29 April 2017, Models for Formal Analysis of Real Systems (MARS 2017), Uppsala, Sweden
To show that a developed approach for automated reasoning actually scales to real systems, large case studies are essential. The development of formal models of real systems usually requires translating informal descriptions into a chosen specification formalism, and usually takes a large amount of time, often months or years, without even starting a formal analysis. When publishing the results on a formal analysis in a scientific paper, details of the model have to be skipped due to lack of space, and often the lessons learnt from modelling are not discussed since they are not the main focus of the paper. The workshop aims at discussing exactly these unmentioned lessons.
The workshop emphasises modelling over verification. In particular, we invite papers that present full Models of Real Systems, which may lay the basis for future formal analysis. The workshop will bring together researchers from different communities that all aim at verifying real systems and are developing formal models for such systems. Areas where large models often occur are within networks, (trustworthy) systems and software verification (from byte code up to programming- and specification languages). An aim of the workshop is to present different modelling approaches and discuss pros and cons for each of them.
Submissions must be unpublished and not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Appendices (of arbitrary length) can be used to present all details of a formalised model; the appendices will be part of the proceedings. In case a formal model is presented that is modelled in some formalism or tool, these models have to be submitted as well. They will be published as part of the proceedings, and will be made available in our Repository of Models for Formal Analysis of Real Systems. Submission deadline: Friday 13 January 2017.