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9th NASA Formal Methods Symposium
NFM 2017

NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA, USA
May 16-18, 2017

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Theme of the Conference

The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and safety-critical systems at NASA and the aerospace industry requires advanced techniques that address their specification, design, verification, validation, and certification requirements. The NASA Formal Methods Symposium is a forum to foster collaboration between theoreticians and practitioners from NASA, academia, and the industry, with the goal of identifying challenges and providing solutions towards achieving assurance for such critical systems.

New developments and emerging applications like autonomous on-board Software for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), advanced separation assurance algorithms for aircraft, and the need for system-wide fault detection, diagnosis, and prognostics provide new challenges for system specification, development, and verification approaches. Similar challenges need to be addressed during development and deployment of on-board software for spacecraft ranging from small and inexpensive CubeSat systems to manned spacecraft like Orion, as well as for ground systems.

The focus of the symposium will be on formal techniques and other approaches for software assurance, their theory, current capabilities and limitations, as well as their potential application to aerospace, robotics, and other NASA-relevant safety-critical systems during all stages of the software life-cycle.

We encourage submissions on cross-cutting approaches that bring together formal methods and techniques from other domains such as probabilistic reasoning, machine learning, control theory, robotics, and quantum computing among others.

Topics of Interest

  • Model checking
  • Theorem proving
  • SAT and SMT solving
  • Symbolic execution
  • Static analysis
  • Model-based development
  • Runtime verification
  • Software and system testing
  • Safety assurance
  • Fault tolerance
  • Compositional verification
  • Security and intrusion detection
  • Design for verification and correct-by-design techniques
  • Techniques for scaling formal methods
  • Formal methods for multi-core, GPU-based implementations
  • Applications of formal methods in the development of:
    • autonomous systems
    • safety-critical artificial intelligence systems
    • cyber-physical, embedded, and hybrid systems
    • fault-detection, diagnostics, and prognostics systems
  • Use of formal methods in:
    • assurance cases
    • human-machine interaction analysis
    • requirements generation, specification, and validation
    • automated testing and verification

Important Dates

Nov 28 , 2016    Abstract Submission Deadline
Dec 05, 2016 Midnight (AOE)    Paper Submission Deadline
Feb 3, 2017    Paper Notification
March 1, 2017    Camera-Ready Submission
May 16 - 18, 2017    NFM Symposium


NFM 2017 will be held at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA on May 16 to 18, 2017. There will not be a registration fee charged to participants. All interested individuals, including non-US citizens, are welcome to attend, to listen to the talks, and to participate in discussions; however, all attendees must register. Foreign Nationals will need to send extra information and allow at least three weeks for processing time after all of the information has been received.

General Chair

Misty Davies
(NASA Ames)

Program Chairs

Clark Barrett
(Stanford University)

Temesghen Kahsai
(NASA Ames / CMU)

Local organization

Guy Katz
(Stanford University)

Rody Kersten
(CMU Silicon Valley)

Program Committee

Aarti Gupta (Princeton)
Alberto Griggio (FBK-IRST)
Alessandro Cimatti (FBK-IRST)
Alwyn Goodloe (NASA Langley)
Arie Gurfinkel (University of Waterloo)
Cesare Tinelli (University of Iowa)
Christoph Torens (German Aerospace Center)
Daniel Kroening (University of Oxford)
Dejan Jovanović (SRI)
Dino Distefano (Facebook)
Dirk Beyer (LMU Munich)
Domagoj Babic (Google)
Ella Atkins (University of Michigan)
Eric Feron (Georgia Tech)
Ewen Denney (SGT / NASA Ames)
Gerwin Klein (NICTA and UNSW)
John Harrison (Intel)
John Rushby (SRI)
Jorge Navas (SRI)
Julia Badger (NASA)
Kalou Cabrera Castillos (LAAS-CNRS)
Kelly Hayhurst (NASA)
Kirstie L. Bellman (The Aerospace Corporation)
Klaus Havelund (NASA JPL)
Kristin Yvonne Rozier (Iowa State University)
Lael Rudd (Draper)
Lee Pike (Galois)
Martin Schäf (SRI)
Mats Heimdahl (University of Minnesota)
Meeko Oishi (University of New Mexico)
Mike Hinchey (Lero-the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre)
Michael Lowry (NASA Ames)
Murali Rangarajan (Boeing)
Natasha Neogi (NASA Langley)
Neha Rungta (AWS)
Nikolaj Bjorner (Microsoft Research)
Patrice Godefroid (Microsoft Research)
Philipp Ruemmer (Uppsala University)
Pierre-Loïc Garoche (ONERA)
Rajeev Joshi (NASA JPL)
Sriram Sankaranarayanan (University of Colorado Boulder)
Susmit Jha (United Technologies)
Virginie Wiels (ONERA)
Wenchao Li (Boston University)
Zvonimir Rakamaric (University of Utah)

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