About

The aim of the FMICS conference series is to provide a forum for researchers who are interested in the development and application of formal methods in industry. FMICS brings together scientists and engineers who are active in the area of formal methods and interested in exchanging their experiences in the industrial usage of these methods. The FMICS conference series also strives to promote research and development for the improvement of formal methods and tools for industrial applications.

FMICS 25: This is the 25th edition of FMICS, which will be celebrated in a special way.

QONFEST 2020: FMICS 2020 is part of this umbrella conference comprising also:

  • CONCUR 2020: 31st International Conference on Concurrency Theory
  • FORMATS 2020: 18th International Conference on Formal Modeling and Analysis of Timed Systems
  • QEST 2020: 17th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems

along with workshops and tutorials. It takes place from August 31 to September 5, 2020.

Topics

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Case studies and experience reports on industrial applications of formal methods, focusing on lessons learned or identification of new research directions.
  • Methods, techniques and tools to support automated analysis, certification, debugging, descriptions, learning, optimisation and transformation of complex, distributed, real-time, embedded, mobile and autonomous systems.
  • Verification and validation methods (model checking, theorem proving, SAT/SMT constraint solving, abstract interpretation, etc.) that address shortcomings of existing methods with respect to their industrial applicability (e.g., scalability and usability issues).
  • Impact of the adoption of formal methods on the development process and associated costs. Application of formal methods in standardisation and industrial forums.

New this Year! Special track papers on Formal Methods for Security in IoT: We invite submissions in topics related to the secure development and security assessment of IoT-based applications using formal methods. For this occasion, the Program Committee has been enlarged with experts from the security domain. Formatting instructions and the review procedure are the same as the ones for regular papers. However, the authors will need to specifically indicate their interest in the special track during the submission. Papers accepted for the special track will be included in a special session at FMICS 2020 along with a panel on this topic, while they will be published in the conference proceedings together with papers accepted for the regular track.

Submission and Publication

Papers must describe authors’ original research work and results. Submitted papers must not have previously appeared in a journal or conference with published proceedings and must not be concurrently submitted to any other peer-reviewed workshop, symposium, conference or archival journal. Any partial overlap with any such published or concurrently submitted paper must be clearly indicated.

Submissions should clearly motivate relevance to industrial application. Case study papers should identify lessons learned, validate theoretical results (such as scalability of methods) or provide specific motivation for further research and development.

Papers should not exceed 15 pages (excluding max. 2 pages of references) formatted according to the LNCS style (Springer). All submissions will be reviewed by the Programme Committee who will make a selection among the submissions based on the novelty, soundness and applicability of the presented ideas and results.

Papers must be written in English and should be submitted as Portable Document Format (PDF) files using the EasyChair submission site:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fmics20

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer in their formal methods sub-line of the LNCS series.

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the conference as a registered participant.

Best paper award: A Springer-sponsored award will be presented to the authors of the submission selected by the Program Committee as the FMICS 2020 Best Paper.

New this Year! Special issue: The Program Committee of FMICS 2020 will invite a selection of accepted papers to submit extended versions to a special issue of the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT).