FMICS 2020: 25th International Conference on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems

by Maurice ter Beek, Nov. 22, 2019


FMICS 2020: 25th International Conference on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems

Vienna, Austria, September 2–3, 2020


NEW THIS YEAR: special track on "Formal Methods for Security in IoT" and special issue in STTT


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 the QONFEST 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. QONFEST takes place from August 31 to September 5, 2020.


Abstract submission: May 8, 2020

Paper submission: May 15, 2020

Author notification: July 1, 2020

Camera-ready version: July 15, 2020

Conference: September 2-3, 2020


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.

SPECIAL TRACK 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.


- Thomas Henzinger, IST (joint keynote with CONCUR and QEST)

- Stefan Resch, Thales

- Roderick Bloem, TU Graz (joint keynote with CONCUR and FORMATS)


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 PDF files using the EasyChair submission site: 

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer.

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.

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).


- Maurice ter Beek, ISTI-CNR

- Dejan Ničković, AIT

PC MEMBERS (to be completed,

- Bernhard Aichernig, TU Graz

- Jiri Barnat, Masaryk University

- Davide Basile, University of Florence and ISTI-CNR

- Carlos Budde, University of Twente

- Rance Cleaveland, University of Maryland and NSF

- Thao Dang, VERIMAG

- Michael Dierkes, Rockwell Collins

- Georgios Fainekos, Arizona State University

- Alessandro Fantechi, University of Florence

- Wan Fokkink, VU Amsterdam

- Maria Del Mar Gallardo, University of Malaga

- Ichiro Hasuo, University of Tokyo

- Klaus Havelund, NASA

- Thierry Lecomte, CLEARSY

- Axel Legay, UCLouvain

- Gabriele Lenzini, University of Luxembourg

- Alberto Lluch Lafuente, TU Denmark

- Florian Lorber, Aalborg University

- Tiziana Margaria, University of Limerick and Lero

- Radu Mateescu, INRIA

- Franco Mazzanti, ISTI-CNR

- Stefan Mitsch, CMU

- José N. Oliveira, University of Minho and INESC TEC

- Jaco van de Pol, Aarhus University

- Adam Rogalewicz, Brno University of Technology

- Markus Roggenbach, Swansea University

- Matteo Rossi, Polytechnic University of Milan

- Stefano Tonetta, FBK

- Jan Tretmans, TNO

- Andrea Vandin, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies

- Tim Willemse, TU Eindhoven

- Kirsten Winter, University of Queensland


- Alessandro Fantechi, University of Florence

- Hubert Garavel, INRIA

- Stefania Gnesi, ISTI-CNR

- Diego Latella, ISTI-CNR

- Tiziana Margaria, University of Limerick and Lero

- Radu Mateescu, INRIA

- Jaco van de Pol, Aarhus University (chair)