA)

  * Willy Zwaenepoel (EPFL, Switzerland)

=== Submission and publication ===

Contributions must be written in English and report on original, unpublished 
work, not submitted for publication elsewhere (cf. IFIP’s codes of conduct). The 
submissions must be prepared using Springer’s LNCS style. Papers can be 
submitted electronically in pdf via the FORTE’15 interface of the EasyChair system.

We solicit four kinds of submissions:

  *  Full papers (up to 15 pages): Describing thorough and complete research
     results, tools or experience reports (if relevant, additional appendixes
     with proofs or other material meant for easing the reviewers' live are

  *  Short papers (up to 7 pages): Describing research results that are not
     fully developed, or manifestos, calls to action, personal views on FORTE
     related research, on the current state of the art, or on prospects for the
     years to come.

  *  Tool demonstration papers (up to 7 pages): focus on the usage aspects of
     tools. Theoretical foundations and experimental evaluation are not
     required, however, a motivation as to why the tool is interesting and
     significant should be provided. Papers may have an appendix of up to 5
     additional pages with details on the actual demonstration.

  *  Posters (up to 3 pages): Summarizing research projects worth being
     advertised and discussed in at the conference.

Each paper will undergo a peer review of at least 3 anonymous reviewers. The 
conference proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS Series. The 
best papers will be invited after the conference to contribute to a special 
issue of a top-level journal (TCS or FMSD).

=== Programme Chairs ===

    Susanne Graf (VERIMAG & CNRS, Grenoble, France)
    Mahesh Viswanathan (U. Illinois, USA)

=== Programme Committee ===

    Erika Abraham (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
    Luca Aceto (U. Reykjavik, Iceland)
    S Akshay (IIT Bombay, India)
    Paul Attie (American U. Beirut, Lebanon)
    Rohit Chadha (U. Missouri, USA)
    Rance Cleaveland (U. Maryland, USA)
    Frank de Boer (CWI, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    Borzoo Bonakdarpour (Mc Master U., Ontario, Canada)
    Michele Boreale (U. Firenze, Italy)
    Stephanie Delaune (CNRS & ENS Cachan, France)
    Wan Fokkink (VU Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    Gregor Goessler (INRIA Grenoble, France)
    Gerard Holzmann (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA)
    Alan Jeffrey (Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, USA)
    Petr Kuznetsov (Telecom ParisTech, France)
    Ivan Lanese (U. Bologna, Italy)
    Kim Larsen (U. Aalborg, Denmark)
    Antonia Lopes (U. Lisbon, Portugal)
    Stephan Merz (LORIA & INRIA Nancy, France)
    Catuscia Palamidessi (INRIA Saclay, France)
    Alan Schmitt (IRISA & INRIA Rennes, France)

=== Steering Committee: ===

    Erica Abraham (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
    Dirk Beyer (U. Passau, Germany)
    Michele Boreale (U. Firenze, Italy)
    Einar Broch Johnsen (U. Oslo, Norway)
    Frank de Boer (CWI, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    Holger Giese (U. Potsdam, Germany)
    Catuscia Palamidessi (INRIA, Saclay, France)
    Grigore Rosu (U. Illinois, USA)
    Jean-Bernard Stefani (INRIA, Grenoble, France) (Chair)
    Heike Wehrheim (U. Paderborn, Germany)

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