The NASA Langley/NIA Formal Methods Team presents

The Sixth NASA Langley Formal Methods Workshop

LFM 2008

April 30 - May 2, 2008

Workshop Chair: Kristin Y. Rozier (NASA LaRC Formal Methods Group)

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Theme of Conference:

Today's verification techniques are hard-pressed to scale with the ever-increasing complexity of safety critical systems. Within the field of aeronautics alone, we find the need for verification of algorithms for separation assurance, air traffic control, auto-pilot, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), adaptive avionics, automated decision authority, and much more. Recent advances in formal methods have made verifying more of these problems realistic. Thus we need to continually re-assess what we can solve now and identify the next barriers to overcome. Only through an exchange of ideas between theoreticians and practitioners from academia to industry can we extend formal methods for the verification of ever more challenging problem domains.

The goal of this workshop on formal methods for verification is to examine formal verification techniques, their theory, application areas, current capabilities, and limitations. This format is designed to introduce researchers, graduate students, and partners in industry to those topics that are of fundamental interest and importance, to survey current research, and to discuss major unsolved problems and directions for future research.

The meeting will be comprised of invited talks covering the major research areas, and more specialized contributed talks, including student talks. Contributed talks will consist of 30-minute research expositions providing state-of-the-art information on recent developments related to formal methods, and a number of 15-minute talks on current research given by undergraduate and graduate students.

Topics of Interest:

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • advances in formal verification techniques
  • formal models of distributed computing
  • planning and scheduling
  • automated air traffic management
  • fault tolerance
  • hybrid systems/hybrid automata
  • embedded systems
  • safety critical applications
  • safety cases
  • accident/safety analysis

Keynote Talks:

  • Gerard J. Holzmann (NASA JPL) - On Limits Abstract
  • Amy R. Pritchett (NASA Headquarters) - The Nation's Needs in Aviation Formal Methods Abstract
  • John Rushby (SRI) - Formal Methods and Certification Abstract
  • Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University) - From Philosophical to Industrial Logics Abstract

Location and Cost:

The workshop will take place at the Marriott Hotel, City Center at Oyster Point, Newport News, Virginia, USA. Information on hotel block reservations and travel is located here . Note that hotel reservations at the special block rate must be made on or before 30 March 2008.

There will be no 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. We especially encourage students and other researchers possibly interested in specializing in formal methods to attend as this will be a good opportunity to become more knowledgeable about this area of research.

Please indicate on the registration form whether you will be staying at the conference hotel.

Contributed Talks:

There are two categories of submissions:

  • Regular Talks. These talks will be 30 minutes in length, including questions.
  • Student Talks. These talks will be 15 minutes in length, including questions.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the paper proceedings, which will take the form of an official NASA Conference Proceedings (CP) document. Slides will also be included in the electronic proceedings, which will be available on this web site at the conclusion of the workshop.

Important Dates:

The closing date for the receipt of abstracts for contributed talks was 1 March 2008. The submission site is now closed.

The review committee will announce its decisions no later than 15 March 2008.

Final versions of accepted abstracts in LaTeX using NASA CP style format are due 1 April 2008. More details coming shortly...

All participants must register. The closing date for the receipt of registrations is 15 April 2008. Register Here

Local Information:

There are cafés, numerous restaurants to fit all tastes and price ranges, shopping, and other attractions, such as live music at the fountain, within easy walking distance of the workshop location in the City Center at Oyster Point. In the extended Hampton Roads region there are several noteworthy attractions of historic interest, which are listed on the local information page:

Local Information


LFM 2008 is proudly sponsored by the NASA Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) and Airspace Systems Programs and by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). We would also like to thank Ray Meyer of NASA Langley for designing our logo, posters, and other artwork associated with LFM.


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