CfP integrated Formal Methods (iFM) 2019 (Bergen, Norway): NEW paper category - journal first

by Lars Michael Kristensen, June 7, 2019

iFM 2019

15th International Conference on integrated Formal Methods
December 4-6, 2019 - Bergen, Norway


                     CALL FOR PAPERS

                         iFM 2019    


15th International Conference on integrated Formal Methods

           December 4-6, 2019 - Bergen, Norway





=== News ===


New category of submissions:

Jornal-First papers summarizing recently published journals.

See details below.



=== Important dates ===


Abstract submission: Monday, 24 June 2019

Paper submission: Friday, 28 June 2019

Notification: Monday, 16 September 2019

Camera-ready: Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Main Conference: 4-6 December 2019



Deadlines expire at 23:59 anywhere on earth on the dates displayed



=== Objectives and scope ===


Applying formal methods may involve the usage of different formalisms

and different analysis techniques to validate a system, either because

individual components are most amenable to one formalism or technique,

because one is interested in different properties of the system, or

simply to cope with the sheer complexity of the system. The iFM

conference series seeks to further research into hybrid approaches to

formal modeling and analysis: the combination of (formal and

semi-formal) methods for system development, regarding both modeling

and analysis. The conference covers all aspects from language design

through verification and analysis techniques to tools and their

integration into software engineering practice.


Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

- Formal and semi-formal modelling notations

- Combining formal methods

- Integration of formal methods into software engineering practice

- Program verification, model checking, and static analysis

- Theorem proving, decision procedures, SAT/SMT solving

- Runtime analysis, monitoring, and testing

- Program synthesis

- Analysis and synthesis of hybrid, embedded, probabilistic, distributed,

  or concurrent systems

- Abstraction and refinement

- Model learning and inference


=== Submission guidelines ===


iFM 2019 solicits high quality papers reporting research results

and/or experience reports related to the overall theme of formal

method integration.


We accept papers in the following categories:


(1) Regular papers (limit 18 pages) on

     -  original scientific research results

     -  tools, their foundation and evaluations

     -  applications of formal methods, including rigourous evaluations


(2) Short papers (limit 8 pages) on

     -  any subject of interest in the area of formal methods that can be

                described with sufficient detail within the page limit


(3) Journal First papers (limit 4 pages)

     - summarizing recently published papers in high-quality journals


Page limits include bibliography and any appendices.


Regular and short papers submitted in categories (1)

and (2) must be original, unpublished, and not submitted

for publication elsewhere. Papers in these two categories

will undergo a thorough review process. Submissions will

be judged on the basis of significance, relevance,

correctness, originality, and clarity.


The aim of journal-first papers in category (3) is to

further enrich the program of iFM, as well as to provide

an overall more flexible path to publication and

dissemination of original research in formal methods.

The published journal paper must adhere to the following

four criteria:


    a. It should be clearly within the scope of the



    b. It should be recent: it should have been accepted

       and made publicly available in a journal (online or

       in print) by 1 January 2017 or more recently.


    c. It should report new research results that significantly

       extend prior work -- as opposed as simply extending

       prior conference work with material such as proofs,

       algorithms, and minor enhancements.


    d. It has not been presented at, and is not under

       consideration for, journal-first tracks of other

       conferences or workshops.


The 4-page submission to iFM for category (3) should provide a

concise summary of the published journal paper, which makes

it clear that its topics fits iFM's scope and that a presentation

of its results would be interesting to the audience of iFM.


Journal-first submissions must be marked as such in the submission’s

title, and must explicitly include full bibliographic details

(including a DOI) of the journal publication they are based on.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of the above criteria, but

also considering how well they would complement the conference's

technical program.


Submissions for all categories should be made using the iFM 2019 Easychair site:


Submissions must be in PDF format, using the Springer LNCS style



The conference proceedings will be published in Springer's

Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. A special issue of the

Formal Aspects of Computing - FAOC journal (

is planned for extended versions of selected papers from iFM 2019.


All accepted papers must be presented at the conference. Their authors

must be prepared to sign a copyright transfer statement. At least one

author of each accepted paper must register to the conference by the

early registration date, and present the paper.


Springer requires that 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.

After a paper is accepted, 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.


=== Keynote speakers ===


Jean-Christophe Filliatre

CNRS, France


Tiziana Margaria

University of Limerick, Ireland


Corina Pasareanu

NASA Ames and Carnegie Mellon University, United States



=== Organization ===


= General chair =

Volker Stolz (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)


= PC chairs =

Wolfgang Ahrendt (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

Silvia Lizeth Tapia Tarifa (University of Oslo, Norway)


= Workshop Chairs =

Martin Leucker (University of Lübeck, Germany)

Violet Ka I Pun (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)


= PhD Symposium Program Committee Chairs =

Svetlana Jakšić (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

César Sánchez (IMDEA Software Institute, Spain)


= Finance Chair =

Pål Ellingsen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)


= Publicity Chair =

Lars Michael Kristensen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Kristin Yvonne Rozier (Iowa State University, US)


= Local Organisation Chair =

Violet Ka I Pun (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)

Fazle Rabbi (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway)


= Program committee =

Erika Abraham (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)                        

Bernhard K. Aichernig (TU Graz, Austria)

Borzoo Bonakdarpour (Iowa State University, United States)        

David Cok (GrammaTech, United States)

Ferruccio Damiani (Università di Torino, Italy)     

Ornela Dardha (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)

Brijesh Dongol (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

Constantin Enea (IRIF, University Paris Diderot, France)

Marie Farrell (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)

Carlo A. Furia (USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)

Susanne               Graf (CNRS, VERIMAG, France)

Dilian Gurov (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)

Ludovic Henrio (CNRS, France)

Marieke Huisman             (University of Twente, Netherlands)

Ralf Huuck (UNSW / SYNOPSYS, Australia)            

Einar Broch Johnsen (University of Oslo, Norway)

Nikolai Kosmatov (CEA List, France)

Laura Kovacs (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

Martin Leucker (University of Luebeck, Germany)

Tiago Massoni (Universidade Federal de Campina Grande - UFCG, Brazil)

Larissa Meinicke (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Rosemary Monahan (University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland)

Luigia Petre (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)

Nadia Polikarpova (University of California San Diego, United States)

Philipp Ruemmer (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Cesar Sanchez (IMDEA Software Institute, Spain)

Steve Schneider (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

Emil Sekerinski (McMaster University, Canada)

Marjan Sirjani (Malardalen University, Sweden)

Jorge Sousa Pinto (University of Minho, Portugal)             

Caterina Urban (INRIA, France)

Jüri Vain (Tallin Technical Univeristy, Estonia)

Tomas Vojnar (Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic)

Kirsten Winter (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Naijun Zhan (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Chenyi Zhang (Jinan University, China)


=== Conference location ===


iFM 2019 is organized by The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

and will take place in Bergen, Norway.