Call for Papers, Answers to the case study, Workshops, Tutorials 5th International ABZ 2014 Conference (ASM, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM, Z) ========================================== May 23-27, 2016 -- Linz, Austria http://www.cdcc.faw.jku.at/ABZ2016/ The ABZ conference is dedicated to the cross-fertilization of six related state-based and machine-based formal methods, Abstract State Machines (ASM), Alloy, B, TLA, VDM and Z, that share a common conceptual foundation and are widely used in both academia and industry for the design and analysis of hardware and software systems. It builds on the success of the first ABZ conference held in London in 2008, where the ASM, B and Z conference series merged into a single event, the second ABZ 2010 conference held in Orford (Canada), where the Alloy community joined the event, the ABZ 2012 held in Pisa (Italy), which saw the inclusion of the VDM community, and ABZ 2014 held in Toulouse (France), which brought the inclusion of the TLA community into the ABZ conference series. The ABZ 2016 conference will be held in Linz, Austria. Contributions are solicited on all aspects of the theory and applications of ASMs, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM, Z approaches in software/hardware engineering, including the development of tools and industrial applications. The program spans from theoretical and methodological foundations to practical applications, emphasizing system engineering methods and tools that are distinguished by mathematical rigor and have proved to be industrially viable. The main goal of the conference is to contribute to the integration of accurate state- and machine-based system development methods, clarifying their commonalities and differences to better understand how to combine different approaches for accomplishing the various tasks in modeling, experimental validation, mathematical verification of reliable high-quality hardware/software systems. Although organized to host several formal methods with ASM, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM and Z, in a single event, editorial control of the joint conference is vested in one integrated program committee, which will respectively determine its ASM, Alloy, B, TLA, VDM and Z content, to be presented in parallel conference tracks with a schedule to allow the participants to switch between the sessions. As successfully practiced at ABZ 2014, the 5th edition of ABZ will again include special sessions dedicated to a shared real-life case study among all the methods addressed in ABZ 2016. The objective of this session is to enrich the set of case studies developed with ABZ methods with a practical and real-life case study. After the success of the "Landing Gear" case study at ABZ 2014 in the aeronautical context this time the organizers defined a real-life case study issued from the medical domain with challenging safety requirements. The ABZ 2016 case study concerns the control of a hemodialysis machine. See http://www.cdcc.faw.jku.at/ABZ2016/ for a detailed description of this case study. Proposals are invited for workshops and tutorials to take place before the main conference. Four kinds of contributions are invited: -- Research papers: full papers of not more than 14 pages in LNCS format, which have to be original, unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. -- Short presentations of work in progress, and tool demonstrations. This is an excellent opportunity for Ph.D. students to present and validate their work in progress. An extended abstract of not more than 4 pages is expected and will be reviewed. -- Answers to case study papers: full papers of not more than 14 pages in LNCS format reporting on the experiments conducted with any of the state based techniques in the scope of ABZ 2014. -- Application in industry papers reporting on work or experiences on the application of state based formal methods in industry. An extended abstract of not more than 4 pages is expected and will be reviewed. It is also an interesting option for industrial practitioners who sometimes face too many constraints to prepare a full paper. Submissions: ======== Research, short and industry papers must be prepared using the SPRINGER LNCS style and submitted electronically in PDF at the ABZ 2016 conference submission website (Easy Chair). Programm Committee Chairs: Michael BUTLER, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK Klaus-Dieter SCHEWE, Johannes-Kepler-University Linz and Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Linz/Hagenberg, Austria Program Committee: tba Answers to the case study must be prepared using the SPRINGER LNCS style and submitted electronically in PDF at the ABZ 2016 conference submission website (Easy Chair). Case study Chairs: Atif Mashkoor, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Hagenberg, Austria (firstname.lastname@example.org) Miklos Biro, Software Competence Center Hagenberg, Hagenberg, Austria (email@example.com) The submission system for the conference can be accessed at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=abz2016 The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. Notifications will be sent by February 22, 2016. Publication: ======= All research and short accepted papers will be published in a volume of Springer's LNCS series. The answers to case study papers and the application in industry papers shall be published in a volume of Springer's CCIS series (tbc). The two volumes will be distributed at the conference. Journal Special Issues: It is planned that an improved version of a selected number of contributions will be published in a special issue of the journal Science of Computer Programming for the research papers and in a special issue of the Software Tools and Technology Transfer journal for the answers to case study papers (to be confirmed). Workshops and Tutorials: ================ Workshops and tutorials will be associated to the main event ABZ. Proposals are solicited in areas related to the conference topics. Workshop proposal should be sent to the workshop chairs: Yamine Ait-Ameur, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France (firstname.lastname@example.org) Stephan Merz, INRIA Nancy, Nancy, France (email@example.com) Alexander Raschke, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany (firstname.lastname@example.org) The deadline for submissions is October 16, 2015. Notifications will be sent by November 6, 2015. Tutorial proposal should be sent to the tutorial chairs (tbc): Vincenzo Gervasi, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy (email@example.com) Michael Leuschel, University of Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf, Germany (firstname.lastname@example.org) The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016. Notifications will be sent by March 14, 2016. Important Dates: ========== Workshop proposal submission: October 16, 2015 Workshop proposal notification: November 6, 2015 Research paper submission: January 15, 2016 Answers to case study submission: January 15, 2016 Short and industry paper submission: February 4, 2016 Acceptance notification: February 22, 2016 Final Version due: March 14, 2016 Tutorial proposal submissions: February 15, 2016 Tutorial proposal notifications: March 14, 2016 ABZ 2016 conference: May 23-27, 2016 For questions concerning ABZ 2016, contact Klaus-Dieter SCHEWE (email@example.com).