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24 - 28 May 2021, Thirteenth NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM 2021), Virtual

Date: 24 - 28 May 2021
Location: Virtual
Deadline: Friday 27 November 2020

The widespread use and increasing complexity of mission-critical and safety-critical systems at NASA and in the aerospace industry require advanced techniques that address these systems' specification, design, verification, validation, and certification requirements. The NASA Formal Methods Symposium (NFM) is a forum to foster collaboration between theoreticians and practitioners from NASA, academia, and industry. NFM's goals are to identify challenges and to provide solutions for achieving assurance for such critical systems.

New developments and emerging applications like autonomous 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 both spacecraft and ground systems. The focus of the symposium will be on formal techniques and other approaches for software assurance, including 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.

Due to the COVID-19, the organizers have decided to hold NFM 2021 virtually only, rather than in person.

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.

There are two categories of submissions:
1. Regular papers describing fully developed work and complete results (maximum 15 pages);
2. Short papers on tools, experience reports, or work in progress with preliminary results (maximum 6 pages).
All papers must be in English and describe original work that has not been published or submitted elsewhere.

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