9th International Conference on Fundamentals of Software Engineering 2021 - Theory and Practice (FSEN'21)

by Maurice ter Beek, Sept. 18, 2020

Tehran, Iran
May 19-21, 2021



As PC Co-Chairs of the 9th IPM International Conference on Fundamentals of Software Engineering (FSEN 2021) we invite you to submit some of your original work to the FSEN2021 Conference, which will be held as a mixed virtual and physical event. FSEN is one of the best international conference series on computer science that is held regularly in Iran, and a precious resource for international scientific collaboration. As you are all aware, the circumstances under which the preparations for this FSEN are taking place is quite different from the last events. We are experiencing an unprecedented pandemic that has forced many of us to stay indoors. Attracting a good number of high-quality submissions for FSEN is more challenging, but also more important than ever. We have already some excellent Keynotes in the program, a highly qualified PC and, in the tradition of FSEN, we will have LNCS post-proceedings and we are planning for a journal special issue. We now look forward to your participation and contributions to maintain the standards of FSEN and to offer a high quality international forum for scientific exchange and collaboration. Please find the Second Call for papers included and share it with whoever you think might be interested. Stay well.

Mieke Massink and Hossein Hojjat
FSEN 2021 PC Co-Chairs


FSEN 2021 will be held as a mixed event, offering virtual presentation as option to participants. All accepted papers will be published in the LNCS conference proceedings, regardless of whether a physical or virtual presentation is given. More details will follow in the course of time via the FSEN 2021 website. Three excellent Keynote Speakers have confirmed their presentation covering a range of challenging topics in Software Engineering.

About FSEN 

Fundamentals of Software Engineering (FSEN) is an international conference that aims to bring together researchers, engineers, developers, and practitioners from academia and industry to present and discuss their research work in the area of formal methods for software engineering. Additionally, this conference seeks to facilitate the transfer of experience, adaptation of methods, and where possible, foster collaboration among different groups. The topics of interest cover all aspects of formal methods, especially those related to advancing the application of formal methods in the software industry and promoting their integration with practical engineering techniques. Following the success of the previous FSEN editions, the next edition of the FSEN conference will take place in Tehran, Iran, May 19-21, 2021.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: October 18, 2020 (AoE)
  • Paper Submission: October 30, 2020 (AoE)
  • Notification: December 18, 2020
  • Final pre-Conference Version: January 21, 2021 (AoE)
  • Conference: May 19-21, 2021

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Pavol Cerny, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Prof. Marta Kwiatkowska, University of Oxford, UK
  • Prof. Mira Mezini, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Topics of Interest

The topics of this conference include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Models of programs and software systems
  • Software specification, validation, and verification
  • Software testing
  • Software architectures and their description languages
  • Object, actor and multi-agent systems
  • Coordination, feature interaction and software product lines
  • Integration of formal and informal methods
  • Integration of different formal methods
  • Component-based and Service-oriented software systems
  • Collective, self-adaptive and cyber-physical software systems
  • Model checking and theorem proving
  • Quantitative formal methods
  • Software and hardware verification
  • CASE tools and tool integration
  • Industrial Applications

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit full papers (up to 15 pages including references) describing original research, applications and tools; or short papers (up to 6 pages including references) describing ongoing research or new ideas that have not yet been fully validated.

Both categories of papers must be submitted electronically in Postscript or PDF using the online submission process via the Easychair conference system at the following link: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fsen2021

Contributions must be written in English, should be formatted according to the Springer LNCS style (LaTeX2e Proceedings Templates) that can be found at the following link (http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines) and not exceed the page limit for the category (including figures and references).

Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least three reviewers considering scientific originality, significance, relevance to the FSEN conference, technical soundness, clarity, self-containedness and discussion of appropriate related work. 

The reviewers will be asked to rate the submissions and evaluate whether they can be accepted as:

  1. Full paper for the LNCS post-proceedings and conference pre-proceedings
  2. Short paper for the LNCS post-proceedings and conference pre-proceedings
  3. Poster included only in the pre-proceedings

Papers accepted in the first 2 categories will be invited for presentation at the conference. Posters will be illustrated by the authors in separate poster sessions.    

Submissions are required to report on original, unpublished work and should not be submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere (cf. IFIP's Author Code of Conduct, see http://www.ifip.org/ under Publications/Links).

Note from Springer: 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.

Proceedings and Special Issue

The post-proceedings of FSEN'21 will be published by Springer in the LNCS series. Pre-proceedings, printed locally by IPM, will be available at the conference. Following the tradition of FSEN, we plan to have a special issue of the Science of Computer Programming journal devoted to FSEN'21. After the conference a selection of papers will be invited for this special issue. The invited papers should be revised and extended and will undergo a new round of review by an international program committee. Please see the websites of previous editions of FSEN for more information on post-proceedings and special issues related to those editions.

General Chairs

  • Farhad Arbab - CWI, Netherlands; Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Pejman Lotfi-Kamran - IPM, Iran

Program Chairs

  • Hossein Hojjat - Tehran Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Mieke Massink - CNR-ISTI Pisa, Italy

Publicity Chair

  • Maurice ter Beek - CNR-ISTI Pisa, Italy

Steering Committee

  • Farhad Arbab - CWI, the Netherlands; Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Christel Baier - University of Dresden, Germany
  • Frank de Boer - CWI, the Netherlands; Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Ali Movaghar - IPM, Iran; Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Hamid Sarbazi-azad - IPM, Iran; Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Marjan Sirjani - Mälardalen University, Sweden; Reykjavik University, Iceland (Chair)
  • Carolyn Talcott - SRI International, USA
  • Martin Wirsing - LMU Munich, Germany

Program Committee

  • Erika Ábrahám - RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Gul Agha - University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA
  • Ebru Aydin Gol - Middle East Technical University, Turkey
  • Ezio Bartocci - Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Marcello Bonsangue - Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Mario Bravetti - University of Bologna, Italy
  • Michael Butler - University of Southampton, UK
  • Rocco De Nicola - IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy
  • Erik de Vink - Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Alessandra Di Pierro - University of Verona, Italy
  • Ali Ebnenasir - Michigan Technological University, USA
  • Fathiyeh Faghih, University of Tehran, Iran
  • Wan Fokkink - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Adrian Francalanza, University of Malta, Malta
  • Fatemeh Ghassemi - University of Tehran, Iran
  • Jan Friso Groote - Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  • Hassan Haghighi - Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
  • Osman Hasan, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan
  • Mohammad Izadi - Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Narges Khakpour - Linnaeus University, Sweden
  • Ramtin Khosravi - University of Tehran, Iran
  • Eva Kühn, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Zhiming Liu - Southwest University, China
  • Emanuela Merelli - University of Camerino, Italy
  • Hassan Mirian-Hosseinabadi - Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Mohammadreza Mousavi - University of Leicester, UK
  • Ali Movaghar - Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • Peter Csaba Ölveczky - University of Oslo, Norway
  • Jose Proença - CISTER-ISEP and HASLab-INESC TEC, Portugal
  • Wolfgang Reisig - Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Philipp Rümmer - Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Gwen Salaün - University of Grenoble Alpes, Inria, France
  • Cristina Seceleanu - Mälardalen University, Sweden
  • Marjan Sirjani - Mälardalen University and Reykjavik University, Sweden/Iceland
  • Marielle Stoelinga - University of Twente and Radboud University, the Netherlands
  • Meng Sun - Peking University, China
  • Carolyn Talcott - SRI International, USA
  • Martin Wirsing - LMU Munich, Germany
  • Lijun Zhang - Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China